5 Offbeat Careers For A Bright Future!

  1. Bachelor of Rural Studies

If your heart lies in Indian villages and if you believe that you belong more to rural India than the urban India, this is a course for you. It develops skills in three key areas: society and personal development, agriculture and environmental management, and business management. It aims to prepare graduates to play multiple roles in the development of a rural and regional community. It covers topics like animal husbandry, forestry, farm management, Plant Breeding, Agricultural Chemistry child development, agriculture, environment management, community development, etc.

Eligibility: 10+2 in Science

Where to apply?

B.R.S. Collage of rural studies (Gujarat)

M.H. Patel Gram seva mahavidyalaya (Gujarat)

Bhavnagar University (Gujarat)

NIMS, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Sai Academy, Noida (UP)
Career prospects
After completing the course you can work for private sector organizations that deal with rural issues, public service organizations for local agriculturalists, non-profit organisations, Government agencies working for rural development etc.

  1. Ethical hacking

Hacking is criminal act, but when it is done on request and under a contract between an ethical hacker and an organisation, it is legal. An ethical hacker is employed by an organisation to protect its computer network. All those who are good at cracking passwords and unlocking a locked system, those who spend a majority of their time experimenting with various codes can utilise their skills for the good purpose.

Eligibility : You need to have a good knowledge of coding in different programming languages. Different courses are there for technical and non-technical people but if you are aiming a good status and high salary you must have strong background knowledge of networking, programming, web and computer systems.

Where to apply?

  1. Indian School of Ethical Hacking – https://www.isoeh.com/index.html
  2. Institute of Information Security – http://www.iisecurity.in/
  3. Koenig Solutions (Indian centres of EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker) – org/ceh.htm and www.koenig-solutions.com
  4. Innobuzz Knowledge Solutions – innobuzz.in
  5. IMT Ghaziabad – imt.edu/cnm

Career prospects

Many big companies look for ethical hackers for various security purposes. A Certified Ethical Hacker is hired to locate and repair application and system security vulnerabilities to prevent exploitations by black hat hackers and others with potentially illegal intentions.

Typical job titles for CEH-certified professionals include : Penetration tester,  Network security specialist,  Ethical hacker,  Security consultant,  Site admin/auditor.

It is important that you don’t have any criminal record because the course is all about trust and companies wouldn’t like to leave their security in the hands of someone who can’t be trusted.

  1. Tea tasting

What could be better than tasting awesome teas and getting paid for it? Working as a tea sommelier can be high paying if you get the right opportunity. You can get a starting salary of Rs.50,000 per month in a five star hotel. They not only tastes the tea but also gives advice, does branding, and has a good knowledge of cultivation and manufacturing.

Eligibility : Graduate in any discipline

Where to apply?

NITM- an institute under the aegis of Darjeeling Tea Research and management association: http://www.nitm.in/tea_management.html#admission

Birla Institute of Futuristic Studies : http://www.bifsmgmt.org/course/tasting.php

Dipras Institue of Professional Studies : http://www.dipras.in/

Assam Agricultural University : http://www.aau.ac.in/?q=programmecourses

Indian Institute of Plantation Management Bangalore : http://www.iipmb.edu.in/pdf/new_2014/PCP-TTM%20Admission%20Announcement%20June%202015.pdf

Career prospects

Tea associations and the Tea Board of India are the primary job providers. Job opportunities in this field include: Tea tasting Research, like at the tea research association at jorhat (assam), Plantation management, Tea brokering, Consulting, Plantation, Processing, Auctioning, Branding, Marketing

  1. Food Flavorist/Flavor Chemist

Flavorists – commonly known as flavor chemists – are food scientists who combine essential oils, plant extracts and aroma chemicals to create both artificial and natural flavors. These people add flavours to the food and make it taste good.

Eligibility : PCB/M

Where to apply?

Indian Institute of Hospitality and Management, Mumbai : http://www.iihm.co.in/

SRM University, Department of Food Process Engineering, Ghaziabad, UP : http://www.srmuniv.ac.in/engineering/department-of-food-process-engineering/about-the-department

Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore. : http://www.cftri.com/

Career prospects

A Flavourist has job opportunities in various sectors like food & beverages, cosmetics, fragrance, toothpaste, etc.

Food manufacturers, producers and retailers are large employers, as are government departments which develop food policy.

  1. Museology/Museum Studies

Museology, or museum studies is the study of museums, museum curation, and how museums developed into their institutional role in education through social and political forces. It offers you the knowledge of managing museums and museum collections. The course is connected to Archaeology and one needs to have a good knowledge of history and culture to opt for this profession.

Eligibility : Graduation with history as a major subject

Where to apply?

National Museum Institute of History of Art Conservation and Museology, New Delhi : http://nmi.gov.in/departmentsmuseologycourses.htm

University of Calcutta : http://www.caluniv.ac.in/academic/arts_museology.htm

Career prospects

Museologists usually work in the government sector in museums run at the state and national levels such as National Museum, New Delhi; Indian Museum, Kolkata; Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad, RBI Monetary Museum etc.


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