Career is a very important aspect of anyone’s life. Choosing a career in a certain stream defines the future of a student. However, it is difficult for a student to choose a career path at the early age.
Choosing a career in a particular stream or profession right at the beginning has a long lasting impact on a student’s future. It is very important for any student to choose carefully from various options available to him or her and particularly in their interest. In order to achieve success, one has to select the path which they like to walk on. Good judgement and right kind of aptitude coupled with guidance in the right direction to pick up a definite stream helps one in choosing the right career option. So from the very beginning a student should be careful in making choice of their stream. As soon as a student reaches 10th standard, some kind of pressure of choosing a career path linger in their mind. Because by then they are at the edge of completing their school life and it is peak time to choose ones career path than ever before.
Key options available for a student after the board examinations
In India, there are a few main streams which are available for a student to choose from. We are not considering here various vocational courses which are designed to provide early employment options to various students. The main streams available for a student after the board examinations of 10th student are as mentioned below
a) Commerce – Deals with courses on trade and business
b) Science – Deals with courses in Medical sciences and Engineering
c) Arts/Humanities – Deals with a very wide range of courses such as History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, languages, Anthropology, Human Resources, journalism etc.
Here are a few tips that will help you choose what suits you best:
1) Know yourself
The first step of launching your career planning to know yourself. This includes taking a brief account of your strengths and weaknesses. There are always going to be things that you cannot remember on finger tips and would require an advance technique like a SWOT analysis or any verified aptitude test. You can even do your own personality test which is available on the internet. This way, you will have an overview of your own personality. It can also help to have a service like Resumes.Expert your resume and help you figure out the best ways to present yourself and your experience.
2) “I Like” vs “I can”
The perfect scenario of career planning is that you want to choose a career that you like very much and at the same time you have the right attitude towards that career. This is not going to happen with everyone and this is why you need to list down the things you like and the list of things that you can do.
Do you see a point where your liking and abilities meet? This is the sweet spot that you should certainly pursue but this is not the end—rather, it’s an opportunity for a new beginning.
3) Learn and explore
At a certain point in life, it is not mandatory to make a decision based on your liking and abilities. You can always learn new things and explore things that you have a little idea about or have never heard in your life. This is going to be specifically important when you are double minded about two or more career choices.
You should invest a good amount of time and try to learn about careers and the kind of skills it requires. Although learning is a lifelong process but you will need to bring your previous learning at a certain point in life to make a big decision such a choosing a career.
4) Investigate the labor field, but do not be guided solely by money:
Technology is changing everything, and in this new digital landscape there are careers that are endangering their permanence, while new ones are emerging.
On the one hand it is important that you choose a career that promises future, but on the other, money cannot be your only motivation, for reasons such as that no career ensures economic success and you will undoubtedly be more successful doing what you are passionate about; and successful not only at a professional level but also at a personal level.
5) Make Use Of Educational Counselling:
You can also take help from qualified educational counsellor as they will be able to understand you and helps in choosing the stream that suits you best. Also take help from your parents and get an idea about the whole process.