Ernst Cline's epic adventure Ready Player One caught the eye and interest of many - well actually, one person: Steven Spielberg. He readily accepted the challenge by taking the futurist novel and bringing it to the present.

Ready Player One by Ernst Cline - Image supplied by Penguin Random HouseReady Player One by Ernst Cline - Image supplied by Penguin Random House

In the past we had ideas of what the future would look like: some virtual reality fused with fiction and of course, our non-fiction bouquet of literature, films, television and other popular culture.

At some stage in this vision the animated series Captain N: The Game Master and the gaming series Sims seemed to touch on this virtual world and serve as previews of what could be our future ways of living.

Films and series that inspire careers in the environmental field.

Bill Nye Saves the World - Image Credit and Copyright: © NetflixBill Nye Saves the World - Image Credit and Copyright: © Netflix

There’s no arguing that we need intervention possibly from superheroes like Superman or for those who are not too young to remember, Captain Planet. We however in reality need ordinary individuals who are willing to put their focus on the world in which we live on and love.

Popular culture has been an inspiring tipping point for many a career from finance to legal - to even sporting careers, books, films and television. It has ignited young pioneers of the future. This is ever-prevalent as the future pioneers of the planet seek the next start-up, adventure or graduate recruitment prospect in the open corporate world. It is perhaps a saddening factor that a talent pool of such great career-seekers tend to overlook the need to champion opportunities in perhaps the best office space available - the natural environment of earth...

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The Future of the Gap Year - think bigger and get inspired!

What is all the fuss about space age?

In a world hyped up by trending ideas, technology, fast moving consumables and financial bubbles, individuals, no matter the age, find themselves looking to escape from the chaos or ensuing hustle and bustle after their studies or in-between jobs, take on a gap year.

The idea of a gap year gives the individual the time and space to figure out what their next move will be in their life, education or career path. As open as a gap year seems however, breaking away from a normal routine represents change that at times an individual is reluctant to make – but really needs.

The gap year provides one with the opportunity to engage in travel adventures, studying abroad, try out various new career paths, or can be just the simple act of switching off from the world to catch one's breath again.

Dynamic careers - handle with care! Image source: Bigstock® Image Credit and Copyright: © tashatuvango

Dynamic careers - handle with care! Image source: Bigstock® Image Credit and Copyright: © tashatuvango

Changing a career is never easy - full stop. Every career is unique and original - just as every individual is one of a kind.

This sense of uniqueness is even more prevalent in life when the individual feels stuck in the mud and seeks the need for a change in jobs. A common course of action is to challenge their current career path.

Reasons can vary from the need for a better salary, looking for career growth or just simply a need for a change of scenery. The 1999 film Office Space is loosely based on this scenario and provided some entertaining examples of what individuals will do to seek a career revamp.

So how does one go about changing a career? We examine five examples of career changing points...

1. Go get it: In many cases individuals actively seek employment in another company, generally within the same industry as it is an easier move to make. However, it sometimes loops back to the reason why they initially needed a change. Check out: or Glassdoor or LinkedIn

2.  Get recruited: Connecting with a recruitment company or head-hunter to seek a new career opportunity for individuals has become a common approach to taking the next step. Visit Korn Ferry as a top example.

3. Company culture: Changing job role or position within a company is also another option. Companies who invest in their employees see logic within promoting individuals and allowing for fresh perspectives within the business itself. This would illustrate a clear link of understanding between human resources, management and employees.

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 20172017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

- and did 2018 just sneak up on the world?

The year 2017 has whizzed by so fast that it was only at the start of the year that Bitcoin (the crypto currency) went from 999 dollars a unit to over ten thousand - a record pace that pretty much sums up the the above statement.

The year has seen an energetic and intense pace that shifted through politics, technology, space travel, business, sport and entertainment - it wasn’t a boring year at all! It just got very difficult to keep track of what happened so we will be zipping through some notable points.

The Career spin - keep yourself grounded because we are about to go beyond the stars soon...

Years ago, becoming an astronaut was not just a futuristic concept, but a rather outlandish and out of this world idea. Today it is being developed as a tangible system paving the way for future travel, expeditions and fact-finding missions. It seems that an adventure on Mars is not that far away...

The Earth, as odd as it sounds, can now be viewed as a baseline or platform from which to launch missions but still needs to be maintained as a home and so keeping it safe is still a primary focal point..

Careers that shook 2017 -

Any career in politics. The global political system as we once knew it, has totally changed and perhaps what seemed like a robust sector had its layers peeled away revealing a raw fragility. Providing an open season of sorts for individuals in the sector to enter and leave high-profile political positions.

Unemployment: it is real and its only getting worse

Details from both the International Labour Organization (ILO) and The World Bank Group, showed unemployment in 2016 to stand at 199,4 million and estimated that in 2017 it would jump up by a further 1,1 million.

Popular culture: When Thor met Led Zeppelin

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios' THOR: RAGNAROK..Asgard ©Marvel Studios 2017

2017 Year in Review - Marvel Studios' THOR: RAGNAROK..Asgard ©Marvel Studios 2017

The anticipated hype of 2017 in terms of film and television series, simmered out quickly and didn’t shake much. HBO and Netflix provided the backbone of binge watching, however Thor: Ragnarok took the world by storm with its official teaser trailer. Yes, a teaser trailer that caught the eye of the planet but not by its content, but by its backing soundtrack. By using Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, the feature brought a tantalizing earful to a generation that perhaps didn’t even know of one of the famous bands of all time and even more so, politically touch a nerve on the current world issues...

Chester Bennington's death sent a shock wave that left a numbing feeling in most, as his voice powered a world of inspiration. Sadly, his death was part of an amalgamation of a large list of celebrity deaths within the year - which we will not morbidly exhume here.

Sport: a year of hopefully specials

Between the 25th and the 29th of August, Shai Hope of the West Indies cricket team gave the planet a glimpse of something special with twin hundreds in the second test match against England. It was a powerful standpoint that the sporting world hadn’t lost its moments of absolute class and sporting moments etched into history.

While we paused to remember former tennis champion Jana Novotná, we also took time to reflect on the dangers of extreme sport with the death of Daniel Hegarty. It was good to also understand that accidents off the track are just as severe as on the track as illustrated by the tragic loss of Nicky Hayden.

2017 Year in Review - Image source and copyright 2017 Sony Corporation
2017 Year in Review - Image source and copyright 2017 Sony Corporation

Whilst the world's technology companies raced to see who could get to Mars and back. Sony rebooted its Aibo robot dog - bringing home the future once again.

Education: Student Debt and the affordable education system.

The USA has become the global sound board for what can only be classified as an epidemic in terms of student debt. Between countries that offer free education, high quality learning facilities and paid for systems, the balance of student financial management has become so stressful that the calibre of graduate and working individuals being churned out the system is under dire pressure. As the USA sits above the Trillion Dollar mark in student debt, one can’t help but think that if a substantial solution is not put into place to help develop a better global education market, the future of higher education looks like a monstrous black hole!

What to expect in 2018 - The Next Generation Individual

How the world's ‘short game’ is currently crippling a long-term future...

Every year the team tries to put forward a path way of sorts into what could be exciting and genuinely awesome for the year on the horizon. And it seems that fixing current problems and not considering a deeper future is what the planet has positioned itself for. No better example of this can be seen by the characteristics of Global Warming – the signals that where alarmed decades ago that are now beginning to come to light.
Check out NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming and Sky Ocean Rescue.

So, this year we would like to initiate a year of change - pushing for stronger education systems and hardened career paths while looking after the environment to sustain the lives of the future inhabitants. Pushing for the next generation of individual...

In need of a genuine shake up -

Global education systems are in a desperate need of being able to cater for an affordable education system. It is about setting up a system to breed a top talent pool. Enabling the creation of a more available and accessible world-class education to the planets future generation. Changes of such, sit strongly with national education divisions and governmental departments, so this will take some time to motion.

Films worth the anticipation...

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse © Sony Pictures
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse © Sony Pictures

Making careers adaptable -

The creation of jobs and skilling individuals into long term career paths is not as easy as it sounds. With AI on the up and galactic career opportunities a buzz with futuristic noise, individuals need to adapt themselves dynamically to a changing career market. With all the new opportunities to arise mainly from new technology: from AI, cryptocurrency, space travel and social media driven careers and politics, the new year is nothing shy of excitement and adventure – see you there!