Series: Undergrad Courses For 2019 – Article 4 – Vocational Courses After Class XII
Vocational courses deal with industry-friendly skills provided to candidates in diverse fields and aims at preparing them for a dedicated career in course of the program. These courses are tailor made and help in advancement of careers as they are directly industry and job oriented. Vocational courses confirm that a candidate possesses the essential skills required in a particular profession.
Presently, vocational courses are much in demand as millenials are much more interested to learn new skills. Besides, in spite of not being mainstream programs, those enrolling for vocational courses do make it big in life in today’s world.
Benefit of vocational courses
- Gaining both traditional knowledge and professional acumen
- Primarily focused on specialization on industry skills
- Offers practical insight of the industry as the courses are vibrant in nature and make students aware of latest trends in the global market
- Supplies skilled manpower to the industry
- Courses are normally shorter in duration and are often less expensive
- Eligibility is only high school completion and basic knowledge of Mathematics English
- Online courses are also available
Let us have a look at the popular vocational courses in India:
One can opt for a certificate course in audio engineering which imparts knowledge on the technical side of music and broadcast communications. These technicians are in charge of the equipments that record music and audio tracks. Job prospect is promising and many big and small media houses hire such skilled professionals.
Game designer designs video games and needs to be technologically sound as huge amount of technicality is involved in designing every single video game and definite computer softwares are used to design the new age advanced video games.
Foreign Language Expert
With businesses witnessing a boom all over the world and the world becoming a global village fast, demands foreign language experts are seeing a all time high. The primary job responsibility of a language expert is to communicate with foreign clients mostly about a company’s product range and services.
Commercial Pilot training
This is also an under grad course offering specialisation in aviation and extensive experience in national and international pilot training. The course is a perfect launch pad for commercial pilots.
The duration is mostly 12-18 Months and eligibility is 10+2 or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics and Physics. A fitness certificate from designated medical practitioner will be necessary while for issue of CPL License, Class I Medical would be necessary. Pilot Training comprises of two parts. Ground Training and Flying Training! Ground Training covers the theory subjects of Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Aircraft Technical Subjects and RTR(A).
Those harbouring keen passion for solving mysteries, can enrol for a diploma or certificate in Forensic Science, a course that imparts knowledge on ways to solve criminal cases and is known to provide an exciting career to aspirants.
Air hostess training
Air Hostesses are rigorously trained. In India a number of private institutions provide degree, diploma and Certificate in Air Hostess training programs. Duration of these courses vary on the nature of the program. However, a course in Air Hostess training lasts between one to two years. It is highly coveted job and aviation courses are have great number of takers.
Event management courses
Another job oriented course is a certificate, degree or diploma in event management. The duration of these programs varies between one to three years depending upon the nature of the course.
Diploma in Hospitality
Hospitality sector is a fast growing one in India and job opportunities are enormous. Degree, diploma or certificate programs in Hospitality Management are in much in demand. Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M.) is a four years program and is known to be the best one among all Hospitality courses in the country.
Study of law is unquestionably one of the most gratifying career options considering the job challenges and financial benefits. Over the last few decades India INC has witnessed a steady rise in demand for law graduates in various professional fields. Study of law is increasingly becoming a career choice for millennials. Earlier students were offered courses in civil, criminal, corporate, taxation, labour and election law. Today the repertoire has included new specialisations including space, cyber, intellectual property, and international laws. The prospect for law students is very good as they are now better armed than those 10-15 years ago.
Students can choose between a three-year LLB degree after graduation in any discipline or a five-year integrated BA LLB programme after plus two. Those seeking admission to the law programs have to write a test, like the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). With rising demands that are emerging with the fast changing world, law schools of India introducing more dedicated subjects and programmes in their curricula. Programmes like Aviation law at NALSAR, Public policy at NLSIU, Entrepreneurship administration at NUJS and Labour welfare laws at Symbiosis Society’s Law College, have recently been initiated. In addition to new courses, the institutes have also started focussing on schooling law students through moot court sessions, competitive legal events, journal writing and mandatory internships.
Animation, graphics and multimedia
A course in Animation and multimedia can be of great opportunity. A creative bent of mind is a prerequisite for this course.
A number of institutions in the country offer 1-2 years diploma courses, whereas, B.Sc. courses are of three year duration, are also offered by numerous institutes. B.A. Animation and Multimedia course is also available and science students are also eligible to enrol in it.
Bachelor of Design in Fashion Designing is a very prestigious four-year program offered by NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology). The course is very popular among candidates interested in designing clothes and apparels. Future career prospects are extremely good as fashion as an industry is now seeing a boom. A plethora of career choices and professions are available after graduating which include – designers, freelance design consultants, costume designers, illustrators etc. Graduates can also get hired by MNCs and companies in the clothing line and designer wear space.
Journalism and mass communication
Those looking forward to join the media sector can opt for a degree or diploma in journalism and mass communication. The program includes curricula on news reporting and presenting, anchoring, writing articles, photography and video shooting.
A number of private institutes offer degree as well as diploma courses, the duration of which varies between 1-3 years. Job opportunities are ample in both print and Digital media houses.
Web development and designing
Private institutes offer diploma as well as certificate courses in web development and designing. The duration of these courses varies on the nature of the program and can last from six months to two years.
The sector is seeing unprecedented growth and MNCs as well as small companies are hiring web developers. Freelancing or launching one’s own web designing firm is also a great idea.
Professional photographers are also greatly in demand. A course in photography will make one understand a situation in a different perspective by efficiently implementing lighting techniques and positioning of subjects thus giving direction to a lucrative career.
Career opportunities lie in the field of photojournalism, Fashion and Advertising, Nature and Wildlife, Travel or event photography. One can launch his/her career as an assistant photographer at photo studios, newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies or website design agencies or can start working as a freelancer. Photojournalism is known to be an exciting field which requires clicking newsworthy images.
A course skin care and beauty is very much in demand as the sector in amongst the fastest growing ones in the world. With more and more people getting aware about their looks and wellbeing, demand for beauticians and stylists is seeing a rise. One can do his/her specialisation in cosmetology, hair styling, aesthetics, manicure, pedicure or electrolysis. Once completed the trained professional can open a parlor or get hired at a beauty and skil-care company. Experienced beauticians enjoy high demand in fashion, advertising, film, television and theatre industry. Modelling agencies often take on board personalized stylists for models.
Catering or the business of providing food service outdoor is also seeing tremendous growth. With innumerable festival and ceremonies all year round, more and more catering services are sought after as women do not want to spend their entire time preparing food for guests. Even the corporate world hires catering services for their formal events, seminars, conferences, etc. Anyone who is passionate about food and drink can look for a course in catering management to eventually work as a Kitchen porter, Waiting/bar staff, Food processing worker, kitchen assistant, bar tender, etc.
Disaster/Emergency management is about creating strategies in order to reduce hazards like human mortality, revenue lose, and damage of various important assets of the country or region and cope with disasters like terrorism, industrial sabotage, fire, natural disaster (earthquake, volcano eruption, etc.) public disorder, etc. It helps to reduce the impact and consequence of disasters by efficient implementation of plans in order to fight disasters. India National Disaster Management Authority is the chief government agency for planning and capacity-building for disaster relief.
A course in disaster management enhances knowledge, skills and outlook on disasters. After completing the course one can apply in different government departments including fire, drought management, law enforcement authorities, relief agencies and insurance companies. Opportunities are also there in NGOs, MNCs, and security administration. High risk sectors including chemical, mining and petroleum also have in place their disaster management units.
Physical education-Fitness and gym operation
Physical education is about physical fitness of the human body and deals with psychomotor learning through games or movement in order to promote health. We all are aware of the health benefits of the regular exercises in our daily routine. Those who are active, energetic, enthusiastic, physically fit and have interest in fitness and health can enrol for a related program to explore a career Fitness and gym expert at sports academies, health clubs and sports goods manufacturing and marketing companies. One can also work as a P.E teacher at school and college level. Other job roles are sports trainer, physical therapist, fitness instructor, coach, dance instructor, self-defense expert, recreation worker, sports medicine expert, personal trainer, etc.
An electrical technician makes, maintains and repairs electrical connections and fittings, install and maintain wiring, control and lighting systems at homes, offices or factories. With dependence on electric products increasing these technicians are much in demand for the purpose of servicing and maintenance. Job responsibilities include assembly, installation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, repairing and upgrading electronic equipment and systems.
Animation is the method of creating an illusion of motion by rapid demonstration of series of static images that are somewhat different from each other. Those captivated by Narnia, Avatar, Ice Age, Wall-E, etc., having zeal for imagination and are good at drawing and sketching can think of joining a course in animation as the industry has boundless scope. Experts predict that in the next few years India will employ thousands of 2D and 3D animators.
Animator can explore opportunities in movies, television, advertising, gaming and education. The education and entertainment sectors make extensive use of animation for learning and advertisement.
List of colleges offering vocational courses in India:
International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
Swami Shraddhanand College, Delhi
Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Delhi
St. Thomas College, Kerala
Khalsa College, Punjab
NetajiSubhas National Institute of Sports, Punjab
College of Commerce, Arts and Science, Patna
St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad
BN College, Patna
When thousands are running after medical and engineering degrees, you can take a detour and do something different by learning new skills that are in demand in the market. These practical-based courses have very less theory and students get the opportunity to learn hands-on by working on live projects which immensely enhance skill. If you are going to enter college, think of joining a vocational course and develop a fulfilling career eventually.
Author: Baishali Mukherjee
Profile- An independent writer and journalist for last nine years; presently working with Education World, Entrepreneur India, Scrabbl.com and Stoodnt.com. Worked as the content head for four books and have articles and features published in leading print and digital media spaces.
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