STUDENTS AND PARENTS GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL CAREERS AFTER 10th /12th
FAQs by Parents of 9th -12th Graders
1) How do I help my child to choose the right career option after school?
Identifying the Aptitude, Personality and Interest (API) of the child is the key. His/Her comfort in particular subjects at grade 9 and 10 level and further at grade 11 & 12 level shall help us understand his/her aptitude. Observing the child while being engaged in different activities will give us an insight about his/her personality. Activities which really interest him/her will show us his/her interest area. By aligning these three aspects, we can help him/her choose the right stream. You can also take help from an Expert Career Counselor.
2) What are different Career options after 10th?
In Indian education system, there are only 4 streams available after 10th. The child can choose to take Science A-Group(Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Science B-Group (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Commerce Group (Accounts, Statistics, Economics, Business studies) or Arts/Humanities Group (History, Geography, Psychology, Political Science).
- What are the different career options available after 12th?
- For Pure Stream Degrees in Science A-Group
- For Pure Stream Degrees in Science B-Group
- For Pure Stream Degrees in Commerce Group
- For Pure Stream Degrees in Arts/Humanities Group
- For General Degrees open to any stream of 11th/12th
- My Child is not good at maths, will a lot of streams get closed for him if he leaves Maths after 10th?
No, for all the general degrees open to any stream, no mathematics is required in grade 11/12. Also he/she shall not be at loss in any general stream.
- My child wants to take a particular stream after 10th/12th because all his friends are going in that stream. What should I do?
Meet an Expert. Get the child’s API testing done.
- We want our child to join family business. Which course is most suitable for him/her?
The course which he/she has the best interest in is the most suitable course. Pushing the child in a degree programme matching your family business may not be the right thing to do. Rather give him/her a course of his/her interest which will make the child smart. Subsequently, he/she will be in a position to take your business forward.
Below is the list of courses with their specialisations and detailed information about the entrance exams and universities.
1) What Course/Stream shall I choose if I wish to appear for lAS/IPS/UPSE/Civil Service Examination?
Any candidate with minimum 21 Years of Age and having completed Graduation from ANY STREAM can appear for the Exam. Traditionally Students preferred BA as graduation because that degree gave time for preparation, but off late I see students from all fields, be it Medicine, Engineering or Commerce cracking the exam. One latest trend which I see is students go 5 Year LAW after 12th and then give UPSC Exam. This helps them in three ways: Firstly, the legal studies are in line with the study requirements of UPSC, so preparation takes place automatically. Secondly, Legal Studies also open door to Judiciary Examinations. Thirdly, even if the candidate is unable to clear the exam, he/she has a professional degree in hand and can pursue profession as a lawyer.
2) What are the pre requisites of Architecture?
Students who are good in both creativity and technical subjects (Physics, Chemistry & Maths) are the right candidates to pursue Architecture. One needs to pursue Science-A Group after 10th to appear for competitive exams for Architecture like NATA,JEE-MAIN (PAPER-2) Etc.
3) How can I get into Teaching Profession?
If you are passionate about any one subject or group of similar subjects, you can pursue higher education in the specific subject field and get into Teaching. You can be a Bachelor Degree holder with B.Ed. to enter in School Teaching. In Order to get into College Teaching, Higher Education like Masters/Doctorate Degree is required. One should Possess the following Qualities:
- The ability to develop relationships with their students
- Patient, caring, and kind personality
- Knowledge of learners
- Dedication to teaching
- Capable of engaging students in learning
4) Where can I pursue degree in Interior Design/ Fashion Design?
In India, there is no specific degree in the area of interior or fashion design alone. One has to pursue a degree in Design and take elective/ specialization subject choice of interior/fashion design. By this method, one can pursue one’s dream. Apart from this, there are private institutes which give diploma/certification programmes in various fields of design which include interior/fashion design as well that one can pursue along with any graduation degree after 12th. Also, there are Master level Programmes available in these areas.
5) How can I become an Ethical Hacker/ Pursue Degree in Hacking or Cyber Security?
In India, there is no specific degree in the area of Hacking or Cyber Security at Bachelor Level. One has to pursue a degree in Computer Application or Information Technology (Ideally) and take elective/specialization subject of Hacking/ Cyber Security (If offered by the institute where one is studying) in the 3rd or 4th year of their graduation. By this method one can pursue one’s dream. Apart from this there are private institutes which give diploma/certification programmes in various fields of Ethical Hacking / Cyber Security, which one can pursue along with any graduation degree after 12th. Also, there are Master level Programmes available in these areas.
6) How can I become a Game Designer/ Application Designer?
In India, there is no specific degree in the area of Game Design/ Application Design. One has to ideally pursue a degree in Computer Application or Information Technology and take elective/ specialization subject of Game Design / Application Design (If offered by the institute where one is studying) in the 3rd or 4thyear of their graduation. By this method one can pursue one’s dream. Apart from this there are private institutes which give diploma/certification programmes in various fields of Game Design/ Application Design, which one can pursue along with any graduation degree after 12th. Also, there are Master level Programmes available in these areas.
7) Where can I study Event Management?
In India, there is no specific degree in the area of Event Management. One has to ideally pursue a degree in Business Management and take elective/specialization subject of Event management (If offered by the institute where one is studying) in the 3rd year of their graduation. By this method one can pursue one’s dream of Event Management. Apart from this there are private institutes which give diploma/certification programmes in Event Management, which one can pursue along with any graduation degree after 12th.
8) How can I become an Air Hostess/Stewart?
Any candidate who has passed grade 12th with English as a compulsory subject and has good command on language can pursue a career in this field. Since this is a skill based programme, no specific educational degree or diploma is required for this. There are a few Private training centres which groom you to effectively appear and qualify the selection process for joining this profession. One should Possess the following Qualities:
- Pleasing Personality
- Friendly Nature
- Good appearance
- Good Communication Skills
- Pleasant voice
8) How can I Become a Pilot?
Any Student with Physics and Mathematics in grade 12 (basically Science-A Group) can attain a Pilot Licence. The three stages are Student Pilot Licence followed by Private Pilot Licence and finally getting Commercial Pilot Licence from any Flying school approved by DGCA in India. The candidate has to log certain number of required flying hours along with passing tests as prescribed by the DGCA before one can fly an aircraft independently or as a Commercial Pilot.
Also one can join Indian Air Force and become a pilot where all your training needs are taken care by them. You need to serve in the Air Force forstipulated time with a bond.