With art skills, what are my ca­reer op­tions? ca­reer­coun­selling

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BUQUERQUE I read physics, chem­istry maths, English and psychology in my Class 12. I have good skills in fine arts. So, ac­cord­ing to you, what ca­reer op­tions do I have?

—Sri­jita With sub­jects such as physics, chem­istry, maths and fine arts, you have hun­dreds of ca­reer op­tions, so it is dif­fi­cult for me to ad­vise you when I do not know about your in­ter­ests, per­son­al­ity and ca­reer goals. You say you have good cre­ative skills, so if you also have strong artis­tic tal­ent, and imag­i­na­tion cou­pled with a strong sense of colour, orig­i­nal­ity and an eye for de­tail and are more in­ter­ested in a cre­ative field, you can con­sider a ca­reer in any field of de­sign — for ex­am­ple, fash­ion, tex­tile, graphic or web de­sign.

If you pre­fer to work with colours, fab­rics and new ideas, there are many open­ings in the ap­parel and de­sign in­dus­try. With a sci­ence back­ground, you can also take up prod­uct de­sign cre­at­ing func­tional and at­trac­tive prod­ucts, whether cars, TVs or fur­ni­ture. If you are good at com­put­ers, web de­sign and mul­ti­me­dia are other pos­si­ble op­tions. A web de­signer de­signs graph­ics and lay­outs for the web or mo­bile, while a mul­ti­me­dia artist cre­ates spe­cial ef­fects and an­i­mated im­ages for films, tele­vi­sion pro­grammes and com­puter games.

If you are tech­ni­cally in­clined, you can also con­sider tex­tile en­gi­neer­ing which com­bines some cre­ativ­ity with sci­en­tific knowl­edge. Tex­tile engi­neers work with machines but also with fi­bres, fab­rics and colours.

An­other ca­reer op­tion that com­bines tech­ni­cal and cre­ative abil­i­ties is that of ar­chi­tec­ture. If you have good sketch­ing skills and imag­i­na­tion, a high level of prac­ti­cal­ity, ac­cu­racy, ca­pac­ity to ob­serve and con­cep­tu­alise, a ca­reer as an ar­chi­tect may be the pre­ferred op­tion. Once you be­come a qual­i­fied ar­chi­tect, you can work with an ar­chi­tect firm, a government or­gan­i­sa­tion, a con­struc­tion com­pany, or in part­ner­ship with an­other ar­chi­tect and build up some years of good work ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore ven­tur­ing out to set up your ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice.

There­fore, as you can see, there are many ca­reer op­tions for you. When choos­ing a ca­reer, it is im­por­tant to think about fac­tors such as your abil­i­ties, an in­ter­est in a par­tic­u­lar field of work, the work en­vi­ron­ment and the kind of work you will be do­ing. So, do ex­plore the world of ca­reers and short­list the ones that in­ter­est you. Re­mem­ber, you can only excel and do well in work that you en­joy do­ing and for which you have the nat­u­ral abil­ity.

Which course?

I am a BTech (com­puter sci­ence) can­di­date. Based on my present re­sults, I have prob­a­bly no scope of find­ing a job from. I am not in­ter­ested in soft­ware. Please sug­gest a job which will suit my in­ter­est and which I can pos­si­bly do with my BTech qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

—Neha A suc­cess­ful ca­reer de­pends on what you are good at and what you like to do. If you are not happy with com­puter sci­ence, you can take up any other sub­ject or pro­fes­sional skill af­ter grad­u­a­tion. The BTech in com­puter sci­ence can be the base de­gree on which you can build a ca­reer in any field. All sub­jects can lead you to­wards in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reers. There­fore, when you start think­ing about a ca­reer, you need to con­sider your tal­ents and in­ter­ests. Are you cre­ative with good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and get on well with other peo­ple? Are you a prob­lem solver, a good or­gan­iser, or an in­tro­vert? There are hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent ca­reers suit­able for peo­ple of var­ied abil­i­ties, in­ter­ests and per­son­al­i­ties and you need to start think­ing about your­self and your ar­eas of in­ter­est.

If you are in­ter­ested in a busi­ness-re­lated ca­reer such as bank­ing or busi­ness man­age­ment, you can take up cour­ses in bank­ing, fi­nance or an MBA. If you are good with peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, you can con­sider law, mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ho­tel man­age­ment, travel and tourism, and many oth­ers if you are so in­clined.

If you are cre­ative there are many ca­reers in de­sign, ad­ver­tis­ing, mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion and film and TV. So do give this some thought and make your de­ci­sion ac­cord­ingly.

Mer­chant navy af­ter CSE

I am a fi­nal-year stu­dent of com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing. I am not in­ter­ested in con­tin­u­ing any fur­ther in this field. I am fas­ci­nated by the mer­chant navy. Could you please help me find a proper chan­nel to reach there be­cause many peo­ple say that I am not el­i­gi­ble for it be­cause they only take me­chan­i­cal or marine engi­neers? Is there any course which could help me?

-Ab­hi­nav If you have done sci­ence in Class 12 with physics and maths, you can join the mer­chant navy even if you do not study en­gi­neer­ing. Other than the BTech in marine en­gi­neer­ing for marine engi­neers on a ship and the BSc in nau­ti­cal sci­ence for nav­i­ga­tion of­fi­cers, there is an­other route to join the mer­chant navy - as a deck cadet.

Some In­dian and for­eign ship­ping com­pa­nies re­cruit cadets di­rectly af­ter their Class 12 and train them on ships at sea, and also en­able them to qual­ify for the com­pe­tency cer­tifi­cate re­quired by the Min­istry of Sur­face Trans­port. The work on a ship is highly tech­ni­cal and re­quires knowl­edge of the work­ing of a ship, nav­i­ga­tion prin­ci­ples, weather con­di­tions and so on, so a sci­ence back­ground is nec­es­sary. Each com­pany has its own re­quire­ments of the can­di­dates it takes on, so it is best to ap­ply to as many In­dian and for­eign ship­ping com­pa­nies as you can.

In­dian em­ploy­ers in this sec­tor in­clude the Great East­ern Ship­ping and Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia, while for­eign ship­ping lines are Maersk, Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Line and many oth­ers.


I am a first-year zo­ol­ogy hon­ours stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Delhi. Are there any re­search in­tern­ships for first-year stu­dents? Where can I ap­ply? Must one have some ex­pe­ri­ence to be el­i­gi­ble?

-Navodita There are no for­mal re­search in­tern­ships be­ing of­fered but you can ap­ply to work in any of the wide range of fields for zo­ol­ogy stu­dents, which could in­clude re­search in biotech­nol­ogy, bioin­for­mat­ics, medicine, phar­macy, bio­chem­istry, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence, marine stud­ies, hu­man ge­net­ics, or di­rectly with an­i­mals in forestry, ve­teri­nary, agri­cul­tural, fish­eries, en­vi­ron­ment and biotech­nol­ogy or­gan­i­sa­tions.

There are many government re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions con­duct­ing a va­ri­ety of stud­ies, such as the Zoo­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia, the In­dian Coun­cil of Forestry Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion, or the Wildlife In­sti­tute of In­dia, Dehradun, as well as med­i­cal re­search es­tab­lish­ments where con­tin­u­ous ex­per­i­men­ta­tion goes on.

There are also zoos and wildlife parks, wildlife trusts and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion agen­cies such as Project Tiger and the World Wildlife Fund who take on stu­dent in­terns for a va­ri­ety of re­search projects.


Cre­ative stu­dents can get into ca­reers such as fash­ion, tex­tile, graphic or web de­sign

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