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Usha Albuquerque answers your career-related questions...

education Updated: Jun 19, 2012 13:33 IST
Hindustan Times

My daughter is a second-semester BTech computer science student at DCE. At the time of admission, she had the option of economics (H) at St. Stephen's but she opted for BTech. Now she says that she has no interest in computers and wants a change. Will it be a right step if she drops a year and shifts to economics now?
- Dr R K Goel

It is good to know that your daughter has the opportunity to study in two of Delhi's reputable institutions. Deciding a career is the most difficult thing for those who can study all subjects and those who find all subjects tough. Your daughter belongs to the first group of people. So this time before selecting any other new area, the most important thing is that the student must know about herself in career terms, that is know her abilities, personality, interest and skills. Apart from this, have relevant information about the career choice she is going to make. Know which kind of subjects she will study and what kind of jobs and salary packages will be offered to her. If her career profile matches with the career requirements, the lock of success will surely open for her.

I have taken my final-year BA (H) English and GNIIT exam. What should I do now in PG? I am an average student, not so good at mathematics.
- Niharika

As you are qualified in two areas like English and computers, you could either continue in one of them or change to another career where any one of these would be helpful. Some of the careers English is helpful in are lecturership, scriptwriting, editing, publishing, and journalism etc.The GNIIT course would open other doors in areas like software applications, database administrator, and web design etc.
Now in case you want to change from any two of the above-mentioned areas, there are many options available. Some of them are as mass communications, management, designing, foreign languages, airlines, and hospitality.

I am a student of class XII in commerce stream. I have a keen interest in business studies. I would like to pursue BBA. Which are the noted colleges for BBA? What's the scope of BBA in future?
- Shivani

BBA is a professional programme, which means you can start working after completing it. It's a very practical course aimed at developing your enterprising, decision-making, and communication skills and leadership qualities. So if you want to work after this, it is the right choice for you.
The scope for a BBA in future is good as you can work directly after it for some time and then with industry experience go for MBA.
Some of the reputable colleges for BBA are:

Shaheed Sukhdev College Business Studies,
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
Jamia Hamdard,

Usha Albuquerque is a nationally respected television personality and a gold medallist from Madras University. She has been in the field of career guidance for the last sixteen years and pioneered it on television with two widely acclaimed series including the series, Hum Honge Kamyaab that ran uninterrupted on ZEE TV for three years. Her books, The Penguin India Career Guide - Vols. 1 & 2, are into their second edition, whilst Puffin has published her latest career guide for younger children. She is a regular columnist on careers and career counselling for several national dailies.

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First Published: Jun 22, 2009 17:01 IST