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Entrepreneurship: Countrywide entrepreneurial boom

The practice of chasing plum jobs immediately after graduating from a B-school or university is changing even as academics encourage innovation and creative thinking within the nation’s lecture halls Next time a bright idea lights up your head, keep it glowing as today the scope and variety of self-generated work is unlimited for professionally-qualified youngsters with ideas, an appetite for risk, and intuition. In a sharp departure from past practice, many young people are quittin...

Clinical Research: Boom time for clinical researchers

The fast-track pharmaceutical and healthcare industries could morph India into a hub of clinical research which is poised to become the fastest growing sector in the life sciences Even as the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is utilising contemporary information communication technologies to transform India into ‘the back office of the world’, the fast-track pharmaceutical and healthcare industries could also morph India into a hub of clinical research which is poised t...

Web design: Designing a future on the world wide web

In the Internet Age it is hardly surprising that there is a greater demand for web professionals than for traditional career professionals. A 21st century career with awesome potential is web designing. As the world wide web grows, companies are waking up to the potential of the Internet as a powerful and affordable medium of advertising, marketing, and communication. Given the massive valuations made of Internet, particularly dotcom companies and the fat pay packets they offer, it’...

Coffee tasting: Coffee-bar culture career opportunities

Coffee tasting, evaluation, and certification have become critical functions which directly impact this magic bean related businesses Once upon a time not long ago, the overwhelming majority of young people determined to do well in life charted out career paths in medicine, engineering, and/or business management. But after the historic economic liberalisation and deregulation initiative of 1991, a whole slew of promising new career path options have become available to youth. Among them: fas...

Copywriting: Demand explosion for copywriters

An endangered species which has the knack of conjuring up the arresting headline or telling phrase that prompts mass purchase decisions, advertising copywriters are in great demand Following the economic liberalisation in 1991 which catapulted the hitherto moribund Indian economy into an eight percent per annum growth orbit, and the entry of a cornucopia of new goods and services into the great Indian bazaar, the advertising industry has grown by leaps and bounds. According to Association of...

Commercial Art: Booming demand for commercial artist

Professionals in art have many career options available to them depending on their talent, personality, and perseverance With the rapid growth of the electronic media and related businesses which has created multinational global markets, careers in commercial art, often called ‘applied art’, have received a new lease of life and have become more interesting, glamorous, and rewarding. The field includes several categories of art techniques including illustration, graphic designing,...

Clinical Pathology: Now a hi-tech vocation

Those who haven’t graduated from medical college but still want to be associated with medicine have several options. One of them is pathology Until as recently as 20 years ago, it was the physician who prescribed a few tests on the basis of his diagnosis. Today the world over, particularly in the advanced countries, a self-respecting physician is unlikely to entertain a patient unless he/she is armed with a battery of sophisticated test reports by a qualified pathologist. The new gen...

Civil Pilot: Demand down but not out

Demand for civil pilots is skyrocketing. With the Indian skies opening up, it pays to have your head in the clouds and feet on ground Ever since the adventurous Greek mythology character Icarus tried to fly with wax wings, mankind has been experimenting with flying machines of various types. But only in the last (20th) century did the homo sapiens succeed in flying heavier-than-air machines. In India the incorporation of the public sector Air India in 1948 and Indian Airlines in 1953 heralded...

Cinematography: Massive demand for cinematographers

For qualified cinematographers there’s a multiplicity of career opportunities with feature and ad film production companies, innumerable television channels, and in freelancing For those with a passion for photography and a love of movies, cinematography is an exciting and financially rewarding career. ‘Cinematography’ is the process of recording visual images for the cinema and subsequent development of recorded images in sophisticated photo laboratories. The cinematographe...

Choreography: Glamour and glitz of choreography

A passion for music and dance can be transformed into this new age profession which offers handsome monetary rewards It’s not a career choice which family elders are likely to be wildly enthusiastic about. But if you are a young music and fashion aficionado with a preference for leggy models and bright lights who can mentally envision an entire fashion show, right from the stage décor to the colour of each model’s eyeliner, you might want to check out fashion choreography...

Chartered Financial Analyst: Rising demand for finance professionals

In the contemporary era of liberalisation and globalisation, a host of opportunities have become available to chartered financial analysts in the newly emergent world of corporate and international finance If you are good at numbers crunching, specialization in the chartered financial analyst(CFA) programme may well be the way to go as it unlocks many doors into the world of finance, particularly in the current new era of liberalisation and globalisation. This is a postgraduate professiona...

Chartered Accountancy: India's most preferred profession

Duly qualified chartered accountants can expect to be confronted with a flood of opportunities in government service, industry, and private consultancy within the fast-track Indian economy Bad draftsmanship and the sheer complexity of post-independence India’s tax legislation, which requires constant updation and amendment (according to eminent jurist, the late Nani Palkhivala, the Income Tax Act 1961 is the world’s most amended legislation), have made the services of chartered ac...

Cosmetic Surgery: An aesthetically challenging profession

Cosmetic surgery is a challenging and creative science which requires surgical skills, aesthetic sensibility, and an understanding of the human psyche since patients also require psychological counselling In an age when good looks are becoming increasingly important for image building, you needn’t despair if you are less blessed with outward beauty. Cosmetic surgeons are becoming ubiquitous and ready, willing, and able to improve on God’s original plan and give you the face, n...

Cost Accountants: Demand upswing for cost accountants

With cost competitiveness, customer satisfaction and investor protection becoming important issues, cost accountants who render costs control advice are much in demand In industrially developed countries, chartered management accountants or cost and works accountants (as they are known in India), are greatly in demand, and better remunerated than chartered accountants. Similarly, in India’s recently (1991) liberalised and deregulated economy in which cost competitiveness, customer s...

Creative Directors: Bollywood needs contemporary directors

With growing demand for credible and aesthetic cinema and an increasing number of advertising, documentary, and industrial films being produced, there’s a premium on creative directors With an annual production of over 1,000 good, middling, and mainly downright bad feature films per year in 20 languages, the Indian cinema industry popularly known as Bollywood, is the largest in the world. It boasts 3.6 billion viewers per year compared to Hollywood’s relatively modest 2.6 bill...

Brand Management: Emerging era of brand management

Brand management is a newly evolved specialised function which involves creating and nurturing a brand with the objective of enhancing its image, recall, and longevity in a competitive environment Brand Bollywood, brand India, brand Vajpayee, brand Sonia Gandhi. Increasingly products, places, and people are being branded. Hardly surprising given that global brands like   Nike, Coca Cola, Versace, Kellogg’s, Titan, and Kingfisher among others are more highly valued than the com...

Customer Management: Customer relations management

Call centres have the potential to employ over 200,000 English-speaking Indians and annual revenue could touch Rs.25,542 crore The era when the marketplace was crowded with unsophisticated, uninformed, and gullible consumers is fast drawing to a close. Service, efficient delivery, smart packaging, and rock bottom competitive pricing is what a growing number of consumers around the world are increasingly demanding — and getting. That’s why customer relationship management (CRM)...

Biotechnology: The new biotech buzz

With informed opinion veering towards marrying science with nature, career opportunities are multiplying in geometric progression With the waning of the IT boom and attendant euphoria, the new buzzword is biotech. Suddenly biotechnology is the most active sector of the rapidly globalising economy with India emerging as a global hub. And the flow of investment into this sector indicates it will continue to be hot for quite some time as this technology focuses on the development of the life...

Career in Management Information System

If you find iPhones, Social Media, Gadgets, and Facebook fascinating you have in you what it takes foremost in information systems. All you need is a curious attitude and the wish to use technology to touch people’s lives. Management Information System, or MIS, generally refers to a computer-based system that furnishes managers with the tools to arrange, assess and competently manage departments within an organisation. In order to furnish past, present and forecasting information,...

Biomedical Engineering: Boom time for biomed engineers

Biomedical engineers who conceptualise, design, and develop healthcare equipment are much sought after. With populations ageing worldwide, the demand for life saving equipment is booming With sophisticated machines and instruments beginning to play an ever-increasingly important role in healing and saving human lives, biomedical engineers who conceptualize, design, and develop healthcare equipment are a much sought after species. With the demand for biomed engineers far outstripping supply, t...

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