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Making a career choice these days is getting tougher, and not everybody gets a career in engineering and medicine; nor can many of us become part of the bureaucracy élite.
However, there is no dearth of career options that you can still achieve without much education. You can do a lot with a high school degree and experience in the required field for about 7-10 years. Over time as you gain experience, your prospects in the field increase as well as your monetary benefits.
Careers choices such as RJ’s, VJ’s, stock market professionals, and even BPO professionals earn respectable salaries when compared to top-level managers in multinational companies. Once considered unconventional careers, these are now becoming easier to start without your parents questioning the choice.
All of the career choices below are for graduates/undergraduates. In the long-term, these choices will be fruitful when you get working experience.
1. Radio Jockeys and Video Jockeys
Do you have the talent of talking?
Do you like music? I mean who doesn't.
Are you very talkative, yet, your friends feel you have tons of information that they can learn from you?
Then saying “Good Morning . . . ” to your listeners is what you’ll do if you’re hosting the morning show. The same goes for VJs. These people are now earning more and have become a household name. Recognition and money both come with this profession.
The radio industry in India is at a nascent stage and we now have big conglomerates also coming into set radio stations across the length and breadth of the country.
Although industry experts say you don't need any formal training to become an RJ, as the competition increases, you'll definitely want to equip yourself with a diploma from an RJ course or something on those lines. No course can guarantee that you will be an RJ, but your language skills and confidence should be excellent.
2. Stock Market Professionals
Any B.com graduate can join as a broker in leading trading companies. Come straight out of college then look for "trainee" positions in stock brokerage firms.
Once you get properly trained and have some experience then you can move to higher positions. These professionals earn good money but the workload is hard and they need to be vigilant. There are also some specific courses that can be done to join the stock market. If you want some specifics, look for courses offered by the National Stock Exchange.
You should have the ability to analyze a situation properly and always keep your cool. Many people with experience become consultants and handle an independent group of clients.
3. Professional Fitness Trainers / Yoga Teachers
Fitness experts and yoga trainers have a major role in shaping people’s overall stature, literally.
As the Indian people wake to the benefits of keeping themselves fit in the ever-increasing health hazards of daily life, from pollution to the space-crunch to ingrained unhygienic habits, fitness experts will always be in demand.
Also, people don't hesitate to spend on health these days.
The demand for yoga trainers is also going up, and not just in India. People from around the world are waking up to the benefits of yoga. Especially in the last few years, yoga has grown much more popular in the United States and in other parts such as China, Australia.
Though not everyone can make it to the big screen, chances are that if you have talent you’ll make it at least to the theater.
And gradually you can break into mainstream cinema. Start early by taking part in your college festivals.
5. BPO Professionals
There exist a notion among the public that call center professionals get stuck in their job profiles and don’t get to higher levels. But there is no dispute that call centers pay well.
Many people do take BPO jobs as a last resort, but then they do earn well. If you are an undergraduate and are willing to spend many years at a particular company, then making it to the higher levels such as assistant process leader, process leader and other higher positions is not difficult.
Scores of other people have made quick bucks and then moved on to get their MBA’s with the money they earn.
This is probably the easiest as well as the hardest of the lot. To become a politician you need an inner drive to do well for society. You might be laughing at my sentence but the job of a politician is hard.
The best example of this is Mr. Narendra Modi who has made his tough journey from being a chaiwallah to the highest post in the country of becoming the Prime Minister. He is honest, hardworking, ruthless, and gives us the feeling that India will get its rightful place under him.
To become a politician, you don't need to have any education and our constitution does not state any mandatory standards. But mind you that doesn't mean that you don't need any education. As our society matures, more and more young and educated citizens are joining political parties on a full-time basis. If you are in college, then join your university-level politics wing or you can join any major party as a youth wing member.
And the salaries of the Indian politician if you get elected are among the best and highest if we compare it with other countries.
Just as an afterthought, an MP earns as much as 35 lakhs annually, including various benefits with a base salary of Rs. 50,000 per month.
7. Become an Author
Now, this may feel overwhelming but it's still possible. Anyone with a decent know-how of English or for that matter any other language can become an author. Trust me.
It's only about your imagination and creativity.
However, publishing your own book through a recognized publisher is tough. Read the story of J.K. Rowling the multi-millionaire famous author of Harry Potter. She was rejected at least 12 times before a publisher agreed to publish her novel.
Don't lose hope with the Internet, more and more people have the luxury to publish their work and test the waters before diving further. Also, with the turn of this decade, self-publishing is a concept which is also gaining more and more ground.
Another aspect of thinking to become an author is that you don't have to leave your current job. On the side, you can try your hand at writing a novel, or at least start by writing a short story.
To be a novelist, all I need is a pen and a piece of paper.
— Quentin Tarantino
8. Event Managers
To be an event manager you need a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a diploma or one-year post-graduate program from an institute, though the course is not compulsory.
Event managers are expected to have great communication skills and they work for projects for event management companies, hotels, and big corporate houses to name a few.
9. Tourism Professionals
The tourism industry is one of the largest in terms of people who depend on it, either directly or indirectly.
When compared to our neighbor China, India is far behind in terms of international tourism. However, India’s domestic travel figures are great.
Predictions by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation is that the focus is shifting to Asia, and India will definitely emerge as one of the top destinations in the coming years.
10. Be Your Own Boss
You can become an entrepreneur either at the start of your career or once you have the relevant industry experience. Entrepreneurs today exist in every industry, though this was not the case a few years back when only big companies had their say.
For example, Naukri.com, which is now the top job site, was started in 1997 by an individual just like you (Sanjeev Bhikchandani).
Not to mention some of our famous college dropouts, who now have multi-billion dollar companies.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: What's the initial pay package for a radio jockey in India?
Answer: There are many factors that can affect the salary of a RJ. The salary of a RJ at any stage of the career depends on the radio station, the city of work, time-slot, and the RJ's popularity. It is tough to provide a figure but this is what my research points out. If you are just starting your career without any experience the salary ranges between Rs. 15,000-25,000 per month.
Question: What is the initial payment/salary of event managers in India?
Answer: The salary of any profession when starting out will be less. The HR manager will consider many factors when deciding upon a package. Event management companies look if a candidate meets the following criteria. To attract a better package, the candidate must possess at least a diploma in event management. The institute’s name in the market is very important in this field. As such institute will have an internship in their syllabus. Internship programs gives a student the opportunity to face real-life situations. There are some top universities which have started event management courses, Amity University is one such.
Another criterion will be the communication skills and the ability to network. Good communication here is the way you speak and how well you are in building rapport to get things done. Negotiation is also an aspect of this high pressure deadline adhering job. With all these qualities one can expect a better pay than the average Joe. There are many different positions for freshers such as Assistant Event Manager, Operations Executive, or some bigger firms also offer Assistant Project Director openings. When it comes to monetary benefits one can expect to get an annual salary in the range of 1.80 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs. Travelling is an essential job requisite in this industry. While you are on a tour, companies do compensate for travelling and food expense.
Question: How much does a BPO professsional earn initially?
Answer: The initial salary can anywhere be in the range of Rs. 10,000 to 20,000 per month. Domestic BPO have large difference when it comes to paying compared to international BPO's. As well the skills required at international BPO's are on the higher side.
Question: What educational qualification/degree is required to become a Radio Jockey?
Answer: No radio station mandatorily requires you to have a degree etc. The job of an RJ is to host a show, to entertain listeners, and to spontaneously respond to situations.
The qualities required are to have a good voice, the ability to take callers online, and to interview people. They also need to have a good command of Hindi, English, and the regional language. Creativity and good writing skills also go a long way.
No course can guarantee you the above skills. If you have the talent you have it, otherwise it's better you don't choose this profession.
Having said that, enrolling in a radio jockeying course won't harm you. Several institutes run diploma and part-time courses that may help you.
Question: What are some courses that can be taken to become an entrepreneur in India?
Answer: To better answer this, let me ask you what does a child require to take the first step?
The child will require motivation, willpower, strength, and possibly a baby walker to speed up the process. Now juxtapose this with becoming a successful entrepreneur. All these are the qualities that you’ll require for starting your entrepreneurial venture. Self-motivation, strong-willed character, mental strength, and product knowledge are basic essentials. Like many experts will point out, no course can give you the certainty that your upcoming firm will be successful. Take a look at the history books, successful entrepreneurs like Dhirubhai Ambani, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and many others had little education. But that never stopped them. Having said that, taking up a course will do only good.
When it comes to courses, there are some specifically tailored programs that may help you in kick-starting your business venture. Below is an indicative list along with some details.
1. Startup India Learning Program (GOI) – Duration: 4 weeks – Fees: Free of cost
2. Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management (IIM, Bangalore ) – Duration: 2 years Part time – Fees: 14.00 Lakh
3. Start Your Business Program (SPJIMR) – Duration: 10 days – Fees: 76,700
4. Post Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (XLRI Jamshedpur) – Duration: 6 months’ Full time – Fees: 90,000
5. MBA in Entrepreneurship and Family Business (NMIMS, Mumbai) – Duration: 2 years Full time – Fees: 18.12 Lakh
6. MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Symbiosis, Pune) – Duration: 2 years Full time – 13.20 Lakh
7. Post Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship Management (Wellingkar, Mumbai) – Duration: 11 months – Fees: 7.00 Lakh
8. MBA in Entrepreneurship (Amity) – Duration: 2 Years Full time – 9.88 Lakh
9. Global MBA + PGDM in Entrepreneurship (Universal Business School, Mumbai) – Duration: 2 years Full time – Fees: 8.48 Lakh
10. Masters in Entrepreneurship and Management (Jain University, Bangalore) – Duration: 2 years Full time – Fees: Unknown
11. Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program (TIMSR, Kandivali) – Duration: 11 months Part time – Fees: 30,000
12. M.A. in Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship (TISS, Mumbai ) – Duration: 2 years Full time – Fees: 98,600
13. Diploma in Women Entrepreneurship (DSIMS, Malad) – Duration: 4 months Part time – Fees: 50,000
14. Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Business Management (VESIM, Chembur) – Duration: 1 Year Correspondence – Fees: 14,375
15. Diploma in Microfinance and Entrepreneurship (BHU, Varanasi) – Duration: 1 Year Correspondence – Fees: 14,375
Question: Has the value of a career in radio increased or decreased in 2018?
Answer: It has surely increased and will have this trajectory for many years to come. Radio as a medium of entertainment has existed for many decades. Many people think that radio is not popular anymore since internet, social media, and other forms of entertainment have a more visible presence. They are absolutely wrong.
In 2018, more than 200 big radio channels were operating in India. There are so many smaller ones spread across the length and breadth of the country.
Radio DJs are a sort of celebrity in many ways in their local area. They have a tremendous number of followers on their social media accounts. Money is also good in metro and tier-2 cities.
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I want to become a good singer
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i love to travel. which course is recommended for a travel professional?
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Mercy on February 19, 2016:
Nice article described the various jobs available with high salary. thanks for sharing.
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UniverseJobs on January 22, 2016:
I would like to prefer Online Marketing Jobs. These days this is going full on. And I am sure future is really bright in this industry.
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Readers Square from Punjab, India on May 24, 2015:
Absolutely true! They all had an easy go education and even if they had strived hard with the books, most of their career is irrelevant to their education. Or more to say, most of them followed their heart I guess which is kind of getting drifted with today’s curriculum….but still, it’s so unfair that some of us had to toil our way in and out of things.
Ravi Kumar on March 14, 2015:
Its Good to help other & that's what U guys R doing.
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Aarav (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2015:
@Reena Thanks for the visit and comment. Nice to meet a fellow Indian.
Reena Dhiman on February 24, 2015:
Nice Information about jobs and their respective salaries. These stats can be helpful to select a career path.
Deepika Mehra from New Delhi on April 01, 2013:
Shea on March 27, 2013:
Great article. I found the information about BPO's interesting. Never even thought a career could be made out of that.
DEVA BHATI Gr.Noida on March 06, 2013:
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David Steffy from Southern Ohio on January 12, 2013:
Very interesting. I just graduated with an associates in IT Business Management and I'm feeling the effects of not having a bachelors. I will try to pursue that if time and life permits... Thanks for the great tips. I gave you thumbs up and interesting.
happysam on January 12, 2013:
Most of the jobs you are talking about need high education and knowledge ..but great hub buddy at least you suggest some good jobs in India.. keep it up =)
Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on January 12, 2013:
Great Hub, covering almost all the point. Thanks for sharing it Kannan . Shared and Voted up interesting .
VICTOR OMEGA from KENYA on January 11, 2013:
Interesting hub. Lack of information is often the impediment to successful careers. You can still wmake it with a low education.
ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on January 05, 2013:
Every body is born with some talent and why not try your hand at one thing or the other. The hub is useful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing.
Theodore S. Sumrall from Fl, USA on January 03, 2013:
This hub is probably going encourage and benefit people who think they have no options left to go ahead.
Thanks for sharing, Kannan!
Zubair Ahmed on January 03, 2013:
Very interesting career profiles - thank you for sharing. This hub would be very useful for those contemplating a new career or move into a job after collage your uni.
timtalkstech on January 02, 2013:
This is so interesting! I'm sure a lot of people will find this to be useful and encouraging. Very well structured and organized!
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on January 02, 2013:
Very interesting hub... and yes, positions for call center agents/CSR's or any other BPO professionals are open not only in India but in other parts of the world as well.. Voted up. :)
Mahesh Mohan from India on January 01, 2013:
santhose on November 24, 2012:
You have done a good job it is very interesting to read.I appreciate the author for the explanation
prit ranajn on August 03, 2012:
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Amit Mittal from Patiala, India on July 01, 2012:
Great Information. I'm B. Tech Student and hope i'll do something Good in IT industry.
ammu on April 02, 2012:
Gurpreet Seehra from Chandigarh, India on February 27, 2012:
:) I tried to be honest. It's a learning for me.
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on February 27, 2012:
@Gurpreet Seehra Now that's a comment which makes me feel I am on the moon.
Gurpreet Seehra from Chandigarh, India on February 26, 2012:
hey, You got a good style of writing and nice coherence of topic.
gforganesh1 from Coimbatore on February 18, 2012:
good Article! keep hubbin!!
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Gokhale Pramod on January 05, 2012:
I like the topic even Councillor can't guide.really online guidance useful and worthy.
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Aarav (author) from Mumbai on January 03, 2012:
@Rah128 Yes the demand for yoga and fitness trainers is growing but still organized training centers are only in big cities.
Rah128 from Southampton on January 03, 2012:
Great hub, voted up and all that..
Just one question is there really a huge demand for personal fitness/Yoga Trainers in India?
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Ravi Singh from India on January 01, 2012:
Really very nice idea and suit for our new generation.voted up!
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on December 30, 2011:
@TransferAmerica Thanks for the comment.
TransferAmerica from Torrance, CA on December 30, 2011:
Nice list of jobs. I agree with most of them.
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on December 29, 2011:
@Arvinda motwani Hey you beauty, feels excellent that the hub inspires you. Many thanks!
Arvinda motwani on December 29, 2011:
Wonderful friend! it's a little inspiration to me. keep writing.
K Kiss from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK on December 20, 2011:
Wow this was fun reading! Didn't know Amir khan was a college dropout...and look at him sitting there with Hilary Clinton. THanks for sharing.
mljdgulley354 on December 20, 2011:
You have done a good job at describing the various jobs available and what it takes to seek them out. Voted up and interesting.