Top 10 emerging career opportunities for students after school – Part 1

This article will guide students who have cleared their class 12 board exams to pick up the most attractive and well-paid careers according to their aptitude and interest.

Every student wants to excel in life and choose a career that will take them to great heights in life. There are many options around like Civil Services, Banking, Company Secretary, Civil Aviation etc. and here we bring you a series of five articles with useful information about 10 career opportunities each.

The series will give you a good understanding of the market and also help you in selecting the jobs that are most suitable for you.

1. Civil Services

Civil Services is one of the most favourite and sought after career options for students who are freshly out of school or undergoing some university level course. In fact, for many, it is a dream job as it is counted as a highly impressive career and also attracts high respect in the society. The pursuit to make it to the final level involves a lot of hard work and determination.

The examinations for Civil Services are divided into three parts.

Part 1 is the Preliminary and is called Prelims Examination. It consists of objective type questions with the choice of one optional paper.

Part 2 requires the successful candidate to appear for the mains examination. This requires the candidate to sit for detailed written examination on two optional papers. Papers on English, Indian Language and General Studies, and Essay are taken. After clearing part 2 the interview takes place.

2. Banking

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Banking is another sought after career. It involves everything related to the economic activities that are taking place in the country. All these activities have made the banking sector a real driving force. With the entry of many multinational banks the services too have improved and the customers now have more choices. This has also resulted in an increase in the number and nature of jobs thereby offering various profiles to job seekers. Banks manage wealth and facilitate basic economic processes thus acting as the backbone of country’s economy. A career in Banking offers good payment and benefits as well.

3. Company Secretary (CS)

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Section 383 A of the Companies Act, 1956 requires that any company with a paid up capital of Rs. 50 lakh or more will have to appoint a whole time Company Secretary (CS) who is a member of the Institute of Company Secretary of India (ICSI). This has made Company Secretary a vital position in the corporate world.

CS is the fundamental link between the company and the government and has been recognised by various enactments as one of the principal officers of the company.

Since more and more people are starting their business from medium to large scale, the demand for qualified Company Secretaries is going up. Students with a good understanding of industry, finances, and economics can apply for a suitable programme to become Company Secretary.

Company Secretaries command high salaries with the pay scale varying from company to company.

4. Cost Accountancy

Cost Accountancy has been broadly defined as ‘the role of Cost and Management Accountants mainly consists of working in stabilising budgets and standards, evaluating operating efficiency and effectiveness of production and service management. The task of Cost Accountant is to bring profit to the organisation. To achieve this goal they design profit planning programme, guide managerial decisions, and identify accountability of cost and profit inconsistencies.

A Cost Accountant is a key link into the framework of the management hence the payment is extremely good along with perks and benefits.

5. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Since the economic liberalisation, Indian companies have become self-reliant and are looking at the global market to expand further. This is where Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) comes into the scene, especially in a new business environment. CFA is a training programme for financial executives to improve their skills in corporate financial management, investment management, and financial services.

A CFA is very much in demand by prospective employers with attractive salary offers for challenging professional positions along with other benefits and perks.

6. Civil Aviation

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The aviation industry has been growing at a rapid pace with many private companies joining the competition. As a result, the cost of air travel has come down significantly and a large number of people prefer air travel to save time and money both. It offers careers with a promising future.

Major jobs include Pilot, Airport Manager, Aviation Maintenance, Air Traffic Controller, Airport Security, Cabin Crew, Air Hostess, Ground Staff, Hotel Staff, Airport Station Attendant and a lot more.

The Civil Aviation industry is one of the largest in the whole world and it offers very attractive pay packages, benefits, and perks.

7. Fashion Designing

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Students who are creative and bubbling with new ideas can opt for a career in Fashion Designing. Fashion scenario has evolved a lot and fashion designers are very much in demand for various occasions, like marriages, theme parties, TV serials, theatre, and movies.

A career in fashion will let you come in contact with celebrities, actors, actresses, renowned models and other influential people. Indian fashion industry is evolving and attracting fashion professionals from across the world. With this exposure, you can display your work to a global audience and earn very, very good money and fame.

8. Beauty/ Lifestyle

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Thanks to the reach of media, more and more Indians are becoming conscious about their looks and fitness. This is where the business of beauty/ lifestyle caters to the ever increasing and diverse demands of consumers, men and women alike. Whether they are working professionals or related to any other field, people want to look beautiful and attractive, and for that, they use different methods. A host of beauty parlours and salons have come up and even more are in the fray. Students can undergo diploma or degree courses in beauty care and lifestyle from a number of institutes. This field will earn you good money and friends as well.   

9. Advertising

If you can sell a product with natural ease then this field is for you. Almost every business, no matter how big or small it is cannot survive without advertising as it showcases all the key features and conveys the same to the public.

With different kind of courses offered in Advertising, you can go for the one which is most suitable for you. Once you get into the field then you can earn big money as clients are always looking for professionals who can give their products a dream run and in your case, you can do it with your advertising skills.

10. Foreign Languages

A career in a foreign language is a rewarding one. You can join any recognised university or institute and learn French, German, Japanese, and other foreign languages. After you have completed the course you can be hired as a language translator.

Even the embassies and high commission can hire you or you can give lessons to aspiring students and earn good money. Travelling abroad is one major attraction.

This is the first part of our five-part series. The second part will follow soon.

Top 10 emerging career opportunities for students after school – Part 3

Top 10 emerging career opportunities for students after school – Part 2

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