5 hanpicked and unconventional courses for +2 failed students

The month of May, in Chennai is famous for many reasons – soaring heat (Agni Natchathiram), complete occupation of Marina beach in the evening, shopping at T Nagar, kids enjoying their holidays and of course fresh juice outlets minting money when the sun is shining. Of all these instances, May is also famous for raising the anxiety limits of a set of people who are eagerly waiting a result that is going to change the course of their lives. I am confident you would have guessed it. Yes, I am talking about the +2 kids who are expecting their results in the month of May 2017.
 
When I had completed my +2 (in 2003), we had an entrance examination for professional courses known as TNPCEE – Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination. Not many of this generation know that such a process existed. Many people including me, have lost admission in prestigious institutions by margins as tiny as 1/10th of a decimal. The process of normalizing the marks obtained in +2 exams against the ones received in the entrance examination, applications, waiting before the Anna University counseling used to add a lot of stress. To hell with this stress! my batchmates would say there is a lot more waiting when one tries to complete his engineering arrears and search for a job.
 

Have you ever wondered about the fate of those who did not clear +2 exams? 

What we, (I mean the “we” who were lucky to pass their +2, come out of engineering without any arrears, fortunate to get a job or become an entrepreneur like me) forget to consider, is the plight of those who have never been able to cross the barricade of +2 exams. Yes, I am talking about the fate of those who were unable to pass their +2 exams and are socially ignored by this society. Unfortunately, they live a life which is hell on earth. Either they are sympathized too much or viewed with contempt. Suicide helplines would have to work overtime in preventing these people from ending their lives.
 
During the years of my completion, there were not many options for +2 dropouts. They have to come out of their shell, complete their higher secondary exams, and then opt for a college. I have heard stories of remarkable men and women who had broken the shackles of their failures to become what they are today.
 
2017 offers an entirely different scenario. A guy/girl who had failed in +2 has more study options to choose from than what used to exist a decade ago.
 
In this blog post, I am trying to list 5 of such courses that a student can pursue without a Higher Secondary Certificate. These courses are not exhaustive, and I do not want you to ditch the idea of attempting +2 and going to college.
 
I want the following list to serve as a guide, along with an emphasis that “all is not lost.”

 

Photography
Digital Photography a study option for +2 failed students

With the advent of digital photography, the number of professionals pursuing a career in photography has increased exponentially. It is easy to acquire the skills of wielding a digital camera and employing them to make a fortune. The bonus is that learning photography and getting a job in the discipline does not require a basic qualification. What it needs though is your passion, creativity and the quest to learn and explore
 

Graphic Design
graphic design a study option for +2 failed students

Just like learning photography, graphic design does not require any academic skills. All it needs is the right amount of creativity and strong knowledge of tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. If you are willing to check the job potential of graphic design, go to naukri’s website and search for graphic design jobs. Yes, I said “meme jobs”, and you would be amazed to see that meme maker are in so much demand these days which prompted The Hindu to publish an article titled Wanted Engineers, Meme style
 

Web Design
web design a study option for +2 failed students

Learning web design requires some analytical skills. Unlike learning hardcore programming languages such as Java, learning web languages such as HTML, CSS and jQuery are more of fun. Some companies are willing to pay a good amount of salary to hire web designers, and someday you are going to thank me for suggesting this option.
 

Search Engine Optimisation
SEO a study option for +2 failed students

You regularly use Google to search for information; you had used some keywords to land on this page. Frankly, this did not happen by luck. It happened through a systematic process known as Search Engine Optimisation. To learn Search Engine optimization, you must know to write in good English and must be an out of box thinker; the bright side though is learning SEO and pursuing a career does not require any basic degree.

 

Animation/Gaming
Gaming, Animation a study option for +2 failed students

Do you love animated videos/gaming? Then I am sure that the process of creating them is not only satisfying but also pays you a lot of money. Learning the tools are quite fun, although creating games involves some amount of coding. But in the end, you make more money than a developer working for companies such as CTS or TCS.
 

I am eager to know your views on the above list.

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9 examples of well written career objective for Mechanical Engineering freshers

9 sample career objectives for Mechanical Freshers

Hello, Everybody! What you are about to read is my first article on this website, and I am totally excited about sharing my knowledge, and experience with you. Without grabbing much of your time, let us dive and peruse the topic.

 

I have been a professional resume writer since 2007, and have written more than 3000 resumes, so take my word; writing a resume is a simple task. Seriously! You may ask, but allow me to clarify. The tricky part is to create a resume that leaves a lasting impression in the minds of a recruiter. Any document, for that matter, merits a reading only if its opening is exciting. The opening must arouse curiosity amongst its readers.

 

The career objective is the preamble of your resume!

A well-written career objective instigates the reader to peruse the content further. Unfortunately, job seekers do not understand the consequence of a poorly written career objective and stick to the age old templates of our seniors and peers.

 

Why and how should you change this approach?

As the article is about writing career objectives for Mechanical Engineers, I am going to showcase below an example of a career objective written by one of my client who happens to a Mechanical Engineering entry level professional.

“Aiming to build within the organisation a vibrant and stimulating environment, where the application of my skills and development of company goes hand in hand.”

I was confident that he had copied this content from someone else’s resume. I confronted him, with a simple question – The career objective makes no mention of your field of study or the field of work you are targeting? To my honest surprise, he was blinking.

I then explained to him that a good career objective must briefly answer the following questions.

  • Who you are?
  • Your relevant skill set
  • What are you aiming at?
  • Mentioning the industry if necessary

I also recommend to potential job seekers to change the title of this subheading from Career Objective to Personal Statement which makes more sense.

The below table consists of a compiled list of career objectives suiting Mechanical Engineering graduates. 

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Conclusion

The above list is neither comprehensive nor would fit your profile entirely. The emphasis is to create customised content for your career objective rather than simply copy-pasting the boilerplate of your friends or peers.

 

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