The metaverse is the future of the workplace. With a potential to deliver a R2.3-trillion boost to the global economy by 2025, the metaverse is set to become a significant contributor to the world economy, according to an assessment conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The term metaverse was coined in 1992 by science fiction novelist Neal Stephenson. After Facebook changed its name to Meta to reflect its strategic focus on making this sci-fi vision a reality, the term metaverse entered the mainstream.
The metaverse is a virtual reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users. If this is what the future holds, then our teens are well placed to begin planning a successful career path in this space.
To help with direction, here are four examples of university degrees that could set them up for success, as suggested by Crimson Education.
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1. A law degree
More and more people are creating digital art, buying properties and opening businesses in the metaverse making metaverse lawyers absolutely necessary in building and upholding a digital legal system.
2. Asset management
With large companies and financial institutions venturing into the metaverse, universities will need to teach students how to manage and invest money in the real world and the digital one.
Job opportunities as digital asset advisors will open soon, providing suggestions on investments in Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), blockchains like Ethereum, or even virtual collector's items.
3. Software engineering
Companies will need graduates in large-scale system design, networking and data storage, and artificial intelligence to build a seamless virtual experience.
While schools will need to start laying the foundations for this knowledge, universities are expected to dedicate more resources to studying and developing the metaverse.
4. Art and the Humanities
The look and feel of a virtual universe draw the average person in, which means that metaverse avatar stylists, journalists, and Chief Meme Officers will put their humanities degree to use by bringing fun to the online world.
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