Romil Goel

- by (Sr. Software Developer)

You will soon be out of school and are looking forward to college life. There are many colleges in India and the word college brings many thoughts to mind. While for some it is about reaching the corridors of the Top engineering colleges, or Top Medical colleges on the other hand there are many who are not sure about what course to do and which college to join.So while one is readying oneself for life after 12th, but the dilemma about which college to choose and which course to choose from the wide array of courses after 12th only increases.


Stream-wise Career Opportunities :


1. Commerce

There is a sea of options in Commerce stream to make a bright career. If a student likes to choose the most widely chosen option, he/she can pursue Bachelor of commerce degree (B. Com) with specialization in any one subject. After completion of graduation one can opt for post graduation (M. com). There are other professional courses which are highly favored in the current day situation. Some of them are as follows:

2. Science

The choice of subjects, be it Science or Arts, may vary between universities. For example, an economics degree may be given as a B.A. by one university, but as B.Sc. by another. Biology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Social Science, Sport/Exercise Science, General Science, Earth Science, Computer Science and the other fields of Engineering are are almost considered under sciences, universally.

3. Arts

After passing the higher secondary level examination a student can pursue Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) taking a special subject as the major subject. Some important major subjects which are offered by various colleges are history, languages, literature, law, philosophy, religion, performing arts, anthropology, communication, sociology, psychology and many more.
After getting the graduation degree a student can do masters degree (MA) in their selected subjects. For further high qualification one can opt for Ph.D degree in their respective subject. Here are some of the attractive career option for Arts stream pursuer. These are as Psychologist, Counselor, Economist, Market analyst, Sociologist, Social Worker, Historian, Anthropologist, Human Resources, Personal Executive, Writer/journalist/Editor, lawyer, Media Personnel, School Teacher/College Professor/university Professor etc.


There are many options in front of you


a. Remain in your chosen stream and choose a higher education

If you have science with PCM you can go for higher education in many professional and educational courses like engineering, architecture, design, IT(Information Technology), and pure sciences degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics etc. If you have science with PCB you can go for MBBS, allied medical fields like dentistry, Ayurveda, veterinary etc. Lot of interesting options are available in bio chemistry, microbiology, biotechnology, bioinformatics and pure sciences like botany, zoology, and research in biological sciences. If you have commerce you can go for B Com, Eco Hons or hone your skills in the financial sector. If you took humanities you can go for BA in your chosen subject and move to professional courses.

b. Appear in an Entrance Exam

Depending on the stream you have you can sit for an entrance-exams-after-12th. Since most of the courses are sought after. most of the reputed colleges take admissions through entrance exams. This is the trend not only for courses like engineering, medicine, law, design etc Many universities use entrance tests because the number of applicants is generally very large. If you are interested in joining the Armed forces then you can also sit for exams like NDA.
One needs to plan for these entrance exams as these are held at different times in the year and one has to fill the application and follow the process to appear in the exam. While some entrance exams are also available in an online format like JEE for engineering there are still many which are offered in online and offline mode both, so you need to plan the test centre and travel etc.

c. Change the stream and choose a higher education

Many a times we take a particular stream just to keep the options open after 12th. This is the time to make that choice and choose from various career options available. Depending upon your aptitudes and interest you can make a switch to other course and career options. Colleges in India do allow some switches but there are some restrictions also. Like from science to commerce in possible but from commerce to science is not possible. So ideally one should explore the college and course and carefully look for the eligibility criteria to make the right decision in right time.

d. Choose a professional course

There are many professional courses that one can opt for after 12th and most of the times the admissions are through entrance-exams-after-12th. Since these are sought after courses and there are many takers one should prepare for the entrances. For some courses like engineering and medicine the preparation starts right after you have given exams after 10th. Other than engineering, medicine there are many professional courses like Law, Management, Hotel Management, Design, Mass communication and Journalism etc which one can opt for to make a successful career. Most of these courses offer good career opportunity so one should choose the course that matches best with one?s strengths ( read: Aptitude and Personality).

e. Choose a vocational course

Vocational courses like Travel and Tourism and Office administration also offer good choice for many.
So by now, you know of four different things that you can do to decide about what to do after 12th.Actually there are many students who think that they know what to do after 12th but sadly they are mistaken. You see as per a recent study, almost 80% or more people at work place feel stressed out because they are career misfits. The genesis of his problem is because of the wrong choices they make after 12th.

f. Plan ..in case you do not get the course/ college of your choice

Admissions are competitive whether it is professional courses or others, there are limited seats and many takers. So even if you are the best and suited for that course admissions are not guranteed. In that case the role of a good career counsellor comes into picture, who will help you explore other Career Options that suit your talent profile or will tell you alternative ways to reach your career goals. For example you want to become a journalist and are not able to make it to BA journalism course...you can still go for a related graduation and in your PG take up journalism course. Like that you need to set your goals and reach your career goal.
So by now, you know of four different things that you can do to decide about what to do after 12th.Actually there are many students who think that they know what to do after 12th but sadly they are mistaken. You see as per a recent study, almost 80% or more people at work place feel stressed out because they are career misfits. The genesis of his problem is because of the wrong choices they make after 12th.
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