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Board exams 2019: Five courses to choose after results, other than engineering

The most perturbing question that plagues the minds of 12th standard students is that what course they should pursue after the board exams. Engineering is, of course, a popular choice for those from a science background.

education Updated: Apr 23, 2019 17:42 IST
RM Chitnis
RM Chitnis
Boards 2019,Board exams 2019,Career options after board exams
The most perturbing question that plagues the minds of 12th standard students is that what course they should pursue after the board exams. Engineering is, of course, a popular choice for those from a science background.(HT file)

The most perturbing question that plagues the minds of 12th standard students is that what course they should pursue after the board exams. Engineering is, of course, a popular choice for those from a science background.

However, it is quite possible that you have less inclination towards engineering and want to jumpstart your career in a field that gives you alternate opportunities to tap into your logical thinking or creativity. The good news is that you need not to think of engineering as the only career path after 12 th boards. Being from science and mathematics stream, you have the edge over arts, humanities and commerce students because you can go for any course.

There are several other options where you can put your 12th standard academic knowledge to advantage. Here are some courses you can take up:

BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media)

This undergraduate course is a perfect choice if you want to build a career in the media and communication industry. Since every organization, whether small or large needs a media presence to create online and offline brand visibility, there is a high demand for professionals in this field. The course curriculum encompasses public relations,

communication, advertising, journalism, digital media and related subjects across various print and electronic mediums.

After completing the course, you can get jobs in journalism, digital marketing, anchoring, news reading, sound engineering, film making and production, art director, radio jockey, public relations, etc. Mass media has been always a booming industry and there is no dearth of jobs for talented and creative professionals. Be it television, radio, newspapers, magazines or online portals, you will be spoiled for choices here.

BSc Economics (Bachelor of Science in Economics)

If you have a penchant for numbers and analysis along with an understanding of economic parameters that govern businesses and the country, then you can opt for this course. You will get a deep insight into micro and macro economic principles and theories, demand-supply-consumption pattern, quantitative techniques, advanced mathematics and even financial markets.

You can land lucrative jobs as bank officers, economists, financial analysts, investment managers, market research analysts, etc. in the private and public sectors. You can even use this field as a stepping stone to a career in law, business or international studies. In fact, you are interested in interpreting politics and international economics, this degree can pave way for some high-paying careers.

BDes / BFA (Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Both courses are interchangeably used in different colleges. But, both are related to studies in visual communication. While BFA mainly focuses on painting, sculpture, arts, music and dance, BDes is more associated with graphic design, gaming and fashion design. However, this is the age of digital media and multimedia where elements from both streams are combined or mixed and matched to create beautiful designs. Hence, the subjects of both courses overlap each other.

A degree in BDes/BFA can help you get jobs in fashion designing, interior designing, graphics designing, art direction, architecture and engineering, industrial/product designing, art gallery manager and multimedia animation among many others.

BBA Global E-Business (Bachelor of Business Administration in Global E-Business)
Owing to the advancements in technology, social media and digital marketing, businesses are crossing geographical boundaries to sell their products and services online. However, online international business calls for strong dynamics whether pertaining to finance, marketing, human resources and other operational aspects. Due to growing digitization, there is a huge demand for global e-business professionals. This course will equip you with the commerce and management fundamentals of e-businesses.

After doing this course, you can easily get jobs in e-commerce startups, import-export firms and other businesses as IT managers, supply chain managers, business analysts, project managers, e-business consultants and database administrators. In fact, you can even launch your own entrepreneurial venture.

BA Psychology (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology)

If you are planning to do higher studies such as MBA in Human Resources after graduation, BA Psychology can build a solid academic foundation. In this course, you will study human behaviour and psychology, how a human mind works in different situations, what triggers the human mind to behave in certain manners, how humans are motivated, what different types of feelings they go through and all the related theories. You will also learn about biological and heredity aspects of human behaviour.

As a BA psychology degree holder, you can build a career in clinical psychology, sports psychology, community counselling, teaching and research and allied branches in corporate, government sectors, NGOs, hospitals and educational institutes.

As you can see, engineering is not the beginning and end after 12th boards. There are lot many fascinating career options to explore. You can make your career prospects even brighter by pursuing a master’s degree in the same field as your bachelor’s. It will give you an edge over your peers on your resume.

(Author Prof. Dr. R.M. Chitnis is Provost - Liberal Arts, Science and Commerce, Dean-Management (UG), MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU). Views expressed here are personal.)

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 17:40 IST