Walking the ramp is among the top job options for youngsters as it fetches good money. Telegraph picture
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11: Be it for experience, a few extra bucks or to indulge in one’s passion, youngsters in the capital are increasingly taking up part-time jobs.
“Who wants to raise their parents’ hackles by asking for more pocket money?” asks 18-year-old Chaitali, a student of psychology.
With the urge for independence and self-reliance gaining ascendance, The Telegraph, ahead of the National Youth Day on Thursday, takes a look at some of the top job picks for GenY and how they spend their hard-earned money.
Most youngsters find it convenient to offer tuitions to the kids in the neighbourhood, their friends’ siblings or even their parents’ colleagues’ children. More than inviting the kids over, they prefer to visit them on specific days of the week. There is a huge demand for home tutors these days in the capital, especially for subjects such as maths and science.
“I have been offering tuitions to students of Class VIII and IX three days a week, usually in the evenings after my college gets over. On the other days, I hang out with my friends or cousins. It feels good to be able to pay up for the coffee bills,” said Prajakta Mishra, a Plus Two student of Ramadevi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, who earns about Rs 4,000 per month through tuitions.
Sashaying the ramp and acting in Odia films, albums or daily soaps are among the top job options for youngsters. Take for example 14-year-old Akankhya Kabi, who has worked in at least a dozen Odia films and recently won a beauty pageant (with that, a cash award of Rs 1.1 lakh) for teenaged girls.
“Many of my friends ask me how much money I make through films. Acting, no doubt, fetches good money but that’s not the reason I am into it. I am very passionate about acting and see this as a stepping stone to realise my dreams of making it big in tinsel town,” Akankhya said.
Art and crafts
This field has grabbed the interest of many young girls, who have a creative bent of mind. It includes designing danglers, tops, neckpieces, making soft toys, wall hangings, pots, lamps and candles. Then supplying them to dealers.
“All I do is refer to latest fashion magazines and work on putting the beads together. I make around three pieces of jewellery every week and supply it to people dealing with it,” said Tina Behera, who is doing her MBA at a city-based institute.
Announcements such as, “Work from home for two to three hours daily using your mobile or computer and earn handsome amount of money”, can be found pasted on walls, cycle stands and canteens of most city colleges during the start of an academic session.
“I saw one such banner in our college and told my parents about it. But they asked me not to trust the advertisers. I took a chance and today I am earning nearly Rs 5,000 just by writing for private firms,” said Abhilash Dash, a Plus Three student of BJB College.
Dance and DJ
Part-time jobs like choreography and disc jockeying are attracting many youngsters.
Jennifer Nag, a student of Utkal University, choreographs during various school functions. She says: “I was trained in both Odissi and western form of dance but had no clue this could also help me earn. Now, I am a visiting trainer at two dance schools in the city. It not just brings me money, but also keeps me fit. I am paid Rs 350 for every class that I take.”
And disc jockeying has become a viral. “From college parties to corporate functions, I don’t miss an opportunity to flaunt my talent and make money,” said Siddharth, an engineering student.
Ashutosh, a student of commerce at Pran Nath College in Khurda, works at a local boutique as a sales person.
“I work during weekends and they pay me Rs 5,000 a month. The money is pretty good and the best part is that the working hours do not clash my classes,” he said.