Monday, 1 July 2013

Offbeat Careers - Article by Farzad Minoo Damania [Parsi Times Weekly Newspaper]

Hi Friends,

Check out my article publication in Parsi Times Newspaper dated 29th June 2013, on Offbeat Careers.

Article Title: Careers to a Different Beat! (Offbeat Careers)
Article Date: 29th June, 2013
Article on: Parsi Times Newspaper
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania

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Offbeat Careers - Article by Farzad Minoo Damania in Parsi Times

You can read the entire transcript of the article below:

Are you bored of conventional careers such as engineering, medicine, chartered accountancy and management? Then it is time to think outside the box and consider an OFFBEAT career? Let your PASSION meet PROFESSION …
Choosing an unconventional or offbeat career is slowly becoming a new trend in our society. But, before getting into an offbeat career, here are some factors that you should consider:

Family Support: It generally takes longer to settle in an offbeat career than in a conventional career. Hence it is very important to have the necessary parental and family support before plunging into an offbeat career. Have an open and healthy discussion with your family regarding the pros and cons of that career field.

Future Scope: Evaluate the scope and trend of the career you want to get into. You need to critically analyze the future scope, demand –supply and potential of that career option in India and abroad.

Monetary Aspects: You also need to look into the monetary and commercial implications. You should check whether this career will provide the necessary growth in your abilities and finances in future.  Also, offbeat careers do not have a regular pattern of income, so you need to plan your investments, lifestyle and living accordingly.
Stress Tolerance: Since you are entering into an unconventional career, there will be times where you will feel low, lost, frustrated and directionless. You should possess strong mental and emotional strength to ride such stressful times. Family and friend support can be of significant help.

Groom your Passion: Passion alone cannot give you success. You need to undertake necessary training or courses in that field.  This will help in the long term to pursue higher goals in life.

Ability to adapt with time: It is very critical to have a flexible and adaptable approach in your career, since you will have to continuously deal with changes in preferences of public, unknown economic conditions and new technological advances.
So, why not move away from the regular stereo-type and traditional careers, and explore the abundant prospects of offbeat careers. Stand out from the rest!!!

Offbeat careers to consider:
  • Adventure Sports Instructor
  • Chocolatier
  • Sommelier or Wine Steward
  • Pet Groomer
  • Radio Jockey or Disc Jockey
  • Fortune Teller
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wellness and Spa Expert
  • Conservationist (Environment, Forest, Wildlife)
  • Photographer (Travel, Fashion, Wildlife)
  • Game Designer
  • Career Counsellor
  • Content Writer
  • Sports Manager
  • Beauty or Hairstyling Professional
  • Elder Care Specialist
  • Blogger (Travel, Food, Education)
  • Trainer (Fitness, Yoga, Aerobics)
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Critic (Food, Cinema, Art)
  • Illustrator
  • Restaurateur or Hotelier
  • Sound Engineering
  • Acting, Directing and Cinematography

For all your career queries, reach out to me on or 9833971773.
Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor & Corporate Trainer 
Career Nurturer
Mob: 9833971773


  1. Great to know your article got published and the offbeat careers you mentioned are also pretty good...

  2. I never know about such off-beat careers. Thanks for sharing such useful info

  3. M myself into one of those offbeat careers mentioned in the list ^_^

    1. Hi Ritesh, Glad to know that. Which one?

  4. nice informative article. thanks for sharing.

  5. Congratulations on your article getting published! Of all the careers, wedding planning takes the least learning and rewards the best! I know a 'henna artist' here in the US who charges $1000-2000 plus flight tickets for weddings!

    1. Oh yes Chaitanya. There are people who make good money in offbeat careers. Your start might be slow and there could be resistance from family, but if things go well then these can be high paying options...

  6. Thanks Farzad for writing about off beat careers too. There is a typo in one option. The word 'conservationist' has been replaced by 'conversationalist' by mistake I think.

    1. Thanks Madhu... I will get the typo corrected... Thanks for your feedback...

  7. i think you have come up with a vey informative list which comprises of most of the offbeat career options which are much in demand and extremely high paying. Lot of people I know have gone for being a chocolatier and wedding planner and are making fortune. I am a cartoon I thing "Cartoonist" could also be added to this list :P (I hope i am not being greedy :D )

    1. Very True Jiggyasa, I know many students who have moved into offbeat careers and doing very well. Thank you for your valuable feedback, I will add Cartoonist to my list of offbeat careers :)

  8. thats an awesome list of offbeat career options !! :) I think I need to select one to save myself from the 9-5 life ;)

  9. The excellence of the post lies in the wisdom to help future aspirants look beyond and explore unknown paths of life. A great post indeed!

  10. Nice, I studied in Sir Cowasjee Jehangir High School you article brought back memories of Parsi friends I had.
    BTW nice informative article

    1. Hi Vijay, nice to hear from you... Thanks for your feedback on the article...

  11. Hi Farzad. Real nice article. Have you read the book "Risky is the New Safe" by Randy Gage? Your article reminded me of the book. We are living in a constantly changing socio-economic era. And so called 'safe-career's are going to be (if not already) are most risky. Technology is replacing many well known jobs forever. So it's very important for people to open up their mind for offbeat careers.

    Internet has made it very easy for anyone to learn about any offbeat topic and also start a career around it. There are freelancing options (using portals like ) and also one can teach online (using portals like ).

    I will also recommend Network Marketing as a very much viable offbeat career option. One can start with very small capital, zero experience and work for 7-10 hours/week and build a profitable business in 3-5 years. Business & life lessons one learn from it are more valuable than the money itself. ( word of caution: it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. It's a real career. It takes time to learn & then some more to succeed).

  12. Hey Farzad.... informative article.... Fab of a post.... I feel at times... most of us look for alternative careers just to get off of monotony....


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