Careers that can be pursued today

Three decades ago, MBA was not known to all students and most people believed that career meant getting into Engineering or Medicine. Of course there were CS and CA to pursue which also had a good scope but very few youngsters had the aptitude for the same. The other options were B.Com, LLB, B.A. and B.Sc. In the case of B.A. and B.Sc. most people used to undertake post-graduation either to get in to academics or be research scientists.  Amongst those who pursued B.A., very few were successful in getting into M.A. (Social Sciences) to pursue a career in Personnel management.

Today there are many careers that can be pursued provided candidates have an aptitude for the same. But all those which are in demand by employers are selected by an entrance examination followed by an interview at the educational institute level. As I have mentioned in this article earlier one should have an aptitude for the same.

I am mentioning some important careers here. They are MBA (marketing, finance, HR and others), B.E or B.Tech, CA, CS, B.Arch and above, MBBS, MD (specialization), M.C.A., B.Ed, Fashion Technology (post graduate diploma), Forensic Science (degree and PG), CFA, Naval Architecture, Animation, B.Sc (computer science), Hospitality and Hotel Industry.

Careers today are not what they were several years ago. People traditionally viewed careers as a sort of upward staircase from job to job, more often than not with just one or, at the most a few firms. Careers today differ in many ways from a few years ago.

First were the MBAs through IIMs located at three places in India, IIM – Ahmedabad being the best of the lot. But all the IIMs preferred Engineering students with two years’ experience in the industry. The institutes were giving very few seats to non-engineers but with more experience in reputed organizations. This has not helped all the intelligent people from engineering and other backgrounds.

Later several universities started MBAs mainly with Human Resources, Marketing and Finance. They were initially taking 1st class graduates. When the rush increased in joining MBA then the common entrance test and Common Admission Test were conducted. The admission was based on the top rankings based on the number of seats available in the universities. Later on MBA with specialization of retail marketing, capital markets event management etc., were introduced. The reputed institutes  like Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Xavier’s Institute of Labor relations, Jamshedpur, BITS, Pilani introduced specialized courses for Human Relations and Technology. The admission for the same were through entrance test and ranks.

Then universities started Masters course in Computer Applications and some companies like Wipro started their own courses and recruited candidates after graduation in Science or Engineering. The Postgraduate Degree awarded by the universities or companies is called MCA.

To be considered an animator, you need to understand animation and be able to think of stories and characters. But many students mistakenly believe that being proficient with certain software enables them to be a successful animator.

From The Jungle Book to Toy Story to Beowulf, the animation industry has come a long way and is set to touch a billion dollars by 2012 in India alone.

There was a time when scores of animators laboriously sketched and painted each frame to make an animation film – 24 frames made, just a second of a film. But, today most animations are done on computers, making the process a lot easier and leaving little room for error. The animators earlier used shading to give depth to their 2D animation. However, this was inconvenient as it was difficult to replicate the same shading in two different frames. Technology made the process simpler. Advanced technology also added a realistic touch to animation.

Talking about outsourcing a big chunk of the technical work in animation is being outsourced to India. However, at present, this work largely comprises technicians involved in the back end production of animation movies rather than animators who have ideas for stories.

Fashion Industry:

The fashion industry demands hard work, passion and tremendous grit. Many young fashion aficionados today, miss out on an early education in fashion because of their misconceptions about the business or a lack of awareness of the educational opportunities available. There are a host of post graduate programs that you can pursue that can help you get a break in the industry. These courses can give you a complete grounding in the business. Today, there are PG courses available in fashion institutes in India.

The fashion scene today, is extremely promising, as Indian designers are making their mark globally. Increasing fashion consciousness, brand awareness (lead by the retail invasion), higher disposable incomes and higher spend on clothing and life style products, ensure that the domestic market holds great promise as well.

Hospitality and Hotel Management careers:
Hospitality and Hotel Management careers have become much sought after and lucrative options for thousands of young professionals in India. The industry has changed significantly offering high salaries, stability and career growth. In fact, students with hospitality degrees are in high demand, not just from hotels but from variety of companies in the service sector.

ITM IHM provides you great value for your effort by allowing you to achieve much more. With its unique dual certificate programs combined with highly respected Bachelors programs in Hospitality Management ITM IHM offers you a choice of Post Graduate Diplomas in Travel and Tourism Management or Event Management.

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