A good majority of Indian youths have come of the mindset of choosing traditional careers like engineering, medicine, commerce or law. In the recent past, there have been many new-age jobs that saw great growth prospects. Though job roles that require hard-core tech skills are more in the news; but, there plenty of job roles that require strong soft skills. In this post, we will talk about one of those new-age careers – image consulting.
So, what is image consulting? What does an image consultant do? Why image consulting is a great career option in India? What salary can you expect? How to become an image consultant? Suman Agarwal from Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI) will address the above points.
Image Consulting Careers in India
By Suman Agarwal
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Whether you’re making a business proposal, asking someone out on a date or just attending a social event, the phrase holds true in every situation.
This has led to an expanding need for image management which includes image consulting and soft skills training – the profession of grooming, guiding, and mentoring people to project a powerful impression that lasts.
What is an Image Consultant?
Image consultants (also known as image management professionals) are career consultants and soft skills trainers who help people create an impressive persona so that they can express themselves in a distinguished way.
What does an Image Consultant do?
- Offers personal consultation and group training services based on the needs of the client or organization.
- Helps clients improve their appearance for both personal and professional purposes based on their body shape, personal style, etc.
- Assists, trains, and mentors individuals and groups to improve their grooming, body language, etiquette, and soft skills.
- Provides personal shopping and styling services for clients to look their best while communicating the right messages via their clothing and attire.
And the list continues. There are several promising, glamorous and fulfilling career options for Image Consultants & Soft Skills Trainers.
Why Image Consulting is one of the Hottest Careers of 21st Century in India?
In India, two major problems that lead to unemployability are skill gaps and skill mismatch. Yes, tech skills are important. But, a huge majority of the youths struggle to find a suitable job due to the lack of soft skills.
Image consultants help individuals (or organizations) appear, behave and communicate effectively and beautifully.
Image consultants understand the job roles, career goals and the pain points of the individuals through one-on-one interactions and sometimes a few assessment tests (or psychometric tests). Based on the results, image consultants create a plan (or roadmap) and work with them to transform their careers.
The transformation does not happen overnight. It will take weeks or months. The clients (job seekers or professionals) work with the image consultants to decide the duration and the roadmap (action plan).
Even if you look at the Budget 2019, the Indian Govt. has put a lot of focus on new-age skills for youth. The Govt. has increased the allocation for the Ministry of Skill Development. So, overall, the career prospects of image consultants look pretty bright.
Benefits of Image Consulting and Soft Skills Training as a Career
The Fastest Growing Industry –
Image Management is the most sought-after industry since it caters to the biggest need in every profession – the ability to express and impress with your personality. Whether you’re a student, an engineer, a marketing professional, or even a businessman, it is important to be seen walking the talk. It cannot be denied that the 21st century has ushered in the need of getting an edge over others and this has led to an increased demand for Image Consultants and Soft Skills Trainers.
A Lucrative Career Option –
Once you’re a trained and certified Image Consultant and Soft Skills Trainer, there are endless possibilities and great earning potential.
- The Image Consulting industry is the size of 624 crore
- It offers an earning potential between 9 lakh to 18 lakh per year
No Academic Qualification Required –
To become a certified image consultant, you do not need a degree and a specific academic or career background. All you must have is the passion to transform personalities and a natural inclination towards the field. Here are a few qualities you must possess to become an image consultant:
- People-person skills
- Good communication skills
- Confident public speaking skills
- Sense of style
- The knack of staying up to date with the fashion trends
- Good interpersonal skills
Flexibility in Working –
Once you are a certified image consultant, you can choose when to work and who to work with according to what suits you the best. This is the reason image consulting courses are highly pursued by people who cannot commit to 9 to 5 jobs, especially mothers and homemakers. The benefits include:
- Work from home without the need for an office space
- Start your own image consulting business and create your own team
- Take quirky work opportunities that do not require you to commit to fixed working hours every day
- Work as a trainer in an image consulting institute
- Be your own boss and work on your own terms – when you like, with whom you choose to work with
Interesting Job Opportunities –
Image consulting certifications open the world of opportunities that allow working with and around different people frequently. Image consultants can work with celebrities, artists, people moving abroad, job seekers, corporates, top management, etc. as:
- Soft Skills Trainers
- Etiquette Consultants
- Personal Coaches
- Body Language Experts
- Celebrity Stylists
- Public Speaking Coaches
- Corporate Trainers
- Bridal Stylists/ Consultants
- Personal Shoppers
How Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI) Helps You Become a Certified Image Consultant and Soft Skills Trainer?
ICBI is the leading Image Management brand in the world and the pioneer of image consulting in India. The Image Consulting Business Institute is known for its world-class trainers that follow a methodical approach to teach students and equip them with the necessary skills.
More About Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI):
- ICBI is the only image consulting institute in the world to offer complete Business Enablement Support.
- It certifies you through national and international alliances.
- Its comprehensive programs include practice with real clients.
- It offers placement assistance and the opportunity to work as a trainer in the institute as well.
If you’re ready to achieve the perfect work-life balance while conditioning personalities and empowering individuals, then Image Management Consulting is for you. Take control of your life and channel your energy into a career that complements your strengths. Good luck!
About Suman Agarwal:
An award-winning Image Management Professional, Suman Agarwal has helped students, home-makers, women on sabbatical as well as people seeking second career alternatives to explore Image Management and Soft Skill Training as a vibrant professional choice.
She frequently writes blog posts about the urgent need of image consulting professionals and soft skill trainers in the 21st century and loves guiding people in exploring lucrative career options. Write to her at (email address) to seek advanced career guidance. You can connect with Suman on LinkedIn.
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