Professional racecar driver

How To Become a Racecar Driver in India (Track and Rally)

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Did you, as a kid also fantasize, like many kids do, about driving a car? Going at blazing fast speeds without any care in the world. And have you ever wondered how to become a professional race car driver in IndiaOr have you ever wondered how Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna became the world champions in formula one?

There are many possible career options in the field of professional racing, which will fulfill your hunger for adventure and thrill. There is off road endurance rally, track racing, special events, formula one, formula two, and much more.

The trouble is that there is not much awareness surrounding this career as it is a bit hazy in India. We only had one formula, one driver, ever Narayan Kartikeyan.  

In this post, we are talking about how to become a professional race car driver in India. So let’s get started.

 

Become a Racecar Driver in India (Track and Rally)

When to Start

 

To get into any competitive racing you must start at the bottom. This is especially true if you are looking forward to making your career in track racing ( formula one, LeMans, Grand Prix or any regional or international event).

If you are serious about a career in racing then you have to start really early. Formula One legend Michael Schumacher started go-karting professionally at the age of six. Lewis Hamilton also started his training from the tender age of 8.

go kart racing india

Track racing requires a lot of technique and skills which takes time to develop. We wouldn’t suggest you start worrying about track racing at the age of 18-19. Rather focus on off-roading, which is relatively is easy to break in.

Earlier, go-karting helps you understand the basics of racing in the track. It helps in the basics like following the line, breaking, acceleration, and many more things. Like we mentioned earlier, these skills will take time to develop. In real-world conditions, even a 10th of a second delay can cost you from winning.

 

Where to Start

 

In India there are two very prominent training academies, they have produced many great racers throughout the years.

First in the list is Rayo Racing which is located in Pune. It is founded and managed by Rayomand Banerjee, who is also a national karting champion.

Another great academy is Meco Motorsports which is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This training institute is sponsored by JK Tyres and Volkswagen. Meco Motorsports is responsible for many national racing champions in many categories.  

Meco also conducts their own racing events across the country. If you are serious about the career in racing in India, you shouldn’t think further than Meco Motorsports.

FMSCi

You can also check FMSCI website for verified and trusted training institutes in India. You can find more information this link

There are other institutes like Team Avalanche Racing, Dark Don Racing. But out of them all, Meco Motorsports is among the leading and best one.

 

How to Obtain a License

 

FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) is the leading authority when it comes to motorsports in India. First and foremost thing is to get the FMSCI license which can be provided to a minor. There are different criteria for the different age group.

 

If you are between the age of 8 and 15,  you will require the signature of your parents in order to obtain a license. For the age group of 15-16 which is a grade c license, you need a regular driver’s license, along with a medical certificate from a doctor and you are good to go.

If you are below 18, then you will need FMSCI member attested affidavit stating that you have required skills for karting and race track driving.

You can learn more about the FMSCI license on this link

 

 

How to Start

 

There are two types of racing, off-roading, and track-racing. For track, you need to start early as we have mentioned the list of all the popular institutes in India.

You can check the official website or contact the racing institutes to know more about the fee structure.

You can Check FMSCI website for the details on Institutes. – Link Here

Meco Motorsports

Rayo Racing

Team Avalanche Racing

Dark Don Racing

Mohites Racing

BPC Racing

 

What’s Next

In India condition of motorsports is different from European Countries (Where motorsports are very famous).

When you graduate from karting the next step to go to Formula LGB ( Developed by Super Speed Coimbatore )

You can learn about Formula LGB here 

formula LGB

These cars are powered by Suzuki Swift engines and unlike traditional formula cars, these don’t have wings.

This is an essential step in order to gain some recognition and some experience. Though there are other options drivers have if they don’t want to do the formula LGB season.

Meco Motorsports and Dark Don Racing both conduct workshops for perfecting the Formula LGB.

Other options that you have include Formula BMW (which is currently known as Formula FB02) which is a winged formula car. You can also compete in slicks car racing straight from Karting.

Formula FB02

Either way, you have to have prior racing experience in order to compete in the winged or slicks car.

You can also graduate from Formula LGB workshop. You could also do season or two to better your credential.

Formula FB02 and slick cars are the gateways to international events. Remember this is just the start and further you go the harder you have to work and the tougher the competition would be. Once you graduate from Formula FB02 you are entitled to play in the big leagues. It is just a matter of time but in the end, talent always gets ahead.

 

Apart from Formula Cars

 

If you aren’t so keen on formula / single seater cars, you can build your career in 4 seater cars. There are events like Indian Junior Touring car championship. It is the part of National Racing championship.

Indian Junior Touring car championship

Cars that you will be racing on the track has to be assembled in India. You can learn about the regulations on FMSCI

 

http://www.fmsci.co.in/2013/regulations/2013.4wtr.racing.ijtc.pdf

http://www.fmsci.co.in/2013/regulations/2013.4wtr.racing.itc.final.pdf

 

As a Rallying Driver

 

Rallying is also very famous around the world. Car companies put their cars to test which also becomes the good marketing campaign to show endurance and reliability.

 

The path to rally driver is similar to a track-racing. You have to start on a track. Unlike from the early ages in the case of track driving, you can get into rally driving after some skill development.

 

Indian National Rally Championship is the authoritative body for rallying events in India. Some of the institutes we mentioned above like; Meco motorsports also provides training in rally racing. You also have to invest some money into modifying your own car which may cost somewhere 15-18 Lakhs. It is fair to say that rally racing is an expensive sport.

You have to build your portfolio first, and then you can ask companies to sponsor you. In India companies like MRF, JK Rally Team, Mahindra and now Yokohama are among the big players.

 

Gaurav Gill, V. R. Naren Kumar, N. Leelakrishnan are some of the well-known names in the rally sports in India.

 

Conclusion

 

So, there you have it friends, an authoritative guide to making it big in the world of racing. If you have those racing curiosities, then we are sure this post will satisfy all your queries. So, what are you waiting for? Get those driving gloves and start your engines! Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

Best Career for Tech Geeks

Best Career Option for Tech Geeks | Jobs If You Like Computer

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Do you love computers? Are you a tech-savvy person? Or do you love creating new things on the computer? This post will tell you about the best career options for tech geeks like you and me. If you love computers, if you are passionate about it this post is for you. 

The computer is the present and computing is the future. If you like computers then there are many things you could do in life. In this article, we are going to talk about the various career paths that you can undertake if you love and are good at computers.

We will talk about different ways in which you can utilize your computer skills in different ways to have a successful career.

 

Best Career Option for Tech Geeks

 

For Technical background.

To be successful in the technical background, it is recommended that you should pursue graduation (B. Tech, B.E. or B.C.A). However, if you learn a particular skill that would also not stop you from getting a job and making a career. But a degree is still desirable to have.

 

1 – App Developer

App Developer

First up is App Developer. These days all the application and services are moving to the mobile platform. You would find the app for almost anything which you can do on your PC. So, it would be wise to say that mobile computing is also becoming popular day by day.

In such a scenario becoming an app developer, be it for iOS or Android, is always a good idea. You could also earn some extra by creating your own projects.

 

2 – Software Developer

Software Developer

In the computers field, new and exciting software is being made almost every day. Most companies pay good money to those who are good at programming. You should work on perfecting a language (be it C, C#, JavaScript and many more) and you can really make something out of it.

After that, you could work for big companies and work on interesting projects and earn a handsome amount of money.

 

3 – Video Game Developer

Best Career Option for Tech Geeks

Another exciting field is to become a video game developer (For both PC & Mobile). The Gaming industry ($100 Billion) is very big and ever booming industry. You could create games for consoles, PCs and even mobiles. It is a great way to unleash your creativity and earn big money while at it.

 

4 – IT Security Specialist

IT Security Specialist

As the name suggests an IT Security specialist looks after the assets of the company. The job revolves around the server, network devices and looking for potential vulnerabilities and resolving them. You can also venture into Ethical Hacking and become a tester. And also these days with the advent of hacks or data breaches, these jobs are very much in demand and can earn you decent money.

 

5 – Computer System Analyst

Computer System Analyst

A computer system analyst makes sure to put out more efficient and more productive use of systems. The job is to bring a company’s business and IT together. It is a promising career and also something different in this field.

 

6 – Web Developer

Web Developer

A web developer builds the websites and web service. There are two parts of it, back-end developer (handles the API, server and other under the hood stuff) and front-end developer who deals with designing and functionality of the service.

 

It is another field that will keep on expanding as these all companies and organizations need their own websites. And if the user interface is pleasant to use then it could usually prove to be beneficial for the company. It is an exciting career option.

 

7 – Database Administrator

Database Administrator

As the name suggests, a DA is responsible for maintaining the database as well as making the security a priority. Additionally, he also maintains the day to day projects. It is a very important job and these days data specialists are earning big amounts of money throughout the world.

 

8 – Network Administrator

Source – Career.gov.nz

In an office environment, an office administrator keeps everything in order. Lots of peripheral devices are connected together and it is Network administrator’s job to foresee the smooth operations.

 

There are certifications like CCNA which can be done after 12th and there is a high requirement for network people. The pay is also quite handsome.

 

Non-Technical Jobs

 

1 – Graphics Designer

Graphics Designer

As the name suggests a graphic designer would work on designs. They would work on websites, products images, advertisements, and other multimedia solutions.

You can do graduation in Design (B.Des) and go on to become a graphics designer. Alternatively, if you have good drawing skills and know how to use the relevant tools (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, ID) you could get a job as a graphics designer.

If you know HTML and CSS it is cherry on top. A designer with knowledge of basic HTML/CSS can earn a lot more.

 

2 – UI/UX Designer

UI/UX Designer

User Interface and User experience are the most important part of any online service or application. A UI/UX designer will make sure that the designs are at it’s best and easy to understand for an average user. UI/UX is the very important part of the Web Development and App development.

 

3 – Game Designer

Source – Lifehack

A game designer who creates the concept arts and creates the character. Games take a long time to produce and it is a complex process. A game designer is an integral part of the process. He would imagine and create the look and feel of the game.

Both mobile and computer game developer companies hiring new talent every day and they also pay handsomely.

 

4 – SEO specialist

SEO specialist

An SEO specialist job is to do the search engine optimization and promote a page or website on Search engines. Getting it to the top position and driving the organic traffic. With the time SEO has emerged as a booming industry.

 

There are many big million-dollar companies running which specializes in the SEO services.
Other companies also hire an in-house SEO specialist to promote their work. There are many free resources to learn SEO.

5 – Data Analyst

Data Analyst

A data analyst will go through data and provides you with all the aspects of high and lows. Data analyst has become very mainstream ever since the inception of the internet. A promising career with steady growth.

 

6 – Web Analytics

Web Analytics

This term is closely related to SEO and digital marketing. Using the data from tracking tools and leveraging that into turning the most profit.

There are free courses by Google, HubSpot, and other big names in web analytics. You can make a good career if you master this trait.

7 – Growth Hacker

Source – Marketing Insider Group

A growth hacker’s job is to do the successful user acquisition and bringing lots of customers in a short span of time. Growth hackers are commonly hired by startup as they are in dire need of the user base.

Growth hacking is done by the means of many marketing tactics. It is a booming industry which requires one to be innovative, creative and who can think outside of the box. Big names in growth hacking industry charge in million just for consulting. So, a growth hacker is kind of a big deal.

 

8 – Tech Support Specialist

Tech Support

A tech support specialist helps with the customer service. Big companies like Microsoft, Apple, HP, and OEMs hire Tech support specialists.

You can also do certifications like Microsoft Technical Certifications, Which promises a good career opportunity.

 
9 – Software Quality Tester

A software quality tester ensures that the software is free of glitches and works as intended. This is a very important job as it requires attention to detail in order to spot the glitches and issues in any software, or webpage or app.

It is a promising career in the software industry which doesn’t require coding skills.
 

 

To Conclude

 

So, Here you have it. Some of the most interesting and promising careers to get into if you love computers and if you are a Tech geek. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Braindpundits.

jobs for travelers

Jobs For Travelers | 10 Fascinating Job Opportunity

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When you think of a job what comes to mind. Office cubicle, sitting in front of PC, crunching from 9-5. Was that the picture you had?

But not all of us want to stick doing a  9-5 job. For all those adventures souls out there, we have put together a list of jobs where you get to explore and travel to new places. In this article, we have put together Jobs if You Love to Travel

Jobs for Travelers

 

Commercial Pilot

pilot

Being a pilot is certainly one of the most exciting jobs out there. Besides being the coolest job title holder, and earning handsomely, you also get to travel around the world.

There are several ways to become a pilot.

Initially, you would fly regional and when you become more experience you get to fly long distance. In India, we have Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi which provides the commercial pilot license.

 

Cruise Ship Crew

it is also one of the most luxurious jobs out there. You get to travel the world in style, also get to meet a lot of interesting peoples. There are jobs for all kinds of career backgrounds; like a chef, pilots, bartenders, engineering, software engineer, navigator etc.

 

Scuba Diving Instructor

Scuba diver

Another adventures job is of a scuba diver. You get to work in various exotic locations. Although becoming a certified scuba diver is not cheap. There are some institutes in India which offer those services. You can also learn in different countries.

 

Recommended – 11 Best Career Choices in Photography

 

Ski Instructor

skiing

If you love skiing and don’t mind the cold. Ski instructor is yet another great career option. You can be on the road throughout the year and explore new places and follow the winter year long.

There are also many indoor ski ranges where you can teach.

It also pays good and you are visiting so many.

 

Flight Attendant

air-hostess

The flight attendant is now becoming very mainstream. With the popularity in air travel more and more vacancies are being created every year.

Initially, you undergo through the training program and then you get placed in an airline.

Usually, the airline company would provide you with the courses.

You get to travel the world, meet new people and experience new cultures.

 

Tour Guide

Tour guide

As the name suggest you go on to travel the world. Your main forte is the knowledge of the place and you earn by guiding.

Is becoming a very popular career choice these days.

 

Recommended – 8 Best Career choices for Humanities students

 

Foreign Service Office

IFS – Indian foreign services where you serve as an ambassador of India in foreign countries. The exam is conducted by UPSC and is considered of the toughest exam to crack. It is one of the most prominent civil services after being an IAS.

You get to work as an ambassador, high commissioner, Consul general, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and foreign secretary.

 

English Teacher

teacher

If you have good command over the English language, you could become a teacher and teach in foreign countries. You must have a bachelor degree and if you have teaching experience that is great too.

Some companies and counties also require you to clear TESOL or CELTA for being eligible for the post.

 

Au Pair

This is becoming a mainstream career across the globe. Earlier it was very famous in European countries like France and Germany.

If you are good with kids, you could live in foreign countries with the host family. You get the salary, free home, and other benefits. You also get to travel with the host family.

 

International Aid Worker

If you are more inclined toward philanthropy work you might wanna consider international aid worker. You can join the peace corps and travel the world while helping. There are also international organizations such as Red Cross and USAID.

 

Conclusion

 

So these were 10 highly fascinating jobs for travelers. Some of them require a professional degree and some of them are a little easy on that front. 

Which job intrigued you the most? Did we miss anything? 

Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.  

Success and the Successor: Mentor And Role Model

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We strive for success in our life, no matter where we are. From education to a fancy-dress competition, maybe a debate, or our career we settle in. No matter what age, or position we all strive for success. Who runs a race for coming second? (Well, maybe if it is fixed) No one otherwise ever plans on coming second. Though it is nearly impossible to get the First position every time. But we work hard for it, we fail again and work harder. Like Ants!! At least that’s what we have always been told to do, ever since we are young. Success and failures and again the success, a vicious circle.

 

Success and the Successor: Mentor And Role Model

 

Oscar Wilde once quoted, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”. On this journey to our self-improved life, we encounter various struggles. These struggles shape us in the perfect mold. But as it rightly said, you cannot do all by yourself.

There comes an importance of having a role model or a mentor in your life. I am sure you must have heard it a lot of times from your parents, elder siblings, teachers and who not. To succeed, have a role model. I don’t deny it either.

A mentor and role model, not only guide you but helps you to discover the need to succeed in your life. Throughout our life, we need someone to support us, or maybe just to share our feelings. As a child, we have our parents, then as we move ahead we enlarge that personal space and include our best friends, partner, family etc.

Similarly, as we move ahead in our career, we need someone to be there. This mentor or role model helps us identify where we are, where we are supposed to go and what be our first aid kit in times of failure.

Mentor And Role Model

Illustration by Nagma Khan

We tend to admire our role model and imitate their success. We would like to imitate their success. They may be great achievers in their professional life or could be people depicting an exemplary character in personal life.

It is seen that role models have a fantasy like an achievement. It might be impossible for us to replicate their success in our life. Usually, these are people whom you observe and then consider what you could do differently idolizing them, that would enhance your life.

Most often, the role models we have in our life are famous celebrities, sportspersons, famous political leaders, successful entrepreneurs or businessman and many more according to your likes and preferences whom you idolize.

mentor

Illustration by Nagma Khan

On the other hand, a mentor is a trusted adviser. They exist in the reality than just in a fantasy world. They help you in guiding towards the future goals of your life and mold your personal and professional lives. They provide you with a positive direction in your life.

This cannot be done in a day, they have to be around for a long time, as building character is a long-term task.

It is thus important to choose a mentor who has more experience than you and who is around you more often. An elder family member like a parent or sibling is, therefore, the best choice at a young age.

Choosing a neighbor is also a good option. But, as you grow up and choose a profession, only someone from that field can help you best, therefore a senior colleague or a supervisor willing to mentor you is the most desirable course.

We get inspiration from Role Models but Mentors inspire us and truly impact our lives. They come and go as we move ahead in our lives with our varied personal and professional goals.

Considering my own example, I have had many role models and mentors. During my early childhood, I admired Kalpana Chawla and looked up to her achievements, then at another stage of my life, it was Yuvraj Singh.

Currently, I consider Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam as my role model. Whereas, if I talk about my mentors, I consider my teacher, my parents and siblings to be in that role. They have been there throughout my life.

They have guided, inspired, and motivated me to lead me to where I am today. Now, the question arises that how should one choose a mentor in life? I am pretty sure that you will agree that none would apply to it if posted this job on naukri.com, or in any newspaper. But, trust me it is not that difficult to choose a mentor in your life.

There are a few simple things you ought to remember while choosing a mentor. Before going through these steps, remember a cautionary statement. It is certainly not necessary that they have to be from your field of study or interest only.

  • Do you need them to be present around you often? If yes, look around. Find out who inspires you. Who do you think is most likely your idol?
  • After choosing, remember as much as they are willing to share their experiences, knowledge, skills, and expertise. You should also be equally willing to gain from it as much as you can. Remember you are not being fed here. You are just being taught how to cook.
  • The last but not the least, make it a point that having a mentor does not give you a guarantee for a successful career/life. They just give you enough strength to carry on even if you fail.

Well, I hope this will help you to find the best role model/mentor as you may need and desire in your life. Good Luck!! Hopefully in times to come as you lead ahead in your life you make a great role model and mentor for those around you.

Success and the Successor: Mentor and Role Model. Do you think this matter?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.