The modern woman refuses to be pigeonholed. Her career aspirations are as bold and unique as they come.

Bold and unconventional career choices for modern women today.

These days more and more people are looking at unique or unconventional career options. Many of these careers appear lucrative as they are less explored, while in some cases the person pursuing them may be passionate about that particular vocation. 

The tendency for students to appear for medical and entrance exams en masse is slowly becoming a thing of the past as they explore newer career roles. It is, therefore, no surprise that women are avoiding getting pigeonholed into traditional careers like teaching, nursing, administration etc. and moving on to more challenging or offbeat roles. 

Let's take a look at some of these career options:

Fashion photographer

Women are mostly seen as models in front of the camera, and fashion photography is mainly dominated by ace male photographers. But these days, it is emerging as a popular career choice among women as well. Fashion photography is a great career for someone who is creatively inclined and wants to capture the beauty of fashion. If the camera interests you, you should learn more about handling it and see if you have the talent and inclination to make a career out of fashion photography. There are diploma courses that can help you develop the technical side of fashion photography.


Blogging is a trendy alternative career option for women that emerged in the last decade or so. It is a profession that has the potential of bringing in a lot of money and offers excellent work-life balance. You can blog from the comfort of your home, but there’s a lot of hard work, planning, and perseverance involved in becoming a successful blogger. Blogging is all about expressing your views and opinions about people, places, objects – pretty much anything that interest you. You can focus on subjects that interest you; such as video blogging, travel blogging, literature, food, politics etc. 


India as a society is biased against female riders, and motorcycling has always been associated with men. Even the manufacturers’ marketing campaigns of motorcycles ooze machismo and show little interest in the fairer sex. But society is evolving and we can see a lot more female bikers who are pursuing riding as a career of their choice. The numbers of female bikers are on the rise; we can see this by reading about the remarkable journeys of these fabulous women. More and more women are getting inspired to take up biking professionally and for leisure.


Mountaineering is one of the toughest – but also one of the most satisfying – careers one can think of. It requires a lot of strength, skill, and stamina to scale heights, and most importantly, it requires one to smash stereotypes. Mountaineering is still considered to be a male bastion but women like Premlata Agarwal, Santosh Yadav, and Arunima Sinha have made India proud in the field of mountaineering and encouraged other women to follow this career path.

Celebrity manager

For any star-struck teenager, becoming a celebrity manager can be a dream come true. What if you become one and get to manage your favourite star? Female celebrity managers have managed even top celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Akshay Kumar, so although it may be offbeat, it is not unexplored territory. But female celebrity managers are a relatively recent phenomenon, as not many celebs had female managers in the past. 


If you love spending time in the water, diving can be an exciting career option. It is a financially rewarding profession, particularly for those who are paid for their diving skills to assist tourists or for industrial purposes. Many institutes give you the necessary training and you have a variety of career options – scuba diver, snorkeler, diving instructor, deep sea diver, etc.

Women are becoming more adventurous when it comes to picking a career. We encourage you to identify your passion and talent, and choose a career that appeals to you. Your new career should give you joy and make you look forward to going to work every morning, even on Mondays!

How I did it

Manisha Tomar

Since I had been working only for two years, I never gave retirement any serious thought. My mother has been a housewife and father was working till last year. When he retired, he discussed his savings with me. That is when I realised that his retirement corpus was woefully inadequate. But he… Read more

Rohit Prabhu

I love buying new gadgets. If the latest phone or tablet or headphone has been launched, I have to buy it. My friends know me as the ‘gadget guru’ and I have a reputation to maintain. I have been doing this over the last few years without a care in the world.

However, last year I… Read more

Nisha Tanwar
Sales Manager

Ever since I was a college goer, I was keen on starting my own business. Most of my childhood friends were Gujaratis and Marwaris and I was heavily influenced by their communities’ belief about creating jobs rather than taking up a job.  Being from a non-business background, I was aware that I… Read more

Jerry Thomas
Corporate Executive

Till the beginning of last February, I always believed that one could only create wealth if one already had a lot of money to invest. Therefore I didn’t believe in starting with small savings and would instead be always on the look-out for a big-ticket opportunity that could change my life.… Read more