Millennials are known to be super passionate about their life and career goals. Therefore, the traditional (read as: ‘ghise-pite’) career options of being a doctor or engineers do not appeal to them. In fact, most of the hot career options that impress the Generation Y tend to be off-beat and unusual while still offering excellent scoping and opportunities to grow.
If you are also one such troubled soul who is looking out for some creative and hot career options that will appeal to your interests and passion, you can have a look at the ones mentioned below.
1. Mobile App Development
Gone are the days when world was at your finger tips;aka your computersmouses, now the world rests on your ‘thumbs’, thanks to the mobile phone revolution that has taken place in the last decade. Today, everything has a mobile application to go, so it is a no brainer that the career in Mobile Application Development would be high on the wish list of Millennials.
With lucrative career opportunities in established organizations or starting out on your own, mobile app development field is growing at a fast pace giving youngsters the freedom to script their own destiny. So, if you are interested in developing innovative and interactive mobile applications on android, iOS or simply Java; this is a great option for you.
Qualifications: B.E / B.Tech in Computer Science
Course Options: Being a developing filed, there are several course options for you to become a successful mobile application developer. Course duration can range from a short-term 2-3 month to a mid duration diploma course or a full-fledged 3-year graduation course. So, you have all the options available to you. There are a number of online courses as well which can help you master the art and science of mobile app development.
Career Options: Mobile UI Designer, Application development framework software developer, Mobile App development consultant, Mobile App tester, Android App developer, Mobile App development.
Starting Salary: 4 Lakhs + per annum
2. Cyber Security Expert
Talking about the digital world, the security in virtual world is equally important for people today as it is in the physical world. With identity thefts and financial frauds becoming a common phenomenon, professionals who can control cyber crimes have been in great demand in the market in 2017. Here’s where the Cyber Security Experts come in; with their expert knowledge in controlling the cyber crime.
Especially after the demonetization drive of the government and ‘Digital India’ push, Indian have been at higher risk of online frauds. So, if you want to be a cyber soldier who can help people stay safe from enemies; do consider being a cyber security expert.
Qualifications: Degree in Software Engineering
Course Options: While it sounds like something that only a software engineer can do, cyber security is much vast and open field. There are several training institutes which provide diploma and certificate courses in cyber security. If you want to be certified cyber security expert, you can opt for a certificate training from an Accredited Training Center (ATC).
Career Options: Certified Information System Auditor, Cybersecurity Consultant, Certified Information System, Certified Information System Management, Cyber Senior Security Consultant, Certified Ethical Hacker, Cyber Risk Advisory.
Starting Salary: 3 - 5 Lakhs per annum
3. Energy Engineering
With fast depleting natural resources and rapidly deteriorating environment, the demand for eco-warriors who can help in optimal utilization of energy resources is on the rise. In fact, in the year 2016, the demand of Energy Engineers peaked across the globe including India after the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
An Energy Engineer would deal with a diverse array of issues ranging from energy efficiency, facility management, plant engineering, energy services, environmental compliance and various energy technologies.
So, if you are passionate about the environment and want to see a better world for the next generation, its time you consider Energy Engineering as a viable course option.
Qualifications: 12th Pass with PCM Background
Course Options: Compared to other career options listed here, Energy Engineering is a more established field which has received supports from many established education institutes. Some of the popular course options for Energy Engineering include B.Tech, M.Tech, Economic and Environmental Engineering, Power Engineering. In addition to this, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) also provides a professional qualification in energy engineering.
Career Options: Climate Change Experts, Energy Conservation Experts, Oil & Natural Gas Experts
StartingSalary: 3 – 7 Lakhs per annum
4. Financial Engineering
While financial engineering might sound like a catchier name given to a CA profile, it is much more than that. Financial Engineering is a rising career, which is an amalgamation of financial theory with engineering tools and methods giving rise to a new scientific approach to financial management. The field involves detailed mathematical based approach to financial management.
A Financial Engineer would focus upon the bigger picture of our financial economy such as Basel capital or liquidity requirements, and risk management, corporate finance, portfolio management and design and implementation of detailed financial rules.
Qualifications: B.E / B.Sc / B.A. in Mathematics
Course Options: Finance is a vast field, but despite this, the institutes offering courses in financial engineering are far and few. But in the last few years, many have started offered tailored courses at certificate, diploma as well as degree level in financial engineering. Some of the well-known institutes offering FE courses include Indian Statistical Institute and IIMs across the country.
Career Options:Mathematical Finance Expert, Financial Consultancy, Corporate Finance Expert, Quantitative Analyst, Security Trader
Starting Salary: 6 – 14 Lakhs per annum
5. Packing & Printing
Before you get turned off by the title of this career option, do consider the fact that it is one of the most important and fastest growing career fields in business today. With the rise of e-commerce companies and people depending upon internet and delivery mechanism for their needs, the field of packaging and printing has seen a massive surge this year.
A career in Packaging and Printing would entail dealing with enclosing products for distribution, storage, sale, and use securely. It would mean a professional working in this field would have to look after designing, evaluating, and producing packages. Companies have realized that printed packaging is a big marketing opportunity which can be exploited to build brand awareness among the customers. Thus, you see massive investment in this field by major corporate players.
So, next time you see a packaging of a product and get impressed, be sure someone has spent a significant amount time on it!
Qualifications: B.E / B.Sc / B.Tech
Course Options: Indian Institute of Packaging is the biggest name when it comes to training of professionals for this field. You can opt for a 3-month certificate / diploma course in programming and packaging while a full-time degree course option is also available in the form of PGDP. If you want to pursue a distance learning programme, IIP also offers a Distance Education Programme in Packaging as well as an Executive Development Programme.
Career Options: Who doesn’t need packaging, so your career options are vast; ranging from FMCG companies, export houses and printing companies. You can also try ATL marketing agencies for jobs in this field.
StartingSalary: 3 Lakhs + per annum
6. Management Consultant
Management is surely one of the most lucrative career options available today. However, even among management graduates, the ones who pick management consulting as their career calling have a super bright career in front of them.
Management consultants are basically the advisors of an organization who chalk out the business strategy of a company based upon data and facts rather than whims of proprietors..They are the ones who are entrusted the task of taking the tough decisions. They are the problem solvers who analyze business problems and suggest practical solutions that can ensure that company remains profitable.
Qualifications: MBA Degree
Course Options:Candidates looking to build a career as a management consultant can pursue MBA / PDGM in general management. In addition to this, you can also take up marketing and communication skills certification courses which will help you develop the requisite skills for the job.
CareerOptions:Virtual Management Consulting, Management Consulting, Human Resource Consulting, Information Technology Consulting
Starting Salary: 5 - 8 Lakhs per annum
7. Fashion Stylist
While fashion designing is a traditional career option, fashion stylist is something that Millennials have invented in the last decade. Fashion stylist and wardrobe stylist is a new and emerging profession worldwide and it has seen rapid growth in India as well. India is a huge market for fashion stylists as we have a lot of youngsters who are looking to stand out and apart from the crowd and want their fashion and style to reflect their personality.
The primary criteria for being a fashion stylist would be creativity and how you are able to market your product. Keep an eye out for new and emerging trends or evolve your own fashion style and make it a trend.
Also, if you though being a fashion stylist would be limited to clothing, you are completely wrong! Fashion styling covers a wide array of skills including clothing, make-up, hair styling, designing and many more.
Qualifications: 12th Pass
Course Options: There are a number of institutes which offer specialized courses and programmes in fashion designing and styling. The most well-known among them would be NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), Indian School of Design & Innovation (ISDI). They offer full-time 3 year programmes in fashion designing. In addition to this, there are several new and upcoming institutes which offer certificate and diploma courses in this field.
Career Options:Fashion Stylist, Fashion Editor, Celebrity Stylist
Starting Salary: 3 –4 Lakhs + per annum
When the traditional career options have become uninteresting and too-competitive, these new-age carer options are on the rise which giveyoungsters a chance to follow their passion while also earning an attractive salary.
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