Monday Funday: Top 5 Futuristic Jobs That Could Be Set to Become Lucrative Career Paths.

The future is upon us. I don’t know if you got the memo. We’re growing burgers in test-tubes, we’ve made flying cars and we’re starting to reverse the ageing process. Although all of these things are currently a little bit rubbish (but no less remarkable), it won’t be long before all sorts of new and currently futuristic sounding careers are set to become the norm, and in some cases potentially quite lucrative. And while we may not need managers for retirement homes looking after people living forever, or Frankenstein chefs designing new forms of super-meat in a lab just yet, it might not seem so crazy in the coming years.

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5: 3D Printing.

3D printing is already taking off in a big way. It’s proven to be hugely beneficial to medical science, particularly for prosthetic limbs and printing bits of bone that require very specific dimensions. 3D printers are fantastic for printing things that are particularly intricate, precise or fiddly. Although they’re not quite common-place yet, they’re already proving to be incredibly useful office and home tools. And when we figure out how to use 3D printers to 3D print 3D printers, they’ll basically take over the world from there.

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But what would a career in 3D printing involve? There are a number of career paths available, such as the 3D modelling and scanning required to print 3D objects. With 3D printing’s ability to print more intricate objects, a great deal of imagination can now be applied to your ideas in unusual areas, such as designing toys and tools. You could even sell 3D printers the same as you’d sell any office supplies.

4: Food Science.

Food science is a broad area, from nutrition to genetic modification, but as more and more technology goes into the production of food, an increasing number of scientists are needed to explore the possibilities and develop exciting culinary innovations. Want to create some kind of cucumber/sausage combo? Maybe it’ll be possible in the future. You’ll be streamlining the sandwich filling industry forever.

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With the first ever lab-created burger being created last year, this area of technology could revolutionise the agricultural industry. It’s in the early stages, because despite the burger being a first and whoppingly expensive, it was also apparently a bit stringy. “So why even bother?” I hear you cry. It would mean less farm animals taking up space that could be used for more plant crops, that wouldn’t be needed to feed farm animals. That would be hugely beneficial for the environment (see No.2), particularly because cows rudely burping and farting has seriously damaged the ozone layer.

3: Big Data Analysis.

In the future, we will look back at the small data of the past and laugh at how pathetic and feeble it all looked. Gone will be the days of tiny numbers like 4 and 6.2, instead it will herald the dawning of a new age of HUGE THROBBING DATA like 812 and 64,000. And as a result, we will undoubtedly need much bigger data analysts.

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Big data analysis introduces the notion of being able to study the relatively new influx of data provided by sources such as web cookies, GPS tracking locations and the many bits and bytes of information provided by using the internet. If you are particularly gifted with numbers, and hugely enjoy collecting, studying and analysing data, but feel that it’s all a bit small at the moment, this would definitely be the perfect career to consider in the future.

2: Environmentalism.

As the human population continues to swell like an oil spill in the ocean, the amount of room for anything else dwindles. Before long, it’s going to look like zoos were built just to house weird made-up animals bred specifically to be there, like elephants and lemurs.

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“Mummy, what’s a tiger?” A child will ask, wide-eyed and fascinated, after reading a dusty old page of Wikipedia that she found in the attic. “I don’t remember.” Will come the subdued response. The child will then hold up a sepia-toned picture from 2017 of a large striped animal, uploaded to Instagram. “Oh, one of those. Just go and sit slightly too close to a cat. They’re sort of like that.” The mother will reply, over the top of her Galaxy Nexus Tablet. “What’s a cat?”

If this vision horrifies you, you may be perfect a perfect fit for a career in environmentalism. There’s so much all over the world that needs to be done to support our fragile, delicate planet, so being able to do something about it will be in high-demand, as well as being hugely rewarding. And it’s not all chaining yourself to trees and getting in the way of whale harpoons, either. Large businesses are starting to take on environmentalists more and more to make sure that they can keep their companies in the green. There are all sorts of aspects within a business that need to be considered from an environmental perspective, including recycling, energy usage and a company’s carbon footprint. Businesses will like it, because going green looks good for them, and it has the added bonus of actually having a positive impact for the planet as well.

(A leopard trying marmite for the first time, if you were wondering.)

1: Augmented Reality.

The technology is available now, but the possibilities have barely been tapped into yet. Generally, augmented reality involves holding up a smartphone’s camera to something that a phone application will recognise, which then projects objects such as 3D models and pop-up information into the scene on your screen. For example, holding up your phone’s camera to a medieval town display in a museum might add a little 3D model of a medieval house over the top, so that you can visualise what is being described interactively. It’s in its early stages at the moment, but improving all of the time. Here is a video, demonstrating the marketing capabilities of augmented reality:

So naturally, there are a lot of duties involved in the creation of augmented reality. It is likely to become increasingly popular for marketing, as it is both much more entertaining and much less fiddly than QR codes and hash-tags. These ideas need to be developed by marketing departments and then built and created by 3D modellers and animators, opening up a large amount of opportunities. And if more products such as Google Glass (Or Google Goggles) appear, the world could transform into some kind of inescapable Dreamworks animation, where every poster on the tube almost pokes you in the eye.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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The Top 5 Upcoming Office Gadgets

It’s almost been almost two years since our last look at the latest office gadgets, and technology has moved on a lot since then. So what is the best in new technology for office life?

5. Google Glass.

It’s hugely expensive and it looks a bit silly, but it’s definitely a product that feels straight out of the future. With all of those frustrating quirks of living in the present. The battery sticks out weirdly over your ear, it runs out of juice pretty quickly and it’s not exactly discreet. But it’s sort of virtual reality,so you can’t really complain. It’s a step in the right direction, and it’s less painful than sticking a phone up your nose.GoogleGlass_35339166_18

It costs over £1,000, so it’s no small trinket, but you can customise it, have GPS practically in your eye and it has some great apps. Particularly World Lens, which translates any written language you see in real-time. Google calls the process of buying it “becoming an Explorer”, so you can feel like a member of an exclusive club, or some kind of techno-Indiana Jones. Don’t expect to be able to wear it in the cinema after work, though.

4. Smart-Watches.

This year saw what is sure to be the beginning of the smart-watch revolution. So far Sony, Motorola, Apple and LG have all released or announced smart watches. It’s another piece of technology you can wear, but one that doesn’t feel too ahead of its time like the Google Glass, which seems more like an early test for improved later technology. The smart watches are either round or square depending on which company has made them, and although battery life is a bit of an issue for some of them, you’ll never miss an important call, e-mail or text again, as it connects wirelessly to your phone, so that when you’re out and about there’s considerably less of a chance of missing your phone vibrating in your pocket.

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Android smart-watches all run on Android Wear, a modified version of the Android operating system, and there are already several apps you can use, that make these products a viable gadget for anyone looking to make their colleagues jealous. It doesn’t fire any lasers yet, but it can remind you when your bus is arriving. Which is still pretty futuristic. It might be a couple of years before they’re considered more than an expensive novelty, but the same was thought of tablets not long ago, and now they’re everywhere. It won’t be long until people will think it’s weird we didn’t talk to our watches.

3. The Pocket Printer8a9df6d83bd497d8484ece4f4d580473_large

In this age of cyber-watches, techno-doorbells and shoes that connect to the internet, the printer still stands proud and tall as something that isn’t really any better than it was twenty years ago. Even the original printing press probably didn’t get jammed and refuse to connect to anything. The ink was most likely a lot cheaper, too. The Pocket Printer offers a compact alternative. It’s a tiny black box, that you can place on a piece of paper, which it whizzes around on, printing as it goes. It’s worth bearing in mind that it doesn’t exist yet, but you can help fund its production on Kickstarter. Then you can be the envy of all your colleagues who still lug around giant printers like neanderthals.

2. The Nod Ring.

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Another gadget to make us feel like we’re living in a futuristic utopia is the Nod Ring. Yet another gadget you can wear. Combining the watch, ring and glasses would make you the definitive businessperson of the future. The Nod Ring allows you to use all sorts of hand gestures with your technology around the office. Turn down the heating by waving your hand, restart a crashing computer by using threatening gestures, activate the trapdoor by giving a client a thumbs-down. It really does have a lot of exciting possibilities. You can scroll through files or presentation slides using its touch sensor, turn the pages of an e-book, or cut fruit in Fruit Ninja. It does mean you’ll be sat at the computer with your hand (or hands if you really want to go for it) help up like an indecisive conductor.

1. Sony Digital Paper System.

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With incredibly thin, flexible screens looming somewhere in the sort-of near future, paper could be a thing of the past. Which is good news for trees. But until then, Sony’s Digital Paper System (SDPS) is the best choice for tree-appreciating paper-hating tech-enthusiasts (TAPHTEs). At only 6.6mm thick and a battery that lasts up to three weeks, it’s a great piece of kit to use in the office. You can upload anything you write to a cloud server, and download any important PDFs back. You can then annotate them and send them back. It uses the same kind of e-ink technology found in an e-reader, like the Kindle, so it doesn’t strain the eyes and it’s visible from any angle. But at over £650 pounds, it’s also a lot more expensive than a Kindle.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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International happiness day

International Happiness Day 2014

20th March 2014 marks the International Day of Happiness, so make today one full of smiles and positive thoughts. A poll has shown that 87% of people asked would prefer a happier country to a richer one, and International Happiness Day means that however you decide to cheer yourself up, by listening to your favourite song or simply enjoying the day, we here at strike-jobs want to wish you all a very merry happy day. Here are our top 5 songs to get you in the mood for happiness day.

1. Pharrell Williams – Happy

There’s a reason this song is still going strong – a feel good tune to keep you happy.

2. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t worry be happy

The song name itself is enough to keep you happy, sit back and relax to this.

3. Katrina & The waves – Walking on sunshine

We needed to add a cheesy song in here somewhere… and here it is.

4. Queen – Don’t stop me now

For some motivating, fist pumping happy music, take a listen to Queen.

5. Curtis Mayfield – Move on up

And last, but not least, Move on up – the perfect International Happy Day song to end our top 5.

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Top 5 – Celebrity Jobs Before They Were Famous

The road to fame and fortune can sometimes be a slow one, and famous celebrities don’t always jump straight into the job for which they become household names. Here is our  list of 5 celebrities and they jobs they had before they were famous, which serves as a good reminder that everyone has to start somewhere:

 1. Sir Sean Connery – Milkman

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Famous for playing James Bond, with his love of a good Martini, it seems that there was another drink that might have been more appropriate for Sir Sean. Connery’s first job was as a Milkman in his native Edinburgh before leaving to go join the Navy. When he was discharged from the Navy he returned to delivering milk, but only for a short time. He soon found fame as first a body builder and then as the iconic hero after brief stints as a life model, coffin polisher and lifeguard.

 2. Sylvester Stallone – Lion Cage Cleaner

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In 1969, as a 22 year old budding actor living in New York City, Sly was making ends meet by earning $1.12 an hour cleaning our lion cages at the Central Park Zoo. It does seem that even before the  action roles he is famous for, Stallone was already geared for the hard-man lifestyle by going into cages to clean just inches from the lions. According to the man himself, the lions would urinate on Stallone whenever he went into the cages to clean them. That’s a brave thing to do, even for a lion!

3. Ozzy Osbourne – Slaughterhouse Worker

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This one maybe makes a bit more sense, when you think about Ozzy’s music career. Before finding the charts with Black Sabbath, Ozzy worked in a slaughterhouse in Birmingham where his jobs included killing and cleaning the insides of animals. Surely this would be a perfect job for a the Prince of Darkness but it seems to have effected Ozzy’s bloodlust as he has now decided to become a vegetarian.

 4. Mick Jagger – Hospital Porter

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Before becoming the lead singer of legendary rockers The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger had a job in his youth at a Porter at Bexley Mental Hospital in South East London. Perhaps Mick’s experience have come in handy dealing with the crazy antics of his band mates in later years.

 5. Whoopi Goldberg – Bricklayer

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Probably the strangest entry in the list. Long before her Oscar triumph, Whoopi Goldberg, struggling with a Heroin addiction having dropped out of school and in need of work, she turned to Bricklaying to earn her keep. Whoopi built walls at the San Diego Zoo, and apparently was actually rather successful at her job, enough to be offered entry to the prestigious American Bricklayer’s Union.

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Top 5 – Mobile Phone Innovations

Mobile phones are often the status symbol in the office, with constant upgrades and new models being released seemingly every week, your brand new Smart Phone can be out of date in a few weeks. With more demand for Smart Phones and people becoming increasingly reliant on devices in all aspects of their lives, in work and play, companies are constantly innovating to stand out in a busy profitable market place.

Last week saw the annual Mobile World Congress, held in Barçelona,Spain, showcasing some of the newest innovations in mobile technology. Here are our Top 5 new trends for mobile phones in 2013:

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When thinking of mobile phone manufacturers, most people in Europe would think Nokia, Samsung and obviously, Apple, but not many would think of Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer that last year overtook Ericsson as the biggest telecommunications equipment maker in the world. At the Mobile World Congress they unveiled the “worlds fastest smart phone”. Weighing in at just 122 grams with incredible quality display and with connection speeds on 4G claimed to be 18.75MB per second (fast enough to stream video easily) this phone would appeal for those who want to work and play with without delay.

 The Waterproof Phone

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For the outdoor adventurer who still need their technology in the wild, Samsung have launched a new phone they claim is “100% dustproof and waterproof”. An upgrade of the Galaxy, the Galaxy Xcover 2 boosts a 4-inch screen, a good solid processor and a decent battery life for a smart phone. Added to that, it has a tough exterior, perfect for adventurers,or if you seem to drop you’re phone a little too often!

The £13 Phone

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There is a cheaper alternative to the problem of losing or breaking phones. Nokia have also launched their cheapest phone, the Nokia 105. At just £13 for the handset, it is a basic but reliable phone that does the job. With an incredible battery life (one full charge can last up to 35 days), Nokia are looking to sell this phone in the emerging African and Asian market where electricity service can be infrequent. However, many people have commented this is a perfect back-up phone and could be a big success in Europe and America to take on a night out, on holiday or to a festival where you may not want to take your brand new smart phone but still need to be in contact.

 The Double Screen Phone

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NEC’s new innovation is a double screen phone. A 5.6inch screen on either side can flipped to form one large screen, perfect for reading documents and maps. The screen’s smart technology allows you to look at two different pages at a time with comfort and ease. Probably it’s best function is to fold into a “V” shape so two people can watch video at the same time opposite each other in comfort  and not bashing their heads together.

The Wireless Pillow Charger

The Wireless Pillow Charger

The annoying feeling of waking up in the morning and finding your phone with no battery left because you forgot to plug it in last night could be a thing of the past with the Nokia Wireless Pillow. Coming in a number of vibrant colours, the pillows are sleek and simple, just place your phone on the pillow and it will charge. No tangled wires. No fuss. Just put your phone to bed when you go to the Land of Nod.

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Top 5 – Office Fashion Trends

 To celebrate London Fashion Week, we have picked out the Top 5 new fashion trends that could be hitting the office in 2013. See if you’re inspired for a new look with these fashion ideas.

Heads or Tails

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The crazy thing is we didn’t make this up! This really could be the big trend of 2013. People are always trying to get to get in touch with their animal side but a tail?

The Disco Mountie

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Standing out in the office couldn’t be easier with a vinyl red suit, topped off with a snazzy Mountie-style hat!

Old man of the office

Grandad Chic Slippers

Mixing comfort and style in the office can be difficult but is this taking it too far? Mixing Grandad chic with office wear, the ultimate in office chill-out wear.

The Religious Penguin

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Nuns haven’t always been the most fashionable of people but this outfit certainly mixes fashion with a distinctly religious look, or maybe it’s inspired by a penguin

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 While we are big fans of the skittle outfit here at Strike Jobs, it might be a while until we see office workers up and down the land rocking the classic skittle look, maybe one day!

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Top 5 – Work Stress Busters

 

It’s official, work is stressful. Employees are working longer hours, more over-time and taking fewer holidays than ever before. All the extra hours and days at the office are apparently taking their toll and companies are seeing a dramatic rise in stress-related sick leave.

Now many businesses are looking at alternative ways to promote a Zen-like work environment. Here are some of the best (and craziest) ideas to help restore calm to the office. Have you experienced any of these stress-busting initiatives? Or seen anything even more bonkers?

1. Siesta before the sales pitch

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It is probably true most people have (day)dreamed about catching 40 winks at the office, but employers in Japan have been encouraging workers to take afternoon naps to boost their creativity towards the end of the day, with ‘nap salons’ popping up in downtown Tokyo. Research from the University of California showed people who took an afternoon nap fared better in tests than those who stayed awake. So get a glass of warm milk and your teddy ready before your next big meeting.

2. A classical idea

Most people enjoy a bit of music when at work, but when your boss asks you to ‘Turn down that racket’ you can tell them it’s scientifically good for productivity. Before you start thinking you can be rocking out to Metalica while sending e-mails, it’s classical music that has been proved to relax and chill out the stressed worker. Students who listened to Beethoven while studying scored higher in exams than those who listened to other music while revising.

3. Finding inner peace in the office

Plenty of people use yoga to relax after a tough days work, but now companies are bringing yoga to the office, with classes being offered at lunch times to help ease away the trials and tribulations of the working day. Businesses where employees take a yoga class once a week saw an increase in office harmony and productivity. Look out for a guru near you soon!

4. Does Robin Hood take sugar?

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Normally the only time you would see fancy dress around the office would be if your colleagues were fund-raising for charity, but now companies have started fancy dress work days to help break the ice in the office and promote a positive work environment. One piece of advice; if you’re stuck behind the Incredible Hulk at the photocopier, don’t ask him to hurry up!

5. It’s good to gossip

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Discussing the latest episode of Eastenders or the work night out can actually help productivity. A University of Amsterdam study found out that companies where workers gossiped more freely also saw better communication of important work information. However, the water cooler was found to be the least popular gossip sites, with 33% of people spreading news at their desks. Apparently gossip is traced back to our ancestors to help identify work-shy hunter gatherers who weren’t doing their fair share. Nice to know not much has changed today!

By Dominic Jones

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