India is a land of engineers and one cannot simply deny that upon seeing the current scenario. One of the hilarious scenes from a famous Hindi movie, 3 Idiots had just made it to the point, where the father of a ‘just arrived’ son uttered, “mera beta Engineer banega” (My child will become an Engineer). The words felt like a thunderclap to the boy who didn’t even know in what language was the man in front of him, is speaking. Fun-fact : With a factory output of 1.5 million engineering graduates passing out every year (which also runs the risk of not getting a job at all for almost 40% of them) India holds about 2000 Engineering colleges , with 700 colleges alone in Andhra Pradesh itself.( That’s phenomenal!)
The second “acceptable” and “dignified” profession is to become a Doctor. India CAN produce a force of 50 thousand doctors every year, with better regulation of medical education. Undeterred by which, India accounts for about 10 lakh doctors and other medically engaged professionals in the year 2014. Yet, the government has clearly stated the shortage in terms of “quality of medical facilities”.
As reported, there is only one doctor for every 1700 people in the country. Maybe that is reason why, Indian parents consider it to be their societal duty to give the country, good numbers of doctors at the cost of their own child’s dreams.
A reality check: Out of those million of students, nearly 20- 30% are exposed to the risk of not getting a job at all. Whereas ,the large percentage of the ‘fortunate’ ones who do end up getting a job after an engineering degree take up jobs which are well below their technical qualifications, since the supply far outnumbers the demand. They do not get jobs for which they are qualified or ‘suitable’ jobs, which makes the matter even worse. Also, the staggering growth of IT industry in India has slowed down to a 10.2% growth rate at present. The demand for qualified professionals has also been understandably gone down too.
Such critical situation only calls for a better investment in the field of IT and Engineering sector or opting for a more rational and easier-to-do solution, GET A LIFE BEYOND ENGINEERING!
With the growing popularity of up-coming business ideas and startups offering interesting and stable opportunities , one must not just confined his/her potential to the professions which gives them ‘respect’ in the society. Even, a corrupt politician or a money-eating police man earns the so called ‘respect’ (at least on their face), but that does not imply for each one of us should become a politician or a police man. Another dialogue from the same movie, i.e., 3 IDIOT, says, “kaamyab mat bano, kabil bano”( there is no need to strike hard for success, rather focus on being capable in what you do). Rather than taking into consideration of other’s opinion including your own parents, one should try to achieve what they actually are actually passionate for.
So, here’s a list of some of unconventional job opportunities in India that also offer good career prospects. Many of them could even pay you higher than salary of a doctor or an average engineer.
Love chocolates? If yes, (with a witty smile and an instant nod) then you are born for this job. A Chocolatier is an expert who uses his/her wide knowledge of flavor, texture, history and other aspects of chocolates to create delicious and mouth-watering confectioneries, deserts, cakes, candies and sweets out of chocolate and other related products. Chocolatier can become an entrepreneur, by tying up with corporate houses, florists, bakeries, and gift shops to market their products.
Some of the institutes in India offering the same are:
- Chocolate Academy, Mumbai
- Barry Callebaut India Private Limited, Mumbai
- Craft and Social Development Organization, New Delhi
- Swisswrap Chocolate Academy, Mumbai
- MAPP – Magnificence Academy of Packaging Professionals, New Delhi
- SOMMELIER/WINE TASTER
Gulping down bottles of wine just for free. Sounds interesting?
Here’s another upcoming profession to rightly serve your taste buds, Sommelier or wine taster. A Sommelier is the one, who can help in understanding the different types of wine and help pair wines with specific foods. Wine tasters also help choose wines for various restaurants that would go well with their menu. Another interesting option is to organize wine tasting tours in vineyards in India. Wine experts can also write articles on wines for lifestyle magazines. Also, there is a Sommelier championship held in India to provide a platform to the budding professionals in the field of wine tasting.
Some of the institutes offering this course are:
- Wine Academy of India ( WAI), Chennai
- Register to WSET course
- Vinecrest India, Delhi
- Institute of Wine and Beverage studies
- KBR School of wine, Mumbai
- PET GROOMER/ GROOMING
Are you an animal lover? If yes, then say yes to this alternate career option of pet grooming. If have you always earned success in taking good care of the pets, whether or not they belong to you, you may turn out to be the best for your client’s pet as well. As the name suggested, a pet groomer is expected to ensure the hygiene and adequate cleanliness of the pets, ensuring that any kind of wound or disease which the pet may be exposed to is healed along with enhancing better relationships between the pet and the owner as well .Regular grooming is considered essential to ensure improved life span and heath of the pets, and this is the reason this career option is growing popularly, specifically to fulfill needs of upper-middle class and high-class families who wish to provide all comforts of life to their darling pets.
Some of the companies which also offer this course for learning are:
- Scoopy Scrub,Delhi
- Fuzzy Wuzzy Professional Pet Grooming School, Bangalore
- ETHICAL HACKER
Are you into the world of computer and its fascinating codes?
Hacking down your friend’s social network profile is a mere source of ‘fun’ for you? Then this could be your professional goal. An Ethical Hacker is a certified hacker is a qualification obtained by assessing the security of computer systems, using penetration testing techniques. Many big companies and government agencies look for ethical hackers for various security purposes. An ethical hacker must have a good knowledge of coding in different programming languages. The average salary ranges between Rs.2-5 lakhs for a fresher, and after an experience of five to six years, you can easily command a salary of Rs. 10-12 lakhs annually, depending upon your skills! (Still thinking to apply for IIM?)
Some of the courses where one can apply are:
- Indian School of Ethical Hacking ( ISOEH), Kolkata
- Institute of Information Security, Mumbai, Pune,Delhi, Chandigarh
- Even short courses are offered by many IT companies like Arizona Infotech ( Pune)
- DANCE THEREPIST
Do you have happy feet at dancing? The energy and the magic created with the snappy dance steps over the groovy music can even heal depression or any kind of stress, a person maybe undergoing. That’s what this profession is based upon, ‘dance away with worries’. A
Dance therapist uses the psychotherapeutic body movement and dance to support intellectual and emotional functions of the body. Rather than teaching dance, therapists try to assess the individual's needs and issues. Then they initiate and help develop movement patterns, taking off from the physical-emotional-intellectual level of their clients. People with background in dance and psychology can opt for this exciting career option.
Organizations such as the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India is one of the pioneer organizations in the country that offers sessions in dance and movement therapy and have been hugely successful in helping people deal with stress and anxiety better.
- PERSONAL SHOPPERS
Do you believe in your strengths of shopping right? If yes, then you should imagine a scenario where you would be paid for it! There are often certain circumstances where one cannot find adequate time to devote for shopping, like organizing wedding can itself be a burden which can be topped with an additional headache for shopping, this when the ‘personal shopper’ pops up into the scene. They help you decide you look for an occasion, keeping in mind your style and help you shop. It's like being a stylist and a shopper, all At once.
Who knows you may be even appointed by celebrities across various fields to be their shopping assistant. Sounds fascinating!
In India there are several image consultant training institutes to groom your knowledge in this field. Online certificate courses can also be received for the same (Visit the official website of IAP Career College)
Diving deep into the unknown fathoms of the ocean and having a glance of the life beneath the visions of the others – this could be your daily routine if you choose to be an oceanographer. Oceanographers or mariners cover a wide range of topics including marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor, and the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. Oceanographers and marine biologists study plants and animals in the marine environment. They take a deep interested in the numbers of marine organisms and how these organisms develop, relate to one another, adapt to their environment, and interact with it.
Some of the institutes that offer this curse/diploma are:
- Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology & Oceanography (CASMB), Annamalai University,
- Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
- Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, Goa
Apart from those mentioned in the list, one can choose other alternatives for offbeat career options as well, be it a game tester, a foodie (officially food tester), pastry chef and many more. All that one needs to have is, passion and courage to choose the given profession, rather than confining to ones which are identified by the society, and you are all set to attain the higher steps on the success ladder with a secured income and a dynamic job.