Alternative Career options for PCM Students apart from Engineering

Alternate Career Options for PCM Students apart from Engineering

For the next blog in my “Not so Cliché career “series, this one is for the students having non-medical in their 12th. If you think that your chance for a better life will only be by pursuing engineering then you are mistaken.

There are a variety of career options that you can pursue if you just try to look way beyond cliché engineering.

Now I’m not demeaning engineering here. I too am an engineer by profession. But I didn’t want to take up computer science engineering. I felt that everybody was doing that only. So, I researched for something different and finally did my B. Tech in Food Technology. It is also a very good option if you have an interest in food and its qualitative aspects. You can go for this field as well!

But apart from engineering, what else can you do? Gratisoul to your rescue kids!

What to do apart from Engineering?

1. Aviation/ Pilot

Being a pilot is one of the highest paying jobs in India. To qualify as a pilot, one must be fit and fine and apart from your physique. You should also have a great logic and quick decision-making ability. It is a little tough to get the commercial pilot license as you need to qualify plenty of exams which includes written, oral, medical, and physical. But once you qualify for the role, you can work with any airline company on a contractual basis or a permanent basis.

2. Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking is a bit offbeat career and not many are aware of this field, but it’ll be one of the most growing fields in India soon. If you have a deep interest in computer languages, improve the cybersecurity of our country by opting for this career option. Because as opposed to the unethical hackers, ethical hacking is all for a good cause i.e. to improve the security of the online world.

There are no degree programs in Ethical Hacking, only certification courses. Some top certification bodies include the Indian School of Ethical Hacking (ISOEH), Kolkata; EC Council (Online); Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker (Multiple Locations/Online); NIIT Ethical Hacking (Multiple Locations); Arizona Infotech, Pune

3. Teaching/ Lecturer

If you are the one that can make any topic understandable, and you also have a deep interest in any one subject, then you can always pursue teaching or become a lecturer. You can use your PCM studies to teach any of these subjects in a school, college, or at a tuition center.

4. Architecture/ Industrial Designing/ Interior Designing

There will always be a need to construct/deconstruct/reconstruct someplace. All it requires an eye for detail and good knowledge of aesthetics.

Don’t consider yourself as an architect or an interior designer? But like to gain knowledge about the technical details of any industrial equipment like mobile phone, automobile, or motorbike? Try industrial designing. It is not only limited to designing products but also requires extensive research and development too. 

5. Fashion Designing

If you can imagine yourself as creating dresses for someone, or anything fashion, then fashion designing is the course for you, my friend!

 You can take up specialization in this course for footwear, clothing, accessories, etc.

Some Top Colleges for Fashion Technology: National Institute of Fashion Technology (Multiple Locations), Pearl.

6. Merchant Navy

Merchant Navy serves to facilitate international trade, by transporting cargo, goods, and commercial items across the globe. Are you resilient enough to handle being on a ship for prolonged periods with limited contact with family? Then this can be a highly rewarding career for you, both professionally and monetarily.

Some Top Colleges for Merchant Navy: Indian Maritime University (Multiple Locations); International Maritime Institute, Delhi NCR; Coimbatore Marine College, Coimbatore; International Maritime Academy, Chennai; Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin; Vels University, Chennai

7. Defense

If you have a zeal to do something for your country, then go in this field.  Defense forms the backbone of a country’s security against external threats. People in Defense are responsible for supporting peace-keeping operations and humanitarian work. There are three primary branches of any country’s defense, namely, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. You can choose to serve in any of the three.

Some Top Colleges for Defense: There are no colleges for defense services, you join the NDA (National Defense Academy) after clearing its entrance exam after class 12th.

8. IT/ Animation & Graphics

There is a vast range of opportunities available, including, Graphic Design, Game Design, Digital Art, Web Design, 3D Modelling, Flash Design, Storyboarding, Texturing, Cartoon Design, VFX, Composition & Story Writing, Character Animation, etc.

Some Top Colleges for Animation & Graphics: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; IIT Bombay; Indian Institute of Digital Arts and Animation, Kolkata; Birla Institute of Technology, Noida; Arena Animation (Multiple Locations); Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), Multiple Locations; Whistling Woods International, Mumbai

9. Forensic Science

Do you like to watch investigative, Sherlock-type Tv series and imagine yourself to be in their position? Research more about forensic science. It is a very thrilling field for people who have a detective-type mindset.

There are numerous applications of Forensic Science, and you can work as a Forensic Scientist, Forensic Toxicologist, Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Ballistics Expert, Polygraph Examiner, Digital Forensics Expert, etc.

Some Top Colleges for Forensic Science*: Delhi University; Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar; Panjab University, Chandigarh; Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science, Delhi; University of Madras, Chennai; Osmania University, Hyderabad

10. Physical Science

If you’ve always been interested in the interstellar space objects like the earth, space, and atmosphere, then physical science is your field!

This field includes Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Cartography, Disaster Management, etc.

Some Top Colleges for Physical Science:

Astronomy: Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Multiple Locations

Geology: IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi

Cartography: IIT Bombay, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

Disaster Management: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Delhi

There will always be options for everybody, and you don’t always have to take the path chosen by everyone. You can always take the road less traveled by. Be an inspiration for everyone. Be a face in the crowd rather than being a part of the crowd!

I hope this blog will work as enlightenment for you and you’ll use your free time to research for more career options based on your interests.

If you know other career options, feel free to share them in the comments below to help others!

Also, if you want to read about what is the secret ingredient to success, then read my blog for The Times of India.

TOI Blog- https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/gratisoul/a-secret-ingredient-to-success/

Until then, live positively and happily!



Hey people! I am Karishma Verma but most people just call me Kaddie. I graduated in mid 2018. I am an engineer by profession and an upbeat human, who likes to motivate and spread positive vibes around myself amongst my people! I am a Gratisoul and would love to proliferate these upbeat vibes to folks across every possible age bracket. So, let’s begin this journey of becoming ‘Gratisoul’ together!!

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