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Career Options That Change Your Life – Think Different

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Career Options That Change Your Life – Think Different

One should not despair if he/she doesn’t qualify for CAT or other exams. There is a plethora of careers awaiting other than B-Schools. Each career has its own importance. Realize your strengths and select a best option suitable for you. These are some of the popular career choices that many might not know or ignore.

Individual who dream to start a business of their own can go for this course. You could become an entrepreneur without investing much. There are several institutes in India which offer this course.
  • IIM, Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Kolkata
  • Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jharkhand
  • Symbiosis Center for Management, Maharashtra
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi
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Banking and Finance
The curriculum for banking courses includes the following subjects:
  • Operations Management,
  • Micro and Development Finance,
  • Marketing,
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Information Technology
After completing a banking course, you can hope to be absorbed into a bank as a middle-level executive officer. Several universities offer banking courses. The most popular exam to gain entry is the Bank Probationary Officers' exam, popularly referred to as the Bank PO. They are conducted depending on vacancies in PSU banks. The Banking Service Recruitment Board (BSRB) conducts this test. PSU banks recruit mainly graduates at the entry level on basis of all-India level examination. However, professionals like engineers, doctors, technologists, lawyers, ex-defence personnel, etc, are also recruited for senior positions through all-India tests.
Some of the institutes which offer banking courses are
  • National Institute of Bank Management ( NIBM), Pune,
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  • Centre for Advanced Financial Studies, Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR), Chennai.
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  • The Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai.
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  • Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, IDRBT, Hyderabad.
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  • Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati.
Actuarial Courses
Actuarial science or Insurance is a subject that applies mathematical principles to assess risks of insurance and premium. Their job is to look at the past data and analyse it. Actuaries provide professional services in a wide range of business and social contexts. They are
  • Investment and Financial Services
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • General Insurance
  • Employee Retirement and Benefit Plans
Even students at premier B-Schools seem to be doing this, along with their core curriculum. Any graduate can pursue it. You need to master its study material and take the test to become a charter member. Once you become a CFA, the opportunities in finance will open up significantly.
Some of the institutes offering actuaries course are
Risk Management Courses
Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events.
Risk management colleges offering study programs are 
  • Institute of Insurance and Risk Management, Hyderabad - Course: International Post Graduate Diploma in risk Management
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in India, New Delhi - Course: Certificate course in Enterprise Risk Management
  • Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Mumbai -
    Course: Diploma is Treasury, Investment and Risk Management

Travel and Tourism
A career in the travel and tourism industry in India will lead you into the tourism, airline and hospitality industries, both private and government-owned. There are many good universities offering postgraduate diploma courses in tourism.
This is a good option if you have an entrepreneurial streak. 
Institutes offering courses in tourism and management are
Mass Communication
People with Mass Communication degrees, diplomas or certificates get into a variety of media jobs, the most favoured being in print and television journalism. If journalism pumps up your adrenalin, there are a number of diploma, graduate or masters courses in Mass Communication on offer from a number of reputed institutes. Media is about Production, Planning, Executing, Packaging, Events, Advertising, Marketing, Software development, Animation and Gaming.
Some institutes offering these courses are
Media Jockeys
A matter of style, personality and presentation and communication skills are the qualities to become a radio jockey or video jockey. Degree or diploma holders in Mass Communication, Acting and Drama, Music or Media Studies may opt for this career. There are people who do not possess these degrees but still get in through auditions. If you love music, have the gift of the gab, a good voice or sense of humour, you could fit into this career pretty easily. The extensions to these roles are anchoring events or hosting various competitions.
Technical writers
In some organisations, there is a special desk for technical writers. The job essentially involves translating business or technical jargon that the organisation needs to communicate to its clients and customers, in user-friendly language. The organisations could be product companies, FMCGs, KPOs, etc.
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Copy writer
Do you have a plethora of ideas? If you want to express them in a powerful language, then, this is the job for you. Copywriters are required by press, advertising agencies and electronic media houses. For details on copywriting visit
Some major institutes offering such courses are
Masters in Social Work 
Though you have an attitude to work for the society, you may not know the path to approach. There are several institutes offering UG and PG courses in social work. They are
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  • Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai

Candidates with this degree can work in NGOs, WHO, UNICEF and UNESCO.
MS in Library and Information Science
The MS (LIS) course is offered at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. This is an advanced programme in Library and Information Science (LIS) with special emphasis on application of information technology. The objectives of the course are to create manpower having the capability to work efficiently at higher levels in libraries and information centres, design and develop information systems, and contribute academically to the area of Library Science.
Universities offering the course in AP
  • Andhra University
  • SV University
  • SK University
  • Osmania University
  • Dr BR Ambedkar University
  • Kakatiya University

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