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Flaunt those accessories!

Q:What is fashion accessory designing' Where do these designers work'

Anjali Sen

A:The entire spectrum of accessories include precious and costume jewellery, leatherwear (including belts, buckles, handbags, gloves), glass and mixed medium products, footwear, watches, scarves, giftware, tableware, silverware, other lifestyle products and even visual merchandising.

Fashion accessory designers work as in-house or freelance designers who design and craft these accessories. Depending on your interest, you may subsequently choose to focus on a single line of accessories i.e. jewellery or footwear.

Large firms employ staff designers or more frequently, commission freelance designers. Small workshops and firms usually work for orders from fashion houses or for particular wholesalers and retail outlets. Fabricators working on their own may design and make up a limited range of special orders or produce a range of accessories to try and find an interested buyer. Whatever the method, a flair for anticipating what is going to be popular combined with some luck in making contact with a firm or outlet at the right time, is essential for success.

Courses are offered by some of the reputed schools of fashion design in the country including NIFT, which offers a restructured four-year programme in fashion and lifestyle accessories after Plus Two. The course covers the entire spectrum of products and prepares students for careers as designers, brand managers, stylists, visual merchandisers and entrepreneurs. While a course in fashion and lifestyle accessory design is offered at NIFT New Delhi, the personal products and interior accessories course is offered at Bangalore, footwear and leather products at Chennai, jewellery and precious products at Gandhinagar, and handicrafts, mix media and glass at Hyderabad. For details:

Making the most of holiday jobs

Q:I am pursuing a course in hotel management in South India. What are the part-time jobs that I can do during my holidays'

S. Mitra

A:If you are enterprising, you could work part-time with a fast-food chain and can even take a shot at event management. You can also opt for timeshare marketing. Besides earning money, it will also give you an idea of what it is like to work in the sales and marketing department of a hotel and help you build a rapport with people in the industry. Many hotel chains are also looking at introducing timeshare marketing as part of their back-up sales operations. It will also give you an opportunity to develop your personality and communication skills, self-confidence and knowledge of the hospitality industry. Hospitality students interested in selling timeshare can choose to work in the sales department, the telemarketing department or the customer service department.

It's boomtime for the insurance professional

Q:Please tell me about career prospects in the insurance sector. What is the work involved'


A:Insurance is a booming sector in India. Its potential can be gauged by the fact that it has registered over a 100 per cent growth in the past two years. And the scope remains phenomenal. The joint ventures between international giants and Indian companies presently operating in India have got a further shot-in-the-arm with the 49 per cent FDI provision. And several other global players are poised to join the fray.

The insurance market is projected to hit $ 25 billion by 2010. While that remains to be seen, one thing's for sure: the industry requires professionals in diverse disciplines such as marketing & sales, distribution, operations, claims, financial experts specialising in investment, banking and mutual funds, accountants, business analysts, HR professionals, software programmers and analysts, technical and medical experts, agents, actuaries, valuers, underwriters, risk managers and surveyors, etc.

While some of these ' programmers, marketing and HR professionals ' are common to other industries, the rest are exclusive to the insurance sector.

Some key slots, traditional as well as new, are those of actuaries, business development officers, business analysts, insurance agents, valuers, surveyors, underwriters, and even process associates for insurance (underwriting) in the ITeS sector (GECIS etc).

Q:Please tell me about automation engineering.

Harish Gupta

A:Automation engineering is a cross-section discipline that requires proportional knowledge of hardware and software development and their applications. Besides the gamut of industrial production, today, automation engineering also covers areas as diverse as environmental protection and engineering, traffic engineering, agriculture, building engineering, and medical engineering.

An automation engineer combines the knowledge of a computer scientist, a hardware developer, a control engineer, a motive power engineer, and a communication engineer.

Almost no other career is as versatile as that of an automation engineer. It is innovative, future-orientated and, to a great extent, independent of the country's prevailing economic situation.

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