In this day and age, you’ll find that nearly all jobs are digital and incorporate the latest technology to make things more efficient. Coding, writing, programming, design, cyber security, law…so many jobs now involve competency in technology, which is great for those of us who live and breathe in digital.

There’s so much scope for you to put your digital skills to good use, and chances are young people are intrinsically more plugged in to the digital world than their (older) bosses and managers, which puts us at a great advantage when applying for some roles. However if you’re still not sure what kind of roles are out there, we’ve rounded up 5 jobs in digital that you may not have heard of before, whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or an entry-level role…

Digital Product Manager

What is it?

As a digital product manager, you work within a business to improve services and suggest new ones by looking at the products on offer and how customers use them. Logan Parsons does this at O2 and told us his role is incredibly varied. “No two days are the same – there’s always new products to learn about and keep up to date with when working in a digital environment,” he said.

Is there tech used on a daily basis?

Logan said his role is digitally-focused, which he loves. “A lot of what I do is looking at how our customers interact with what we offer, so I often deal with huge amounts of data – so I do all the standard stuff like Excel and PowerPoint to present my findings – and because we’re always looking at things in new ways, we also use the newest tech from phones to VR to gaming to biometrics.”

How you can do it

If you have a passion for technology and a few ideas, you’re already well on your way. Logan said he joined O2 without a tech background but that he’s been very well supported by the team.

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Chief Listening Officer

What is it?

No, you won’t be sitting around eavesdropping on your colleagues conversations all day – that’s not the role. As a Chief Listening Officer, your responsibilities actually pertain to social media management. It’s quite a new job term, and sometimes it’s referred to as Chief Digital Strategy Officer, but basically, you’ll be keeping an eye on all social media activity, as well as face-to-face communication with customers. 

Is there tech used on a daily basis?

Of course – as well as all the usual social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc), you’ll need to be up to date with all the social media monitoring tools as well (Google Analytics for one).

How you can do it

Get your social media skills in check and apply for a starter role in a company helping to manage their accounts as social media intern or social assistant. From there you just gotta work your way up…

 

Head of Insights

What is it?

Chris Bowen who works as Head of insights for Telefonica Digital UK, told us that his role was varied and *very* digital-heavy, in a stats kind of way. “I deliver insights for the Digital team which helps us understand which customers use our digital products and how they use them to assist business decisions. This covers analytics, reporting and campaign targeting…the best part of my role is helping the business and our clients innovate through data.”

Is there tech used on a daily basis?

Sure is. Chris said: “I use reporting dashboards and data tools such as SAS and SQL to analyse and profile customers when they use Digital products and identify new opportunities using data for new digital products/services.”

How you can do it

As well as being plugged into tech, for this role, Chris recommends having a bit of a head for numbers. He said: “Our area is a speciality role so you will need to do courses that specifically focus on statistics skills such as Maths.”

 

Digital Sales

What is it?

Working in digital sales can vary from company to company, but in short, this role is focused on utilising data and numbers to make better business decisions. Kudazai Chunga is a Digital Sales Operations Apprentice and works within a smaller team called Smart-Steps. He told us that “we use anonymised and aggregated data created on the O2 mobile network and on O2 Wifi to influence our business decisions. Our team is split into two sections – public sector and private sector – and I assist both sections with administration tasks as well as support in commercial projects i.e looking for potential clients, looking to see where we have 4g/Wifi connection in venues around the UK.”

Is there tech used on a daily basis?

Yep, but Kudazai told us that you don’t need to be perfect at this when applying for an apprenticeship like his.  “I don’t come from a technical background” he told us, “but I frequently have to create spreadsheets and edit documents so I am always using Microsoft Office either on Excel or Word.”

How you can do it

Apply! Digitally-focused apprenticeships are more common than ever and the latest O2 apprenticeships will be advertised on our opportunities page and over at O2 Careers.

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Digital Illustrator

What is it?

Illustrators are commissioned to produce drawings for use in advertisements, books, magazines, or for a company marketing department or website. There are no formal requirements for the role, but you do have to have studied art or drawing or be very adept at it, with lots of evidence i.e. a strong portfolio.

Is there tech used on a daily basis?

Yep but it’s tech that is very specific to illustrators such as Abdobe Illustrator. You need to be up to date with all the latest programs and feel confident working on many different digital platforms, producing a variety of art.

How you can do it

PRACTICE. And also build up a good network. As Target jobs notes; “freelance illustrators have to be keen networkers to build up a number of contacts and have good business skills. Communication skills are important…you also need to be able to work within an agreed time frame and meet deadlines. Above all, illustrators are creative with excellent artistic skills.”

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