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Fly, draw and travel

Animation, civil aviation, travel and tourism make for great career options, says Reetu Sharma

education Updated: Jul 27, 2011 11:09 IST
Reetu Sharma

Which are the promising sectors you should be looking at if you want to jumpstart your career?
Animation
The animation industry in India looks very promising. An animator has to be very creative and use his or her imagination to conceptualise interesting characters and virtually breathe life into them. One has to have the love for illustrations, imagination, and good sense of colour, proportion etc and the ability to work under pressure and in a team. “Nowadays, a number of Indian companies are outsourcing their work to the West. The animation industry in India can be divided into the following key segments: animation entertainment, animation education, custom content development and multimedia/web design and VFX. The animation industry in India was estimated at $314 million in 2006, $494 million in 2008 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 22% to reach $1 billion by 2012,” says Biswajit Das, vice president, Frameboxx Animation & Visual Effects. One need not have the specific qualification to be an animator. If you are good at sketching and drawing, you can do a diploma or degree course in animation. It helps if you have an arts background. Today a good animator’s starting salary is sometimes more than that of a management trainee or an engineering graduate. In just six months, a trainee starting out at R10,000 a month can earn R20,000 pm depending on his work quality and timely delivery.

Hospitality
The service industry is one of the most flourishing industries in India as the employment graph of this industry has shown a consistent rise. Social skills, the ability to interact with people, and understanding the requirements of the consumers are essential characteristics of a person trying to make a career in this industry. “The requirements of degree or diploma holders are 16% in the managerial category, 40% in the supervisory category, and 44% staff members. Therefore, since the hotel industry accounts for about 85% of the employment for the hospitality and tourism management graduates, it is observed that there is an additional demand of 15,000 trained persons in the various hotels in India,” says Ratan Marothia, president, FHRAI. The ninth five-year plan also predicted a shortage of 30,000 trained professionals every year as hotels, restaurants, catering and canteen services, health care, ayurveda and spa centers, café, bars are increasing in numbers and have many departments occupied by people at various levels, in order to provide better facilities and services to customers and clients.

Travel and tourism
“The tourism sector is an amalgamation of different industries/ segments such as transportation (air, road, rail, water, etc.), accommodation (star-non star hotels, motels, apartments, guest house, camping sites, dharmshalas, resorts etc.), restaurants, dhabas, other food joints, travel agency, tour operators, shopping, entertainments, guides, escorts etc,” says Arvind Kumar Dubey, assistant professor, School of Tourism and Hospitality Services Management, IGNOU.

At IGNOU, there are nearly 10,000 enrollments in travel/tourism programmes (certificate in tourism studies, diploma in tourism studies, bachelor of arts (tourism studies), PhD in tourism studies and nearly 15,000 enrollments in hospitality programmes. This industry demands a good personality and effective communication skills.

After doing a course in tourism, one can work as counter staff, marketing staff, tour guides, tour planners, reservation staff etc.

Civil aviation
Civil aviation in India will have a modest future - we have reached some level of saturation on the big city traffic and we will find new growth in the Tier 2 city linkages. That will drive growth over the decade. Charles Dhanaraj, an expert in strategy planning in civil aviation and professor of management at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University says, “Serious commitment and passion is a precondition to get in. The total number of commercial pilots is relatively small (below 10,000). The entry requirements are very rigorous but if you find the sector very exciting, then it can offer a plethora of options. Go with your eyes open. Prepare yourself well rather than just getting a baseline certification and rushing in. It takes a long time before you can get to fly an international route — and obviously if you want to fly high, you need to plan well with the best programmes.”