Career: Celebrating Unconventional Careers this Workers’ Day

In today’s Nigeria, a lot of young people are opting for unconventional careers for multiple reasons. For some, it’s because they are tired of the nine-to-five grind and desire a work-life more interesting than spending their days sitting in a cubicle or dialling into conference call after conference call, for others, it is simply because they can’t find gainful employment.

Whatever the reason, thanks to technology, there are alternative careers that have expanded available options beyond a traditional desk job and provided a variety of opportunities.

Here are some unconventional careers worth celebrating this Workers’ Day;


Dimma Umeh

Dimma Umeh

Professional Youtuber

These are visual creators who film bite-sized, audience-appropriate videos at calculated intervals for their loyal subscribers who strongly identify with their content. They film and edit their videos to retain a quality that’s consistent with their brand identity and their earnings depend on how often people click on their videos, as well as advertising revenue. This career path has become largely popular with content creators because YouTube is one of the top platforms helping creators around the world monetise their content.


Zaqueri Black

Zaqueri Black

Professional Gamer

A pro gamer is a full-time competitive player who is paid to play video games. It’s a highly rated career in the gaming field. Most professional players are normally paid by their teams or sponsors to compete in the biggest e-sport tournaments around the world.


Maje Ayida

Maje Ayida

Fitness Coach

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities. More than anything else, they understand the difference between what a client wants and what that client needs. They identify the underlying issues that prevent a client from achieving their stated goals, and know how to solve those problems.


Bolaji Ajibare

Bolaji Ajibare

Social Media Manager

Social media managers are responsible for curating a brand’s social channels. They monitor, moderate, and respond to audience comments; manage social media partnerships with other brands, creating or post shareable videos and images across various social media platforms.


Camile Storm

Camile Storm

Playlist Curator

Individuals known as curators work in partnership with music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. While anyone can build a personal playlist and share their favorites with friends and followers, some curators are employed by streaming platforms to curate tasteful music for every mood and they are responsible for putting together global playlists.

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