Have you just graduated from an engineering college? Though engineering is one of the most sought after graduation courses, often regarded as a guarantee to high-paying jobs and a flourishing career, several engineering graduates are turning to offbeat career options these days. Gone are the days when enrolling into an engineering college restricted your career options. In today’s time, the four years of engineering often help students realise their true aptitude.
Sometimes, even students studying at the top B.Tech university in India and IITs end up realising that they aren’t meant for programming. We have examples of toppers of their engineering batches, who turned out to be professional bloggers or digital marketers. There is no limit to what you can do after engineering.
As per National Employability Report 2015-16, nearly 80% of engineering graduates remain unemployable or get hired at significantly low pay packages, which has resulted in the rise in popularity of offbeat career options. With ample of options available, offbeat career choices are at par. Some popular offbeat career options you can pursue after engineering include:
- Blogging: Through blogging started as a hobby, it is a growing career option in the country. People with a flair for writing can easily set up their own blog using self-publishing platforms like WordPress and Blogspot. The blogs can further be monetised using Google AdSense or you can also earn through publishing sponsored posts (once you start getting good traffic).
- Photography: Youngsters are often seen exploring different nooks and corners of the city with their DSLRs. If you have a passion for photography, you can pursue a career in fashion photography, landscape or travel photography, wildlife photography or even turn out to become a wedding filmer. The average salary of a photographer in India is INR 3.5 lakh. Fashion photographers and wedding photographers earn a lot more through valuable networking and connections.
- Associate Professor: You can choose to join a reputed engineering college as a faculty of the subject you actually loved during your engineering years. One of the noblest professions in the world, joining as a professor allows you to nurture the talent of tomorrow. Pursue M.Tech and then PhD to further advance in your career as a Department Head, Principal or the Dean of the college.
- Filmmaker: Take your love for the camera ahead by pursuing a career in filmmaking, which is all about storytelling, creativity and the right camera tactics. You won’t become a star film maker in a day but you can definitely utilise YouTube as a platform to start with, showcase your skills, engage the audience, develop your skills and grow with time. One example we have is that of the guy behind TVF videos – Arunabh Kumar, who is an IIT Kharagpur pass-out but still chose to do something of his own, very different from the regular engineering jobs. The minimum salary of a digital filmmaker in India is INR 20,000 per month. However, if you know your work and are loved by the audience, the sky is the limit.
- Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship is the latest trend amongst youngsters. You don’t necessarily need an MBA degree for starting your own venture. Successful ventures such as Flipkart was once a start-up by an IITian. As an entrepreneur, who knows how to do business and generate sales.
- Graphic Designing: Do you share a love for design? The need for graphic designers is rising significantly in various sectors including blogging, digital marketing, advertising, films, media, health, etc. If you have the flair for creativity and design, you can pursue a diploma or degree course in graphic designing. Start a job with an advertising company or a fashion brand and once you gain enough experience, you can get loads of projects on freelance, giving you the advantage of working from the comfort of your home. With the right skills, creativity and network, you can easily earn up to Rs.2.8 lakh per annum as a graphic designer during the beginning of your career.
- Chef or Restaurateur: Are you a die-hard foodie and love to try new recipes often? Are your friends and family a big fan of your cooking? Then, it will be a wise decision to get professional culinary training to further enhance your skills. You can also launch a restaurant or beautiful café of your own, offering visitors your special recipes. If the taste, ambience and service is good, it would take no time to get the restaurant business growing. As an executive chef, you can easily earn somewhere between INR 2 lakh to INR 9.63 lakh per year. As the owner of an average café or restaurant that caters to 50 guests per day, you can earn up to INR 8 lakh to INR 10 lakh per month.
Choose a job that you’ll love so that you will never have to work again.
Established in 2012, Poornima University (PU) offers an array of courses in different branches such as engineering, architecture, design, management and commerce.The university is recognized by UGC and aims to prepare all its students for the industry. Motto of PU is “Your Dreams Our Goal”.
Note: The details and the earnings provided above are for information purpose only.