Changing Career options

Unlike before when a student’s world came crashing down when he/she didn’t secure a seat in a conventional degree course like engineering, medicine, civil services or law, students today have many choices with various off beat courses at their disposal. The only thing needed is a perfect blend of talent and the right attitude.

Even after scoring an enviable percentage, many students today choose to tread the unconventional path, preferring to pursue the art of animation, the craft of designing, the skill of photography and the fineries of the culinary arts as opposed to mundane bachelor degrees. The best part of these offbeat courses is that most of them can be pursued right after the completion of class 12 or Junior college.

A student Mr.X had cleared his joint entrance exam and qualified for engineering. Hailing from a family of academicians, he was expected to carry forward the legacy. However, he chose to follow his passion and appeared for the NID Design. Aptitude Test, and made it to the prestigious institute. Today he is enjoying considerable success in a well known animation studio. This shows change in trends pursuing professional courses.

When you make an offbeat career choice, be assured that your path to success will be fraught with challenges. Always convince your parents about your choice since family support is essential during challenging times. Also, it is extremely crucial to conduct a thorough research of the industry in which you are planning pursue your career. There are abundant options.

Curious about where you fit in? Here is a list of the institutes that offer some of the best offbeat programs. Visit their websites browse through the course options and make a decision based on both, your aptitude as well as your personality.

Design: (Includes fashion, textile, interior, graphic, ceramic, etc)
1. National Institute of Design (
2. Apeejay Institute of Design, New Delhi
3. DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore (
4. IILM School of Design, Gurgaon (
5. Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur
6. Wigan and Leigh Collage, New Delhi
7. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru
8. Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi (
9. Symbiosis Institute of Design
10. SNDT, Mumbai (Premlila Vithaldas
11. Satyam Fashion Institute, Noida
12. School of Fashion Technology, Pune (

1. National Institute of Design (
2. National Institute of Fashion Technology NIFT (
3. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyd

1. Xavier Institute of Communication (
2. BIT Mesra (
3. Manipal University (

Culinary skills:
Regarding bakery, confectionary and other food/culinary related training. You could log on to the website of National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (, for information on food craft institutes. Also check the website of the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai popularly known as Dadar Catering College (, which offers a variety of such short term courses including one in culinary arts.

Foreign languages:
University of Mumbai ( offers various degree and certificate programs in foreign languages like French / German / Russian / Polish / Italian. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi ( also offers similar programs and so does the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.
Potpourri of options:
For those whose interest lie elsewhere, the following options may prove useful:
1. Tecnia Institute of Art and Design, Delhi ( offers courses in Art Appreciation (painting) and Art Management.
2. Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai offers degree and certificate courses in dance and music (
3. MET-RichFeel Institute of Trichology, Mumbai offers courses in Tricholoogy (