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‘Out of the Box’ Is the New Conventional When It Comes to Careers

8 completely ‘Out of the Box’ career options

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Gone are the days when numbers decided your future. Talent and passion now determine the career you wish to have. Youngsters today are ready to take the plunge. They aren’t afraid to pick something excitingly different. Conventional career choices have now paved way for offbeat and lucrative professions.

With the admission season in full swing, we thought we could help you make a better career choice. Ditch that 9 to 7 cubicle job and choose from a plethora of options we have for you!

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PET GROOMING:

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Pet grooming services are in vogue. If you love animals, this can make for a great career option. People are unable to take care of their pets due to hectic schedules. That’s when pet groomers come to their rescue. The profession requires you to enhance pet hygiene and appearance. Pet groomers work closely with veterinarians.

Skills Required:

An inherent liking for animals is a prerequisite for the profession. Besides, you should be able to handle and interact with the animals patiently.

How much money you make?

Considering the high demand of pet groomers, a fresher in the field can easily earn something between Rs10,000 to Rs 25,000.

Institutes offering training:

In India, there are no specialised courses in pet grooming, however a few pet grooming schools like Fuzzy Wuzzy in Bangalore and ScoobyScrub in Delhi provide training to the budding pet groomers.

MUSEOLOGY:

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If you wish to delve deep into the histories of places and artifacts, museology could be your pick. Museologists work primarily as Curators, responsible for research and setting up of exhibitions. Other roles include that of museum educationists, exhibition coordinators, consultants

Skills Required:

A sound knowledge of history is indispensable. Apart from that, good research and communication skills are also the prerequisites for entering in the field. Graduates in various disciplines are preferred for a course in museology.

How much money you make?

Assistant curators can start with a salary of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. Remuneration increases as one acquires better skills.

Institutes offering training:

National Museum Institute, Delhi offers an MA degree in Museology and also a PhD. Other reputed institutes include University of Kolkata, Banaras Hindu University etc.

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E-TUTORS:

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A conventional job of a teacher sounds too stodgy? Then E-Tutoring might interest you! With the advent of the internet, the concept of online tutoring has acquired great prominence. A tremendously flexible job, e-tutoring embraces the benefits of internet in the truest sense. If you are tech savvy and wish to use your teaching skills as a steady source of income, then E-Tutoring might attract you.

Skills Required:

Proficiency in the subject you wish to teach and acquaintance with the online modes of teaching. An official degree is required with some teaching experience.

How much money you make?

The income will depend upon the subject you teach and the company that hires. Online teachers can have a steady income up to Rs 25,000 per month.

Institutes offering training:

While there are no institutes that offer online teaching training, one can always enroll with teacher training courses on the internet that can help you hone your skills.

WINE TASTING:

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Tasting wine for a living seems like a dream job, doesn’t it? Wine tasting is officially the coolest job ever! Sommeliers or wine experts help in selecting a wine that goes perfectly with your meal. Not only that, many wine professionals write for lifestyle magazines too. From sipping the choicest of wines to helping the restaurants select the perfect wine that compliments their menu, this fancy job has everything to offer.

Skills Required:

If you wish to try your hand in this field, you have to be passionate about wine. Know the taste, the smell and basically everything about wine. Experience in culinary arts also helps.

How much money you make?

Assistant curators can start with a salary of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. Remuneration increases as one acquires better skills.

Institutes offering training:

Institutes like Indian Wine Academy in Delhi and Wine Academy of India in Chennai conduct workshops and seminars to train individuals.

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ARMED FORCES:

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While the idea of armed forces isn’t novel, not many are courageous enough to join the defence forces. If you are lionhearted and love adventure, then you can make a big difference in Armed Forces. The pride in uniformed services is equivalent to none. Armed Forces is definitely one of the most prestigious and respectable career optiona.

Skills Required:

Stamina and physical fitness is an absolute essential. One also has to have completed school education up to class 12 by the time of joining to be eligible.

How much money you make?

The remuneration received is in cash as well as other benefits.

Institutes offering training:

One has to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune or the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun for a permanent commission.

ADVENTURE SPORTS TRAINER:

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Adventure Sports has gained worldwide attraction and a career in the same can prove to be very lucrative. Adventure sports include an array of activities from bungee jumping, paragliding, sky Diving, water surfing to rock climbing, skateboarding and much more. You can either set up your own adventure sports centre offering services and training or work with excursion agencies and commercial recreation centers.

Skills Required:

Physical and mental strength along with a strong sense of commitment are required to pursue adventure sports as a career. Proficiency in swimming is imperative for water-based activities.

How much money you make?

An adventure sports instructor can start with a pay package of Rs. 9,000 - 10,000 per month and can go up to earning Rs. 20,000 - 25,000 per month as one acquires better skills.

Institutes offering training:

Institutes like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering and National Institute of Water Sports offer various courses in adventure sports.

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VOICE AND ACCENT TRAINING:

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If you have the gift of the gab, voice and accent training is your go-to field. Unleash the power of your voice to discover endless possibilities in the field of voice and accent training. With the ushering in of BPOs and call centers, voice and accent training has gained popularity in India.

Skills Required:

If you wish to make a career in this field, bring out the suave speaker in you. Develop communication skills with sound knowledge of language and grammar. And of course, confidence is the key!

How much money you make?

Remuneration varies between Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 for starters and can be as rewarding as Rs 30,000 as one takes up managerial roles.

Institutes offering training:

While there are many reputed Multinational Companies, which offer in-house training programmes, there are 4 to 5 days long external workshops carried out by various training and consulting organisations.

ALTERNATIVE HEALING:

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Medicines alone cannot resolve all health problems, so alternative healing practices are gaining traction. People are now resorting to practices like Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Pranic healing and Reiki to ease their health problems. While acupuncture practices stimulate different points on the body and are known for curing chronic pain and depression, Pranic healing and Reiki make use of energy transfers to heal the physical body.

Skills Required:

A nuanced learning of all healing techniques is an absolute essential for making a career in this field. If you are compassionate and empathize with people, you are sure to do big in this field.

How much money you make?

The income earned in this field depends on the level of healer and the problem being addressed. According to a report in Hindustan Times, ‘Pranic healers charge anywhere between Rs 100 to Rs 500 for a single session of 20 to 40 minutes’.

Institutes offering training:

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in Kolkata offers one- to two-year diploma courses in the field of holistic medical training. Courses of Pranic Healing are available at Pranic Healing Centre, Shanti Niketan.

Doctors, Engineers and Lawyers are all passe. It’s time to hone your hobbies into rewarding professions!

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