“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
It’s a question we’re often asked as children, yet many of us now have roles that our younger selves would never have heard of.
The level of variety in today's job market is exciting. You can, quite literally, be anything you want to be.
The only problem is that, well… we’re just not sure what anyone does anymore!
From 'Head of Space' to 'Director of Cloud Services', modern-day job titles are getting harder to decipher. Let’s be honest - sometimes, they’re a little ridiculous.
We knew we could count on our youngest panel of ‘experts’ to give us some frank interpretations of some of the wackiest job titles around today. As usual, their answers did not disappoint!
Here are some of the roles we gathered feedback on...
Head of Space
‘Ensures the smooth running of an office space and helps to improve day-to-day operation’.
Businesses are definitely tuning in to the fact that a good office environment is conducive to a happy and productive workforce. Enter, the Head of Space: someone tasked with making sure large offices run smoothly and look great. Think 'Office Manager' meets 'Interior Designer'.
Naturally, our future job-seekers had other ideas:
“Float around... on the moon?”
“The head of all the astronauts!”
“The person down on earth who will control all the rockets.”
We can definitely see their logic!
Director of Cloud Services
‘Responsible for technological duties associated with cloud computing, including design, maintenance and support’.
Remember when the only clouds we knew of were the ones in the sky? It was certainly a simpler time. What should actually be done with the ‘clouds’ caused our panel the most confusion. “Beds and stuff” seemed a fair conclusion - we definitely wouldn’t say no to a cloud bed!
Chief Happiness Officer
‘Tasked with increasing the solvency of an organisation’s happiness. They build the tools to create a happy workplace.’
“Well they just make people happy obviously!”
In many ways, George was completely right with this assessment. However, we suspect he might find the role a little disappointing in real life. Rather than playing the role of ‘company clown’, the Chief Happiness Officer aims to put systems in place to improve employee productivity, motivation and satisfaction.
A big thank you to the kids involved in this project for providing some honest and heart-warming feedback. We’ve no doubt they’ll get the same feeling when we’re octogenarians and they film us trying to operate the latest iPhone (or hoverboard).