Career choices other than Traditional

There are infinite reasons that you may use to justify your career choice, but remember that career definitions are fluid and dynamic than you can imagine. Thus, it is essential that you to do a holistic study of the career avenue i.e. know not only about the scope of the subject, but also about higher study options, immediate employability aspects, industry acceptance, etc, before committing yourself to it. Lastly, a visit to a counselor may help and is recommended.

Traditional choices such as engineering and medicine for students from the science stream, chartered accountancy for students of commerce and law and journalism for students of humanities still reign supreme. However, with the changing dynamics of the contemporary society, non-traditional career avenues such as fashion, animation, product design etc are also increasingly becoming popular because of the immense career satisfaction they offer.

Here is a look at the some of the most popular career options for students across all three disciplines.


Pharmacists can be involved in any aspect of the preparation and use of medicines – from the discovery of their active ingredients, to their use by patients. They also monitor the effects of medicines, both for patient care and for purposes of research.

Skills in demand: Those aspiring to pursue a career in pharmacy require strong scientific aptitude, accuracy and precision, and a high degree of concentration. Good interpersonal skills are also crucial.

After 10+2, one can pursue a two year Diploma in Pharmacy or a four year Bachelor’s in Pharmacy (BPharm). Admission to the B Pharm program is usually on the basis of an entrance exam. The Pharm D is a six year course, providing intensive training in pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy services. Students can enroll after 10+2 with physics and chemistry as compulsory subjects, along with math or biology, or after passing DPharm.

Job prospects: The pharmaceutical industry employs personnel in research, quality control, production, managerial staff co-ordinate work carried out by the various departments. Medical representatives handle the promotional and sales functions.

Catering and hospitality is a vast field that comprises services like lodging and hotels, food service and restaurant, clubs and travel. It is a critical part of the tourism sector. The hospitality business in India provides thousands of jobs and is a major money maker for foreign exchange.

After class 12, students’ options include diploma courses (of around a year and a half) in food production, bakery and confectionary or three year diploma or degree and four year degree courses in hospitality / hotel management or kitchen administration /culinary arts. Upper age limit or joining such courses is usually 22 years. Training is a blend of theory and practice. Knowledge of a foreign language is usually included in a full fledged professional degree program.

Professional training in hotel management can lead to placements in supervisory and managerial positions in star category hotels, airlines (as cabin crew) ship and cruise liners, restaurants and bars, institutional catering, industrial catering, hospital catering and defence services.

Cost Accountancy:

Cost accountancy involves the collection assimilation, collation and analysis of financial information from all areas of an organization to ensure that managerial decisions are well within the cost prescription. Today, almost all strategic industries, like engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical steel, oil and service sectors, among others, have been brought in the statutory cost accounting and cost audit net. The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants a of India (ICWAI) conducts the training and examination for the ICWAI qualifications.

The foundation course of the ICWAI qualification is can be pursued post 10+2/equivalent examination in any discipline. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age. IGNOU and ICWAI have collaborated to come up with B Com and M Com courses, for ICWAI students. The ICWAI has also introduced a one year Certificate in Accounting Technicians course for students who have passed 10+2.

Cost accountants enjoy good employability across all industries, in the private sector and in the public sector. A CA may build up his own practice, by obtaining a license from the institute. His clients may include private and public companies, large medium and small scale undertakings, partnership and proprietary concerns, industrial, commercial and service undertakings. With the introduction of Value Added Tax replacing the State Sales Tax Acts, the scope for practicing CA’s has only widened.