With all the evolutions of our society these last decades, many trades have appeared thanks to the development of the technology and also thanks to the modernization. Jobs that were not necessary a few years ago but which today we really appreciate them. Whether in the digital or in the well-being, these new professions are also at the heart of new concerns such as happiness or environment.
Chief Happiness Officer or CHO: happiness at the heart of concerns
When working in a big or small company, an agency or a start-up, it’s important to feel good about it. Why ? Because our work represents a lot of time in our life, so much to go with pleasure than backwards and it also brings a better productivity so everyone is happy. That’s why the job of Chief Happiness Officer first appeared in the early 2000s in Silicon Valley thanks to a former US engineer, Chade-Meng Tan, a Google employee, who decided to change lanes and become the first CHO. Following this, this new position began to develop in American start-ups and then in European and French companies.
Even if we can smile at the title of “Director General of Happiness”, the missions of M or Mrs Bonheur are elaborated: to create a positive work culture, to improve relations and to create a link. For this he will also organize fun activities: happy hours, afterworks, creative activities or take charge of sports subscriptions …
In absolute terms, it must be ensured that nothing hinders the work of employees. The Chief Happiness Officer / CHO will reflect on new tools, schedules, mobility of employees with teleworking opportunities and also on the evolution of the employee in the company, team cohesion, training …
UX / UI Designer: A New Job
The professions of UX designer or UI designer are jobs that are still quite rare in France since these trades are still associated with trades connoted “geek”. They began to grow in the United States in 1995 thanks to an Apple employee, Donald Norman who is the first to have claimed “UX Architect”.
UX designer means “User Experience” meaning “user experience” in French, while UI designer means “User Interface”, “user interface” in French. These are two different professions that come together and form a team work or are performed by the same person.
UX and UI are two different things, do not confuse them and especially do not restrict the UX to the UI. In fact the UI (the user interface) is the link between the human and the machine. This is what the Internet user will use to surf the site without too much head (typography, organization of elements …). It is the pretty and pleasant aspect of a site. But a beautiful functional site is not enough for the customer to be filled!
The UI is actually the tip of the iceberg! It is the result of research work on the user experience (UX), ie the global reflection on the needs of the user Internet. So the UX brings solutions to the problems and needs of the user. That’s why a good UX and UI designer is totally impacting on the development of a website.
Eco-designer: renewal through recycling
The eco-designer is a profession that began to develop especially since the 90s in Northern Europe. It is Victor Papanek who is the first thinker of the creation of responsible products which do not impact the environment. This idea of 0 impact is from the beginning of the creation of the product to its final utility through recyclable materials and therefore disapproves and refuses industrial products. We are not only talking about eco-design, but also about eco-design, ecological design, sustainable design or responsible design. All these different terms evoke the same thing: the intention to create products that respect the principles of sustainable development with recycled products or raw materials that are recyclable.
Even if these trades are not yet popular and well known, in France, there is an agency that encourages companies to use eco-design approaches, it is the Agency of the Environment and Control of Energy is headquartered in Angers, but it exists throughout France.
Entomocultor: want new flavors?
It was not thought that this kind of job would once see the day in France, even if it is not extraordinary in Western countries to eat edible insects. Breeder of edible insects is to ensure the good health, the development but also the reproduction of insects.
It is Romain Fessard, in 2009, who launched the first site of sale of edible insects: insectscomestibles.fr following his trip to Thailand where he tasted for the first time edible insects. After this discovery and this adventure that is becoming more and more important, in 2014, he decided to conquer the European market by creating the first European agri-food subsidiary of edible insects: Entotech.
Thanks to this creation, many people are now freelancing as edible insects breeders and several companies are created for breeding insects.
Massager for animals: well-being for all!
This is a profession that is very well exercised in the United States, recognized in Japan and Sweden but still remains obscure in France, even if the trend is starting to become known as for example the body of dog massage: Chien Zen (=Dog Zen).
Canine massage was created in the United States in 1995 by Jonathan Rudinger who works in collaboration with veterinarians. He has developed a technique that is adapted to all canine morphologies and following this he opened his school to transmit his knowledge and techniques.
In France, it is mainly dog massage associations that are created, even if the profession begins to develop.
Do not hesitate to tell us if you practice one of these trades, we would like to do interviews! 😉