Usha Albuquerque, director of Careers Smart and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2, tells students there are many career options availaible to those who are weak in maths and so they need not worry. Replying to students queries, Albuquerque also names the various career choices they can make. Here are the details:
Abeer Elahi: I am a Class 12 student and want to pursue a career in architecture. However, I am not very good at math. How can I overcome this weakness?
Usha Albuquerque: One needs to obtain a minimum of 50% marks in Class 12 with mathematics as a subject in order to apply for the National Aptitude Test for Architecture. While the test itself does not include math, it checks a candidate’s aesthetic sensitivity in terms of perception, imagination and observation, as well as architectural awareness. So, if you are creative and can take some extra classes to bring yourself up to standard in maths and get a minimum of 50%, you will be able to take the test. If not, you can take up the course in interior design for which math is not a requirement.
There are many institutes that offer diploma as well as degree courses in interior design that range from one to three years and can be pursued after Class 12 in any stream. You require some creative ability, and a working knowledge of computers and design.
Shivani Sharma: I am a Class 10 student and very weak in math. I am planning to opt for commerce without math as a stream in Class 11. Can you tell me about some possible career options after Cass 12?
Usha Albuquerque: A qualification in commerce provides a good base of knowledge for pursuing a range of careers. These are broadly of two types – those related to business and finance many of which do not require maths as a subject, including CA, CWA, banking, business management and so on. While it is useful to have done math, it is not essential if you have some basic mathematical skill and knowledge. There are many options not related to commerce, such as law, mass communication, hotel management, civil services and so on, which you can still take up even after.
If you can handle some accounting work, you can consider a career in banking or that of a company secretary.
If you have good communications and analytical skills, other good options include law and insurance. Depending on your personal aptitude and interests, you can take up careers such as mass communications, journalism, public relations, market research, publishing, or even travel and tourism or teaching.
(Send your queries at hteducation@ hindustantimes.com 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.)