The elementary Edge
The advent of professional courses may have affected the popularity of vanilla BA, BSC or BCOM. However, pursuing a graduation in pure arts, Science or commerce too can lead to a number of employment opportunities.
Passing class 12 marks the transition from school to college for some students and firm junior to senior college for others. Some students branch out to professional colleges for engineering, medicine, law, hotel management architecture, fashion, design art, etc at this stage. While some take up specialized bachelor’s degree course like BMS, BMM, B Com in Accounts and Finance / Markets / Banking and Insurance or B Sc in Biotech /IT/ Aviation etc.
Why BA / B Sc / B Com?
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program allows you to study subjects like history, geography, political science, philosophy, economics, psychology , sociology , anthropology, mathematics and English / Hindi / (other language) literature . If you wish to become a secondary school teacher you could pursue a B Ed post the completion of your BA with subjects taught at school levels. A BA degree also paves the way for you to pursue the Master of Arts in any of the above subjects. Opt for one major (rather than dual) as it facilities admission into MA. An MA followed by national /state eligibility test could lead to lectureship in a college. MA followed by
B Ed can lead to teaching positions in a junior college or senior secondary school.
The regular B Com is the wise choice for those who wish to pursue a professional course such as Chartered Accountancy. Cost and Works (Management) Accountancy or Company Secretary B Com followed by an M Com and a qualification in the NET / SET leads to lectureship in college / university. M Com followed by
B Ed leads to teaching positions in a junior college or equivalent.
B Sc is the first step of the ladder for a career as a scientist or teacher. A major in B Sc strengthens your chances of admission to an M Sc in the same subject or a related interdisciplinary science. B Sc followed by a B Ed leads to teaching positions in secondary school. B Sc with basic physics, chemistry biology (zoology/ botany) is ideal for taking up B Ed in secondary school because these are school subjects. B Sc with an interdisciplinary science such as microbiology or biochemistry is acceptable if a student aspires to pursue an M Sc in order to take up lectureship. M Sc followed by NET / SET leads to lectureship options while M Sc with B Ed leads to teaching positions in junior college or equivalent.
M Phil and PhD are the next stage in the academic ladder fro, postgraduates in arts/science / commerce and positions them better for senior faculty positions, and department head ship, as also for careers in research and consultancy / advisory positions in the long terms.
MBA (Management), Master of computer Applications (math till the plus two or during graduation). , law (LLB-three years), advertising journalism public relations, tourism and travel, hospital management / health administration, human resource management , theatre / drama ( requires participation in drama productions), film editing , film production , B Ed are professional programs open to BA / B Sc / B Com graduates who wish to pursue related career opportunities.
Sound recording / sound engineering / pilot training (physics and math still class 12), food technology / plastic technology / cosmetic technology (chemistry graduation), packaging technology, dietetics and nutrition etc are among the professional courses open to science graduates.
Popularly pursued by B Com graduates, Chartered Accountancy, Cost and Works Accountancy, Company Secretary and Chartered Financial Analyst courses are actually open to BA / B Sc graduates as well.
(Examples mentioned here are indicative of the possibilities).
BA / B Sc / B Com graduates may take up services sector jobs or marketing and sales, customer service, hospitality, retail banking insurance aviation (cabin crew, ground staff, reservation and ticketing) business process outsourcing, telemarketing, recruiting media operations and administration jobs. Try for jobs through direct applications, after locating opportunities from classified columns and career supplements of prominent newspapers.
BA / B Sc / B Com graduates may apply for the civil services examination (state and union) combined defense services examination exam for assistant commandants in central police organizations and the Indian forest service (only science / engineering graduates) combined graduate level examination (by staff Selection commission) and examination by the Reserve bank of India Services Board for Officers in Grade B 9dircet recruitment DR) etc. The defense services (Indian army /air force / navy) also offer various recruitment opportunities after graduation.