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Heal the world with a pinch of Microfinance : Microfinance is the “provision of thrift, credit and other financial services and products of very small amounts to the poor in rural, semi urban or urban areas, for enabling them to raise their income levels and improve living standards”. People work for the better of the poor and the alleviation of poverty in the microfinance industry. The pioneer of modern micro-finance in the world is Dr. Muhamad Yunus, who designed credit programs to serve the poor with his graduate students in 1972 at Chittagong University. This piloted program, later named Grameen Bank, was awarded the Nobel Prize along with Dr. Yunus. Bandhan Bank … catching the eyeballs with their Red and Blue diya logo and our attention with their catchy tagline “Aapki Bhala … Sabki Bhala”. The newest bank in the block started their journey as a micro-finance organisation under the visionary, Mr Chandra Sekhar Ghosh. According to a World Bank research, India is home to almost one third of the world’s poor (surviving on an equivalent of one dollar a day). Though the government has taken several initiatives to alleviate poverty, microfinance plays a major contribution to financial inclusion. In recent times, it has made a remarkable contribution to eradicate poverty, and has been successful to increase the income level and the standard of living of the lowest strata of the society. About half of the Indian population still doesn’t have a savings bank account and they are deprived of all banking services. Though the Jan Dhan Yojna and other steps of the present government towards financial inclusion have received great responses, yet the actual impact is not much. The poor need financial services to fulfil their needs like consumption, building of assets and protection against risk. Microfinance institutions serve as a supplement to banks and in some sense a better one too. These institutions not only offer micro credit but they also provide other financial services like savings, insurance, remittance and non-financial services like individual counselling, training and support to start own business and the most importantly in a convenient way. Required Education There are no definite requirements for education in microfinance sector. It depends on the profile in which one wants to work. Graduates in any discipline having experience in social, economic and cultural conditions of a particular locality are preferred by the microfinance institutions. They get hired as local coordinator / local organizer / community organizer / group promoter / field officer at the operational level. Graduates usually start as field level officers, whereas a commerce graduate or post graduate can also opt for the post of a credit officer/accountant in Micro Finance Institutions. Professional graduates in the discipline of Agriculture, Veterinary, Horticulture, MBA, and Engineering are also regarded highly in the microfinance industry and are usually posted as area / zonal / regional manager. The graduates of rural development and rural management institutes are highly preferred for various positions in MFIs. Career Path Course Details: Graduates in any discipline can opt for a career in microfinance. However, there are few institutions known to provide courses recognised or preferred in the microfinance industry globally. The details are listed below: Top Institutes (India): Institute Locations Course Eligibility Website/Information Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai Delhi Kharagpur Kanpur Chennai Guawahati Roorkee Varanasi And, 11 other locations 1.B.Tech 2. M.Tech 3. Integrated M.Sc 1.Class XII (PCM) 2.B.E/B.Tech 3. Class XII (PCM) And, entrance examinations like, IIT-JEE, GATE. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Institutes_of_Technology https://www.iitsystem.ac.in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Bangalore Kolkata Lucknow Indore Kozhikode PGDBM At least 10+2+3 in any discipline CAT/GMAT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Institutes_of_Management Xavier Labor Research Institute Jamshedpur PGDM At least 10+2+3 in any discipline XAT/GMAT www.xlti.ac.in/ Institute of Rural Management Anand Anand PGBM Own Exam www.irma.ac.in/ Tata Institute of Social Science Mumbai M.A/PGDM Own Exam www.tiss.edu/ Top Institutes (Overseas): Abroad, usually, microfinance is taken up as a specialization in MBA (Finance). Following are the top B-schools in the world: Institute Courses Average Score in GMAT Country Website University of Chicago – Booth School of Business MBA 720 USA https://www.chicagobooth.edu/ Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA 720 USA https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/ Harvard Business School MBA 730 USA http://www.hbs.edu/Pages/default.aspx University of Pennsylvania-Wharton MBA 728 USA https://www.wharton.upenn.edu/ London business school MBA 700 UK https://www.london.edu/ INSEAD MBA 703 France http://www.insead.edu/home/ University of Oxford- Saïd Business School MBA 690 UK http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/ HEC Paris MBA MBA 690 France http://www.mba.hec.edu/ NUS Business School MBA 672 Singapore http://bschool.nus.edu/ HKUST Business School MBA 600 Hong Kong http://www.bm.ust.hk/ Source: Financial Times, QS Other than GMAT/SAT/GRE, it is mandatory for the students to appear for IELTS/TOEFL. Scores above 100 are considered to be good in TOEFL. Again, one should remember that while applying for the MBA schools, the score in entrance is only a fraction of the parameters used for judging a candidate. Everything in the application really does matter, including the application essays and recommendations. Cost in Fees: The cost of a MBA from a top college in India would range between INR 8.0 lacs to INR 25.0 lacs including allied costs. However, the costs incurred in TISS is much lower than other colleges. An MBA from abroad would range between INR 35.0 lacs to INR 90.0 lacs including allied costs. Job Profiles Broadly, one has to work in the either of the broad categories: Business Development – Primarily involved in generating more revenues Credit - Primarily responsible for assessing the risk potential of a proposal Operational role - Primarily responsibilities are operational in nature, including, promotion and awareness The job roles usually offered are: Branch Manager Credit Officer Field Coordinator Collection officer Customer Relationship Officer The responsibilities of a person working in microfinance industry include: Credit policy and credit underwriting including Credit Appraisal Monitoring Financial analysis, reference checks, and other due diligence required for sanctioning of proposals Supervision of day to day operations including disbursement and collections management Portfolio and process monitoring and identify potential areas for streamlining and increased efficiency MIS and reporting Opportunities and Growth According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), economic growth in the 20 most important microfinance markets will increase from 4.4% to 4.8% in 2015. The global microfinance market should once again achieve growth of 15-20% in 2015 and Asia has the strongest growth momentum. The below info graphic shows the projected growth in the microfinance around the world. Projected Growth rates of Microfinance Industry around the globe A particularly impressive development in Asia is the revival of India’s microfinance market. There are approximately 350 million people in India living below poverty line, thus, microfinance translates to around 80 million households. The annual credit demand by the poor is around Rs. 60,000 crores and cumulative disbursement is around Rs. 5,000 crores. The outstanding portfolio would be around Rs. 1,600 crores. Only 5% of India’s rural poor has access to microfinance. Thus, there is an immense potential for growth in Microfinance in India. Thus, opportunities are galore in microfinance in the recent future. Industries to Explore An expert in microfinance would work in the following industries: Banking and Financial Services Industry (BFSI): Banks, like, SBI, Bandhan Bank, etc Microfinance Institutions, like, SKS Microfinance, Janalakshmi Financial Services, Ujjivan Financial Services Consulting Firms like, Ernst & Young (E&Y), PWC Agribusiness & Rural Marketing & CSR companies, like, Pidilite, ITC, Emami, NEEV The CV of a candidate in Microfinance industry The key skills that the recruiters looks while recruiting for a candidate in Microfinance Company are: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – The job profile requires regular interaction with various stake-holders, or, the client. In this industry, a candidate is mostly required to interact in local language Ability to work under pressure – One has to work under strict deadlines, and most entry-level profiles require to stretch long. The individual should be self-motivated, proactive and passion to work Experience of the social, economic and cultural conditions of the locality Earnings The compensation for people working in microfinance industry is comparatively lower than that of other heads in the finance industry. The entry level pay varies from Rs. 1.0 lacs to Rs. 1.5 lacs per annum. In the senior levels, the packages are much higher. The branch manager earn around Rs. 8.0 to Rs. 10.0 lacs per annum. What Next? One can move on to consulting and advisory profiles at later stage of his career One can also move into academic roles One can start an NGO or work for NGOs
Become a Multi-linguist and see where that gets you : Travel the world, become aware of diverse opportunities this career has and enjoy the power of understanding people across international borders through the information provided in this article. The government of India will consider you as a literate if you can write and speak in one language but you'll just be another face in the crowd. Of course you do know English and your regional language. But mastery over foreign languages is truly empowering. In fact a study claims, learning a foreign language can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Coming back to the point you can actually build a secure career after earning a degree in Foreign Languages in India as well as abroad. The astonishing merit of pursuing a degree in Foreign Languages is that it actually enables you to dive into any field you desire and the most amazing part is you can do that from anywhere across the globe. The study of foreign languages teaches and encourages respect for other people, it builds an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature. It expands one’s view of the world, liberalizes one’s experience, and makes one more flexible and tolerant. Its study leads to an appreciation of cultural diversity. The figure below demonstrates how expertise in linguistics gives you the ability to become a part of several areas. ELIGIBILITY Students can opt for foreign language in schools (eg: Schools with IGCSE syllabus) although most schools in India, don’t offer this subject. You can take up foreign language after completing 10+2 in any discipline, opt for an undergraduate course and later pursue a degree in Masters then PhD. There are diploma and specialized courses available in various languages as well. LANGUAGES Across the globe, schools do teach at least one foreign language in their curriculum. But adults who are fluent in more than one language are rare, in India as well as abroad. According to a survey in 2001, 66% population of UK spoke only their native language. In India, according to Census of 2001, there are 122 major languages and 1599 other languages, out of which 30 languages are spoken by more than a million people. Offering a wide range to study and excel on a regional basis, but a degree in foreign language creates a national as well as international base for you to build your career on. Following are the languages that you can earn a degree in terms of the course of Foreign Languages. French Chinese Japanese Spanish Korean Portuguese Arabic Italian Mandarin Dutch CAREER PATH Career Path The picture above portrays all possible positions you can opt for after pursuing a degree in foreign languages. It's intriguing how mastering two-three languages can lead to such diverse employment opportunities. But to be the best, you need to study where quality education is provided. Following are a few such institutions which will help you fulfil your dreams. TOP INDIAN INSTITUTES Institutes Location Courses offered Eligibility Website SRM University Ghaziabad Undergraduate PhD 10+2 Masters http://www.srmuniv.ac.in/ Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar Certificate and Diploma Courses 10+2 Preference given to graduates and PhD holders. http://gndu.ac.in/gndu2014/department-foreign.html Symbiosis Pune Certificate Courses 10+2 http://www.sifil-symbiosis.org/ CIEFL Hyderabad Part time and full time courses 10+2 http://efluniversity.ac.in/ Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Undergraduate and certificate courses 10+2 www.jnu.ac.in/ Banaras Hindu University Banaras Post graduation Graduate http://www.bhu.ac.in/ TOP INSTITUTES OVERSEAS Institute Location Courses offered Eligibility Website Steinhardt New York M.A. Graduate www.steinhardt.nyu.edu Universitat Rivora Virgili M.A. Graduate http://www.urv.cat/ University of Groningen Netherlands M.A. Graduate www.mastersportal.edu COST OF FEES The course fee in India ranges from 10,000 to 100,000 rupees, depending on the location and institution you prefer. Total fee, abroad ranges from 2 to 6 lakhs, varying according to the place and institution. SKILLS REQUIRED Skills include strong writing, communication, oratory, multitasking, analytical, business and grasping skills. You ought to have these skills or at least a desire to learn and train your talents in these avenues. Qualities include passion to learn languages, high level of concentration, interest in the cultural heritage of other languages, discipline, hard work, determination, commitment and dedication. SECTORS YOU CAN WORK IN As mentioned earlier as well, expertise in foreign languages can open doors to multiple areas and for further specification here's a demand for qualified language professionals evident in seven major career areas: Business, Industry & Commerce Engineering Government & International Teaching Interpreting & Translation Media & Journalism Publishing Travel & Tourism Service Organizations EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND JOB PROFILES “Evalueserve”, an international research company claimed that BPO, IT and KPO need 160000 professionals in foreign language, in India. Demand for professionals in foreign languages from Indians with low salary expectation is high in foreign countries. The FBI has developed a special program-- Foreign Language Incentive Pay -- that awards additional compensation to employees who have certified foreign language proficiency in critical foreign languages. In the area of trade and commerce, companies which expand to other regions desperately require employees with knowledge of foreign languages. Below are few occupations you can take up. Freelancer Translator Teacher Content Writer Critic Editor Tourist Guide REMUNERATION Foreign language professionals earn a descent amount of salary. Professionals can earn from 30,000 – 50,000 rupees per month. Teachers can earn in the range of 15,000 to 25,000 rupees a month. Translators on the other hand receive Rs. 250 to 500 per page. Similarly, an interpreter who is paid on an hourly basis can earn up to Rs. 2000 to 4000 per hour, again depending upon his calibre and work experience. Freelancers earn on the basis of the projects they receive.
Are you ready to play the devil's advocate?: Career in Corporate Law : Corporate Law relates to the study of various stakeholders in a company and how they interact with each other. A corporate lawyer has a multi-faceted role encompassing various responsibilities with a blend of operational and supervisory roles. The Devil’s dictionary defines Lawyer as someone who is adept in “circumvention of law”. Jim Carrey in the movie, Liar Liar, plays the role of lawyer. In that character, initially he would manipulate the law and situation to his favour instead of focussing on the truth. That’s how we in India used to perceive law as well. Though, in some societies, practicing Law is perceived to be a noble profession. The legal profession in India has undergone a substantial change over the years. Nowadays, a student of law is not confined to the court, but, is a part of corporate offices, consulting & advisory firms, administrative services, and a lot more fields. Required Education Students from any background can opt for a career in Law. In India, one may opt for any of the below options: (a) After 10+2, 5 years integrated B.A and L.L.B, or, (b) After graduation, 3 years bachelor of Law (L.L.B) In India, one may need to appear for entrance examinations to get in the law colleges. Common Law Aptitude Test (CLAT) is the entrance examination that one needs to clear to get into the coveted National Law Schools. There are other state level entrance examinations for other government colleges. One can study law abroad, but one needs to be aware whether that qualification will be recognized in India. Legal systems of some countries are similar to that in India. As you are aware that India was under the English rule for many years, the Indian judicial system has been primarily adapted from English Law, or ‘common law’. English Law is the basis for many legal systems, including those in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. In US, one can study a JD (Judicial Degree) to start with and then study LLM (Masters of Law) for graduation. In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, one can study an LLB (Bachelor of Law) as an undergraduate law degree, and the top it up with a post-graduation degree. But one has to pass bar exams to qualify as a professional lawyer. Career Path Career Path (10th to Job) Course Details: One definitely needs to be a Bachelor of Law and registered with the Bar Council of India to be practicing lawyer. For, joining the corporate ranks, one need not register oneself with the Bar Council. The top law colleges in India and abroad are listed below: Top Institutes (India): Law School University Location Exam & Cut-off Total Course Fess (INR Lacs) NLSIU, Bangalore NLSIU, Bangalore Bangalore CLAT: 147 9.00 Nalsar University of Law Nalsar University of Law Hyderabad CLAT 7.00 National Law Institute University National Law Institute University Bhopal CLAT 6.45 West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata CLAT:137 6.45 National Law University, Jodhpur National Law University, Jodhpur Jodhpur CLAT: 131 5.60 Symbiosis Law School Symbiosis International University Pune SET 11.80 Gujarat National Law University Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar CLAT: 128 9.50 Hidayatullah National Law University Hidayatullah National Law University New Raipur CLAT 6.80 School of Law, Christ University Christ University Bangalore - 6.50 Faculty of Law University of Calcutta Kolkata WB-LET 0.06 Top Institutes (Overseas): Following are few top law colleges around the globe are: Rank Name of Institution Location Web Site 1 Harvard University United States www.harvard.edu 2 University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk 3 University of Oxford United Kingdom www.ox.ac.uk 4 Yale University United States http://www.yale.edu/ 5 New York University (NYU) United States http://www.nyu.edu/ 6 Stanford University United States https://www.stanford.edu/ 7 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom http://www.lse.ac.uk/home.aspx 8 The University of Melbourne Australia http://www.unimelb.edu.au/ 9 University of California, Berkeley United States http://www.berkeley.edu/ 10 Columbia University United States http://www.columbia.edu/ Source: Forbes, QS One can opt for an L.L.M in Corporate Law or undertake several certification courses available both in India and abroad to provide one an edge in the corporate law. There are several online certifications available on corporate law from top universities around the globe. Cost of Fees The fees of the top law colleges in India are summarised in the table above. The cost of a law degree from abroad would essentially range between INR 20.0 lacs to INR 90.0 lacs, including allied costs. Job Profiles Broadly, one has to work in either of the broad categories: As an advocate, practicing law: Usually, it takes time to settle unless one has contacts and is working under a senior counsel. As a Legal officer owning responsibilities depending on the type of firm one joins The job roles usually offered are: Legal officer/Manager Legal Advisor Senior/Junior Associate (Legal) The responsibilities of a corporate lawyer would typically include: Drafting and negotiation of agreements: Leave and License agreement, Confidentiality agreement, Assignment agreement, etc Advisory services – Corporate Law Research and advice on various issues in corporate law Compliance Looking after the various compliances of the group/company depending on the type of firm Handling litigations Engaging with external counsels and resolving litigations Appearing before court and resolving the matter Drafting notices, affidavits, written statements, plaints, petitions Company secretarial Drafting of Agenda, Minutes, Notices of Board Dealing with various regulatory and compliance issues and with Registrar of Companies Handling Secretarial Audit, etc. Opportunities and Growth India has slowly gained a stronghold as one of the brightest emerging economies. It is also one of the world's fastest-growing economies and after Dr. Manmohan Singh’s landmark economic policy in 1991, become an attractive destination for inbound investment and, increasingly, a source of deal-activity globally. Most of the global conglomerates have been willing to invest in India. Based on the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the Government, in a meeting held on September 29, 2015, approved 18 proposals of FDI amounting to approximately US$ 770 million. Thus we can see the rate at which investments are flowing in, the volume of capital markets transactions, the quantum of capital raising, the number of strategic joint ventures and investments and large-scale restructurings, or major cross-border mergers and acquisitions, that are taking place in India. As per Economic Times, Opportunity beckons the corporate lawyers in India, as foreign firms are strengthening their India desks by adding experienced dealmakers in Singapore and London as Indian regulations prohibit foreign firms from having an office in India or advising on Indian law. They, however, can do this in cooperation with the Indian bar and work with Indian law firms. Indian lawyers with dual-qualifications - qualification to work in India and abroad are in great demand. With the volume of capital market deals, Mergers & acquisition deals, going around, it’s not difficult to gauge the future of corporate lawyers in India. Industries to Explore A corporate lawyer can be a good fit in any corporate house. Some of the industries where a corporate lawyer might excel are: Banking and Financial Services Industry (BFSI): Banks, like, SBI, Deutsche Bank Insurance companies like, Bharti Axa, LIC Knowledge Process Outsourcing offices of global behemoths like Mckinsey, Ernst & Young Consulting Firms like, Ernst & Young (E&Y), Mckinsey, KPMG Law advisory firms: Some of the top law advisory firms are: Amarchand & Mangaldas AZB & Associates Amicus Fox Mandal Jehangir & Gullabbhai & BIlimoria & Daruwala Khaitan & Co. Luthra & Luthra The CV of a corporate lawyer The key skills that the recruiters look for in a corporate lawyer are: Good drafting skills and a good oratorical skills Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Knowledge of specific acts based on the industry, like, Banking Act, Income Tax Act, Company Law, etc or certain rules like IRDAI rules in insurance industry Ability to work under pressure and desire to be a part of a big team Strong analytical and problem solving skills and ability to comprehend different situations in a small time frame Earnings The edge that corporate lawyers have is that even at the start of their careers, their earning potential is quite high as compared to other professions. However, like all other professions, it is always the cream that rises to the top and hence with experience and time, very high and lucrative remuneration will be limited to a few. The compensation for the corporate lawyers is good. The increase of salary of farm fresh corporate lawyers is linked to the gradual improvement in the quality of legal education in India. Typically, their packages would be around 10.0 lacs per annum if one graduates out of the top law schools. But, if one passes out from the low ranking colleges, one has to struggle in the initial years. What Next? Corporate lawyers can become general business managers and even aspire to become CEOs. Corporate Lawyers can go on to start their own advisory firms.
Suit Up for a Career in Banking : Whatever the point of entry, there is a chance of high growth in the field of Banking. Also, there are vast avenues for networking, social service, making a name for oneself and self satisfaction. A working person always earns more than what he can carry around in his pocket. This extra money not only needs safeguarding but also further investment so that it can earn more money. Both of these functions together define Banking. Career Fact: Switzerland, a country which is mere 132nd area-wise and 98th population-wise in the world, is the financial capital of the world since it is the most preferred banking destination in the world. Banking is the management of other people’s money.. In earlier times, banking was limited to loans and safeguarding of deposits. Now the services provided by banks have increased manifold like providing debit and credit cards, lockers, ATM services, online transfer of funds, insurance, brokerage services, fund managers, risk management services, advice to corporates etc. With the increase in the roles played by banks, the need for skilled professionals to manage the same has also risen. Apart from Graduates and Post-graduates, professionals like CA, MBA, MCA, Actuaries are enjoying lucrative career in banking. Top Institutes Overseas (as per 2014 updated rankings by Forbes.com excluding USA) Most MBA courses offered internationally by reputed universities have integral banking courses as a part of their financial concentrations. Ranking School Location Courses Offered Eligibility 2014 Salary Website #1 Insead France Mba Graduation $209 K www.insead.edu/ #2 IMD Switzerland Mba Graduation $226 K www.imd.org/ #3 Cambridge (Judge) UK Mba Graduation $169 K www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/ #4 SDA Bocconi Italy Mba Graduation $160 K www.sdabocconi.it/ #5 IE Business School Spain Mba Graduation $175 K www.ie.edu/ #6 Cranfield UK Mba Graduation $135 K www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/ #7 Oxford (Said) UK Mba Graduation $150 K www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/ #8 Warwick UK Mba Graduation $121 K www.wbs.ac.uk/ #9 Lancaster UK Mba Graduation $95 K www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/ #10 S P Jain Dubai Mba Graduation $57 K www.spjain.org/ India Apart from these courses employees of various banks can pursue diploma, certificate and management courses offered by Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF), a professional body of banks, financial institutions and their employees. Different bank structures can be categorized as follows : RECRUITMENT PROCESS Public Sector Banks generally recruit at two levels: Clerical: Minimum qualification is 10+2. Selection is through competitive exam. On clearing of JAIIB and CAIIB certificates, the candidates can reach upto the level of Chief Managers and above. Probationary Officer/Assistant Manager: Minimum qualification is Graduation in any discipline. Selection is through competitive exam. These candidates can reach upto the top-most level i.e. CMD. Recruitment to the above two cadres is looked after by IBPS, a body for joint recruitment in Clerical and PO cadre in Public Sector Banks. Also, recruitment of specialists in Middle Management posts like IT experts, Lawyers, CAs, MBAs etc., is undertaken by each Public Sector Bank individually. Private Banks generally prefer graduates for recruitment at any level. Executive level jobs are filled with professionals like MBAs, CAs etc., through direct interview, campus placement etc. Required Education Skills and Career Prospects: Work Profile and Salary Structure Due to expanding nature of banking operations, there are a number of job profiles active nowadays in banks. General Branch Banking - In PSB's generalist officers are recruited as Probationary Officers POs and the clerical cadre with remuneration of appx Rs 20,000 a month plus for clerical cadre and Managerial cadre earns appx Rs 40,000 plus perks. Sales and Marketing Officer - They look after development of sales and marketing of new and existing products and services offered by the bank. Starting salary for marketing officer is in the Rs 50,000 plus range, plus commissions on sales. Product Design Officers - Their main focus is on designing of new and relevant products and services. The preferred candidates are Actuaries and CA's. Technology Officers - B.Tech, BE or MCA are preferred for these posts. They look after technology driven banking operation, innovation and automation. They earn at par with POs. Investment Bankers - This is a high risk-high gain area. Generally MBA's from reputed institutes and experienced CA's are preferred. Overseas compensation are as high as 2 crores. Credit Officers - They look after the credit policy making and approval and disbursal of loans. PSB's appoint POS, however private banks prefer specialized officers. There are various other profiles reserved for more experienced and senior management executives like - arbitration, corporate financial consulting, IPO management etc. Future Prospects There is a prospective chance of 4-5 lakh job openings in banking sector in next 5 years. Whatever the point of entry, there is a chance of high growth in this field. Also, there are vast avenues for networking, social service, making a name for oneself and self satisfaction. Mohammad Yunus of Bangladesh won a Nobel Prize for pro-poor banking. CSR and other social initiatives by banks provide a chance to their employees to work in the field of Social Service and achieve a higher level of satisfaction. In short, Banking possesses all the qualities looked for in a good job opportunity, especially if you want to excel in handling financial assets as well as people. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Sports Management - Be the Sports leader for all games | A Career in Interior Designing | Striving to Make a Difference: Career as Development Practitioner | Put on your Dancing Shoes | Be a Piece of Art to Enter the Industry of Glamour: Career in Modelling | Play the mind game to start a career in Sports Psychology | Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer | Career in Optometry
Sports Management - Be the Sports leader for all games : A lot of effort goes behind the scene of a playground, before and on the day of action. A sport as a subject is being stressed by most of the well acclaimed institutes all over India for the holistic development of an individual. In major metro cities of India, lots of human and wealth resources are being channelized to ensure the perfect ambiance for nurturing sport talents. Professional Sport management companies are getting anchored every now and then to ensure that sports on the final day is an event planned and organized most meticulously. What does Sports Management comprise of? The managerial skill set required to plan, oversee and arrange sport activities (both national and international) for various games is all about Sports Management. This is one field of sports science that is really doing well. All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now take sport management quite seriously. They have appointed a full time CEO to manage sports as a multifaceted activity. Sports Management will comprise of Marketing, merchandise, sponsorship Business and Finance management and policies related to sport Broadcasting and event staging knowledge on drug abuse and laws and ethics under sports Sports Management as a career in India India is already showing a lot of interest in taking up sports management seriously. It has been estimated that 23 lakh of people will be imbibed in this industry by 2025 as per a report of FICCI published in 2014. There are 52 approved national sports federation across the country working to promote a particular sport. They will be in requirement of sports managers in near future. Branding and marketing industry also demands sports managers to manage portfolios of star players. At the Moment MS Dhoni made 1.53 crores through just endorsements. Even sports brand are on the rise and people with merchandise knowledge would be soon employed here as well. The event managing companies are hunting down sports managers to organize sports events better. From IPL to IHL, every day a premier league is cropping up to meet the rising expectations of sport fans. For all such mammoth sized sports event, the career of sports management is and will come up in a big way. How to go about pursuing career in Sports Management? In 10+2 level you should have pursued Arts preferably as your major for pursuing a bachelors in Sports Management. There are colleges and institutes offering MBA programs for sport management, for which prerequisites are to clear the common entrance exams or the admission tests in these respective colleges. Usually PhD degrees are not required to pursue a career in Sports management, a master's degree is enough. However if one wishes to delve deeper, or teach sports management in institutes then one can definitely pursue the doctoral programs. What are the institutes offering Sports Management? Serial No Institutes offering Sports Management Courses 1 Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu PGDSM (Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management) 2 Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science, New Delhi; one-year PGDSM (Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management) 3 IISWBM - Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management one-year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management 4 University of Technology & Management (UTM), Shillong, Meghalaya 1 year PGDM Sports Management 5 International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai 3 year BBA in Sports Management, 1 year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management (PGDSM), 2 year full-time MBA in Sports Management) 6 National Academy of Sports Management (NASM) 2 year MBA in Sports Management, 3 year BBA in Sports Management, 1 year Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management (PGDSM), 1 year Diploma in Sports Management 7 Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with Sports Education Development Australia (SEDA) 2 year MBA in Sports Management Course fees for BBA or bachelor's programs are minimal while the masters program can have a range of Rs 200000/- 600000/- What are the salary figures expected in India? The median salary drawn in India after completing masters in Sports Management is Rs.350000/- annually, while best in industries can even touch Rs. 1000000/- annually. Source: Payscale How to make a career abroad? Many people avail a course abroad due to lack of a good number of institutes offering courses in Sports Management. If you want you can avail for scholarships abroad with experience of playing any particular sport at a national level. Multi billion dollar profits from the sports industry worldwide will enable job growth in this field by 2022 as estimated by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can choose to work in major and minor leagues, universities, talent agencies and PR firms for sports with a degree abroad. Countries like U.K. Australia, U.S.A. provide good courses on sports management. Salary figures are shown below for a career abroad as released by U.S. Bureau of Labor of Statistics. What are some of the colleges to study Sports Management abroad? Some of the universities abroad where you can pursue Sports management as bachelors, masters and PhD programs are shared below. Serial No. Names of Universities Courses offered 1 Full Sail University B.S. in sports marketing and media 2 Post University B.S. in Sports Management 3 Ashford University BA in Sports and Recreation Management 4 North Central University Med in Sports Management, PhD in Sports management 5 European School of Economics Bachelors, Masters in Sports Management 6 Glion Institute of Higher Education B.A. in sports and event management 7 International College of Management Sydney Bachelors in Sports Management The tuition fees of such courses for bachelors programs can go up to $75000 while specialized programs can go up to $85000. Critical analysis of Sports Management as a career With games like cricket and badminton and wealth pouring in from various countries, the sports events are assuming a larger than life career. So opportunities of sports management is high in India. But more colleges have to come up to meet the required demand projected in the near future. The pay is good as well, but once into a job with some major leagues of sports, it will be difficult to find time for yourself. However if you love travelling, this career will expose you to various cultures and places not only all over India but internationally as well. Call for action Fortunately for Sports Management, career options are good unlike other sports disciplines. So with a good planning and experience in both sports and academics, this field can be quite promising and entertaining having an ambit that is spread across many continents. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: A Career in Interior Designing | Striving to Make a Difference: Career as Development Practitioner | Put on your Dancing Shoes | Be a Piece of Art to Enter the Industry of Glamour: Career in Modelling | Play the mind game to start a career in Sports Psychology | Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer | Career in Optometry
A Career in Interior Designing : Land prices keep soaring day by day. And they are not just increasing because of an increase in the value of land itself, but because people want better and better amenities and more beautiful neighbourhoods. Moreover, this isn’t restricted to just the outside of the house. People want their homes to have maximum functionality and aesthetic value. They want their houses to be beautiful, and yet have everything they can accommodate in today’s modest sized dwellings. Here is where the interior designer comes in! What does the Interior Designer do? So, in a very basic view, an interior designer is a person who designs the interior of people’s houses. But the job doesn’t end there. An interior designer does not simply design something very artistic to be done with a house, but he/she strikes the right balance between convenience and beauty for their customers. They take into account all furnishings that necessarily have to be present in the house, and how best to lay them out in an empty flat to make it a lively home that is pleasing to the eyes! What this means is that an interior designer has to make the best out of whatever space he/she is given, while keeping in mind things such as how much sunlight/fresh air comes in to room, what arrangement would mean most comfort for the customer and what will be the most pretty (as per the customer’s taste!). How does the Interior Designer go about the job? Depending upon the purpose for which he/she is hired, an interior designer may be involved right from the time of designing the blueprint for the building, or only after the building has been completed. Interior Designers are expected to have a little knowledge of architecture for the former purpose. The designer considers the purpose of the space or room and what furnishings will be required and what are unnecessary; If they’re involved from the start, they plan the placement of windows, doors and built in furniture such as bookshelves; They consider aspects such as natural light and fresh air available in the room; They decide colour schemes as well as the type and amount of furniture; Some designers specialize in particular rooms (such as bathrooms/kitchens,etc) or in particular styles (such as feng shui, eco-friendly designs,etc) In all of the above, the designer has to adhere to the customer’s likings and budget. The designer can only advise and optimize. Phew! How does one do all that? Well, an interior designer is supposed to have knowledge of architecture, colour schemes, materials used in making the interiors, their cost and where to get them, and what styles are trending. He/she doesn’t impose this knowledge on the customer, but tries to see what’s best for the customer’s taste. The customer is supreme in this profession, and only those interior designers will prosper who are able to satisfy their customers the most. For this reason interior designers have to be able communicators. They should understand the customer’s taste. Further, they should be able to convince the customer to select the most appropriate design. Of course, this doesn’t mean the designer doesn’t have room to be creative. He/she shows his her originality and creativity by blending different styles together to build a perfect home for the customer! After all, everyone wants their home to be unique! Sounds like something I can do! How do I get started? After your 10+2 education, you can directly go for a Bachelor of Design (BDes) in Interior Designing/Furniture Design/ Ceramic and Glass Design and other similar courses. They have different names but a look at their syllabus will tell you the subtle differences and what you should be pursuing. The National Institute of Design(NID) and Arch Academy are two famous colleges. There are also postgraduate MDes courses and several diplomas that you can pursue. One thing to be kept in mind is that all of these colleges have their own entrance exams/aptitude tests. It’s necessary for a career in interior designing to be good at drawing/sketching, and it is necessary for an interior designing degree from a good college to have a good portfolio! You can also opt for a general BDes course in a prestigious college and then go for a specialized post graduate course in interior design. Some of the renowned colleges are: Colleges Location National Institute of Design, NID Ahmedabad, Delhi Pearl Academy Noida, Mumbai Sir JJ School of Art Mumbai Arch Academy of Design Jaipur Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai Sai School of Interior Design New Delhi IILM School of Design Gurgaon CEPT University Gandhinagar College of Architecture Nashik After your education, it is highly recommended to have one or two internships to learn the job as it is on the field as well as to show experience on your CV. What are the fees like? The fees vary from university to university, depending upon whether it is private or government-owned and how prestigious it is. For example, the fee for furniture design in NID is around 1.8-2 lakhs per annum. At the same time a college like CEPT University has a fee of around 1 lakh per annum. The fees generally vary between 75,000- 2,50,000 per annum. Some renowned international universities are: Colleges Location Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) New York Florence Design Academy Italy The Interior Design School London University of California (UCLA) Los Angeles Harrington College of Design Chicago, Illinois What are the job prospects and the salary? Interior designers are in demand these days, not only because of the increase in the number of people wanting their homes designed, but also in the number of restaurants, shops, offices, etc that want their spaces designed. Nowadays aesthetics is an important part of any office space. Every workplace requires an efficient design that helps to get the job done quickly. Further, restaurants and shops often take off in their business on the basis of their cool interiors. Thus, the interior designer has become very important. The average interior designer in India earns Rs. 2,90,000 a year. Source: Payscale Conclusion: Interior Design is a very creative profession that asks for original artistic but also practical work. It also asks for establishing your goodwill among customers by giving them what they like. Thus it is a good career for creative and accommodative people. One can teach, practice in a firm or be self-employed in this profession. The job requires a good mix of both technical knowledge and originality. Overall, this is a very good career option for those who want to make their living in design. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Striving to Make a Difference: Career as Development Practitioner | Put on your Dancing Shoes | Be a Piece of Art to Enter the Industry of Glamour: Career in Modelling | Play the mind game to start a career in Sports Psychology | Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer | Career in Optometry | Multiply your academic growth with Mathematics | Career in Hospitality Management: Make the world your workplace
Put on your Dancing Shoes : The time is ripe for individuals who want to explore and express themselves in the field of dancing, with the Indian dance industry expanding into new horizons and strengthening its traditional roots. Dancing is the Indian way of celebrating – from festivals to parties, from birthdays to weddings, from the big old Bollywood to the new-age dance competitions, it is our prime source of entertainment and more importantly expression. While once upon a time dancing was a hobby, today it can be much more. Dance is often termed as the mother of all art forms – existing simultaneously in rhythm, space, expression and time. The Indian sub-continent has had dance forms existing since time immemorial in lieu of ancient dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Udippi, Garba – as a dance form, as devotion, story-telling and poetry. New dance forms like contemporary dancing, hip-hop, Bollywood dancing are a hit amongst the youth too. In today’s world, a dance career is highly respected and opens many doors of opportunities if used wisely. A dancer expresses the dance through their movements and expressions. A good dancer needs to be fit, flexible, agile and should possess an ear for rhythm. Age is usually not a bar to start learning to dance but physical fitness is an absolute necessity in any dance form. An aspiration for pursuing dance as career needs to be backed with years of training, discipline and a positive attitude towards success. Education in India Dancing today can fall under three categories – classical, modern and fitness. Indian education system has a wonderful set-up for the classical dances. Foreign students come to the country to learn classical dances and they too attend our universities because the knowledge imparted is still very much in sync with the olden traditions. Dance was also traditionally taught by pundits at home, and many famous classical dancers have studied the same way. A word of advice though – what you learn at these universities solely depends upon your interest and dedication because these courses are self-driven courses. In modern times, fusion dance is the rising star among the dance forms in India, but the contemporary, new-age dance education in India is yet to reach maturity. Classical dance has established Arts courses, recognized by the government, but fusion dances, modern forms and western dances have yet to have an education body dedicated to them. In contrast for modern and contemporary dance-forms, individual establishments have flourished under star-dance performers – both in classical as well as modern dance forms. These establishments have created their own courses with influences from western dance schools and have a growing reputation outside of India as well as within. Therefore deciding a course can be a tussle between opting for a government accredited course or a private course. There are no accredited schools in India for dancing, except those for classical dancing but lately India is slowly inching towards thiss direction. Classical Dancing Schools in India Banaras Hindu University, UP www.bhu.ac.in Bangalore University, Faculty of Arts, Karnataka www.bangaloreuniversity.ac.in Sangeet Natak Akademi www.sangeetnatak.gov.in/ Bharathiar Palkalaikoodam, Puducherry http://bpk.puducherry.gov.in/ Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore www.bhavankarnataka.com Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi www.gandharvamahavidyalayanewdelhi.org Government Saradha Sangeetha Kalasala, AP www.apculturedept.com/ Government College of Music and Dance, AP www.apculturedept.com/ Nalanda Dance Research Centre www.nalandadanceeducation.com The Universities in India offer dance courses under Performing Arts. These degrees come in form of certificate course, bachelors degree and post-graduate degree. Many dance schools like Sangeet Natak Akademi start accepting dance students from 10 years of age. The fees are more than generous, and you invest Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 50,000 for the entire course period. Private Dancing Schools Hrishikesh – Centre of Contemporary Dance, Pune www.hrishikeshpawar.com Attakkalari , Bangalore www.attakkalari.org Darpana Academy , Ahmedabad www.darpanaacademy.blogspot.in Nritarutya, Bangalore www.nritarutya.com Kadamb Centre of Dance and Music, Ahmedabad www.kadamb.org Adishakti laboratory for Theatre art Research www.adishaktitheatrearts.com Gati Dance Forum www.gatidance.com For those who already have basic training in the classical forms but wish to expand their horizons into contemporary dance, these schools offer them a chance. The fees vary from one school to another. Dropping an inquiry mail will aid the students better understand the process and the fee structures. Schools for Modern Dance and Fitness Shaimak – free-style, experimental, Bollywood http://www.shiamak.com/ All India Dance Sport Federation – Competitive Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Jive, www.indiandancesport.org Terence Lewis Dance Academy – free-style, experimental, Bollywood www.terencelewis.com Zumba – Fitness www.zumba.com Once you have done your training and you are sound in your skills, you can get the work in various film industries, ad industries, TV channels and moreover, you may establish your school of dance or fitness. Dance Institutes Abroad American Ballet Theatre, USA www.abt.org The Juilliard School, USA www.juilliard.edu National Performing Arts School, Ireland www.npas.ie Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, USA www.marthagraham.org/ De Montfort University, UK www.dmu.ac.uk Northern School of Contemporary Dance www.nscd.ac.uk Studying modern and western dance abroad is at least a three-year process, and sometimes can be more since ballet schools enroll kids when they are young. These schools offer a fresh perspective for dancers but participants need to be at their fittest. Career Opportunities A career in dance is rewarding to the brave. As Martha Graham, a famous Belgian contemporary dancer had once said, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” The things absolutely necessary are dance (of course), agility and network, which is an absolute necessity. There are many opportunities to pursue a successful career in dance such as: Choreography for TV and Movies Wedding choreographer Dance Studio Visual Artist Dance Therapist Fitness Trainer Dance teacher at a school Salaries in a dance career can vary from a paltry Rs. 400 per hour as a back-up dancer to Rs. 50,000 as a trainer or even better. If you travel with a company, you get to see many countries and learn their art-forms. Dancers are also artists who collaborate with different streams and create different approaches to design like dance as corporate training, visual art, story-telling etc. To be a successful dancer requires years of dedication, patience, practice and most importantly – being at the right place at the right time. Today, dance isn’t viewed as a lowly profession but more as an act of grace, strength, fitness and much more. If your feet itch to dance, there is no better music than the one playing now! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Be a Piece of Art to Enter the Industry of Glamour: Career in Modelling | Play the mind game to start a career in Sports Psychology | Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer | Career in Optometry | Multiply your academic growth with Mathematics | Career in Hospitality Management: Make the world your workplace | Spin the wheel of fortune with a career in Equity Research
Play the mind game to start a career in Sports Psychology : The sports that we see is just not a game involving kinetics, or the muscles involved actively to play the perfect shot. It is a game that has been executed many times in the mind of the player before coming to the actual ground. A person, who has won the game in the mind several times, in different ways, is most likely to be the winner on the D-day. Even after failure, a sportsman springs back to action, and that mainly happens when he has a sound state of mind. This level of Psychology is well understood by a Sports Psychologist and he/she helps the sportsman achieve that perfect state of mind. What does a Sports Psychologist do? There are two ways in which a sports Psychologist can make use of this specialized field of Psychology. Either they can conduct research on sports related Psychology or become a life coach and help athletes (both amateurs and professionals) through a series of therapies, counselling, mind exercises and medicines. They analyse the mind condition of an athlete and with repeated sessions of confidence building, keeps their levels of anxiety under control. Usually people with experience and not the ones of research background are preferred for working as proper Sports Psychologists. They are also employed in many institutes to keep a check on the mental condition of students who represent the institute for sports related activities. They are usually approached by the tutors or the governing institute bodies for their athletes, in order to keep them mentally balanced most of the time. How to pursue Sports Psychology? Sports Psychology is a specialized branch and can be pursued only at masters or doctoral level after having completed B.A. or B.Sc. in Psychology. Bachelors can be pursued in India but for further studies, it is a good idea to go abroad for the masters. For becoming a full practitioner it is great idea to become member of Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). It is an international multidisciplinary body providing certification for professionals who are qualified. This certification is widely accepted and helps in boosting the career of a Sports Psychologist. Prospects in India India is a sports loving country and sports like cricket, badminton, tennis are played religiously here. However very few people tend to regard the mind game played in the minds of sports people seriously. The country is in growing need of sports psychologists, who are ardent and passionate about sports as well as psychology. The country still hires foreign sport psychologists from U.S.A. and Australia who can do proper training on mental fitness. So this career requires indigenous people to communicate with the sportsperson who can understand their needs better as they are of same ethnicity, bringing down the cost of employment. The pay is also expected to increase if more and more people get aware of this profession. Salary of sports psychologists in India The starting salary figures in this career can be a bit disappointing. It ranges from Rs.6000-15000. But as one slowly gets to establish themselves as professionals, the salary can go up to Rs. 200000/-per month. Source: Payscale Colleges to study in India The degree colleges in India to study psychology have been enlisted below. The course fee is very minimal for bachelor's degree is within Rs. 50000/-) while masters degree will be around Rs. 100000/- Serial No. College Names Course offered 1 University of Delhi B.A. Psychology 2 University of Rajasthan B. Sc. Psychology 3 Jamia Milia University B.A. Psychology 4 University of Calcutta B.A./B.Sc. Psychology and M.A./M.Sc. Applied Psychology 5 University of Mumbai B.A. Psychology and M.A. Psychology 6 Guru Nanak Dev University M. Sc. Sports Psychology 7 Guru Nanak Dev University MA.(Sports Psychology) Career prospects abroad While in India people are still beating around the bush whether they need a Sports Psychologist or not, in most of the western countries, there are courses available on Sports Psychology. After completing bachelors in Psychology, you should apply abroad for studying Sports Psychology rather than hunting courses in India, since it is still suppose to come up. You can opt for online distance program as well and doctoral program to become a pro in Sports Psychology. To practice in U.S.A you must be licensed have internship and two years of professional experience along with passing the examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. Salary abroad A growth rate of 11% in the employment has been estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for clinical and sports psychologist for a period of 2012-2022. A mean annual salary for sports Psychologists fall in the range of $41,850-$71,880. The best in industry even touched $ 153,000 annual salary. Those who wish to teach can expect an annual salary of $55,000. Some of the colleges abroad Serial No Name of College Courses offered 1 Brunel University London M. Sc. Sports Psychology 2 St Mary’s University M. Sc. Applied Sports Psychology and PhD. Program 3 Kaplan University M.S. in Psychology (Applied Behavioural Psychology) 4 Grand Canyon University PhD. In Performance Psychology 5 North Central University M.A. and PhD. In Health Psychology 6 Walden University M.S. in Applied Psychology 7 University of Roehampton M.Sc. and PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology 8 University of Greenwich M. Sc. In Sport and Exercise Psychology The course fees for courses in U.K. can be quite high ranging from £4000-£17000. However if you practice there, you are soon to recover the amount. Advantage and disadvantage This field of Psychology is opening up, all across the globe. In India, with millions of hearts throbbing to see a sportsman perform, it is indeed a good idea to pursue the career, as sportsman are under tremendous performance pressure. The salaries are also getting bigger day by day. But then sports psychology has to be studied abroad in order to have a bright future, and the courses are expensive. So initially one has to work abroad in order to make his career profitable before coming back to India, to serve sports. Conclusion It is indeed sad that India, a sports enthusiast nation does not have a full fledged infrastructure to help its sportsmen in a sports worshipping country. More facilities of training skilled personnel should be brought about to ensure that we are nurturing indigenous talents to take good care of sports people. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer | Career in Optometry | Multiply your academic growth with Mathematics | Career in Hospitality Management: Make the world your workplace | Spin the wheel of fortune with a career in Equity Research | Get your wings and Fly: Career as a Commercial Pilot | Lending a listening ear: Career in Audiology | Romancing the sea: Career in Marine Engineering
Sparkle as a Jewellery Designer : Being in India, jewellery is more than just adornments to us. It is a sign of culture, family traditions and lineal prosperity. Any big family wedding or a big festival such as Diwali will bring trips to a jeweller, where one marvels at the fine design and inlays of gems in each unique ring, earring and necklace. If you have an artistic flair yourself, you’ll find yourself even more interested. But have you considered ever designing a piece yourself? Ever wondered what is like to be a jewellery designer and what the job requires? Keep reading to find out! What is the job about? A jewellery designer is a person who is involved in the process of making original and unique pieces of jewellery. It consists of preparing a design for a new ornament selecting the metals and gems going into it and often even manufacturing it. Jewellery designers work in different capacities with the same basic objective- to design fashionable jewellery consistent with latest trends. These days, the job of a jewellery designer has expanded due to the various ways in which he/she can work. A jewellery designer may only be involved in designing the sketch if he/she is working for a firm that mass-produces set designs. He/she may also be involved in manufacturing it in establishments that produce limited and unique pieces. If working as a freelancer, he/she may also have to be good at marketing his/her work to prospective clients. Thus the job of a modern jewellery designer will involve the following skills- #1- A keen eye for artistic designs and understanding trends in design #2- Ability to work with various gems and precious metals #3- Knowledge of Computer-Aided Designing (CAD): a useful tool for jewellery designers #4- Knowing how to market the final product to the industry #5- Networking to quickly establish a reputation as a skilled designer Which are the ways in which I can work? If you’re looking to work for a company, you can join one of many renowned jewellery brands such as Tanishq, Swarovski, Nakshatra, Gili, etc. Another option is to join jewellery shops/showrooms or top-notch goldsmiths. If you’re not comfortable with working strictly under someone, you can also freelance or start your own line of jewellery. There are also many ancillary job opportunities such as jewellery repair, laying gems into ornaments, working for museums/auction houses or taking up a teaching post in institutes that offer education in jewellery designing. So where to get started? After 12th, it is highly recommended that you go straight for a bachelor’s in design. This helps you develop a good background in designing. There are several acclaimed colleges such as NIFT, Mumbai and NID and several others that offer BDes courses. There are also BDes courses in the discipline of Jewellery/Accessory design itself, such as in NIFT, Gandhinagar. If you do your bachelor’s in a stream other than design, you can still go for a postgraduate diploma or degree, given you pass their aptitude tests. Some of the renowned colleges for Jewellery Designing are: Colleges Location Level National Institute of Fashion Technology Gandhinagar, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai Undergraduate Pearl Academy Jaipur Undergraduate Manipal University Jaipur Undergraduate School of Fashion Technology Pune Undergraduate National Institute of Design Ahmedabad Postgraduate India International Trade Center Mumbai Postgraduate Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore Graduate Indian Institute of Jewellery Mumbai Graduate/PG diploma What are the fees like? The fees for undergraduate programmes are generally between 1.5-2 lakhs per year, with the fees being higher in private colleges than in government colleges. For postgraduate courses, the fees vary from course to course in various institutes. Job Prospects and Salary Jewellery is one of the fastest growing industries in India. This boom in industry, coupled with a demand for fashionable jewellery consistent with market trends has created a great demand for jewellery designers. Jewellery Designers typically start out with low salaries of around Rs. 10,000 per month, which may increase to Rs. 30,000 with experience. However, if you become a freelance designer and are able to make it big, earnings can even go upward of 1 lakh. Jewellery designers abroad are paid more than in India. Jewellery Designers in US earn upward of $30,000 a year. Conclusion Jewellery Designing is the apt career for those who want to combine their artistic designing skill with that of their knowledge of precious metals and stones. With the boom in the jewellery industry and entry of foreign jewellery houses and firms, there is a lot of scope for jewellery designers as salaried designers as well as freelancers. However the job requires great skill and knowledge. Further, the education is generally expensive and may not pay off immediately, especially if you plan to work in India. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Career in Optometry | Multiply your academic growth with Mathematics | Career in Hospitality Management: Make the world your workplace | Spin the wheel of fortune with a career in Equity Research | Get your wings and Fly: Career as a Commercial Pilot | Lending a listening ear: Career in Audiology | Romancing the sea: Career in Marine Engineering