Thanks to the internet, a host of careers that previously didn’t exist now do. From vlogging to digital influencing, to UX designing, and so much more in between, it seems there is an endless list of professions that didn’t exist when our parents were young that many young people have created for themselves and are flourishing in.
It doesn’t come as a surprise then that many parents either do not understand or care for what their young millennial/Gen Z children do for work especially when those careers are non-traditional. There are also, of course, the parents who understand and even those who don’t but still give their unwavering support. We asked six Nigerian creatives who are working in non-traditional jobs to interview their parents on what they think their kids do for work.
Here’s what Immanuel’s dad has to say about Immanuel’s job as a social media strategist and event planner.
‘‘When you told me you wanted to be a creative I thought of your school fees (laughs) and wished you had made the decision earlier. I probably wouldn’t have allowed you major in creative arts as your only major. We’ve always allowed you to choose your path but we also know how uncertain the world can be. It’s always important to have a tangible degree in an established field – then you can do you extracurriculars. Anything that doesn’t make you money is extracurricular! I think you’ve had some moderate success and are much more certain in what you want to do than you were when you moved back. I would still want you to get a monthly salaried job and do all this media stuff on the weekends. But I will support you as best as I can – within reason.’’