Does the Great Resignation inspire a migration of virtual jobs to the metaverse?
The loud and colorful scenes of the metaverse are here to stay. As the general public searches for a way to avoid the pains of reality, the virtual worlds under construction also offer a break from the usual ways of working.
With land plot prices skyrocketing at Decentraland and the likes of Snoop Dogg investing in the virtual world with The Sandbox, it seems the alternate vision of the future has really started to take shape over the past year.
As we explore current trends shaping the world of work, the labor economy and the Great Resignation are signals of optimism for a healthier and more creative approach, with exciting opportunities outside of traditional work roles.
This is exactly where the metaverse can play a vital role in providing a world where productivity isn’t just associated with hourly labor and hourly wages.
In this new virtual world, cities and scenes can be built around passions. The avatars occupying these spaces will become the first to take advantage of the burgeoning virtual workforce needed to operate, maintain and advance this innovative new technology.
“The whole concept of employment will change – how a person finds a job, where a person lives, what a person does, how long a person works on a project, and how a person interacts with their peers”, Sathya Peri , founder of Gathertown, said.
“People will only accept a job if the incentives and values are clearly aligned.”
Create spaces for avatar communities
Besides the obvious requirement for software developers, real estate acquired in the metaverse presents many job opportunities that help landowners utilize their new virtual spaces.
All kinds of designers, from 3D modeling to graphic design and interior design, are needed in the virtual world. In fact, the metaverse itself does not exist without designers.
Different metaverses will offer a unique range of design tools, such as Vixedit in The Sandbox, Builder in Decentraland, and Minecraft in UpliftWorld, but the commonality between all of them is their requirement for design skills.
Once you’ve mastered a range of techniques, it’s easier to move from one world to another, familiarizing yourself with the different design tools.
Another job that will be in high demand is that of an architect. These new forms of architects will be led to imagine buildings, cities and landscapes like never before.
Don’t be fooled by the title “architect” when it comes to the metaverse. These virtual worlds deconstruct what it means to build exceptional buildings and landscapes. Virtual architects do not have to consider the longevity and sensitivity of materials to weather conditions.
Instead, the opportunities for scale and creativity are opened up, giving way to new design freedoms that have never existed before.
For budding mathematicians, stepping out of the traditional education sector, into the metaverse, breathes new life into numbers lovers. From construction scenes to roads to allocating space for luxury NFT assets like yachts in a harbor, metaverse jobs for creative number buffs are ripe for the taking.
Getting playful when it comes to income streams
New magical lands where players are king and everyone has an equal chance to play to win seemed like a prospect unimaginable just a few years ago. Instead, with blockchain technology, gambling has been transformed into a viable source of income for many.
Miles Anthony, founder of Decentral Games and ICE Poker Lounge, believes that “there currently exists, and there will be more, incentives to participate in the metaverse play-to-win economy, which offers work in the form of play “.
It is now widely recognized in the blockchain world that gamers will play a crucial role in the future of the industry. Gamers, especially in the play-to-win space, will be in demand for the large number of projects currently being built to cater to the blockchain and traditional gaming community.
It might be considered one of the most playful job titles in the Metaverse, but it has a serious side that will lead savvy gamers to plenty of new sources of income.
“Ever since I was a kid, it’s always been my dream to own and raise Pokémon and Digimons. Feed, play, and adventure with them,” Anthony said.
“Well, with the metaverse, all industries will be able to take advantage of the colossal potential of such technology and revolutionize the global economy.”
Game of Throws Founder Aiham Shoaib believes players are in a unique position as we embrace the game-to-win model.
“The metaverse will build an entire economy around it. It will revolutionize all industries and create a ton of new opportunities. For example, ‘Gamer’ will be a full-time job sooner than we think,” he said.
What professions will bring the virtual world to life?
Are you a budding writer struggling to pay your bills? Tell me about that.
Never scared. In the virtual worlds being built, there is a tangible place to launch your writing ambitions and plenty of room for writers, especially storytellers who have experience crafting unique tales and insightful narratives.
In fact, writers with a background in literary studies and philosophy can come up with the ideas needed to expand the lands forming today in the Metaverse, adding depth to the design and architecture within. What will be required of writers are thoughtful stories with attention to detail in prose, characters, and scenes.
“There is an incredible amount of innovation going on. All of us in web 3.0 and especially the metaverses are building products and platforms where end users have no idea what they are for and why they A strong narrative is extremely important if you need large-scale communities to adopt your technology,” noted Charu Sethi, CMO of Unique Network.
The role of the “community manager” came to life in the crypto world as more and more projects relied on their followers to build their brand. This is also true for the metaverse and creative sustainable communities will be a task in every virtual space.
Peri saw this happen in Gathertown.
“The community manager role will extend to developing the culture of a community by hosting virtual experiences that foster deep connections,” she said.
Sethi also believes that creating a community vibe will help unify community members.
“Since Web 3.0 and metaverse ecosystems will be community-driven, one of the key roles that will be valuable is creating a bond between community members,” she said.
“This skill goes beyond managing communities – it’s about bringing them together, creating an atmosphere that makes others want to join us – A Vibe Manager or Vibe head”.
Transfer of skills from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0
Given the reduction in travel due to the global pandemic and the impact on the environment, this seems like a natural progression towards a virtual travel industry.
That doesn’t mean industry talent should be wasted. In fact, the opposite is true, and metaverse planners can appeal to those with experience in the travel industry. Itinerary reservation, product search, price negotiation, ticket reservation, search for the right place; minus hotels, flights, and physical experiences, there is a wide range of transferable skills that can be creatively applied to the needs of the metaverse.
Another must-have skill for avatars looking to flaunt their style will be Fashion Experts.
Your avatar’s sense of style is probably the best way to express the virtual version of your personality at this particular moment. This means that wearables are going to be important in the future of the Metaverse.
With the rise of wearables will come a demand from fashion gurus. In reality, personal buyers are for the elite, only those who have truly succeeded or won the lottery will have the luxury of having their own personal buyer.
However, this is a new version of reality, and the ability for each avatar to have its own personal buyer might be achievable in the not-too-distant future.
Managing the metaverse will involve a lot of exciting new job opportunities.
As the big quit snowballs, where will people spend their time and how will people stay productive in a world where automation and AI are replacing much of the manual jobs?
According to a recent study by MIT and Boston University, robots could replace up to 2 million more workers in manufacturing alone by 2025.
The metaverse offers a solution to this gap in demand for traditional skills by reinventing the idea of work in a post-work virtual world.
As the cities of the metaverse take shape, so will the workforce of the future.