Is sitting on the couch at home smashing in the keys of your gaming console one of your favourite ways to unwind?
Maybe you tune into some of your favourite casters on Twitch a little more often than you’d like…
Your mom might be telling you to go and do something more productive with your life and you should listen to her. Just bear in mind, however, all that practice could have very well set you up for a shiny and promising future career working with drones!
Over the years, working with drones appears to have transitioned from being a geeky hobby for tech-enthusiasts to one of the most prominent and in-demand commercial skills of our era.
They’re used in numerous industries across the board for various functional tasks that range from data gathering and analysis to the delivery of goods and even in the entertainment sector.
Try them out and you might find that UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are surprisingly simple to control, rife with interesting features and equipped with some serious technology. Gamers often possess the skills necessary to take on the challenges that drone careers present.
Anyone who’s ever played popular First-Person-Shooter games (like Counterstrike or Call of Duty) should know the intense level of hand-to-eye coordination used in taking opponents out. Outstanding coordination can come in handy when aiming, searching for items and tactically manoeuvring through virtual maps. Working with drones can make huge use of the same abilities and you can expect to have to use keys and buttons with precision at work.
Huge amounts of determination
Gamers are kind of known for having quite a relentless sense of determination (think about that pesky level boss that you just HAVE to beat or that maze that you spend days cracking your skull over). When it comes to fulfilling a mission, gamers tend to have that ‘get up and try again’ attitude. This could also arise out of one of the characteristics of gamification (building addictive experiences). When it comes to drone-related careers (and life in general), not stopping until the mission is complete is a handy trait to hone. Industrial drone piloting jobs may often require you to put tedious hours into finishing a task but if you find the thrill of a challenge exciting and that rush of dopamine upon victorious completion rewarding, this could be the career path for you.
Familiar with multiple interfaces
The Internet of Things has brought about a surge of new capabilities and, while the technology may be pretty complex, interfaces have been created to enhance user-friendliness. However, even then, ordinary people may be completely lost when confronted with the features of drone-related interfaces. Gamers (particularly of the fighter jet and pilot game variety) seem to have a rather uncanny ability, picking up complex controls with ease. It seems that they’re just more comfortable with making sense of a bunch of numbers, buttons and lines than others. These days, drones that use controllers that are not too different from game console controllers can be found and, while some interfaces may be a little more complicated than Dota 2 or PUBG, seasoned gamers shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the hang of things.
Perform well under pressure
A game can gain a following among players due to the addition of tremendously stress-inducing elements that keep gameplay exciting and challenging. Gamers that have the ability to perform exceptionally well under pressure could thrive in many drone-based missions. Even the military requires candidates who have adapted well to working under pressure and, if you’re a rehabilitated game addict, military drone missions may be the closest you’ll ever get to Command & Conquer.
True-blue gamers should find themselves relating very well to this point. Video games are often structured in such a way that players have to focus on more than just one thing at a time. This should generally mean that gamers have a flair for multitasking, a skill that’s apparently particularly integral to some instances of drone-based work. Drones may have moving cameras. There may also be a number of things to pay attention to while performing a commercial or industrial task.
Gamers, put your skills to good use! The drone industry could offer many promising opportunities. Make an impact on the world around you by overcoming difficulties, solving problems and facing challenges that may prove much more daunting to someone who has never touched a controller in his or her life.
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