Young adults turning their hobbies into careers

Thursday, May 31, 2018

One in eight people has turned a hobby into a career in industries including technology and music, according to new research.

A study by Microsoft Windows showed that younger adults were finding work as professional vloggers, coders or in the computer games industry.

A survey of more than 2,200 adults found that photography and cooking were also popular hobbies people would like to turn into a career.

One in five people aged between 25 and 34 has started a job thanks to a hobby, rising to two fifths among under 25s.

Rasheed Ogunlaru, a Life Coach, spoke to Chris Hollins on talkRADIO’s breakfast show and said: “The world has completely changed. Gone are the days of jobs for life - people know that they may have to have several jobs in their career - and lots of younger people are finding, or feeling that they don’t want to be employed and they want to be their own boss.”

Fledging music artists have really utilised the online possibilities, with online acts like Emma Blackery and KSI going on to tour the UK.

“What’s interesting especially with music, and things around technology and gaming, is that in the past the technology was so expensive that you couldn’t do it yourself, but now you can,” he adds.

“You’ve had number one records that people have produced from their bedrooms, so technology has meant things like music and lots of things like people creating apps, those types of things can be done from home. So, there’s a lot more open source stuff to help people develop their skills online.

“People are creating their own music at home and then vlogging as well. They get lots of followers so they might get picked up by agencies or record labels.”

“The distinction here is; it depends on your personality, it depends whether you want to be your own boss and market yourself, or whether you want that visibility to be employed by someone else.”