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Various career choices after engineering

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. 

With the numerous career options available these days, it shouldn’t be a surprise that these different career options are now possible. Gone are the days when enrolling in an engineering college restricted your career options. In today’s time, the four years of engineering often help students realize their true aptitude.

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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 long as you’re happy with the new and unconventional career option that you trod on, then go for it.

That said, here are some of the unconventional but popular career options for those that have completed an engineering degree:

Most Popular Career Choices

As per the 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. There’s no denying the fact that working as an engineer can mean long and stressful hours. Unfortunately, depending on where you’re from and on the firm that you’re working for, this effort may not be adequately translated in terms of good pay.

With ample 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 monetized using Google AdSense or you can also earn through publishing sponsored posts (once you start getting good traffic). You actually have the best of both worlds with blogging. Not only are you doing a job that you enjoy, but you’re also earning well while doing so. Even better, you can also do this job on the side along with the regular engineering job that you do. 
  • 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 Ph.D. 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 filmmaker 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 among 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 or a career in IT field 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 design. Start a job with an advertising company or a fashion brand and once you gain enough experience, you can get loads of projects on a 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, ambiance, 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. An advantage that you can have with working as a restaurateur after your engineering degree is that you also know the ins and outs of the technicalities involved with running a restaurant. From the time that you have to begin your renovation or the building process until you’re finally running your restaurant, should any problem arise, you’ll know how to solve this problem.

Final Word 

Choose a job that you’ll love so that you will never have to work again. You may have heard that all-too-common advice so many times. But, when you come to think of it, there’s actually much truth to that saying. 

Perhaps, at first, you may have thought that engineering is the right choice for you to make. But, later on, you realize that this isn’t the case. If this is the case, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t have a fulfilling job that leaves you happy and satisfied. An engineering degree can actually be a very versatile choice – you can do just about any other career after completing it. 

Note: The details and the earnings provided above are for information purpose only.