OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:59 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:59 30 May 2017


Vlogging career? Grow up and get a real job

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I can be honest and say when I grew up I wanted to be a spy. Sadly that didn’t happen, I am not a spy. But that is exactly what a spy would say, so at least I got to do part of the job.

The classic ones that you might have wanted to be were doctor, firefighter, train driver and teacher.

We dreamed of growing up to see our working conditions affected by the government.

It always seemed so unoriginal when a child said they wanted to be a teacher when they grew up.

They were probably asked the question by a teacher. That shows poor improvisation skills. The kind of person who, when they have to think of a fake name to give a charity collector in the street, call themselves Pen Clipboardson.

A new survey of the things today’s children want to grow up to be has been released and most want to be YouTubers and vloggers.

Of course they do. Given a choice between a real job and sitting around just commenting about things – of course they want the easy ride.

I can’t judge, I sit in a room and talk about things for a living too. I’m not a millionaire like Zoella but I don’t look as good on a webcam.

One in five children want to start their own YouTube channel and that’s fine but don’t expect it to lead to a career. You want to have the skills of a real job behind you before you dabble in those long shots.

While Zoella is a millionaire most other people on YouTube have to live with the knowledge they get fewer views than cats. And no one wants to be that when they grow up.

•Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly East London News Review with the Recorder. You can download all of the podcasts or on iTunes

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