Turning hobbies into careers

    Pictured launching Kainos CodeCamp are Conor McCourt, Joseph Armstrong (University of Ulster), Christopher O’Hagan (Kainos) Chloe McAteer, Sarah Quinn (Kainos) Chloe Mullan, Michael Dunwoody and Eamon Compston

    One in eight people has turned a hobby into a career in industries including technology and music, according to new research.

    A study by Microsoft Windows showed that younger adults were finding work as professional vloggers, coders or in the computer games industry.

    A survey of more than 2,200 adults found that photography and cooking were also popular hobbies people would like to turn into a career.

    One in five people aged between 25 and 34 has started a job thanks to a hobby, rising to two fifths among under 25s.


    :: More than 13,000 seasonal jobs are being advertised for the summer, including bar staff ahead of the football World Cup and part-time tutors for the school holidays, research shows.

    A study by jobs site Adzuna found the number of summer vacancies is up by 9.5 per cent compared with last year.

    Stewards and bar staff are needed for festivals and sporting events, while some of the highest paying positions include teaching English and summer camp co-ordinators.

    Most of the job adverts specify previous experience, said Adzuna.

    Spokesman Andrew Hunter said: "For students, or those soon to enter the full-time workforce, summer work experience can provide not only a lucrative way to while away the holidays, but also a chance to flex their job-hunting muscles and show employers the kind of value they can add in their chosen career."


    :: The’s biggest coding workshop for teens, Kainos CodeCamp, returns for its sixth year, from July 16-27, with the application process opening from this weekend.

    Run by Belfast-based digital services and platforms provider Kainos in association with Queen’s University, CodeCamp invites 14-to-18 years old STEM students to apply for a place on either the Foundation Course or the newly introduced Advanced Course. Some 150 Foundation Course students, will learn how to build a working app from scratch, develop their knowledge of coding and their professional and business skills.

    STEM students aged 17 to 18 years old or those aged 14 to 16 years old who have previously attended CodeCamp are eligible to apply for one of the 50 places offered on the Advanced Course, where they’ll learn about HTML, CSS and Java Script and develop their own websites with the guidance of professional mentors from Kainos and Queen’s. All attendees will hear inspirational talks, from guest speakers on everything from cyber-crime to artificial intelligence.

    The two-week camp will give attendees the chance to boost their skills in computing technology and coding, ultimately inspiring them to pursue IT careers.

    Gemma Crothers, tech outreach manager at Kainos, said; “We have been inundated with requests already for this year’s event. We're working hard to address the substantial digital skills gap and especially the underrepresentation of females that exists across the UK, in our sector.

    "It is essential that we inspire and educate young people about IT. Their futures will be determined by a digital society and we want to show them what technology looks like as a career.”

    Applications for places on Kainos CodeCamp will include a 250-word statement on why the student would like to attend and why they will benefit from it. Students can apply at codecamp.kainos.com