Last few Days of 12th class is that time of the year when farewell plans are on full swing, uniforms are penned with motivating messages, slams books gets filled and newspapers are flooding with career guidance after 12th. Some common questions that cloud the vision of students are-
“What career should I choose after 12th?”, “What are different courses after 12th other than engineering and MBBS?”, “Which Internships to go for after 12th?”
Class 12 is one of the major turning points in a student’s life and the foundation for the future life ahead. We are guided to build our resume in font 11, Arial style and fasten that tie around the neck to impress the recruiter on the final day of placement but as blunt as it can get- ‘Your simple degree on paper is not sufficient to get you a decent paying job’.
You start preparing for your future immediately after 12th so that you are industry ready and on the final day of placement you stand out to the potential employers.
Here are some best things to do after 12th that will prepare you for your future and will help you generate part time income.
Career Guidance after 12th | What should I do after 12th?
1. Create a Blog/ YouTube Channel
The future is digital and with such an increase in demand of digital professionals, having a Blog is a must have pre-requisite to stand out from the crowd and land a decent paying job. Now sitting at the comfort of our home, you can start Blogging in your 20s, build awesome stuff and boost it simply by using internet.
Pick up any hobby that interests you the most; if you love cooking food, Start a Food Blog and fill it with your recipes to share it with the global audience; if you are a frequent traveller then Start a Travel Blog to share your travel experiences or add reviews about the hotels you stayed in; If you love to dance, make a self choreographed YouTube video and share it on your Dance Blog; If you are a fashion critic, Start your Fashion Blog and share your fashion expertise or review the celebrity looks to reach out to millions of people.
Focus more on the learning part, publishing quality content, strategies for generating more traffic to your blog and then generating various channels for monetization. The time after 12th class is the best time for exploring, learning and questioning that will morph your personality as a whole and Blogging is the best platform to channelise all your potential skills and help you grow your skill set.
2. Go for Digital Internships
Digital marketing is the next big thing in the market and with the changing marketing trends and increasing job opportunities in the same, an internship in Digital Marketing is fruitful in the long run.
Digital marketing is a rapidly evolving industry and statistics reveal that this industry will experience a rapid increase in the job opportunities which may generate more than 20 lakh jobs by the year 2020. A fresh graduate can begin from 3-4 lakh per annum. One can move up the ladder quickly and earn around 7-10 lakhs with an experience of 5 years.
viaENS is an Internet based organisation that has empowered more than 3000 students across 40 colleges in India into Blogosphere and Digital Marketing Industry. An internship in Digital Marketing will serve as a mini- MBA and will help you acquire the pre requisite skill set while giving you a wide array of opportunities to kick start your own career before you even set your foot at the workplace.
3. Get Google Certifications
A good Digital marketing Certification program will provide you a learning structure, a talented mentor-ship and the opportunity to network with like-minded people. You can learn digital marketing and apply for various online exams offered by Google, Facebook, Hubspot etc and earn an edge over others.
Certification in digital marketing is an add on to your resume which will filter you from the rest of the crowd and put you into limelight in front of the potential employer with increased chances of getting hired. You can also go for SEO Certifications, Content Marketing Certifications, Google Analytics/ Adwords certifications, PPC Certifications anytime after completing the internship which will not only add value to your resume but will also expand your skill sets and vouch for your expertise.
Earlier you had to pay US $50 to US $100 to take Google Certification exam but now it is completely free.
4. Start Freelancing
Outsourcing has turned out to be staggeringly mainstream as of late, with people utilizing it to supplement their monthly wage while others seeking it as a full-time job opportunity. This surge in freelancing job is justifiable since the person gets a chance to plan their own hours, work from different areas, and charge their own particular expenses.
With different freelancing platforms like Fiverr, UpWork, Freelancer, Envato Studio among many others, freelancing can be the best way to refine your skill set while also serving as a great income platform from the very first project.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is an ideal way to start earning money from home for it requires no initial investment and you need not have to have a product or inventory of your own to sell. Affiliate marketing isn’t hard, you just need to have proper planning and need consistent efforts to let it roll. Affiliate marketing allows you to partner with brands.
You refer their services or their products to your friends/ readers/ audience and for every sale/lead/app install triggered through your referral, you’ll earn a commission depending on the margin available on the product/ service.
1% GDP Drop is equivalent to Loss of 1 Million Jobs. Our GDP Drop is 2% ( from 7.5 to approx 5.5) which means approx. 2 million Jobs lost. According to CMIE data, In the first four months of 2017, around 15 lakh jobs were lost. This is devastating for the 130 lakh or so graduates who enter the Job market every year. People with M.A and PhD are applying for the post of Peon.
So, how do you plan about your career?
The reality is far from “Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell”. If you want to be future ready, you have to start pulling up preparations in the top gear. The future is digital and there are abundant job avenues available other than engineering.
Why not pursue what you really want to?
You can either sit back and Wait for government reforms to generate employment or Start working for a better future now.
The choice is yours.
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