Taking the less trodden path

Offbeat courses

In the olden days, youngsters mainly had two courses to choose from if they wanted a bright career — medicine and engineering. 
 
Otherwise they could opt for BA, BCom and BSc which would lead them to administrative jobs.

Yet, with the advancement of technology and the new-age mindset of Gen-Y, one can see a whole new range of courses and private institutes dedicated to them nowadays. 

Be it in the field of writing, fashion or even social media, one would have never thought a few years ago that such courses would come about. 
 
And these courses have given rise to new jobs as well. Metrolife spoke to a few youngsters who are pursuing offbeat courses.

Sakshi Jauhri is in the fourth year of netware designing, a branch of fashion design where she learns not just about design but also about foreseeing trends in the market and studying the competitors. 
 
Currently working with Allen Solly as part of her course, she is already designing the Spring Summer 2015 collection. “So I need to foresee now what kind of trends will be popular then,” 
she notes.

Talking of the new courses that have sprouted up thanks to technology, she says,  “People are trying to explore more nowadays. If you are creative, you don’t have to just stick to textbooks.” 
 
She adds, “Besides, creative fields like fashion designing are as well-paying as technical fields.”

Discontinuing a degree might have been laughed upon earlier but now students can make a career out of their passion without worrying about that. 
 
Vicky, a 19-year-old, discontinued his BBM course when he realised that his true calling was martial arts and now he intends to make a career out of it. 
 
“I have been learning it full-time for over a year now at Kim’s Martial Arts Academy and will be certified from the USA. As a child, I wasn’t that interested in studies and since I’m small built, I was bullied a lot. So when I came across this course, I instantly pursued it and now, I can defeat people who are way heavier than me,” he quips.

With his mother being a banker and father an engineer, it was but natural for everyone to expect Indrajeet to study something similar. 
 
“But I wanted to experiment. So after a lot of research, I came across this course,” says the final-year student of fashion communication at National Institute of Fashion Technology.

“We have four core subjects — visual merchandising, advertising, graphic design and photography. We also have add-ons like public relations and entrepreneurship. So from event management companies to PR firms to magazines, we have a lot to choose from when it comes to jobs,” he explains. 
 
In fact the exposure in the course is so high, he says that the students have no problem finding a job on their own once they are out. “Thanks to design, we have so many opportunities,” he adds.

Art was always around but courses in art have come about in the recent times. 

Diana, who is doing her second-year bachelors in visualisation, is grateful to her parents for making her choose this course and the early masters of art who paved the way.

“Without any technology, the artists of the past could do so much. They left a beautiful history behind. Now, with technology we can do much more,” she says. Yet she feels there is a downside to creative courses becoming popular. 
 
“Earlier, artists never focussed on money. But now they do and are misusing art,” 
she adds.
 
These courses have given rise to a number of jobs too. Anish, who pursued advertising and graphic design in 2006, an offbeat course at that time, now works in a social media agency called AliveNow and develops campaigns and applications on Facebook.

“Today, not everyone is opting for a course like engineering like the early 2000s. People are opening their minds to creative courses,” he sums up.  

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