The year is 2010, you were probably sporting your Bafana Bafana t-shirt or holding a vuvuzela at some point; Justin Bieber was rising in popularity, and a shift was occurring in the job space that relied heavily on technology and apps that would change how we work.
While the years have flown by, there have been many developments in the career space. Some jobs that exist today were unheard of in 2010. We look back at jobs that exist today that did not exist ten years ago.
The need to travel from point 'A' to point 'B' conveniently with the tap of a button gave birth to ridesharing apps such as Uber, Taxify and lyft. In turn, it opened a new job market of app-based drivers and has garnered a whopping 14,15 billion USD in 2019.
Social media manager
At first, people used social media for their personal use. Businesses saw an opportunity to create a digital community where people can be informed, entertained and make themselves easily accessible to clients. Social media managers play an important role when it comes to managing social media pages and leveraging it as part of a marketing tool that engages consumers.
When we are looking to buy something or find useful information to purchase something or make a decision, the first place we are most likely to go to is social media platforms. Doing this has given birth to influencers, people or organisations who have an expert level of knowledge or social influence to steer us to the right product or decision for us.
Cloud computing specialist
Storing valuable information before meant storing this on physical servers, but these tend to have limited space and take up space. Physical servers are precarious, having it stored in the incorrect temperature or spillage could mean a loss of valuable files of information that can never be replaced. A cloud specialist simplifies the process by creating a virtual environment where the information can be securely stored and managed, creating a streamlined operation for a business.
Most of us have apps for almost everything. With a wide variety of apps that range from managing our finances, ordering food, clothes, reading books, watching the latest series, to keeping a healthy lifestyle. We can thank App developers for this ability, along with UX app designers that make these apps visually appealing and easy to navigate.
Being able to stop, pause, play and repeat an interesting chat or interview was unheard of 10 years ago. Now you don't have to miss your favourite shows or conversations with the help of podcasts. You can now tap into a range of topics that are both locally and internationally produced.
Who knows what the next few years have in store, but one thing to ensure as that your financial future is ready to face whatever life throws at it by having life cover in place.