Harry: Hi Bobby! Why are you looking so dismal? What happened?
Bobby: Don’t you know another academic year is going to come to an end in 2 months? And I am standing at the fork of this road trying to figure which stream to choose.
Harry: What’s the hurry man? We have so many different choices. All the walks of life are waiting for us.
Bobby: But my parents have asked me to choose between maths and the biology streams.
Harry: And what about the rest? Why not those?
Bobby: You know I am an average student. My parents want me to push a little for the next couple of years so that I can make a decent career of being a doctor or an engineer.
Harry: So you are saying that all the people who are working in different professions are not decent enough?
Bobby: Dude, at least you try to understand me! I am tired of explaining that to my parents. I can’t do it with you as well…
Harry: Don’t worry! I’m just trying to make you realise the gigantic number of streams, courses and professions which are now available. Nowadays, career options are no longer inadequate. You are no longer forced to choose from traditional vocations that were pursued by your parents and their parents before them.
Harry: First of all make yourself a tiny thesis about your skills, interests, qualifications, values and motivations, and character traits. Rather than any person, these should be the determining factors which help you making your choice.
Bobby: Sounds like an interesting investigation about myself. I have never done anything like this before.
Harry: Then accordingly choose your stream depending completely and purely on your interest.
Bobby: Actually I do not have much of a clue about streams other than science and maths. Can you help me a little with that?
Harry: Sure! Broadly all the streams can be categorised into Science, Commerce, Humanities and Arts.
Bobby: I think commerce is a traditional course which no one in this generation opts for. So let’s start with the commerce background.
Harry: In recent years, commerce has emerged as a very popular stream among students. It’s challenging but is also quite scoring. So, if you have the knack for it, the sky is the limit. Do you love numbers? Do you have a logical and an analytical bend of mind? Then, a career in commerce might be just the right choice for you. Earlier, choosing the commerce stream would get you a few hand-picked commerce careers, like the one in banking. This is no longer the case as the sector grew at an unbelievably fast pace.
Bobby: But what about the jobs we can be get? Because that becomes the main criterion on the basis of which I would be able to convince my parents.
Harry: Career options for commerce students include those in the accounting, auditing, finance and banking sectors. Your pay package will lie somewhere between Rs 3 to Rs 8 lakh per annum.
If you choose commerce, you also have the opportunity to choose an out-of-the-box career option, like one in travel and hospitality, depending on the path and degree you choose. Career options for commerce students are vast and you will always have interesting profiles to work at if you play to your strengths.
If you choose to take advantage of the opportunities in commerce available to you, here are some of the job profiles you can look at- Chartered Accountants, Chartered Financial Analyst, Company Secretary, Loans executive, Human Resource manager, Certified Financial Planner, Economist Venture capitalist, Agriculture Economics, Accounting, Banking, CWA, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, and Stock Broking.
Bobby: Oh my god! I did not know that the commerce stream had so many openings. Next I think you should throw some light on the arts streams. I am sure that I would be awed to listen to what you would say.
Harry: A variety of creative courses are awaiting Arts/ Humanities students after their 12th grade. Bachelor degree in any of the arts subjects is the best option for those interested in higher studies. Bachelor courses are available in the fields of advertising, fine arts, journalism, mass communication, media studies, business management, performing arts, travel and tourism, hotel management and much more. These courses have heavy demand and are extremely beneficial for students who are willing to take this as a profession.
Enthusiastic students can take up courses in fashion technology, jewellery design, aviation, radio jockey, packaging or industrial design. Those interested in foreign languages can study languages of their interest like French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese or Chinese for opting an interpreter’s job in the consulates and embassies.
After graduation, candidates can prepare for Civil Service Examination. Those with a flair for writing can take up content writing as a career option. Ample short-duration vocational courses are available in fields of computers, hospitality management, business administration etc. which rewards a promising career with great salary and job satisfaction.
Bobby: I feel as if I’m getting enlightened just by talking to you. Now it’s the turn of the science stream.
Harry: This is the course which is highly in demand and it has become a stereotype to choose a science stream if you have a decent percentage.
Hundreds of career options are available for 10+2 science students. The major advantage of +2 science students is that they can switch to other careers i.e arts, humanities or even to commerce.
+2 Science with PCM
Candidates who have studied the subject combination of physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) in class XII can take up engineering as their career.
+2 Science with PCB
Subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology (PCB) are required for students aspiring to take up careers in medicine or dental studies, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, agricultural and dairy science. Options are also available in the paramedical and allied fields such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Occupational therapy, Audiology, Speech Therapy, Medical Lab Technology, Optometry, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy etc.
Those interested in animal husbandry and veterinary science can take a career as a veterinary doctor. For that they have to appear for the entrance examination conducted by Veterinary Council of India for getting admission to first year Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
+2 Science with PCMB (bio-math)
Those took biology and mathematics in their +2 can take up either engineering or medical career. Admissions to these professional courses are through entrance examinations.
If not interested in engineering and medical field, 10+2 science students can go for B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) program of their interest, which can be followed by Master’s degree (M.Sc.), Ph.D and M.Phil. Teaching is another option.
Bobby: Okay! This is very shocking. I just thought engineering and medicine were the only options after science.
Harry: This is very limited information which I have provided to you. I’m sure if you have something else in your mind, you can always use the internet to find the more data on them.
Bobby: Thank you so much man for throwing me out of the relentless thinking which I was going through. Trust me, when I meet you next time I’ll be more planned and structured with my career. definitely I can now make a decision. See you soon again.