I’ve passed Class 12 with 78.5% and joined B Com Honours in Delhi University. I took the CA-CPT in June. I scored 78 marks in the test and failed to crack it. Should I give the CA-CPT in December another shot, or should I continue to do B Com with company secretary. Which of these options will help my career in the long run?
-11/6/2013 1:39:00 PM
There are many career options and short-term courses for commerce students other than the CA course. You can do diploma or certificate courses in banking and finance, capital markets, wealth management, insurance, risk management, ICWA, CS, CFP, CFA, as well as many computer-related courses like Tally etc. You can either start taking these courses parallel to your BCom or after graduation. If you are looking for a career in business, some options include that of certified financial analyst (CFA), cost accountancy (from ICWA), company secretaryship (CS), stock broking or MBA. A CS is a professional whose responsibilities in an organistion are that of an advisor for financial and legal matters such as incorporation, formation, promotion, re-organisation or winding up of a company. A CFA is trained in financial management, investment management and management accounting. Their financial expertise is vast and varied, including all aspects of economics, quantitative techniques, economic legislation and security evaluation; as well as financial services, covering project planning, merchant banking services, portfolio management, venture capital, leasing, hire purchase, credit rating and other allied areas.
Cost and works accountancy offers good career prospects as almost all strategic industries like engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical, steel and oil and service sectors, including telecommunication and agriculture, have been brought under statutory cost accounting. There are also courses in banking which will enable you to work in the banking sector. Tax management will help you develop a knowledge and understanding of taxation matters and tax accounting, tax software and tax collection methods and procedures. Some other higher study options for commerce graduates are e-commerce, computer applications, tourism management, bank management, hospital administration, etc at the post-graduate level. A diploma in computerised financial accounting using Tally is another option for commerce graduates to enter the accounting profession. E-commerce is an emerging area, which is best suited for commerce graduates with basic programming knowledge and a sound understanding of business transactions. -- Usha Albuquerque
I am pursuing BSc in home science from Government Home Science College, Chandigarh. I want to go for an MSc but I am confused which stream I should opt for. Should I go for nutrition and dietetics or human development and family relations? Which of these is better?
-10/24/2013 12:07:00 PM
Home science is an interdisciplinary subject and covers areas such as food and nutrition, resource management, human and child development and, in some cases, fabric and apparel science. So you can choose from any of these disciplines, depending on your interest. As it is basically a science programme, with a practical applicability, you can take up jobs related to the food services, as well as those concerning child care and development.
If you are interested in the food services, you can specialise in nutrition and dietetics to work as a dietician in hospitals, diet consultant/counsellor in lifestyle clinics, freelance dietician, food demonstrator, as also in hotels and the food industry, in food preservation, to name a few.
The food processing industry is among the fastest growing sectors in the country today with a growing demand for packaged and fast foods. So if you were to take up a PG course in food sciences you can also work in any of these areas, or as research analyst or nutrition consultant, in quality control or in sales promotion jobs, particularly in a growing number of processed food items.
Companies such as Hindustan Unilever, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Nestle and many others recruit food science graduates for these jobs and for bringing about an improvement in their products. Moreover, owing to an increased interest in health and fitness, you can also consider carving out your own career as motivational food expert, special food caterer, hospital consultant and fitness specialist, as many others are doing.
If you are interested in the field of child welfare or development, then you could take up an MA or PG course in social work, development studies, public administration or teaching.
After a master’s you are likely to get a job with government or NGOs in community welfare and social work as project leaders in developmental projects, consultants for child development programmes, programme officers for child welfare and so on.
Apart from teaching, you can also work independently as family counsellors, or in research involving educating specific segments of the population such as mothers, farmers, and villagers on health and education matters. --- Usha Albuquerque
I am in Class 12. I want to pursue engineering in a top US university. When should I take SAT? Since I am not a student of medicine, I will have to ensure I score well in the tests conducted by coaching classes and also in SAT itself. Is October the best time to take the SAT? If I don’t take the test soon, I will not be able to apply to colleges this year. Please help.
-10/18/2013 1:18:00 PM
Most students appearing for SAT do so while they are in Class 11, so as to have time to re-appear for a second time in the early part of Class 12, should they need to upgrade their scores.
As you are already in Class 12, take your first shot at SAT as early as possible. If you get a good score in the first attempt you are done. But if you need to improve your score, then you have some time for the second attempt and to start filing your applications for college admissions. Also depending on your programme and the universities you are applying to, you might have to appear for subject SATs too.
As you are probably aware, there are two types of SAT exams: SAT Reasoning Test or SAT 1 and SAT Subject Test or SAT 2. While SAT 1 measures verbal, mathematical and writing skills, SAT 2 tests are designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills across five subject areas — history and social studies, mathematics, sciences, English and languages, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge.
Most of the top 15-20 universities in the US require the SAT Subject Test as well. Both SAT 1 and 2 are offered six times a year in India, in the months of May, June, October, November, December and January. Almost all the universities in USA consider these test scores while giving admission, but it must be remembered that these scores are just one of the many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. Most students require about two to three months of consistent study to prepare for the SATs.
There are several free resources on the internet that help students prepare for the test. You can use official guides published by College Board (www.collegeboard.org) or other established test preparation material available in the market. ---- Usha Albuquerque