16 Unconventional Careers That Did Not Exist A Decade Ago

What a wonderful time to be alive. Given the advent of social media and technology, there are far greater employment opportunities today than, say, when our parents joined the workforce. There’s a plethora of unconventional  careers to choose from. Not just doctors and lawyers, the 21st century has been privy to the rise of YouTubers, ethical hackers, writers, stylists and video game designers – all legitimate careers that pay the bills. If you’re still unsure where your passion lies, we encourage you to go through our list of some unconventional jobs that didn’t even exist a decade ago; if any of them appeals to you, deep-dive into literature about it, start looking for ways to explore it on the field, and then evaluate whether it might be your next thing. The path to a fulfilling future begins here. 

Influencer Marketing

An influencer is someone who has expert knowledge and/or social influence in their respective fields, from fashion to music and journalism to comedy. Think of the people you follow on Instagram – Kusha Kapila, Shayan Roy, Mallika Dua, Zaeden…they’re all influencers because they’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to their passion, combined with a superior understanding of how to use social media to engage hundreds of thousands of people. Consequently, influencer marketing is a form of social media marketing involving brand endorsements from such influencers. 

Expected income: It depends on how big and scattered the influencer’s audience is; the sky’s the limit really. 

Youtubers 

With millions of subscribers hooked to their content, broadcast specifically via YouTube, that may range from documentaries, music videos, web series, music covers, cooking, fashion, and more, these personalities influence pop culture in a significant way. One of the best examples is Lilly Singh aka iisuperwomanii, who has been in the business for around a decade. Now, she’s all set to host the next edition of the late-night show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, becoming the first ever South Asian, queer woman to do so. Talk about smashing the glass ceiling. 

Expected income: On an average, a YouTuber can receive around Rs 1,300 per 1,000 ad views. 

Comedians

Stand-up comedy has arrived in India in a BIG way – it’s a profitable, viable career option that more and more people are pursuing. Supported by tour managers, artist managers and agencies, stand-up comics are becoming celebrities in their own rights. Did you know that Kanan Gill, who was first noticed for Pretentious Movie Reviews, has just been signed on by a massive, US-based talent management agency in an almost-unprecedented move? This just goes to show that Indian stand-up comics are slowly, but surely, finding their place in the spotlight. 

Expected income: The range is between Rs 5,000 – 10,000 per gig for those who are just starting out to veteran comics who earn over Rs 4 lakhs per 30-minute show. 

Network marketing 

Don’t want a 9-5 job sitting at a desk in a corporate office? Network marketing may be for you. This is a business model that depends on person-to-person sales by independent representatives, often working from home – stellar sales skills required! 

Expected income: You can expect to start with a salary of around Rs 20, 000 but work your way up to Rs 1 lakh per month

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 

Artificial Intelligence is the study of how to train computers so that they can accomplish things that the most evolved species of our time, human beings, cannot. An application of AI, Machine Learning provides system with the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience. It’s all very Black Mirror, and it’s happening right now. 

Expected income: The median salary of AI professionals in India is Rs 14.3 lakh across all experience levels.

Experiential Marketing 

Another new-age marketing job, this involves directly engaging with your consumers, inviting and encouraging them to participate in the evolution of a brand or brand experience. The ability to think out-of-the-box, adapt to changing market scenarios and learn from your mistakes (and consumer feedback) are crucial to success as an experiential marketer.

Expected income: One can expect a salary that ranges anywhere between Rs 40,000 and 1,00,000

Mental Health Coach 

Given India’s mental health epidemic, there’s never been a greater need for young, driven and compassionate individuals to join the workforce as mental health care professionals – from therapists to coaches. If you’re not familiar with it, mental health coaching helps clients envision life without depression or any other obstacles on the path to emotional well-being. It is a niche within the coaching field which touches on therapy, but it does not work with or attempt to treat mental illness. 

Expected income: Mental health coaches take home a salary that ranges between Rs 10 lakhs to 15 lakhs.

Ethical Hacking 

Often organisations employ ethical hackers who specialise in penetration testing and other testing methodologies that ensures the security of their information systems. After all, prevention is better than cure. 

Expected income: The average salary of a certified ethical hacker is around Rs 3.5 lakhs and can increase with experience.

Graphic Designing 

Graphic designing is the craft of creating striking, stimulating visual content to communicate messages. Applying visual hierarchy and page layout techniques, graphic designers use typography and pictures to meet their client’s specific needs and focus on the logic of displaying elements in interactive designs to optimise the user experience. Today, graphic designers are creating album art, websites and even branded clothing for brands that seek maximum visual impact. 

Expected income:The average pay for a graphic designer is around Rs 2 lakh per year, but this can vary drastically from person to person. 

Creative Writing

Creative writers, with a flair for words and an obsession with good grammar, use their imagination, creativity, and observation skills to tell a story or weave a compelling narrative. 

Expected income: Although the median salary for content writers in India is around Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum, actual pay varies according to different factors such as job location, company, experience, and niche.

App Developers  

App developers use programming to create softwares according to their client’s brief, that could be to built a networking app, a learning app, a music app and so on. 

Expected income: An entry-level android developer earns approximately Rs 3 lakh per year, whereas an app developer with significant experience could take home an average salary of Rs 5 lakh per month.

Fashion Stylist & Personal Shopper

Fashion stylists are the people working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to make cover stars, Bollywood celebrities and TV personalities look good. Personal shoppers of the rich and famous, on the other hand, assess a client’s style so they can personally curate each item in their wardrobe. 

Expected income: A fashion stylist earns an average salary of Rs 4,40,000 per annum.

Video Game Designer

Don’t just play video games, make them! Video game designers characters and the flow of the game, to make them as appealing to customers as possible. The job requires boundless creativity as well as sophisticated knowledge of software coding. 

Expected income: In India, joining salaries are around Rs  4 lakhs per annum for programmers and designers and Rs 3 lakhs for graphic artists and game developers.

Professional Gamer

A pro gamer is a full-time competitive player who is paid to play video games – yep, you heard that right! You can finally tell your mom that Halo is serious business. Most pro gamers are normally paid by their teams or sponsors to play and compete in gaming tournaments around the world.

Expected income: Still in a nascent stage in India, professional gaming can fetch you around Rs 50,000-1,00,000 if you are backed by good sponsors. Apart from the prize money, that is. 

Food Stylist 

Food stylists are responsible making, well, food look really, really appetising on camera, typically for posters, ad shoots, videos and even Instagram. Most food stylists work on a freelance basis, making it another great job for those who can’t stomach the thought of conventional desk jobs. 

Expected income: Typically food stylists can earn between Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 per month, but this varies based on the stylist’s experience level and nature of project(s). 

VFX Artists

A trickle-down trend that’s slowly making its way to India after firmly establishing itself as a technically-advanced job overseas, VFX is now being used in more and more Bollywood and Tollywood films. Think Ra.One,  Baahubali or even something like Shandaar. And the people behind all the magic? VFX artists that create these animations and special effects for movies, television shows, or video games.

Expected income: The salary of VFX artists starts at around Rs 3 lakhs per annum and can go up to Rs 10 lakhs per annum. 

 

4 Things To Think About Before You Pick A Stream In Class 11

It’s the year 2008 and you’re about to go off to college, at a time when the world is still discovering social media. A world of possibilities lies ahead of you, and this is the beginning of your future. You can decide what you want to become by carefully examining and evaluating careers that didn’t even exist a decade ago. In all probability, the field you’re thinking of joining was either not very famous or even completely non-existent at that time. This is the boon of living in 2019. The world is flexible, reachable, and responsive from the go. Two decades ago, you probably couldn’t even imagine stepping into something called Data Science or Digital Marketer. Now is the time. This is your time, to pick your choice, to pick your stream of study. 

So, how do you go about it?

Firstly, if you haven’t chosen a stream in 10th then you’ll want to use this time to decide where your interests lie and what you’re good at it., It’s that simple! Don’t think computers or commerce, think about your hobbies, your passion, subjects that you know you’d love to deep-dive into.  

The ordinary and unsound approach is – 

They ask you to pick a stream. You do. 

They ask you to choose a course and a college. You make a choice. 

They ask you to get an internship or give you one. You get it. 

Then you ask yourself, “Do I really want to be doing this?”

That’s where the problem is. Reverse the cycle! It’s really that simple. 

Don’t worry about picking a profession at this stage; instead, think about what it is that you’re good at and you enjoy doing. These are the two most important factors. The money and the recognition come later. 

Explore and experience

When I was younger, I used to go to my older cousin’s office every once in a while. Back in 2011, he had founded his own company after having worked for a few years in his field, and he was the first entrepreneur I ever met. In retrospect, he was the person who made me fall in love with entrepreneurship. This couldn’t have happened with me sitting in a class room. So after school, start visiting workspaces of those professions that you think you’d like. 

The vibe, the people, how they function, notice everything and then write off the ones that don’t appeal to you at all. Slowly and steadily you’ll see how it all starts making sense. You’ll notice how multiple careers start with a single stream, giving you that much more confidence and clarity in what you want to choose and pursue in school as a start. 

Network 

Such a big word, isn’t it? Networking! It’s all a big hoax, honestly. We humans start networking the second we’re able to talk and the minute we’re able to have a conversation. There’s nothing complex about it. Everyone can do it. How? What was your last outing? Think about that. How many people did you speak to? Bet there weren’t people from just one age group. What were you doing? You were networking. People are your greatest asset in life. 15 or 50, that holds true for everyone. 

Reach out to the people you confide in. They could be your school mates or even friends of your parents. Keep in touch. Talk to them, ask them, seek them out so they can help you understand where your interests lie. You never know what insight you might end up with. 

Rewards are king

When I was younger, people (including those closest to me), used to tell me how badly they wanted to become rich, there a few who wanted to become famous, there were also those who said they just wanted to own the most expensive car in the world. The point is that people are always telling you what they want in return for what they do, the things which drive them. I just never paid that much attention back then. 

Notice that about yourself – what sort of riches are you looking for in return? Let that become your greatest motivation and don’t wait till you start working. Dream it, plan it, and start building it – right now. I promise you, it’ll come in abundance if you’re sure of it.  

Use your worldwide reach

Can we please realise that we’re living in 2019? The time where you can literally call anybody to see their face at any time, for free. Use that. Reach out to icons that work in a field that you’re interested in, tell them what you’re thinking about, ask them whatever you want. Use their experience to define how good yours is going to be. And don’t worry about them not replying, if you reach out to ten people, you can be sure one of them will respond. 

This is also a great way of networking, by the way. There’s literally no one that can’t be reached out to today. Use it in your favor. 

These four factors are something that won’t just help you, but will ensure that you end up picking more than a stream in school or a course in college. It’ll help you find out your passion and help you get where you want to be. 

If you’re still confused about it, reach out to us in the comments below, we’d love to help! 

How To Transition From College To Work Life

Congratulations! You’re about to make a big transition, from college to work life. You’re about to enter the real world. A new chapter of your life is about to begin. This is also the beginning of endless advice from your friends and family, anecdotes about working a full-time job and tips on surviving 9-5 life. Of course, people tell you this because they care about you and think they can help you make wiser choices based on what they’ve learnt so far. They’re not wrong, but it isn’t necessary that what worked for them will work for you. 

However, we’ve sifted through all this information to curate a list of tried-and-tested ways that will make the shift from college to work a little bit smoother. Here they are: 

Building a routine will help you in the long run

Your parents already told you this when you were a kid, but it’s more than just sleeping and waking up on time. Building a routine is also about creating a work-life balance from the beginning. Many freshers have a tendency to exhaust themselves, work long days, and stay out all night. This isn’t the wisest regime. Remember, you’re going to be working for the rest of your years, so don’t trap yourself in a trend that makes you start hating your work. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Work towards creating an equilibrium. 

Making mistakes is okay

My first internship was in the content department of a social media agency, back when blogging and social media were just taking off. This is where I got my first and most crucial lesson of working in the real world: the person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. I fumbled and faltered every day of the first week and went back feeling a little more disappointed and demotivated than the previous day. On the 8th day, one of my superiors asked how my experience had been so far. When I told him exactly how I felt, he laughed, patted me on the shoulder and said, “If you’re that worried and not enjoying this right now, what are you going to do when you start doing this full time?” That got me. He was right. I had been so focused on my mistakes that I stopped looking for solutions. After that day, I made sure to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. 

Networking can do wonders if you start now

Network, socialize, mingle, favour the friendly—do it all. Meet and make connections in your industry with as many people as possible. Time will change way you communicate with them, it can’t change how you bond with people. 

Relearn how you learn new things 

Absorb more, read more, learn more but unlearn the way you used to be taught. Don’t let fear of failure or being reprimanded guide your performance. Learn things your own way. Apply them wherever possible. Build on them whenever you get the chance. The idea is to be your own best critic. 

There are no right answers to wrong questions

It’s not about having the right answers or obsessing over the results you want. It’s all about the quality of your questions. Your priorities, your ambitions and passion, your aspirations, all of them are thoughts, so focus on building a thought-process, the overall development of your skill and mind. There’s a lifetime of opportunities for you to earn fame, glory, and riches but, for now, the wisest thing you can do is start asking yourself the questions that’ll matter to you even 20 years down the line. 

Got any tips of your own that you’d like to share with the rest of us? Drop a comment below. 

 

Choosing A Career : Now & Then | Does India’s Education System Really Prepare Students For The Real World?

Today, the Indian higher education system is the largest in the world; over 70 million students are enrolled in both government and private schools. That means that India will have the world’s largest graduate talent pipeline by 2020. [Source:www.ibef.org/industry/education-sector-india.aspx] But does that help students choose the right career path?

From a country that had a literacy rate of just 18% under British Raj to having achieved a staggering 80% rate as a young independent nation in seventy years is remarkable. We’ve grown immensely and quite intensely, but is it enough? 

Is high school education and a degree enough to equip people for the rest of their lives? To truly introduce them to their aptitude and acumen? What can we do to make the quality of education in India better and help them choose a better career?

The revolution starts with the simplest steps that leave a growing impact, especially in schools.

Hands-on experience

There’s enough research that underscores the need for real-world experience, but we believe that it should be provided to children while they’re still in school. While internships are available in abundance for college graduates, especially with the rise in startups and small enterprises in India, experience in a live environment can help students as young as 15 when they’re picking their stream of study. Giving them a preview of what their field of interest looks like, how people function and what they do during a work day, is bound to give them the reality check they need before picking a stream that’ll define their professional lives. Or the next 40 odd years of their lives. 

The idea is not to overwhelm a young child by asking them to join the real world before they’re ready; rather it is to provide exposure and breathing room to identify what excites them. 

Aptitude and Personality

Not all subjects can please every mind. That’s a fact. Everyone has different inclinations. Remember the time you got low marks and felt embarrassed? How did it feel? Demotivated to study the subject? Worried that you were not capable? Concerned about your future?

Time at school plays the fiercest role in paving the path for a child’s future. While discovering their own aptitude, they also retain important characteristics. For instance, a good debater exudes confidence and eloquence. There are fields such as oratory, public speaking, and life coaching which are now well-recognized.

But if we arm twist the same child to study and ace all subjects instead of creating a necessary understanding, we’re not being fair to their true talent. Rather, we’re confusing and, subsequently, distorting their natural personality. There’s no doubt about the fact that every child needs a holistic education and schools are a great platform since there’s nothing more motivating than a hanging deadline or an examination. However, if students don’t fall in love with their subjects then they just end up focusing on passing the examination and clearing submissions. Not on becoming the best version of themselves.

It’s high time we start condensing and curating streams that help students prosper, not just in theory but in life. 

Contemporary Educators 

So far, the benchmark followed by the government has been the student-teacher ratio in classrooms, irrespective of the subject or stream. And while the gap is reducing and we’re closer to an ideal ratio than we have ever been, is that really a comprehensive indicator of progress? 

We believe the method is flawed; to draft a ratio like that is incoherent—especially in the 21st century when different kinds of professions are becoming mainstream. Children in schools today need personal attention and time with educators who have real-world experience. However, even more than the tool of analysis, we believe that the quality of syllabi needs to improve as we’re making rapid developments in every sphere, every industry.  

How justified is it for a teacher to first not be able to pay attention to every student, regulate fairly old literature, and then judge their aptitude on the basis of what they’ve learnt? What have the students really gained?  

What is your opinion of the way India studies? If you could, what would be the first thing that you’d change? Tell us in the comments below!

4 Things To Think About Career Before You Pick Your Stream In Class 11

From what to know to what to avoid, here’s what you should be focusing on when choosing a career. 

It’s the year 2008 and you’re about to go off to college, at a time when the world is still discovering social media. A world of possibilities lies ahead of you, and this is the beginning of your future. You can decide what you want to your career to be by carefully examining and evaluating careers that didn’t even exist a decade ago. In all probability, the field you’re thinking of joining was either not very famous or even completely non-existent at that time. This is the boon of living in 2019. The world is flexible, reachable, and responsive from the go. Two decades ago, you probably couldn’t even imagine stepping into something called Data Science or Digital Marketer. Now is the time. This is your time. 

So, how do you go about it?

Firstly, if you haven’t chosen a stream in 10th then you’ll want to use this time to decide where your interests lie and what you’re good at it., It’s that simple! Don’t think computers or commerce, think about your hobbies, your passion, subjects that you know you’d love to deep-dive into.  

The ordinary and unsound approach is – 

They ask you to pick a stream. You do. 

They ask you to choose a course and a college. You make a choice. 

They ask you to get an internship or give you one. You get it. 

Then you ask yourself, “Do I really want to be doing this?”

That’s where the problem is. Reverse the cycle! It’s really that simple. 

Don’t worry about picking a profession at this stage; instead, think about what it is that you’re good at and you enjoy doing. These are the two most important factors. The money and the recognition come later. 

Explore and experience

When I was younger, I used to go to my older cousin’s office every once in a while. Back in 2011, he had founded his own company after having worked for a few years in his field, and he was the first entrepreneur I ever met. In retrospect, he was the person who made me fall in love with entrepreneurship. This couldn’t have happened with me sitting in a class room. So after school, start visiting workspaces of those professions that you think you’d like. 

The vibe, the people, how they function, notice everything and then write off the ones that don’t appeal to you at all. Slowly and steadily you’ll see how it all starts making sense. You’ll notice how multiple careers start with a single stream, giving you that much more confidence and clarity in what you want to choose and pursue in school as a start. 

Network 

Such a big word, isn’t it? Networking! It’s all a big hoax, honestly. We humans start networking the second we’re able to talk and the minute we’re able to have a conversation. There’s nothing complex about it. Everyone can do it. How? What was your last outing? Think about that. How many people did you speak to? Bet there weren’t people from just one age group. What were you doing? You were networking. People are your greatest asset in life. 15 or 50, that holds true for everyone. 

Reach out to the people you confide in. They could be your school mates or even friends of your parents. Keep in touch. Talk to them, ask them, seek them out so they can help you understand where your interests lie. You never know what insight you might end up with. 

Rewards are king

When I was younger, people (including those closest to me), used to tell me how badly they wanted to become rich, there a few who wanted to become famous, there were also those who said they just wanted to own the most expensive car in the world. The point is that people are always telling you what they want in return for what they do, the things which drive them. I just never paid that much attention back then. 

Notice that about yourself – what sort of riches are you looking for in return? Let that become your greatest motivation and don’t wait till you start working. Dream it, plan it, and start building it – right now. I promise you, it’ll come in abundance if you’re sure of it.  

Use your worldwide reach

Can we please realize that we’re living in 2019? The time where you can literally call anybody to see their face at any time, for free. Use that. Reach out to icons that work in a career field that you’re interested in, tell them what you’re thinking about, ask them whatever you want. Use their experience to define how good yours is going to be. And don’t worry about them not replying, if you reach out to ten people, you can be sure one of them will respond. 

This is also a great way of networking, by the way. There’s literally no one that can’t be reached out to today. Use it in your favor. 

These four factors are something that won’t just help you choose a career, but will ensure that you end up picking more than a stream in school or a course in college. It’ll help you find out your passion and help you get where you want to be. 

If you’re still confused about your career, reach out to us in the comments below, we’d love to help! 

 

 

Everything you need to know about a career in Sports Management

A career in sport is no longer limited to playing; the industry is interdisciplinary and has segments like sport media, team administration, sports medicine, and sports management—perfect for those who have an administrative bent of mind and good managerial skills.

This is the business and applications side, or the driving force, of the sports industry. Sports managers call the shots and work tirelessly with colleges, universities, clubs, recreational departments and sports marketing firms, behind-the-scenes, to handle retailing, branding, merchandising, financing and marketing. They can be sports administrators, event managers, facility managers, sports economists or information experts.

 

Starting out

It’s not necessary to be an athlete or sportsperson to build a successful career in sports management. If you are passionate about sports and have a large knowledge base, that’s a good starting point.

This role requires a combination of multiple skills like planning, directing, controlling, organizing, budgeting, leading and evaluating a sports event.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in this field, opting for commerce stream in high school is advised; subjects like Business Studies, Economics and Accounts help build a strong foundation for further study.

Speaking of which, here are the colleges in India that offer courses in Sports Management:

  • National Academy of Sports Management, Mumbai – BBA in Sports Management
  • George College, Kolkata, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai – BA in Sports Management

 

These courses cover subjects like sports management theory, sports marketing, fundraising, promotions, public relations, ethics in sports management, legal aspects of the sport, facility planning and management and risk management.

The Scope of Sports Management

It’s a good time to be thinking about a career in this field; globally, the sports sector is estimated to be worth $460-620 billion.With the advent of sports leagues, like the Indian Premier League, Hockey Premier League, Pro Kabaddi, Indian Super League, the sports industry in India is flourishing. And the market is only set to grow from here on—courtesy a growing economy and a huge passion for sport.Consequently, the need for trained, skilled and passionate sports managers is also only going to increase.

Also read: Interesting Career Opportunities in Photography

Valuable lessons India can learn from Finland’s education system

In a bid to make school syllabus more relevant for younger generations, the Department of Education has rejigged India’s education system by revising many key policies over the last decade. For instance, in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development rectified a mandatory provision of the Right to Education Act from automatic promotion of all students till grade 8, to performance-based promotion. This means that it is mandatory for all students between class 5 and 8 to pass their exams in order to be promoted to the next grade.

In addition, the Delhi government introduced a new‘happiness curriculum’in almost 1,000 state-run schools. Introduced in 2018, this curriculum which includes meditation, value education and mental exercise is to be taught to all children between nursery and class 8. In the same year, it also allocated 26% of its annual budget to education—much higher than cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

While these changes are significant, there’s still a long way to go before we can boast of a truly holistic and experience-first education system. Not unlike Finland’s.

What makes Finland so special?

The country’s progressive education system first made waves in 2001, when Finnish students ranked amongst the top five spots in the Program for International Student Assessment—a very prestigious international assessment of students. In this assessment, it was found that Finnish students had vastly superior reading, math and science literacy. As Finnish students started scoring better and better every year, educators, leaders and policy-makers began to study the country and its remarkably effective education system.

It was found that the transformation of the Finns’ education system began around 40 years ago as the key propellant of the country’s economic recovery plan. By the end of the ’60s, a new legislation and curriculum were created by merging academic grammar schools and work-oriented civic schools into a 9-year comprehensive school. These 9 years include 6 years of basic education and 3 years of lower secondary education. Other significant tenets of their system include:

  • Formal education begins at the age of 7; before that, children are encouraged to learn through play and movement.
  • The curriculum includes unusual subjects like ‘joy’ and ‘play’. Every Finnish school has a specially appointed welfare team to ensure every child’s happiness.
  • Education in Finland is considered a fundamental right; to ensure equal opportunities for all, no tuition fees are charged in Finnish schools. There are only a handful of private schools but even they are financed publicly, and cannot charge a tuition fee.
  • Fifteen minutes’ break time is scheduled into every class; students spend this break playing, while teachers can take a quick breather, or address specific concerns or special projects.
  • Finland doesn’t have a standardized assessment system, which allows teachers the freedom to structure their lessons their way, and evaluate the progress of their students using individual metrics.

 

As the famous saying goes, change is the only constant and it’s high time that we make an alteration in our education system to benefit coming generations for a more efficient and aware career path. Want to change your learning habits? Visit www.projectmynt.com today!

 

Also read: How experiential learning is the way forward in India?

 

Six things every teenager can do to build a successful career

The earlier you start, the better

School’s out and everyone’s asking you what’s next, but it’s completely okay to not know just yet. Allow yourself the opportunity to find what you truly love—the journey is half the fun! In the age of social media and the Internet, you can deep dive into all the available information to see what works for you. From knowledge of up-and-coming careers to success stories that inspire, it’s all just a click away. However, it’s important to ensure this access doesn’t breed insecurities about your own future. Instead, sift through all the material in an organised manner, and start planning your journey methodically.

Here are six things to remember that will help you along the path to a successful and fulfilling career:

  1. Use time to your advantage: Don’t let a ticking clock stress you out. If you’re thinking about your career and are evaluating different avenues, you already have a head start. Instead, capitalize on this advantage by focusing your energies on growing your mind.
  2. Make the most of what you have: Use the tools at your disposal, like books, videos or podcasts, to expand your knowledge base. Rather than worrying about what you don’t have, turn your attention to what you do.
  3. Prioritize: The goal, as tempting as it may be, should not be to make money or become famous. Those are by-products of being good at something, and working hard at it—day in and day out. Find what you love, follow your passion, and strive for excellency; the rest will follow.
  4. Don’t stop exploring: The more you learn, the more you’re going to understand yourself as an individual, and the easier it will be to zero in on your calling.
  5. If you know, you know: Once you have a sense of where your interest lies, get moving! Identify the resources that you can tap into to start specializing. Remember, being 60% certain is good enough; there’s nothing like 100% clarity and trying to achieve that is a waste of time.
  6. Hands-on experience is invaluable: By taking up internships and trainee assignments, you will get a clearer sense of what a career in your field looks like. Instead of procrastinating and getting caught up in the theory of things, jump in the deep end and start working. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn, just by showing up to work.

 

Also read: Is Alternative Education your ‘Next Thing’?

5 ways to Change your Passion into a Successful Career

“Discover your Passion.” “Follow your Heart.” “Make your Passion your Paycheck”

We all must have heard these bits of advice every now and then from super-successful people in various talks and speeches. And although it sounds very easy, it isn’t. Finding your passion seems like a mystery and we all search for the key to solve this mystery. It is said that your passion can take you places. We at Mynt believe that it takes to place where you should really be. As India’s First Experiential Learning Platform, we believe that you can do everything as long as you have the passion, determination, motivation, support, guidance and right direction.

The problem with finding a passion especially at a younger age, when you have limitless choices for what to do, which vocations to choose that could become your passion etc. can sometimes put you in a fix! You may ask yourself the right questions. You may think about what you love more. But still won’t be sure what your true passion is. Well, the solution is here  – we help you in deciphering the right road map for your career.

Now that you have successfully graduated from your school or college, it’s a high time to move on and to make wise choices with regard to what you really want for your lives. In order to fast-track your careers, you need to be ‘First time Right’ as you make decisions and choose your options. To help you make the right decision and find your ‘Next Thing’, we bring you first-hand experience of the ‘next-generation’ careers that will take over the world tomorrow. Our aim is to empower students with experiential learning and all the essential knowledge they require before selecting one of these ‘next-generation’ careers. Take a look at a few of them:  

Entrepreneurship

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen” and only those who dare to follow their passion make them happen. There are thousands of people who dream about starting their business but there are only a few who actually become entrepreneurs. So, if you desire to be your own boss and have better control, have the enthusiasm to take risks in the changing global environment, aim to develop and implement a plan right from the ground level, then this course is definitely for you!

Our entrepreneurship capsule is designed with the aim to provide you an insight into the ecosystem of start-ups, to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of solving real-world problems and make better-informed key decisions. Come and explore more!

 

Photography

Well, maybe you’re just inquisitive about photography or perhaps you do it as a hobby but aren’t sure whether you should really dive into it. Photography may be a passion for many but there are only a few who actually make it their career. Just like many other students, you must be in a dilemma whether to make photography as your ‘next thing’ or not? But, we assure you that after joining our capsule course you will keep your doubts aside and will get convinced that photography is an amazing skill to develop.

So, if you are passionate about freezing moments that will be cherished for generations or want to make your photographs popular on Instagram, then this course is for you!

Photography

Filmmaking

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’re an artistic soul who dreams of making their own silver-screen sensation, then probably you don’t need many reasons as to why you should turn your passion into a career. The global film industry has enlarged with the increasing popularity of Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. This has led to an increase in the demand of aspiring directors, cinematographers, and other filmmaking professionals. At Mynt, we introduce you to the vast world of filmmaking and cinema, enabling you to think like a filmmaker and make better-informed key decisions regarding further exploration in the field. So, join us to let your ideas come to life.

Filmmaking

Electronic Music Production

Are you passionate about music and want to make people groove on your tracks but not sure whether music production is your calling in life? Don’t worry, take our Electronic Music Production Capsule and gain a clear idea about your future as a musician.

Set yourself apart from the crowd, by discovering and bringing out your creativity and artistic vision and understand the art of music production from India’s favourite music ensembles.

Internet of Things

Technology is here to stay! We all utilize it in our day to day life whether it is banking, shopping, or offices – have you ever calculate how many times a day do you use google? The Internet has today become an essential part of our life and from smart home devices to self-driven cars, IoT has created a giant network connecting all devices together. So, if you are a cybernaut who is in love with technology and want to discover its possibilities and abilities, then this course is for you! Explore the opportunities and gain insights into the vast world of “Internet of Things” from industry experts and make that right decision in your life.

If you’re having a tough time deciding what to choose as a career option, how to pursue your passion or how to change a passion into a successful career, then we are here to help you!

Come and be a part of India’s first experiential learning platform and give your future the right direction. Identify your calling and make it your career by getting the right supervision from experts.

If you have missed our last session, here’s another chance for you! Enroll for our June’19 session and explore some unconventional career paths with our immersive capsules. For more info, visit our website: www.projectmynt.com

Success is a journey, not a destination. Don’t chase it, experience it.

Often in our lives, we get ourselves into the rat race of achieving things which have a very high perceived value in our mind. Even after we reach these goals, we don’t have much to celebrate, rather we create more such goals to chase in the future. These goals can be something as basic as convincing your parents to buy you a new phone, or to score big in your boards examination. Here is what you really need to understand in order to get a real shot at shaping your future – It’s the journey of achieving something that you enjoy, than actually reaching there. The fact that you enjoy the journey so much, it’s almost inevitable for you to achieve that goal. We’ve all said the phrase, ‘Nothing comes easy’, well, it’s true. So give this a thought, you actually create a goal in your mind, so that you can take this journey, you enjoy it to the full, you see success and it all ends at the finish line while you achieve it. Almost instantly, your brain wants another race, another experience which you’ll love, another mistake you’ll commit and another glimpse of success.

Also read: These entrepreneurs did a little extra in their lives. Time to take some lessons!

How does it feel if you get up one day, and the entire day you don’t knock off something that you wanted to? Well, say you wanted to start preparing for an upcoming exam, or maybe you wanted to hit the gym or anything that you really really wanted that day. It feels like you’ve had the worst day possible, more so, you’ve lost a bit of your self-confidence, and a bit of your conviction has lessened. Factually, it’s the journey and the time you’ve lost today that makes you frustrated.

Here is a little something you can do every single day, or probably more days of the week than not, to get you to be in control of the things that matter –

  • Value your time. Know what’s important and just go at it, the feeling you get while you do the right thing is the biggest drug of all times
  • Be confident and happy. It’s how you feel that matters, rest everything is manageable. Happiness is the chase of life, nothing else, nothing more. Another thought, control drives happiness, even if something goes wrong and you know that you have control over it, that you can fix it. Keeps you confident and keeps you going.
  • Take one day at a time. Your brain is designed to make you feel lazy, it resists change. Overcome it. Don’t create a string of events that keeps you away from the journey.
  • Do something for each of the journeys you pursue. It can be a list of things, like a checklist. Health, happiness, wealth, learning and so on. Make sure you evolve on your checklist a little everyday. I can’t stress enough how important this is, you want to look back every now and then and cherish life.
  • Act. Don’t assume. Don’t assume an alternative as a journey, make sure you do what you know. If you haven’t till now, this second is the best moment. I would love it if you shut this read right now, and go at it.
  • Love yourself. Life loves you, really loves you. But if you create a wall of hatred between you and life, it can’t get you the goodies it has to offer.

At Project Mynt, we stand with you for the times when you confuse your journeys that you may/may not want. We curate journeys’/experiences worth a few weeks to get you a glimpse of things you might love as constant in your life. Experience them if you’ve given them a thought.

Send me an email at aayush@projectmynt.com if you want to discuss anything. You may get a delayed response as I’m taking my own journeys at most times, but you’re definitely one of them and will definitely get a response.

All the best!  

 

How experiential learning is the way forward in India

As a school kid, most of us used to wait for lab sessions to attend practicals – Chemistry, Biology, Computer, etc. Didn’t we? But why were practicals so much fun? Was it the LIVE experience that made them interesting or the unique methodology that helped us remember all the points for longer?

Here’s a fun fact. Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the ‘Forgetting Curve’ more than a hundred years ago which explains the decline of memory retention and how information is lost over a period of time when there is no attempt to retain it. Experiencing things in the real-world can help us retain a lot more, a lot faster. Lectures help, but one needs practical knowledge to understand, grow, and excel. Thus, it’s time you make the most of experiential learning.

Also read: All you need to know about Project MyNT

IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING REALITY CHECKS!

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as learning through reflection on doing.

Education theorist David A. Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is typically represented by a four-stage learning cycle in which the learner ‘touches all the bases’:

1. Concrete Experience
2. Reflective Observation of the new experience
3. Abstract Conceptualization
4. Active Experimentation

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.

Experiential learning allows students to:
> Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
> Build an emotional connection with the subject
> Leverage real examples for inspiration
> Enhance their experiences to be shared with others

Indian education system needs to evolve and become more experiential where students get an opportunity to go out and explore the real world to gain first-hand knowledge. This will further inspire them to pursue what appeals to them the most. An expert or mentor can guide students to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical learning. This will also help in brushing up their skills with a better understanding of how to act in a particular environment.

Parents must realise that kids need to cope up with today’s fast moving world by making them familiar with the modern ways of learning. Thanks to digital tools and technologies, students can now close the job skill gap in a true sense. Smart classes with projectors, personalized and project-based training, industry visits, etc are some of the methods parents should look forward to for their kids’ personal development.

GET INSPIRED AND GET GOING BECAUSE NOW IS THE TIME!

The skills we need to work today are changing at such a great pace that no system can keep up with them without constant evolution. With competition growing incessantly in the global economy, we must look forward to shifting the discourse from learning new skills to enabling the processes that create these skills.

We, at Project MyNT – My Next Thing, are working towards redefining the methods of learning by providing practical knowledge to students who enrol in our courses. A strong curriculum including sessions by experts and internships will help students figure out the right career opportunities amidst all the confusion and uncertainty.

MyNT aims to give students an insight into careers that are going to take over the world tomorrow and for which there is currently no infrastructure or space in our education program. Enrol here.