think you have what it takes to be successful in this field, you can take up a training course in fashion design, fashion styling, image consulting or fashion communication. There are limited courses in fashion styling, but most fashion design and fashion communication programmes have incorporated styling into their course. Most fashion design and communication courses include training in design, accessories, costumes, photography, hairstyle, makeup, and this can help you make an entry into this profession. Major fashion institutes such as National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi and other fashion institutes offer these courses. Getting into such a course does not require coaching. It’s all about your own aesthetic sense, a keen eye for clothes, colours and designs, as well as a broad knowledge of fashion industry trends. A good way to kick start your career is by assisting a senior stylist, even if you do not get paid. The experience will give you the confidence to take up good assignments and will help you start out on your own. I have passed Class 12 this year with 75% (science stream). I feel demotivated as I have not secured admission to a BTech programme in any government college. Due to financial reasons, I cannot skip a year as well, so I plan to apply to some colleges. I do not mind taking up any other course through distance education. Please guide me.
—Sumit You must not become disheartened. If you are keen on engineering, there are plenty of options. You can consider the three-year diploma programme in engineering. Diploma courses in engineering are offered by vocational and technical institutes across the country and they offer a wide range of specialisations. Once you finish the course, you can either work or join the second year of BE/BTech in many universities, through the lateral entry scheme. Diploma holders from any branch of engineering/technology with a minimum of 60% marks are eligible for entry into any of the BTech programmes. Some institutes offering the lateral entry facility in BTech include Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Delhi, (www.ipu.ac.in) which offers mechanical engineering and automation engineering, Punjab Technical University I am a final year BTech (electronics and communication) student and I am interested in a career in the merchant navy. I wear glasses (my power is -2.25). How do I enter this