By | Suman Agarwal | Co Founder, ICBI
According to LinkedIn’s Career Pathways survey, 1 in 3 Indian professionals feel that they are ‘career sleepwalking’ which means that their careers have become stagnant.
Although individuals with an MBA or other professional degrees can enjoy diverse career opportunities, there may still come a point when they ask themselves – what next?
And, this is where Image Management comes in. A lot of what we learn and train for during professional course and degrees is how best to portray our strongest and most appropriate image while being authentic. And this is where the opportunity is. The opportunity to make a career for yourself in the most trending professional while being your own boss – becoming and Image Consultant & Soft Skills Trainer.
The need for maintaining powerful images in both, personal and professional lives has created immense career opportunities in the field of Image Management rendering the image consulting and soft skills training industry thousands of crores huge.
There are tons of courses and certifications that can help you land a high-paying job post your masters, professional degree or an MBA. But the most guaranteed way to grow consistently with no room for monotony is starting something of your own. And what’s better than combining your business knowledge, management training and professional experience with the most trending career of the century, Image Management?
This brings us to the question –
What Do Image Consultants and Soft Skills Trainers Exactly Do?
Image Consultants and Soft Skills Trainers help others cultivate an impressive appearance by guiding and training them on grooming, styling, communicating, and overall image enhancement.
Why Image Consulting and Soft Skill Training as a Career?
When you go through professional, or post graduate educational training, it adds value to your credentials as a professional. With this training comes an edge -the edge that sets you apart due to your experience. You are now better equipped to start something of your own and can bring more to the table as an Image Consultant. But, apart from this, there are a few other reasons as well as the following:
Work-Life Balance – 70% of respondents in LinkedIn’s career pathways survey say that their dream job would be one that offers them a good work-life balance.
As an Image Consultant and Soft Skills Trainer, you need not work every day and follow the 9 to 5 schedule. You can choose when to work, where to work and who to work with which can help you achieve that most coveted work-life balance. Flexible work opportunities that come with Image Management certifications make it especially an ideal career choice for homemakers and women on sabbatical.
Glam Career Opportunities – As an Image Consultant or Soft Skills Trainer, you can work independently and choose from many glam career opportunities that will allow you to work with everyone from celebrities to corporate professionals. With a single certification, you can don many hats and welcome new and exciting opportunities that will help you grow and perfect yourself.
A few career roles of an Image Consultant are:
- Personal Stylist
- Grooming and Etiquette Coach
- Celebrity Stylist
- Makeover Consultant
- Personal Shopping Assistant
- Wardrobe Consultant, etc.
A few career roles of a Soft Skills Trainer are:
- Public Speaking Trainer
- Confidence Coach
- Executive Presence Trainer
- Employability and Job Skills Trainer
- Behavioural Skills Trainer
- Personality Development Trainer, etc.
No Age and Qualification Prerequisites – Image consulting and soft skills training courses do not come with age or qualification prerequisites. You do not need to be a certain age or have certain qualifications to become an Image Consultant or Soft Skills Trainer; all you need is the passion to train and transform others into the best versions of themselves.
Here are a few qualities you must have to become an Image Consultant or a Soft Skills Trainer:
- A great sense of grooming and styling
- A knack for staying up to date with the latest fashion trends
- Effective communication skills
- Public speaking skills
ICBI, the Pioneer of Image Consulting in India
ICBI is one of the leading brands in the world which has pioneered image consulting in India. It offers image consulting and soft skills training certifications in accreditation with some of the most credible national and international institutions including Conselle Institute of Image Management, SQA and NABET.
ICBI Business Enablement Support – ICBI offers business enablement support along with its training programs to help you start your own image consulting business. The program also helps you with Google listing and marketing support for your firm.
If you think that your next step should be setting up your own business, jump on the bandwagon and enrol in ICBI’s soft skills training certifications courses. Take control of your life and change it for good.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to seek advanced career guidance.