You and I are the luckiest people on the planet right now. Never before in the history of this country has there been a time for entrepreneurship and alternative careers than what is now. Yes, as a country we do have our challenges, but we will inevitably grow. The question is will you be one of the few driving that growth? If you want to take up the challenge here are a few alternative career options:
Agriculture: The Indian agricultural sector employs close to 50% of the country’s workforce, yet contributes to only 16.6% to the GDP. Reform is needed and inevitable in agriculture, Harvard graduates are coming to India to turnaround this sector by adopting modern techniques and management styles; new crops are being experimented and researched to be grown here and it makes sense to be involved in it before the whole world takes notice. The Bombay Hemp Company is an example of young entrepreneurs researching on new crops like industrial non THC containing-hemp and its possible economic value.
Blogger: Odd Internet jobs can be very profitable. All you need is some time and some patience and you’ll start to see some dough rolling in right before your eyes. The success mantra is great content and basic self-taught web skills and you’re good to go (of course it’s easier said than done). Using engines like Blogger, Google AdSense and Wordpress millions are waiting to be made. ThincQuisitive.com is an example of a website harnessing the globalisation power of the internet and with presence in 129 countries it promotes independent thinking and presents new perspectives on global topics.
Game Development: Well, this job is a new trend. Since millions of people like to play games on their cell phones, PSPs, and laptops, this booming industry needs highly-qualified professionals to create new games to sustain the entertainment demand of gamers. If you have superb skills in programming and developing programs on a computer and are creative and imaginative enough to create exciting and interesting games, you are highly in demand to fill the gap in the game field.
Teaching: Teach for India is a good example for teaching being taken up as a profession. Be it helping a BMC school in Dharavi or guest lectures at HR College, the education space is wide open and in need for new ideas and innovations. It’s not difficult to set up a social entrepreneurship model in this space, no need to become an NGO; make money but create value.
Chef: It could be baking cupcakes at home or retailing otherwise unavailable foreign food products in India, again the food and beverage space is at an infancy stage and a lot more can be done if you’re truly a foodie at heart. So go ahead, start a micro-brewery or a midnight food delivery service.
Social enterprise: Breaking the misconception that social work is for college students or certain demographics only, even a capitalist can find value in social enterprise. A for-profit model which benefits both a section of society and the entrepreneur is a win-win situation. Project Chirag for instance focuses on setting up solar energy generation and lighting up rural parts of Maharashtra on a sustainable social enterprise model.