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Allow Your Child to Pursue Alternative Careers

If your child possesses talent in a particular field, you should encourage that talent. Such encouragement will make an opportunity available for your child to pursue an alternative career. There are lots of alternative career options which your child can opt. Read on to know more about the alternative career options.

Many Indian parents want their child to pursue traditional type of careers like Doctor, Engineer, MBA, etc. However, with changing times and increasing competition it is essential for parents to allow their child to pursue alternative careers too. Every parent wants his or her child to be successful in life by choosing an appropriate career. But, forcing child to pursue a career of your own choice may become a burden for the child. Therefore, it is essential to support your child when he or she wants to pursue an alternative career.

Some orthodox people do not support this concept of alternative careers. However, there are quite a lot of examples which prove that one should definitely go for an alternative career if he or she has got talent in a particular field. If you feel that your child is talented in a particular field, you should try to encourage your child to pursue a career in that field. If such talent is polished and pursued as a career in future by your child, it will definitely bring a lot of success to your child. Here are some of the alternative careers which can be pursued by your child.


Dance is a career option chosen by most of the youngsters. Many children do follow it as a hobby. This career options have become very popular as there are many reality shows which provide dancers with the platform to prove their talent. By using such platform provided by reality shows, talent is getting recognised. Because of such recognitions youngsters get good opportunity to build career in this field. If your child is showing interest in such fields, do not hesitate to encourage him or her. You may not know your child can be one of the rising stars of tomorrow. They can be as successful as stars like Prabhudeva or Shahid Kapoor  


Like dance, acting is also one of the popular alternative career options. The field of acting gives lot of name and fame and as such the competition is tough. However, competition is not a barrier for those who are talented. There are various options available for actors. They can do theaters, movies, TV serials, commercial ads etc; There is a lot of scope in this field too where you child can prove his or her talent and become tomorrows Madhuri Dxit or Sharukh Khan.


With the increasing opportunities in the field of dance and acting, opportunities for the choreographers are also increasing. Choreography is one step ahead of dancing and acting. In this field a lot of knowledge is required about various dance forms. It is good if a choreographer himself or herself a good dancer and actor. If you think that your child has an interest and potential to become a chorographer, you should give a go-ahead. Choreographers, enjoy a respectable status amongst the dancers, actors and general audiences. Your child can also be tomorrow’s Saroj Khan or Shiamak Davar.

Singing and Music

Singing and music are also one of the alternative career options which are popular amongst the youngsters like dancing, acting and choreography. There are many options available in singing and music. Your child can become a singer where he can explore opportunities in Bollywood. There are good reality shows which provide platform for young singers. Your child can also become a classical vocalist or a musician. There are many singers and musicians who have proved their talent in this field. One of them is A.R.Rahman who has been honoured with Oscar award for his work in this field.

Fashion Designing

Many parents do not allow their children to choose fashion designing as their career. Parents hesitate as they are not comfortable with the culture of fashion and glamour world. However, it is not necessary that they have to follow the same culture. They can run their own boutiques and fashion houses also. They can even work with good fashion boutiques where they can use their talent and creativity. There are many popular names in this field. Amongst them Manish Malhotra’s designs have become heartthrob of many Bollywood stars.

Alternative Healing

Along with medicines, alternative healing is preferred by many to solve health problems. Even doctors advice their patients to practice yoga and mediation to get quick relief. Therefore, alternative healing can also be one of the good career options.  

Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting analysis which is also known as graphology is also one of the new career options. If your child has good handwriting and has interest in reading, he or she can pursue graphology as his or her career. A graphologist can apply his skills in the fields like medical diagnosis, checking martial compatibility, checking business compatibility, employment profiling, graphotherapy etc.

Diet and Nutrition

Taking care of diet and nutrition has become an inseparable part of today’s modern lifestyle. As such dietician’s or nutritionist’s role has become vital for dealing with diet and nutrition issues in people’s life. Therefore, a career option as a dietician or nutritionist is also one of the best career choices which your child can make in future.

Social Work

Social work is also an important field which can be pursued as career by your child. In the field of social work there are many areas like adoption counseling, child welfare, human rights etc; which your child can opt for in future. Just like Rajashree Birla who was honoured with Rajeev Gandhi Award for her social work, your child too can become one of the achievers in the field of social work.  

Other Alternative Career Options
  • Photography is one of the interesting and creative fields which can be pursued by your child.

  • There are lots of career options available in writing as well. It includes copywriting and creative writing. The demand for copywriting and creative writing is increasing with the growth of advertisement industry.

  • If your child is good at drawing and painting; fine arts, calligraphy and commercial arts are amongst the creative career options which he or she can pursue.

  • Beauty and hair-dressing is also one of the career options which your child can pursue. Not only females but also lots of males choose this field for building a career.
Facts and Figures

According to a survey conducted by human resources solutions company Kelly Services, a majority of Indian workers prefer meaningful jobs over income and status. Out of the nearly 3500 workers surveyed in the country, about 62 percent said they will forego income or status to do something more meaningful.

Pursuing alternative career can help your child achieve more in life. Nothing can be as great as converting hobbies and interests into careers. It is better to encourage children to become what they want to become in life instead of forcing them. Alternative careers are one of the best which can also help your child to have a secure future.

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Indara.2 years ago
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payal raval.5 years ago
Most certainly the need of the hour! Schools too have a in influencing this. I am glad that my kid is studies at Orchids International School. They host a variety of different competition and activities and encourage kids to explore their creativity.
Mahima Chand.6 years ago
I completely agree with both of the views. Now there are many alternative career options which are very lucrative and also give immense satisfaction. If the child takes up a career to his liking, then he will be able to more justice to it and will also get satisfaction. In a way this will be more productive.
Garima sood.6 years ago
I know of many parents who just force academics on their kids. Other activities are not encouraged at all. this leads to a stifling situation. The child may become sad or depressed and may lose interest in studies.
Shamim Zaidi.6 years ago
Education should not be limited to books. other activities should be encouraged so that overall development of the kid may be achieved. who knows the child may excel in the field of his interest and make their parents proud.
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