What to Expect in 2014! - The New Indian Express

What to Expect in 2014!

Published: 06th January 2014 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 05th January 2014 08:55 PM

With fresh batches of employable youth graduating from degree colleges, engineering and management schools at breakneck speed, the employment scenario is becoming very complex. On one side, we see qualified professionals desperately trying to seek jobs, whereas there are many professions that need talent but are unavailable. With this backdrop, the need of the hour is that youth be aware and have an understanding of emerging career options. Keeping in mind the current state of the economy, here are some careers that have emerged as viable, and most sought after options.

Fashion

The current cosmopolitan and fashion conscious wave that has taken over our country has opened up a huge arena for careers in fashion. These careers encompass traditional costume design, design of jewelry, footwear, wardrobe, costumes, accessories and the like. A career in this industry is glamorous yet demanding and rewarding.

Culinary arts

With food and cookery shows being the major trend across the world, culinary arts has now become a new career option. This sub domain of the hospitality sector has become a much sought-after career option. This is a field where the age-old bias of gender has been busted, and men and women alike are proving their worth in creating gastronomical delights.

Paramedical sciences

In recent times, more focus is also seen on paramedical sciences, which acts as the support function to any medical practitioner. Areas such as optometry, pathology nursing and cosmetic medical science have taken a leap to become a much in demand career option.

Real estate

With the number of real estate companies entering the market at a considerably fast pace, this predominantly unorganised sector is becoming more organised, and functioning like any other multinational company. With this trend of corporatisation, these companies have a huge amount of employable capacity. Being a diverse and highly dynamic field, engineers, architects, legal experts, designers, MBA’s and the like have a new hunting ground.

Media and entertainment

In the information age, media and entertainment has become a force to reckon with for success. Media and related industries have become a huge career playground, with creativity and skills being at the forefront. This field comes with its share of glamour and visibility. We notice that FM radio and TV channels, internet companies and advertising agencies are increasingly recruiting qualified professionals. Social media has also become an important aspect of media strategy of companies and hence, requires qualified professionals aplenty.

While these are the prominent choices, every student needs to remember that to build a strong career, he/she must have a thorough understanding of the prospective field and the underlying interest. The age of information overdose is such is such that it becomes important to pause, analyse and then decide on the career path among the plethora of available options.

It is here that a career counsellor can guide you. It’s also important to focus on overall personality development and communication skills as these are an integral part of a successful career. To get the foundation right, students are also advised to pursue at least a bachelor’s in their area of interest. Short-term courses can help you find a job in the short run, but career progression will be stunted over a period of time in the absence of proper qualification. So choose with care and work hard for success!

Prof RSS Mani is an eminent career counsellor and currently, vice-president,

Institutional Development at ITM Group of

Institutions, Mumbai. Write to him at queries.edex@newindianexpress.com

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