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Aspiring for the Future: Changing Career Dreams in the Digital Age

Updated: Oct 25, 2023


What do US teens want to be when they grow up - The Vault Ohio
What do US teens want to be when they grow up

"What's your dream job?" - A question that has echoed through generations, prompting answers that reflect the changing landscape of our society. While in the past, aspirations might have been centered around cinema or live performances, today's youth are influenced by the digital revolution, especially the surge in social media platforms.

A recent study conducted by YouGov in 2021, adjusted for age and gender, revealed some intriguing insights about the aspirations of American teenagers. While there were commonalities, the top choices for boys and girls diverged significantly.

For young males, 12% aspired to be professional athletes, closely followed by 11% who wished to carve a niche as online content creators. Traditional aspirations like becoming a musician (6%) or pursuing a career in medicine (5%) still lingered, but just made it to the top five. On the other hand, 13% of young females aimed for a career in healthcare, with 11% dreaming of gracing the silver screen as actresses.

Interestingly, the aspiration to become a YouTuber, streamer, or vlogger was prominent among both genders, underscoring the swift rise in the influence and earning potential of online personalities. This shift is further validated by data from the Influencer Marketing Hub, which highlighted that the influencer marketing industry has grown twofold since 2019, reaching a staggering value of $16.4 billion in 2022.


Empowering the Youth: TheVaultOhio's Initiative In line with the evolving aspirations of today's youth, organizations are stepping up to provide meaningful opportunities for teenagers. One such commendable initiative is by TheVaultOhio. This organization is not just offering jobs but is actively investing in the future by hiring teenagers. Their aim is not merely to provide work experience but to foster personal and professional growth. By immersing teens in real-world job scenarios, TheVaultOhio equips them with essential skills that go beyond the workplace, preparing them for the challenges of life. Such platforms are crucial in bridging the gap between aspirations and reality, ensuring that the youth are well-prepared for the future, irrespective of their dream job.

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