Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Careers in Journalism

Journalism is a popular career option among the youth who wants to take risk and are willing to work for long hours. Journalism involves collection and dissemination of news through the print media as well as the electronic media. The main areas of journalism are writing, reporting, editing, broadcasting, photographing or cable casting news items.

Journalism can be classified in two streams - (i) Electronic (Audio/Visual) Journalism and (ii) Print Journalism. Electronic journalism includes working for Radio, Television and the Web. Print Journalism includes magazines, newspapers, and journals.

Career in journalism is challenging as well as a highly paid one. Journalist plays a major role in bringing crucial news in front of the country. Journalist brings information about daily happenings in the society. The purpose of journalism is to inform and interpret, educate and enlighten the people.

The opportunities for journalists are endless and as the major media houses are entering in this field, employment opportunities are only increasing. Journalists specialize in diverse areas, such as finance, politics, and economics, culture investigation, and sports for newspapers and periodicals.

Minimum eligibility for Bachelor degree in journalism is 10+2 and for Post graduate degree courses a Bachelor degree in journalism. Some institutes also offer one year certificate courses in journalism for which eligibility is 10+2. There are also courses in specialized areas of journalism like sports, television, photo, press law etc.

Job Prospects
Jobs are available in the following areas for a trained journalist.
Chief Editor/Resident Editor
Sub Editor
News /Feature Editor
Associate Editor
Personal attributes
Correspondent/Special Reporters
Feature writer
Leader Writer
Writing for Multimedia and the Web
Photo Journalist or News Photographer
Fashion Journalist
Cartoonists and illustrators

The minimum salary as per government directive has to be Rs. 5500 to Rs. 9000 for reporters and senior reporters, Rs. 5000 to Rs. 10,500 for the chief reporters and sub-editors, and Rs. 7500 to 12000 for editors. Actual salaries offered depend on the company one is working with, and can be anything from very high to very low.

Top Institutes of Journalism

Rank College Name Placement Rank Faculty-to-student ratio Website
1 Mudra Institute of Communications. Ahmedabad 1 1:09 www.mica.ac.in
2 Asian College of Journalism, Chennai 4 1:12 www.asianmedia.org
3 Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore 5 1:04 www.iijnm.org
4 Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune 7 1:05 www.simc.edu
5 IIMC, New Delhi 3 1:10 www.iimc.nic.in
6 Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai 6 1:10 www.xaviercomm.org
7 AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research, Jamia, New Delhi 2 1:12 www.ajkmcrc.org
8 Manorama School of Communication, Kottayam 8 1:10 www.manoramajschool.com
9 Film and Television Institute of India, Pune 10 1:08 www.ftiindia.com
10 Times School of Journalism, New Delhi 9 1:10 www.tcms.in

Monday, July 30, 2012

Careers in Modelling

Modelling is one of the most popular career options among youngsters in India. This profession attracts males and females equally, though there was a time when females dominated the field. With the increasing exposure of media around the India there has been a fabulous boost in the ad industry. As new products are launched everyday, companies need fresh faces for their advertisements and they look for new models to advertise their products. On the other hand increasing influence of fashion industry has attracted a lot of young people to this sector.   
Modelling is a glamorous field it offers many opportunities to travel and meet different classes of people. It is one of the highest paid career options for youth. It is a very competitive and short- lived career. There is too much stress in this profession and working hours are erratic.  This work requires a lot of stamina and patience.
In this profession educational qualifications are not important but the physical attributes and personal qualities are more important.
The modelling can be classified into ramp modelling, television modelling and print modelling.


As such there is no pre defined qualification or age limit to enter into this field. A person has to prepare a portfolio of photographs taken by a professional photographer. This portfolio can then be shown to a model co-ordinating, an advertising agency, agency providing suitable models according to requirements, or a fashion designer. A person can also enter in this field by applying for the contests sponsored by cloth manufactures, magazines, cosmetic companies and participating in beauty pageants.

The various training programs available in market provides instructions on make-up, beauty care, hair styling, diet and exercise, how to walk and carry yourself elegantly and so on.

Personal characteristics
The main quality required to become a model is a good and healthy body and complexion. A model should be tall, height criteria for women is 5'7" to 6' or 6' plus and for a man it is 6' or 6' plus and he should be muscular.

Job Prospects

Good job prospects are available in the following area of modelling

Television modelling
Print modelling
Show room modelling
Ramp or catwalk modelling/Live modelling
Advertising modelling


The sum of money paid to models depends upon the prestige of the magazine and who is the organizer of that particular event. Females are paid more then man in this field. A fresher can start his career somewhere between 10,000 to 15,000 per month. There is no limit of money, once a model gets established in this field.

Top Institutes of modelling

  • Face 1,797, Jesia Building,Jam-e-Jamshedji Road,Parsi Colony,Dadar, Mumbai- 400 014, Ph: 414 9968, 412 6878
  • Catwalk,K-40, Hauz Khas Enclave,New Delhi
  • Platinum Models,A 276, Shivalik,New Delhi
  • Glitz,F-100 Lajpat Nagar II,New Delhi - 110 024,Ph: 683 0921
  • Oz1 Models Management,Gamdevi Phiroze Shah Road,Santa Cruz (W),Mumbai
  • The Ramp,A 22,Gulmohar Park,New Delhi - 110 049
  • Aditi Modelling Service,324, Upper Palace Orchard,Bangalore - 560 080,Ph: 334 2518
  • Passion EC 191,Sector 1, Salt Lake,Kolkata Ph: 359 3502, 334 6319
  • Profilez Estd. P29, F10, UCO Avenue Apts.,Novodaya Colony, Srinagar, J&K
  • Profilez Estd. P29, F10, UCO Hyderabad
  • New India Models.Com,201, Mayur Plaza, LSC Opp. ASN School, Mayur Vihar Phase-1, New Delhi,Ph: 91-11-2712222
  • The Model Shoppe at Talwalkar's Fitness Club(Juhu), Gulmohar Society, Gulmohar Road No. 1,Mumbai- 400049
  • Elite Model Managament India, Nariman Bhavan 9thFloor,Mumbai- 400021 Ph: 022-256303666
  • Elite School of Modelling, B-55 Greater Kailash part-I,New Delhi-110-51552222.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Careers in Hardware & Networking

A career in hardware and networking is lucrative as well as rewarding. A professional who is well educated in computer hardware and networking is known as hardware and networking engineers. Computer hardware is the combination of various physical parts of a computer while networking includes linking a group of two or more computer systems for the purpose of sharing information and data. A trained hardware and networking person is one who can repair a computer and can network the computers.
Under this course students are introduced to the computing world and trained to work with various computer devices and peripherals in this field. Increasing penetration of computers among masses  has created a lot of scope for young aspirants in this sector.

Courses & Eligibility:
A science background in 10+2 level is preferred for students willing to take admission in different degree and diploma courses. Various reputed training institutes, colleges and universities offer programs on hardware. For networking course, a degree or diploma in electronics, electrical, computer science, and telecommunication is required. However, one can enter in this field after completing BCA, BE/B.Tech in computer engineering.

Career Prospects
Recent research has revealed that the hardware sector in India is expected to grow beyond $60 billion in coming years. The main employers of hardware and networking professionals are hardware manufacturing companies, BPO, software concerns, telecom and system designing companies. Trained graduates can be employed in industries, banks, corporate houses, financial institutions and school & colleges. Other then this trained professionals can become entrepreneurs by starting their own hardware assembling business. Teaching in engineering educational institutions is another good option.

Starting salaries of fresh graduates may range in between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month. Experienced hardware and networking expert may earn up to Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per month depending upon qualification and experience.

Top Institutions 
  • NIIT
  • Aptech
  • Jet King

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Careers in Banking

Due to the liberalization of Indian economy, the economic activities increase in our country to a great extent which leads to the demand of more and more financial and banking services. Further the development of latest computer technology helped banking services to reach to a wider market. All this lead to more demand for trained banking professionals. And many public and private sector started recruiting new people to meet the market demand.   There are various levels at which a person can join the bank namely clerk, a Grade I officer, a Grade II officer or as a manager.

How to become a banker
The recruitment of Probationary Officer in public sector banks is based on written examination and Interview. For most of the entrance examination conducted by the public sector banks, including Common Written Exam conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, graduates in any discipline are eligible, irrespective of the marks secured in the same.
But, having a good academic record surely helps in the later stage of the selection procedure, but as far as the initial stage is concerned, no matter how much you scored, you are eligible to apply for the examination.

For clerical positions one need to be graduate and clear the written exam and interview conducted by banks.

Role of a Manager: -
A bank manager is responsible for people, profit, and resource management and strategic planning to generate profits. The bank mangers job involves communicating with CEOs of corporates who are interested in getting their operations funded and then following up on the big corporate customers who avail loans from the bank.

Role of a Clerk: -
 A bank clerk has to perform activities like keeping records of accounts, mortgages, loans, providing services like payrolls and inventory accounting to the customers.

Other Positions in Bank: -
The other positions in a bank are for secretary, typist, receptionist, messengers, safe deposit attendants, file clerks and custodians.

Remuneration: -
Most of the public sector banks clerks earn around Rs 12,000 - 16,000 while P.O. begin in the Rs 18, 000 – 30,000 per month scale. Professional like MBAs, CAs and CFAs recruited by private and public sector banks draw higher salary.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Careers in Aviation

Aviation is an old and alluring career option available for the people who want to fly high. One decade ago air travel was a privilege only for few, but today air travel has become cheaper and can be afforded by a large number of people. Previously the aviation sector was totally controlled by the government, but now it is open for the private sector too. Many job opportunities are available for the trained professional in private sector.  
The low cost airlines increased the penetration of air travel even in the smaller cities too. India has currently 454 airports and airstrips; of these, 16 are designated international airports.

For air hostesses and flight stewards a pleasant personality is a must.  Pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers need to have a high level of concentration and focus.
 Aviation Courses:-
Following courses are available in the field of aviation.
  • Air Hostess Courses
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Aviation Safety Training Instructor
  • Cabin Crew & in-Flight Services
  • Commercial Pilot Training
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Deck Crew
  • Pilot training in Indian Aviation

Course Fee:
The course fees of aviation courses are vary high. A course for pilot in aviation can cost ranging from 6 lakh to 15 lakhs.
Types of jobs available:
Many job opportunities are available in aviation sector; one has to choose his speciality carefully.
  1. Jobs for Pilots: Candidates with training in flying can join any of the airline companies in India or abroad as pilots.
  2. Jobs for Aeronautical Engineers: Candidates with degrees in aeronautical engineering can join as career maintaince engineers.
  3. Jobs for Air Hostess: This profession is particularly for young and smart woman who loves travelling and hard work. Beside this air hostess needs to be service oriented.
  4. Jobs in Airline Ticketing: Candidates with the requisite qualification can join as ticketing agent.
  5. Customer Service Jobs: Customer service executives are responsible for looking after various problems and requirements of the clients.
Airline Companies offering jobs in India:  -
  • Deccan Airlines
  • Flywell Aviation Pvt Ltd
  • Haytrans I Pvt Ltd
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bird Group
  • Indian Airlines
  • Kingfisher Airlines
  • SRC Aviation, Panda Logistics Ltd
  • Trans Asian Aviation
  • Varman Aviation Pvt Ltd
Top Aviation Institutes:
  • Avalon Academy, Bangalore
  • Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Mumbai
  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics, Pune
  • Kingfisher Training Academy, Mumbai
  • Pune Institute Of Aviation Technology, Pune
  • Starworks Aviation, Hyderabad
A candidate should pursue aviation course from top institutes, as top institutes offer better placement facilities.

For the pilot the starting salary can be Rs.50,000 while for airhostess the salary can range from 15,000 to 30,000.