If you’re considering following your dreams rather than opting for unconventional career or if you’re wondering what career paths wait for you to explore choices after class X, here’s our guide to it. If you’re a person looking for conventional courses after class X, click here.
Here’s the list of alternate or unconventional career paths for young Indian teens completing their schooling.
Animation is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand industries in the world. Animation derived its name from the Latin word ‘anima’ meaning soul, which can be defined as the art of breathing life into a character. It is concerned with design, drawing, layout and production of graphically rich and attractive multimedia clips. Simply, it is making of movies, games or cartoons by moving the drawings or models of animals or characters via electronic means such as computers, etc. Animation is a field that can be pursued by those who posses excellent passion for creativity and sketching.
Eligibility: Those with a basic sketching skill and a passion for animation can enter this field. There are several professional courses that focus on various styles and techniques viz. Traditional animation, Stop-motion animation , Rotoscoping , 3D & 2D animation , Clay-mation , Photoshop , Human anatomy, etc. Basic knowledge of computers is highly preferred.
Job Prospects: A strong portfolio of work is essential to land in a well paying job. Numerous job opportunities are available in India as well as abroad. As a junior animator one can expect anywhere between Rs.10000 – Rs.15000 per month. A three to five year experienced animator can draw about Rs. 25000 to Rs.40000 a month. Salary is not a constraint for exceptionally talented candidates.
Institutes: Some reputed institutes are Arena Animation, Pixelloid, ICAT, MAAC, etc.
With the work environment getting increasingly competitive and professional and the growing awareness of health and beauty among men and women propelled by their need to appear well-groomed and attractive has assumed greater importance in today’s world. This has resulted in the growth of beauty products and beauty treatments, turning beauty care into a fast growing and being beautician, a lucrative career.
Eligibility: Those who have a keen interest and inclination in beauty care can enter the field after completing schooling at a minimum age of sixteen. There are several short-term diploma and certificate courses available which taken shall be an advantage for budding beauticians in their career growth. The duration of the course largely depends upon the specialization opted. The main attribute required for a beauty professional is a good sense of aesthetics and a liking for people of all ages.
Job Prospects: A make-up artiste charges anywhere from Rs.500 to Rs.4000 to do a bridal or photographic make-up. During season the pay scale may increases twofold. For makeup and hair dressing one can earn around Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 for a day’s work. As your reputation increases, you can start earning anywhere between Rs.60000 to Rs.100000 a month from your own parlor.
Institutes: Institutes offering courses in beauty and hair care are VLCC institute, Jawed Habib salons, Schnell Hans beauty school, etc.
JEWELRY DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT:
India is the biggest consumer of gold with 20% of world gold consumption and this industry gives employment to millions of people. Jewelry designing is an art of designing and making jewelry, stone cutting, engraving and polishing etc. Jewelry designers are those who plan the style and pattern of jewelry, silverware and other decorative metal work products. They require a high degree of skill and precision and use a variety of specialized hand tools and equipments to design and manufacture new pieces of jewelry.
Eligibility: Several short term courses are offered for those who’ve completed class X. Before qualifying for the course, a student has to pass an aptitude test followed by an interview. Training in this field may include art classes through technical schools, along with computer-aided jewelry design training in specific software packages like Rhino, Jewel Cad, Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc. In-depth analysis of volume, weight and metal composition are generally considered to be vital parts of the jewelry design syllabus. As part of the curriculum, most institutes conduct special workshops for students.
Course: Typical duration of the course may vary from 3-6 months to 2-3 years. The minimum age required is 15 years.
Job prospects: After successful completion of the course, one can find excellent openings in various jewelry manufacturing firms and design studios and well known jewelry brands such as Geetanjali Jewels who own Nakshatra, D-damas, Swarovski, Gili, etc, Tanishq – a Tata brand, Tribhuvandas Bhimji Zaveri, Khazana Jewelry, GRT jewelers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, etc. One can also setup his own design studio/workshop or become a design consultant.
Institutes: Gemological Institute of America, Indian Diamond Institute, Surat, Delhi Institute of Fashion Technology, Indian Institute of Gems and Jewelry, Arch Academy of Design in Jaipur, etc.
RJ (RADIO JOCKEYING):
Radio Jockeys are those who anchor music programmes on radio. The thumb rule of a RJ is to entertain the listeners and keep them engaged to the radio channel by playing music, conveying messages, etc in a sweet, attractive and sophisticated way. RJs also provide information on weather and traffic updates to their listeners. This profession requires a lot of hard work and especially presence of mind. Mostly youngsters are preferred in this field as they tend to come up with new ideas & concepts coupled with lot of enthusiasm.
Essential Skill set: It is essential for a Radio Jockey to sound good and have a mellifluous voice with the ability to modulate the pitch as per the occasion for the best effect. An RJ must have a clear diction, accurate pronunciation and fluency in the language. To become a successful radio jockey, the speed of response, good sense of humor, individuality, creativity of mind, spontaneity and intense music knowledge are must haves.
Job Prospects: RJs do not have a regular 9 to 5 job. They can be called to host or anchor a show anytime of the day or night. The job profile includes selecting music, scripting and presenting radio shows. Hence, a Radio Jockey should also be able to write scripts for a show and be aware of the latest movies and songs. RJs can also lend their voices for voice-overs on television and FM advertisements. Beginners can earn around Rs.7000 to Rs.15000 a month. Experienced personnel can earn between Rs.15000 to Rs.85000 a month.
Institutes: Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai, Media and Film Institute of India, Mumbai, Amadeus Media, Chennai, Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT), New Delhi, etc offer diploma and certificate courses in Radio Jockeying.