The major news stories of 2002 included the nation saying goodbye to the Queen Mother, who sadly passed away at the age of 101; Rio Ferdinand becoming the most expensive British transfer when he made the switch from Leeds United to Manchester United for £30 million; the nation was introduced to Jade Goody in series 3 of Big Brother and Pop Idol winner, Will Young, celebrated with the biggest selling single of the year.

Can you believe at this time we still hadn’t engaged in social media and that MySpace (remember that?), was still a year away from being developed? Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were still pipe dreams at this time. Our phones were wap enabled, if we were lucky, and the thought of ordering food or a taxi without ringing someone, seemed like light years away! Fast-forward fifteen years and the likes of Deliveroo and Uber are now just a press of a button away. In this blog we look at five jobs which weren’t around fifteen years ago and how they have been developed over time.

App Developer

The fact that mobile phones have only become a ‘must have’ item since the turn of the century goes to show how quickly things have developed. Who can remember the solid Nokia 3310, loved by so many due to its indestructible build quality and the addictive game ‘snake’? It was with the 3310 that I first discovered WAP technology. Imagine going on the internet, all be it very slowly and very costly from anywhere in the world, to check football scores? Technology has moved quickly with the introduction of smartphones in the mid 00’s, which meant that your phone was no longer built for just making calls, it was now seen as a mobile computer. These days smartphones are available at a very low cost, with 81% of mobile phone users in the UK owning one. So it’s not surprising that app developers are in high demand. There is literally an app for everything. It’s hard to imagine that an app developer didn’t exist as a role fifteen years ago but, with an ever-increasing online focus for businesses, App Developer vacancies and similar roles can only increase.

Social Media Manager

In the past fifteen years social media has come and gone in the form of Myspace, Friends Reunited and Bebo….. This was the start of something and now we can find multiple platforms with the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat. When the current market leader, Facebook, was launched in 2004, it was to help connect university students but now, thirteen years down the line, it is a platform used for pretty much everything. You can now use it as a search engine, upload videos and apply for jobs. A lot of businesses employ a social media manager to engage with customers daily through these channels and act as the voice of the business owners.

SEO Expert

If you’d have muttered the letters SEO to me fifteen years ago, I would’ve looked at you strangely and thought that you had been watching too much Sesame Street with the words brought to you by Big Bird and Co! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps websites rank within search engines and improves the visibility of the company. An SEO Expert will research and analyse trends and best practices online to develop strategies which aim to improve the business ranking online. The aim is to increase the level of traffic to a website by using keywords.


Blogging has been around since the 1990’s when it was, more often than not, used as an online diary. With the emergence of such sites as Huffington Post and Buzzfeed showing us that blogging is a really effective way of communicating with your fans and customer base. The Huffington Post has over 110 million monthly unique users and is a great example of how good quality content can be turned into a viable business model. Many businesses now employ content writers/bloggers to communicate with their target audience.

Cloud Computing Specialist

If you’d have said that you have data stored on the cloud in 2002, most folk would have looked at you and thought that you were sending things in to the air attached to a helium balloon! In 2017, it’s a commonly used term to store things remotely to enable you to access it anywhere in the world. It could be pictures, video or work documents. The term first came about in 2006, at a conference by Eric Schmidt, who described Google’s approach to software as ‘Cloud computing’.  Fat forward eleven years and storing data on the cloud is the preferred option to back up your documents, as a secure way of keeping those important files safe.

These are just five examples of how the job world has transformed in the past fifteen years and who knows what the next fifteen years holds in the recruitment world and what job roles will be discovered in the future? Many people in the technology industry are predicting that AI will be rolled out in the next few years. Examples of this are driver-less vehicles and fast food cooks taking the roles which are currently held by humans. Watch this space for our forthcoming blog titled ‘Which roles will be developed in the next fifteen years’.

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