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1) MSW

What are they?

MSW refers to Masters in Social Work. The work of a MSW qualified will generally involve development of humanity and social welfare.

Where can I pursue?

One can pursue any bachelors and then take up MSW. But, a bachelors in Social Work will be preferred for admissions and employment post MSW.

Top universities providing BSW and MSW are:

  • Madras Christian College, Chennai
  • Stella Maris College, Chennai
  • Magadh Mahila College, Patna
  • Amity University, Lucknow
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • Joseph College, Bangalore
  • Assam Down Town University, Guwahati
  • Parul University, Vadodara
  • Christ University, Bangalore

A full time course can be pursued. If not a correspondence or distance education can also be taken up. However, a full time degree is always more preferred by employers.

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What do they specialize in?

The core subjects in this course will include - community organisation, human behaviour, human rights, Indian society, social development, social work administration & legislation, labour welfare, human resource management, medical and psychiatric social work, disability and communication & counselling.

Exam pattern and pass percentage?

Bachelor’s degree is a 3 year course and Masters is a 2 year course.

Both follow a semester system.

An entrance exam maybe required to join certain universities.


What is the career scope?

After completing MSW from renowned universities, one can go on to build a career in fields such as:

  • Project/Program Co-ordinator - One can join hospitals, NGOs and medical companies as a project coordinator for organising and managing events, camps, awareness programs, outreach programs, implementing CSR activities and implementing projects.
  • Education - The field of education is also a lucrative option that one can take up by pursuing M.Phil. and PhD. after MSW and by joining colleges as a professor.
  • Human resource manager - One can join the corporate in the Human resource department. This is a route apart from MBA (HR). MSW can give good understanding and better growth too on the basis of performance.
  • Government departments - One can join Government departments like Ministry of Social justice, Ministry of women and child affairs, Ministry of Labour and employment - depending on vacancies.

Average salary for a fresher can range from Rs. 25,000 - Rs. 50,000 per month.

2) Mass communication

What are they?

Mass communication courses involves with communication related activities such as advertisement, public relations, media and so on.

A person with good communication skills, creativity and a good holding in a spoken language can do well in this career.


Where can I pursue?

A student interested in communication as a career can take up a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in various fields such as:

  • Mass communication
  • Media communication
  • Journalism or specific journalism such as convergent journalism, broadcast journalism.
  • Media management
  • Mass media
  • Media science

Some top universities to pursue studies in mass communication are:

  • Symbiosis Institute, Pune
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
  • Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai
  • Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Journalism and News Media, Bangalore
  • AJ Kidwai MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia
  • University of Hyderabad
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Film and TV Institute of India, Pune
  • Institute of Mass communication and media technology, Kurukshetra University

One can also pursue the above courses in universities abroad to be precise in the country of UK in order to gain more scope for employment in India.

It is always better to pursue masters so as to get a better holding of the subjects and specialisation, and to have a upper hand in employment.

A good internship in the field of interest during bachelors will really help build your resume and gain practical knowledge.

 What do they specialise in?

The subjects that communication studies include are journalism, media laws, theory of communication, photography, culture, advertisement, current affairs, public relation, fil studies, human rights.

Exam pattern and pass percentage?

The bachelors degree is a 3 year course and masters for 2 years. Courses in UK could span from 1-2 years.

They follow a semester system.

What is the career scope?

One can make a career in the field of communication in various ways:

  • Content writing - With good writing skills one can make a career as content writer. With various digital platforms and media houses. Role could vary from digital content writing, interviews, event coverages and corporate branding.
  • Advertisement - This is a well known field to all. It involves selling a product/service using a creativity on various print and TV media. Every organisation whether profit making or not, need advertisements as a form of promotional activity. There is a dire need for innovative and creative professionals in this field and it is an undying field.
  • Public relations - A role of a PR would involve communicating, negotiating and convincing people. Every organisation and a public figure would require a PR to represent and also improve the brand image.
  • Event management - It involves creative planning, co-ordinating, managing, budgeting, conducting events/shows successfully. It is a dynamic field and one has to be multi talented and a multitasker to specialise in this field. One has to co-ordinate with many specialists and teams to get the work done. A student very interested in this field can pursue courses specifically in event management.
  • Digital marketing - Yet another undying and a fast evolving field. It is a combination of advertisement and public relations - online. It involves promoting brands and products/services online, tracking traffic, SEO, inbound marketing, content marketing and web analytics. Each field of specialisation is broad.
  • Media - One can make a career in print media, TV media and social media taking up specific roles such as an executive, sound engineer, art director, photographer, RJ, campaign manager, script writer and so on.
  • Television and film production - The world of cinema is always enthralling and now everything is going digital. If you have the creativity and the knack to make movies this is your field. Also many production agencies hire professional camera man, scriptwriters, video editors, video editors, designers, 3D animators and so on.

Salary for a fresher can vary from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month.

3) Animation, Fashion designing and interior designing

What are they?

All the three are prosperous vocational education stream not only in India but also abroad. One can make abroad as well.

Animation is a separate field by itself. One having lot of interest and creativity can make a good  name in this field.

Fashion designing involves in creating and designing clothes and lifestyle accessories.

Interior designing involves in creatively and innovatively planning the layout, colour schemes, furnishings and decorations of interiors so as to make it attractive also utilizing the space effectively. 

Where can I pursue?

Animation courses can be pursued by taking up bachelors and masters in:

  • Animation
  • Graphic designing
  • Digital film-making
  • Visual arts
  • VFX
  • CG arts

Fashion designing specializations in diploma, bachelors and masters include:

  • Fashion design
  • Leather design
  • Jewellery design
  • Textile management
  • Retail management
  • Fashion marketing, communication, designing.

One can take up certificate, diploma, bachelors and master in Interior designing in following fields:

  • Interior designing
  • Textile for interiors
  • Print design

Some top universities to pursue the 3 courses are:

  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • National Institute of film and fine arts, Kolkata
  • Xavier College, Kolkata
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
  • Amity University, Lucknow & Gurugram
  • Arena Animation, Bangalore
  • Artemisia College of art and design, Indore
  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
  • MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore
  • Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore
  • International Institute of Fashion Design, Bangalore
  • Pearl Academy, New Delhi
  • Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

A competitive entrance exam may be required to join some renowned universities.

One can also pursue the above courses in universities abroad to be precise in the country of UK in order to gain more scope for employment in India.

It is always better to pursue masters so as to get a better holding of the subjects and specialisation, and to have a upper hand in employment. Some also choose to pursue MBA to gain more scope for employment for managerial posts.

A good internship in the field of interest during bachelors will really help build your resume and gain practical knowledge.

What do they specialise in?

Animation - Colour theory, composing and editing, multimedia, game production, animation, visual effects, VFX and so on.

Fashion designing - Elements of textiles, colour mixing, fashion studies, leather designing, photography, CAD, garment construction, ergonomics, fashion scenario, pattern making, export merchandising to name a few.

Interior designing - Arts and graphics, materials and construction techniques, drawing techniques, environmental studies, technical drawing, space layout and design and so on.

Exam pattern and pass percentage?

The bachelors degree is a 3 year course and masters for 2 years. Courses in UK could span from 1-2 years.

They follow a semester system.

What is the career scope?

Can join the corporate to take up various roles as per the specialization:

  • Animation - opens up to opportunities in the field of advertisement, content creation, branding and TV & film production. Additionally join Production houses as animator, rigging artist, texture artist, image editor and so on.
  • Fashion designing - Fashion designer, Fashion marketer, Quality control, Costume designer, footwear designer. One can also work for individual fashion designers.
  • Interior designer - Can join architectural firms, interior designing companies, event management firms and furniture companies as a interior designer, spatial designer, lighting designer, production designer, art designer and exhibition designer.

Can be your own boss and start your own brand/consultancy firm.

  • Animation - Provide services for logo designing, content designing, 2D and 3D animation for marketing and branding.
  • Fashion designing - Provide services as Fashion show organiser, Fashion show costume designer or sell under own couture brand.
  • Interior designer - Provide interior designing services for homes, corporates, hotels, restaurants and public tourism spaces.

4) Hotel management and hospitality

What are they?

Hotel management trains students to work in various hospitality sector such as tourism, hotel and catering.

One needs to have patience and grow a hospitable nature to pursue this profession and should be ready to work relentlessly as a hospitality professional.

Where can I pursue?

One can pursue degree, diploma, certification course and masters in the following specialisation:

  • Hotel management
  • Tourism management
  • Catering technology
  • Hospitality
  • Food and beverage management
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Culinary
  • Housekeeping

Some top universities to pursue hotel management and hospitality:

  • Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore; Mumbai; Hyderabad; Chennai; Kolkata; Lucknow; Gwalior; Bhopal
  • SRM Institute of Hotel management, Chennai
  • Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Management, Manipal-Karnataka
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Banarasidas Chandiwala Institute, New Delhi 

Pursuing a full time bachelors degree and a masters degree will grant more scope for a student.

What do they specialise in?

Subjects in this courses includes catering, culinary, food and beverage service, wines technology, sales and marketing, human resource, front office management, accommodation management, financial management, event management, tourism planning, behavioural science and so on.

Exam pattern and pass percentage?

The bachelors and masters course are 3 and 2 years respectively. They follow a semester system. Some renowned university would have an entrance exam to obtain admission.

What is the career scope?

Tourism and hospitality profession demands a lot of hard work. The opportunities after studies are varied:

  • Kitchen chef - If you are really interested and possess good cooking skills then this is the place you should be. Build your name as a chef by working with top brands and start your own culinary brand.
  • Club management - Management of recreational clubs including membership, customer service, facilities, food and beverages, etc.
  • Airline catering services - Management of food and beverages served on skies. One will be employed by a specific airlines.
  • Cruise ship hotel management - Management of tourism cruise ship with regard to facilities, customer service, food and beverages, activities, events etc.
  • Hotel management - Management and operations of a hotel and restaurant on land. This role will include creating a menu, aesthetics of the establishment, customer service, pricing, managing a team of chefs, etc.
  • Front office - A front office personnel in an establishment handles enquiries of customers coming into the establishments. They are the first person customers converse with and they are essential in handling various situations and providing best care.
  • Hospitality for the Indian Navy - Providing food, beverages and facilities for the Indian navy is an important role by itself. Ensuring smooth supply chain management where ever the navy is placed is essential.

Salary for a fresher can range from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month.

Here, we come to an end of the series: Commerce opportunities. This series was commenced with a view to educate everyone of the varied career opportunities available post 12th.

Wish you a successful career!

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