Generation Y. New agers. Hipsters. Millennials. This rabid fascination with the young generation of the 21st century has been exponential – people want to know what we are about!

Gone are the days where the ‘youngsters’ were written off as being reckless and unmotivated. A high functioning adult in this new age society is one that is not limited by age and lack of experience; we have arrived and the world is taking notice. Making it big at 25 is more common than you would like to think.

Due credit must be given to the increase in graduate schemes and fresher training programs, for this elevates the level of responsibility that entry level job seekers are given. Yet these are few and far between. The rise of the galaxy of the interwebs ( a.k.a the World Wide Web) has been instrumental for growth of alternative career options, largely relying on the power of the Internet amongst those tech-savvy young-uns.

The real kicker? These careers have no age restrictions; what’s more, being young is an advantage! Individuals as young as 15 and 16 have prominent online personalities and are attracting the masses in a huge way – young people share similar thoughts and feelings and the ease at which you relate to them has allowed these personalities to monetise on their influence and make an honest living out of something that is truly enjoyable!

These career paths probably didn’t exist a decade ago but they sure are raking in the dough now.

  • Online stores market the world at a click of a finger, usually reserved for high end stores has opened up for young designers with a penchant for fashion to market their wares and build their own brand. A website that allows for customized goods to be sold on the Internet marketplace with essentially ZERO startup costs.

  • Blogging; once seen as a hobby and a creative outlet for those closet writers has become a multimillion dollar industry, with online blogs being preferred for their personal feel. Tavi Gevinson began her fashion blog at the tender age of 12 and now at 18, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine. And if that’s not enough, that magazine has some pretty famous guest contributors: Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Paul Rudd – just to name a few!

  • Youtube, a space seen for cat videos and unfortunate physical mishaps, has become one of the fastest growing industries over the past two years. Book deals, product launches, television shows have all followed popular Youtubers, with some having over 20 million subscribers (yep, that’s MILLION). Felix Kjellberg currently has over 31 million subscribers to his Youtube gaming channel probably making close to 4 million dollars per year from ad revenue; pretty good for a guy who started his channel to kill time.

  • Vine; yes, that six second app with the loop function has led to some breakout stars – companies pay millions ( there’s that word again) for strategic product placements. Easily seen as the King of Vines, this fresh faced 16 year old has conquered the app, with a strong 7.9 million following and movie to follow. He’s had his fair share of foot in mouth comments but you can’t deny his success.

It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and be swayed by this type of instant fame – and who really knows how long this is going to last? Crossovers to more mainstream careers are still the end goal of many of these entities ( even if they do deny it) but for right now, they are riding high on their successes.

Team Internet, I salute you. You are redefining the concept of a career and allowing for those creative juices to flow freely.

Don’t let the critics drag you down and don’t let your age hold you back – ‘Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.’ – Leroy Paige.