Want a dream career after school?
School is finally over. You are on the brink of adulthood and on the cross-roads. Which career path should you take to reach happiness, success, money and achieve your dreams?
It is important to understand what drives you. Depending on the area of interest, pursue a subject that will allow you to pursue the career you dream about. If you are not the doctor, engineer or lawyer type and don’t want to go for JEE, IIT or NUJS, instead you want to choose a more specialized subject like biotechnology, micro-biology or physiotherapy ; do so only after researching the institute and job prospects extensively.
Write down a list of likes. Add what you are good at and you love doing. Your role models will be people from the industry you love. One way to know which career you will be happiest in is to imagine if you see yourself even 20 years later in that industry and visualize yourself as people currently working there. Do you like the image or the people you will work with? Then do research and find out all the information on this career.
You can aim for the civil services so choose to graduate in a subject that will double up as your strength in India’s toughest examination. If you are interested in foreign languages, go for post-graduation in a language and become an interpreter or linguist. If you are academically oriented and like studying , teaching and research would be good career options for you. Choose your graduation and post-graduation subjects well as they double up for the NET or SLET exams. A career in human rights requires a background in social work or degree in law and will help get you to work at the UNO, UNDP etc and fulfill your desire for being the change you want to be. If you are interested in becoming a spokesperson or diplomat or a journalist, go for mass communication.
Choose a CA/CS if you want to move into financial law and be corporate advisor to companies on ethics and governance. Visit www.icsi.org and www.icai.org for details. Insurance and actuarial science (you will need to score 85% in mathematics/statistics) is another option if you wish to design insurance and pension plans in life. This sector uses economics, mathematics and statistical information and tools and there are courses at Institute of insurance and Risk Management and IRDA in Hyderabad.
If aviation excites you and you have good eye-sight, become a commercial pilot. For this you will need to study physics and mathematics at the 10+2 level. There are some institutes like the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy at Fursatganj, Rae Bareilly (UP). Check online at-http://www.dgca.nic.in/.
There are some talent-specific courses too. Fashion designing, cinematography, advertising, journalism, mass communication, media studies, business management and performing arts are other career options for the creative mindset. A career in travel and tourism requires interest in archaeology and history of India. Visual communication comprises image and communication studies. This includes art, signs, photography, typography, colour, e-resources, web designing and graphic drawings which is in huge demand in visual media when presentation is the buzz word today. Wildlife photography is self-taught and learnt by working as an understudy under veterans in the field. So if wildlife film makers Mike Pandey and the Bedi brothers inspire you, build good relationship with wildlife parks and tread this adventurous path.
The options are there in vast quantities. You have to decide who and what you want to be and then, the world is yours for the taking!