Career Counselling: Which course should you take up? BBA or BCom?

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2016 18:27 IST
Career decisions must always be made keeping in mind one’s aptitude, personality as well as interests. (istock)

I have completed Class 12 in commerce with optional subject informatics practice. Should I go for bachelor of business administration (BBA) or BCom(hons)? Please suggest.

—Aman Raj

BCom is designed to enhance the ability to learn a variety of subjects: accountancy, business administration, finance, economics and industrial policies. This course equips one with the analytical, communication and problem-solving skills to effectively identify issues, source information and to find efficient and practical solutions. After BCom, there are many exciting and diverse postgraduate opportunities like MBA, LAW, international studies, designing/merchandising, MBE, MCom, finance, economics etc which prepare you for success in the global marketplace. The industry takes them at par with the students having professional degrees like BBA, hotel management etc and sometimes at higher platform, if someone is from reputed college. All most all universities and colleges in India offer BCom degree, therefore, chances of getting into the course is higher.

Bachelor of business administration (BBA), on the other hand, is a professional course. Choosing the right institute is key to landing up in a good job. The BBA course is tailored in consultation with representatives from leading organisations, ensuring that you graduate with an industry-relevant degree. Students get practical experience, read assigned materials, attend seminars, and prepare an internship report. Students are encouraged to attend leadership training workshops and conferences. After BBA the students can get into marketing, human resource, general management, finance etc. This course, however, restricts the students from other postgraduate study opportunities.

If you are very sure that your goal is to get into management career, then BBA would be the best choice for you. If you wish to learn variety of skills as well as get a sound grounding in commerce, and also keep open options for pursuing a variety of post graduate opportunities then BCom could be a better decision. All BBA courses are through an entrance test and the best way to do prepare for that, is to work on sample papers and to keep up with the latest business and commercial news.

I am a Class 12 student in science stream with physics, chemistry and mathematics as subjects. I am confused about what I want to become in future. Please help.

- Ajay Jain

Most students who study science in school think of only two careers – engineering or medicine. Most do not look beyond that to an interest in science and the wonderful possibilities with science.However, what I can tell you is that with the subjects you have taken, PCM, you have many options. You can take up practically any course of study depending on what you like to study, and the career you wish to pursue. If you do not like sciences but enjoy reading and writing subjects, or maths, and are good with people, business and ideas, you may prefer to take up graduation in commerce or humanities subjects. All subjects can lead you towards exciting and rewarding careers, so it may be best to find an interesting course of study for graduation, while you explore the different professional fields you may wish to take up after this. Finding the right career is often about finding your passion, purpose and vitality. Start working on this right away!

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2

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