Career counsellor and columnist Usha Albuquerque answers to queries of students in this column.
I have dropped one year and also did not clear the pre-medical test (PMT) last year. I am interested in pursuing a career in textile designing as I don’t want to waste another year by taking PMT. Should I drop another year and try for PMT again or should I take up textile designing in a private institute?
- Shruti Sharma
The PMT is one of the toughest entrance tests to crack, which hundreds of students with strong interest and motivation are unable to clear. So, I think your parents must understand that with your lack of motivation, it is pointless wasting one more year on a test you are unlikely to clear, and a career for which you have little interest. If you have artistic talent and creative sensibility you can consider a career in textile design.
Textile designing has great scope with openings for people ranging from technologists to stylists to sales and marketing people. There are growing opportunities with government sponsored and private silk, handloom, khadi, jute and craft development organisations, and with hosiery and home furnishing export units largely centered around Panipat, Tirupur and Coimbatore.
As a textile designer, you can work with an established designer or with an export house dealing with marketing or merchandising of garments. The other big option would be of self-employment or opening your own outlet. Degree courses in textile design are available at various institutions.
I have pursued BA (pass) from Delhi University and completed a two-year diploma in nursery primary teacher training from National Academy of Teachers Training. However, I don’t have any experience and also could not clear my Central Teacher Eligibility Test. Am I eligible to find work as a nursery or primary teacher in government schools or any recognised public schools according to CBSE norms?
- Ziba Kazi
It is essential that teachers get properly trained before they start working as a primary/elementary teachers and provide sufficient learning opportunities that facilitate maximum growth and development. Selection for a teacher’s job in Central government schools is based on the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and in state governments on the Teacher Eligibility Test. You can re-appear in the entrance exam. The eligibility requirement is senior secondary school certificate or intermediate or its equivalent, and bachelor of elementary education, or diploma or certificate in basic teachers’ training of not less than two years. More than academic records, personal skills and aptitude are more important for teachers.
Send your queries at email@example.com or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2