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How to help students select right stream after their schooling (2nd PU)

It has been quite common among students to get confused in matters such as choosing a correct stream or subject to study after completing their higher secondary and pre-university education. The biggest problem most students face in choosing a stream boils down to many underlying issues related to future prospects such as job availability, interesting work culture, respect in the society, approval of family, money and stability, and many others. So, students that have not made up their mind about a certain degree to pursue or certain fields to enroll in for the future benefit they might have, then it is important if they researched more. It is always a bigger challenge to get recommendations from an education consultant as the probable solutions only appear to be temporary and turn out to be futile in a long term, thus making this point clear that it should always be a student's choice what to do and how to go further in higher studies. Therefore, one has to see every option available by putting a little effort in research and think over, and discuss with family to come to a final conclusion as to what would be a better and suitable course to study according to one's interests and passions.

The word Career is interpreted, understood, and used in so many ways by different people that more than the objective the misinterpretation is what worries intelligent people. For example- careers are completely different from jobs. Most people have jobs, very few have careers. Jobs are what most people do everyday as an employee, and career on a broader definition is what one considers as an achievement at any point in time of one's life with regards to one's inimitable and excellent work, contribution and creation to any field in this world. In today's competitive world where one's financial superiority play an important role in having a societal status they deserve, it has made the young generation to be more complex and mercurial. The focus of many students unfortunately lay primarily on getting higher pay-packages, living in global cities, working in top MNCs and not on the more important aspects of working that is creativity, innovation, out-of-the-box and progressive thinking, entrepreneurship, and unmatchable zeal to gain more knowledge irrespective of what the end result is and where that is achieved. If only journey mattered more than reaching the destination, then success comes automatically without fail as the efforts will be recognized and rewarded.

For students that have passed out from various fields; be it commerce, arts or science and engineering, the dilemma is usually not in the colleges one gets admitted to because of the strict faculty and stringent rules, the exams they write, the university the college is affiliated to or the whole duration of the course and process of graduating with a degree, but it is most of the times about what kind of jobs one will get after the completion of a certain course. So, to make the process of choosing the right and appropriate stream to follow, see the options below mentioned in order to be clearer which stream offers which courses and what are the prospective opportunities the course might open up at the end.

Science-

  • Engineering- Aerospace, Agricultural, Automobile, Biochemical, Bio Medical, Biotechnology, Bio Instrumentation, Bio Informatics, Broad cast technician, Ceramic, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Electronic, Engineer Manager, Environmental, Food, Fire, Industrial, Instrumentation, Leather, Marine, Mechanical, Mining & Metallurgical, Nano technology, Printing, Production, Plastic & polymer, Highway, Rubber, Genetic, Telecomm, Textile
  • Architecture-Naval Architecture
  • Actuarial Science
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Merchant Navy
  • Computers
  • Information Technology/Software/Systems-Application Programmer, Database Administrator, Information Technologist, Medical Transcriptionist, Network Administrator, Software Engineer, System Architect, Technology Manager, Web Developer, Multimedia Designer
  • Hardware-Hardware Design And Development Engineer, Design and Development of Computer Hardware, Design And Development of Customized Microprocessor, Design and development of networking hardware, Service Maintenance Engineers/technician
  • Defense Services-Indian Navy Officer, Indian Air Force Officer
  • Physical Science-Chemist, Mathematician, Astronomy, Forensic Science, Geographer, Geologist, Nuclear Physicist, Oceanography, Operation Research, Astrophysicist, Physicist, Statistician
  • Pharmacy-Clinical Research
  • Medicine -General Physician/Doctor - Ophthalmic, Ophthalmic, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Electro logy, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Plastic Surgeon, General Surgeons, Neuron Surgeons, Paediatrician, Thoracic Surgeons, Trauma Surgeons, Urologist, Sexologist, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry, ENT/Ear nose Throat Specialist, Pathologist
  • Veterinary Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Biosciences-Agriculturist,Botanist,Zoologist,Microbiologist,Biologist,Horticulturist, Floriculturist, Environmental Science,
  • Pharmacy- Clinical Research
  • Home Science
  • Bio Medical
  • Bio Chemist
  • Fishery Science
  • Forestry And Wildlife
  • Marine Biology
  • Food Technologist

Arts-

  • Psychology - Industrial psychology, Social psychology, Counselling psychology, Clinical psychology, Special education, Learning disability, Human development, Human resources, Mental retardation
  • Sociology - General Sociology, Indian Society, Social Work, Sociology of health, Science and Technology, Environment, Sociology of religion, Occupational sociology, Cultural studies, Social exclusion and Inclusive policy, Social anthropology, Sociology and Mass media, Gender and Society, Sociological theories, Social demography, Industrial sociology, Criminology
  • Economics - Agricultural Economics, Business Economics, Quantitative Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Literature- Linguist
  • Law- Company Secretary, Legal writing, Defense writing, Notary, Law process outsourcing, Solicitor, Civil law, Criminal law, Corporate law, Property law, Securities law, Income tax law, International law, Property law, Information technology law
  • History- Heritage Management, Curator
  • Geography- Philosophy in geography, Applied geography, Geographic information science and systems, Geographical cartography, Remote sensing and Geographic information science, Geo informatics
  • Anthropology- Physical or Biological anthropology, Social anthropology, Prehistoric anthropology, Applied anthropology, Linguistic anthropology, Forensic anthropology
  • Archaeology- Medical archaeology, Eastern archaeology, Maritime archaeology, Archaeological heritage management, Egyptology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Landscape archaeology, Ethnography
  • Public administration
  • Library Sciences
  • Teaching

Commerce-

  • Banking -Retail / personal banking, Corporate banking, Merchant banking, Treasury group, Rural banking, Product management, Loans executive
  • Accounts- Chartered Accountant, Cost And Work Accountant, Certified Financial Analyst, Certified financial planner
  • Insurance- Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk management, Insurance surveyor, Insurance surveyor, Insurance agent
  • Investments- Equity Research Analyst, Investment Banker, Mutual fund executive, Stock Broker, Capital market manager, Forex Dealer, Venture Capitalist, Real estate
  • Management- Human Resource Management, Brand Management, Event Management, International business management, Market Research Management, Retail Management, Marketing And Sales Management, Technology management, Disaster management, Education management, NGO management, Rural Management, Operation And Logistics Management, Export Management, Family business management, Material management, Financial Management, Business Development Management
  • Finance- Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) , Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Company Secretary
  • Economist
  • Computers- Software development, System Architect, Web developers, Multimedia designer, System/IT manager, Database Administrator, Data processing assistant/ Data entry operator, Servicing and Maintenance technician, Technology management

Usually it helps when one analyzes their interests, personality and aptitude while making a decision; be it for educational purposes or personal life choices. Everyone should have a better planning capability and develop a habit as it will help the students do career planning based on their aptitude, interest and personality type, and when they do the whole planning, implement it and improve with time then the success rate as well as satisfaction rate will be very high, and following one's own interests and passions drive success stories to come to light.

About the Author: This article is written by Mr. Varun Melanta, Director, MVJ College of Engineering, one of the reputed engineering colleges in Bangalore.