I am creative. What are the options for me?
I am a Computer Engineering drop-out. I am deeply inclined towards literature, theatre and linguistics. I have been writing a series of poems, stories and articles since I was 15. I have also performed in plays during school, and won awards for choreography in college fests. I also have a keen interest in marketing and interacting with people. Essentially, I like anything creative. What are the options for me?
It is obvious that you are a creative person with good communication skills. There are a number of careers you can pursue, particularly those requiring communication and good inter-personal skills.
You have several options which include mass communication, public relations, advertising, journalism, hospitality, travel, retail, marketing and event management. All these areas require good communication skills, initiative and enterprise and strong inter-personal skills.
Public relations and advertising are concerned with messages for marketing different products and services, and therefore require good creative skills, both in visualising and communication. Courses are available at the graduate and postgraduate levels. Selection to most programmes is through a test mainly of your language, general awareness and communication skills.
There are also several jobs in the hospitality sector, which includes hotel management, catering, and travel related fields. Hotel management broadly includes the preparation and service of food, the front office which handles guests, and housekeeping. If you like people and have an outgoing personality, a sense of discipline and a capacity for hard work, you will enjoy hoteliering.
Other careers could include the whole new world of customer services, working in a variety of fields such as telecom, banking, airlines, travel, retail and so on, handling customers of all kinds. This requires excellent communication skills and an outgoing service-oriented personality. Training for all these careers is offered at postgraduate level through diploma or certificate courses.
The hotel management course is an undergraduate programme, although there are PG courses for training in specialised areas of work available as well. If you have been unable to complete graduation, then you may do graduation in any subject, and then take up a vocational course in the field of your interest, or start working (in a relevant area) right away, while doing graduation through correspondence.
(Inputs from career expert Usha Albuquerque)