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9 HOT careers students can consider after class 12

Team Careers360 From core careers like CA and CS to design and fine arts, here's a wide range of options for students to choose from. Read on

Have a head for numbers?
Then you could explore a becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA), Costs and Works professional (CWA) or a Company Secretary. The accounting maestros, CAs, lend rhythm to the cacophony of finances. Running even a mid-size firm without a CA is inconceivable. In that respect, no CA is ever out of job, come hail or recession. For CWA, you can start the studies right after 10+ 2, taking the Foundation Course. The course trains you in accounting, cost and management, audit and tax functions among others. As a qualified CWA professional, you are responsible for maintaining and scrutinising accounts, preparing cash budgets, maintaining cash flow statements among others. But it is cost cutting that you would specialise in. Last but not the least, if you want to pursue the Company Secretaries Course, you have three stages: Foundation, Executive and Professional Programme. Graduate students are exempt from Foundation Programme. If you are an arts graduate, you can also opt for a career in design, fine arts, journalism or visual communicate. But before you make a choice, here's a ready reckoner.

1. Chartered Accountancy

There are three stages: Common Proficiency Test (CPT), IPCC and Final Exam. One can register for CPT soon after Class 10 but taking the CPT is allowed only after Class 10+2. The second stage, IPCC, comprises group I and II. You can clear both the groups and straight away join the Final Course or just clear Group I - IPCE or Integrated Professional Competence Exam and join three years of practical training and in the mean time qualify for Group II. If you want to put a full stop temporarily after Group I and not go for Group II, you can still obtain Accounting Technician Certificate.

Course details CPT teaches you fundamentals of accounting. You will be designated as Accounting Technician. preparing financial projections and determining business viability. mercantile laws. you can appear to qualify CA Final while serving last 6 months of article training. You advice on tax compliance and tax laws which will make you a much sought after professional A lot of CA aspirants take coaching. After you qualify. helping the firm in securing loans. Candidates are given 15 days of training in general management and communication skill after two years of Article training. banking etc. corporate law and taxation. First three rank holders of CPT are exempted from registration and tuition fee of IPCC. money. Fee concession is given to differently-able students as well as meritorious students. auditing. income tax and others. you will be sought after in specialised areas of accounting. as a qualified CA. Company Secretary . 2. you start with no less than Rs." he emphasises. financial management. 'Coaching can give a start-up and guide on topics to cover besides inculcating a disciplined approach. and they don't have to pay Final Course fee if they clear IPCE in first attempt.All you need to do is to clear the four papers and complete one year of work under a CA in practice or in industry. Fee The CA fee is around Rs 40. coaching provides a disciplined approach and can guide on topics but self-study is important. IPCC has six subjects and seven papers in Law. corporate finance. Once you have cleared IPCC (group I and II). Placement and Salaries Students are snapped up like hot cakes.000 or so. a 2010 All India CA topper. 000. "But self-study is important.000 in a decent firm. You will also be sought as business advisor for preparing financial reports. While you may be interning in a meager salary of Rs 7. 35. ethics. he says. But should you go for coaching? According to Kishen K Warrier.

It is open to students of all backgrounds--Arts. A candidate gets employed as a legal advisor by a company. "In order to be an efficient CS one should gain thorough understanding of domestic and international regulatory regimes. He emphasises the importance of practical training. President.000 and above.750. KPMG. In the final stage of professional programme. At the recently held ICSI Foundation Day event.Duration Foundation programme is of eight months. ICSI has 66 examination centres pan India. a student has to undergo practical training for about 15 months. ICSI said. The course is recognised by the various universities for admission to PhD course. Statistics and others. Examinations are held twice a year in June and December. After successful completion of training a candidate is eligible to be called as an Associate Company Secretary. Fee For Foundation.000 for Commerce graduates while for non-Commerce students the fee is Rs 7. Puneet Gupta. never took any. Forex management among others. Science or Commerce stream. corporate social responsibility. the cost is Rs 3. guiding the company in matters pertaining to corporate law. transparency and ethics is also important as these aspects are gaining wider currency in a globally integrated workplace. Placement. ethics. All-India CS topper 2010.600 and for the Executive programme. . Restructuring & Insolvency. Possessing knowledge in risk management to help corporates maintain standards of accountability. the fee is Rs 7. Some students take coaching classes. risk management and capital market among others. Anil Murarka. there are 8 papers divided into 4 modules that cover topics like Drafting. Appearances and Pleadings. Admission Admission to the CS course is open throughout the year. corporate governance." Corporate firms like Ernst and Young. After passing Executive programme. GE who hire CS start with a salary range of Rs 30. Course and Coaching classes There are four papers in CS Foundation programme that includes English and Business Communication along with Economics. including one overseas centre at Dubai. Role and Salaries The institute assists students on placements.

Admission Exams are held two times in a year. For June Term Exam one needs to apply before December 5 of previous year and for December.000. There is provision of campus placement and average salaries start from Rs 25. pay Rs. Qualified professionals can go on to top management positions to be finance director. they can re-register and appear for test for yet another seven years. the fee is Rs. After a lapse of seven years. the fee is Rs. 4. Cost and Works Accountant (CWA) Duration The three stages of course can be completed at one go. and have to get auditing done. Role and Salaries Companies keep and maintain cost records. the central government has constituted an all-India cadre known as Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICAS) at par with other Class-I services such as IAS and IFS to advise the government in cost pricing and in framing tax policies. along with oral Coaching. IGNOU offers specialised BCom and MCom programmes for ICWAI students. internal auditor etc. .3. starts on June and December.000 extra. 7.000 onwards. For executive. Several Universities recognise ICWA qualification for further studies. one can enroll for MPhil and PhD. Course details In CWA. Realising the importance of the profession in the economic development of the nation. But only a very few pass the exam. Fee For foundation course. you are trained to be a Cost Accountant. Those who take oral coaching. But students unable to clear Intermediate at first shot or later. before June 5. For further academic enhancement. The students can simultaneously study the specialised BCom (Financial & Cost Accounting) programme with ICWAI Foundation/Intermediate Course and specialised MCom (Management Accounting & Financial Strategies) with ICWAI Final Course. can try for another seven years. Placement. After course completion. you can start working independently or in partnership with private or public companies. 3500.

Check the approval of course on NCTE. an aspirant can pursue a two-year diploma in elementary education.ncte-india. Though school teaching may not pay a lot. but it comes with relatively good benefits and in public schools.Ed.El. the much needed job security. Besides this two-year diploma in elementary education. which is known by different names like BTC. Teaching job gives ample opportunities for further studies. programme.Ed at present. But such diplomas should be approved by the national regulatory body of teacher education i. PTC. For being a primary teacher. Perhaps. Both professional and academic options are available to students who graduate with a B. DED.El. ETE. which is quite popular in Delhi where seven college of Delhi university are offering B.Ed. is designed to integrate the study of subject knowledge. this is the shortest route to become a teacher in government You can be a government school teacher with a diploma in elementary education after passing class 12.El. and pedagogical knowledge and communication skills. Teaching Fast Facts Job: Elementary school teacher and nursery school teacher Eligibility criteria 10+2 with minimum 50 per cent and 2-year diploma in elementary education or 4-year bachelor degree in elementary education (B.El. human development." .) after 10+2 also makes you eligible for elementary school teacher. NCTE.El. a four-year Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.Ed. a teacher in government school Meerut (UP) says.4. "I got this job after a diploma in education but I continue to study through distance learning.e. B. and TTC etc.Ed) Institutes: List is available on www. Salini Verma.

But I wanted to enter the field early as industry experience matters more than higher qualification in media.000.000 to 15. 5. After completion of course in journalism. Journalism While some might believe that the power of pen is something inherent that cannot be taught but has to be developed with practice. "It is a very challenging enterprise. advertising firms and a host of other organizations. A teacher in central school teaching primary classes gets a starting pay package of Rs 20. Delhi University. media portals. students are free to choose. a Bachelor's degree in elementary education opens opportunities even in research and social works. online news sites. the entry level salary is around Rs 12. online. advertising. Assistant Professor in Journalism Department. The three year degree course aims at introducing all kinds of media careers (print. On the other hand. there are others. news agencies.000. public relations) as well as the various schools and thoughts around it in history and in today's times. editing and even technologies. journals. "I realised after completing my journalism course that I had not really learnt in depth about any particular subject." informs Pallabi Roy. one can expect jobs in leading newspapers.000 per month. Also students get trained in reporting. With rampant rise in institutes and universities offering Bachelor's degree in journalism across the country. After pursuing the course. who decide to pursue a completely different course in postgraduation. Most courses require students to do at least one internship with any media organisation.000." says Mrinalini Raman. a student of Journalism at University of Mumbai. I think a person who passes out of the course will have more than introductory grounding in media field." adds Yadav. After completion of course. a journalism course is more than relevant and significantly useful if you wish to join the field." said Anubha Yadav. etc. disillusioned by the course's cursory stance in all subjects.After 10+2. .000 to Rs 25. television. "I think in today's competitive world of journalism where skills are important and so is niche reporting with focus on content. yet these journalism courses promise to teach the "craft of journalism" within a few years. television. currently pursuing her MPhil in Sociology from JNU. private schools monthly package usually starts from Rs 8 to 12. Starting package in State government schools vary between Rs 15 to 20. "I could have easily opted for a basic graduation degree and followed it up with postgraduation in journalism. its popularity is now an established fact. While a sizable number end up finding entry-level work in newspapers. advertising agencies.

In fact. Call centres and back-end operations of MNCs are recruiting students proficient in foreign languages like French. etc. public relations and embassies. The specialist language occupations include working as a translator. interpreter. entertainment. Foreign Language Globalisation has meant a boom time for those who know languages of developed or emerging economics. diplomatic service.000 to 50. publishing. the relatively lower salary in media industry as compared to any high-flying corporate career has not managed to deter aspirants. German. Literature and Culture studies. language teacher or linguist. Spanish and even Mandarin. Academic qualifications in foreign languages assist in pursuing careers in the areas of tourism. Dean.As one gains experience of 3-5 years salary can grow somewhere between Rs 25. Instituto Hispania says it is a practical approach." says Professor Sankar Basu. JNU. School of Language. administrative manager. . B Mathews. Deciding on a language "Popularity or better career prospects in a foreign language are linked with the international and economic ties with a particular country.000. Though many teachers discourage choosing a language based on its worth. 6.

Pay packages While interpreters charge Rs 1. Jobs & Opportunities Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe-Institut)."One should keep in mind the viability of a language as one invests time and effort. 'While our primary focus is on imparting communication skills. Stefan Dreyer. learning Business German only improves careers prospects even more. has designed its curriculum to cater to the private sector. Business German is an important component of its syllabus. South Asia. translators earn on a per word basis (from 60 paise to Rs 5 per word). Regional Director." Aptitude and demand for a language are most important. Foreign language professionals are also needed by the IT and offshoring industry and salary depends on the language and proficiency. Max Mueller Bhavan. Goethe-Institut.000 per hour to Rs 25. for example.000 a day. .' says Dr.

So. studio mode of teaching. discussions. Another reason to visit a college is to see the infrastructure and chat with current students. But by the end of the first or second year. referring to the shift from lecture-style classes to handson. Websites like coroflot. But most students have very little exposure to design. "We recently had a student who shifted from a Fashion Communication course at another institute to Pearl's Communication Design programme"." shares Ramneek. which is vast and seems to be gaining prominence in India. Abhishek (named changed) joined an animation training institute. studio tests and portfolios. one can see the industry-projects by students at National Institute of Design (NID) at Young Designers. view these and connect. Your answers may be a few clicks away! Also. which tends to be displayed in corridors and galleries. faculty and professionals from around the world. while the state-run ones can cost between Rs 2-3 lakhs. From Class 9 Vaibav knew he wanted to be a designer as he got some exposure to it in his Art & Design class in school." he complains. which goes by the name of a famous artist. three years and Rs 7 lakhs later. that is a design piece. Many designers have private blogs or websites. For instance. are standard selection procedures. While the promise of a career in design is growing. UG courses kick off with a Foundation Course. But if you have a specific use for that sculpture. that is art. assignments and jury. it's important to choose wisely. The best way to know your design interest is to ask established designers. visit design colleges to view students' work.7. where students get savvy about basic design principles. Connect and expose yourself to various design disciplines. as India has limited colleges and seats. admission can be a competitive experience. The student wanted to do communication design as a whole. "A bit of de-schooling happens. Design "If you make a beautiful sculpture. The time for spoon-feeding and rote-learning is over! . At the UG level one can choose from an eclectic mix of disciplines right from product to interface design. Know your design discipline Shares Ramneek Kaur feature the profiles and portfolios of design students. Private design colleges can set you back from Rs 7-22 lakhs (tuition fees). Associate Prof of Communication Design at PAF. which students take a while to get used to. "The faculty was really bad. initially. Expect interactions. some students rue their choice of programme. an Interior Architecture design student at Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF)." explains Vaibav Sharma. about their campus experience. An aptitude test. View project work by the students of in design colleges on their websites.

Some colleges refer to the programme as Bachelor's of Visual Arts (BVA) and other calls it a Bachelor's of Fine Arts (BFA). fashion.Painting. interior design). The specialisations include -. Applied Art imparts knowledge on communication design. monuments by either chiselling stone or carving wood or handling clay. Sculpture. Sculpting is creating statues. MSU Faculty of Arts. students choose a specialisation to have close focus on a particular art. In all fine arts colleges.8. . It caters training for design oriented industry (industrial. Indrapranit Roy. graphic. Fine Arts The field is all about self expression and helps students develop and refine artistic expressions through multiple mediums of art. says Professor. along with broad-based art education. Applied Art and Art Education.

I plan to blend the two passions by getting into book making in future. Delhi College of Art. public queue. "Most commonly a student may draw a bus. animation. third year BFA-Painting student of MSU Faculty of Arts. In the print making class. Arts students can explore a range of options -. . book publishing and fashion houses. We expect the student to be a keen observer. buskers and street kids well? We evaluate the memory of the spot and how well he expresses it in the painting. In most businesses. Arts Management is a new arena opening up." shares Professor. Ruchika Wason.G Katyayni. Dean. life drawing and painting." informs Devashish Sharma.Is MF Hussain a painter or sculpturer? Is Amjad Ali Khan a Sarod or Guitar player? "For Life Drawing exam." advises Professor M G Kidwai. "BFA graduates can explore teaching. One can witness newer dimensions in fine arts education. multimedia computer firms. bus stand. we look for creative spark. zinc. "During the selection process. Your expression must be nurtured by what you see. magazines. graphics and commercial art -." The test pattern comprises GK. Faculty of Fine Arts. Jamia Millia. We are focusing something beyond it. Generally. For the GK paper. the intake is not more than 20 to 25 in art colleges. students learn to combine typography and images to create wide variety of designs. They study different print techniques on blocks. advertising companies. like design. one has to be updated about the latest happening in the art field. A large number of commercial artists do freelance and they design a range of items. MSU Faculty of Arts student who dreams to become an illustrator studios. football) and painting paper was based on a particular theme like a scene of bus-stand. railway station. primarily advertising (designing books. we were given a still model to draw (bucket. the use of art is a valuable asset. posters and other displays to promote sale). wood. advertisements. litho graph (a special lime stone).The art used for commercial purposes. newspapers. copper. It is said that print art form is much cheaper than other mediums of art. Besides this. Is he looking at things very carefully? Has he captured beggars. some colleges do offer diploma courses and the duration ranges from 1 to 4 years. BFA Painting. "I have a keen interest in literature. The questions posed are like -.

In a country that has a deficit of designers and creative professionals. Visual Communication What exactly is Visual Communication? The use of images and visuals for communication is as old as humanity itself. development communication and media culture and society as well as gain basic practical knowledge in advertising. V. Primarily associated with two dimensional images. Most colleges have their own entrance exams and interview before selecting a student. photography. photography. Chennai. Loyola College was one of the earliest colleges in the country to start a course in Visual Communication in 1989. television production. This course can be taken up by anyone who has completed 10+2 in any stream. Head of Department. drawing fundamentals. Recent research in the field has focused on web design and graphically-oriented usability. it includes: art." explains Henry Maria Victor. A few of them also review portfolios. a degree in visual communication may just be the route to channelise creative instincts and pursue a career in it.9. typography. Visual communication is the communication of ideas through the visual display of information. . Loyola College. colour and electronic resources. There are about 30 colleges in and around Chennai offering a course in VISCOM. signs. film and computer graphics. "The course is designed to help students theoretically understand human communication. Visual Communication.

. actors and art directors. copy writers and account executives. in IT field as web designers. Institutions like Loyola College offer MSc programmes in VISCOM.000. So if you are attracted to visuals. Next year I am planning to apply abroad for a specialised course in photojournalism. if you have a flair for writing and are passionate about it. a course in Visual Communication might be a lucrative option for you.000 to 15. camera man and editor in the film industry as directors. An entry-level job would pay a fresher anything between Rs 10. Although. in the television industry as programme executive. most graduates specialise in a field of their choice. there are jobs available for graduates. For instance. I immediately got a job as a photojournalist with a leading newspaper. a former student of Visual Communication at a college affiliated to University of Madras. fashion photographer. industrial photographer and wildlife photographer. interface designers." informs Gayatri Murthy. art and designing. computer graphics artists and animation personnel. "After doing my graduation in Visual Communication.The course offers students openings in the media industry and advertising industry as art directors. journalism is one option. in the photography industry as photo journalists. advertising photographer.