While some students may opt to explore the variety of opportunities in the job market, to assess what inspires or enthuses them and plan their further education accordingly others may elect to work and study simultaneously.
In the current business environment, where the global recession has made organizations more conservative about their manpower needs, you may like to keep an open mind about whether to work or study. It is the right time to step back and review the opportunities ahead and take stock of the right step forward.
Options are many:
Typically, if you have pursued the BA, BCom or BSc degrees, you can proceed with an MA, MCom or MSc respectively. The choice of your subjects in BA and BSc determine the possibilities of specialization in MA and MSc. Hence, if you want to pursue an academic program, for which you do not have the right background in your bachelor’s degree, the probability of you getting admission, corresponding decrease.
There are, however professional course options which are open to all graduates, including the MBA, LLB, CFA, journalism and mass communication, social work, hospital management, dramatics, film editing / direction, cinematography, acting, disaster management, forestry management education (BEd for teaching), library and information science, advertising public relations foreign languages etc
Science graduates may target professional courses in scientific fields like food technology, packaging technology fire engineering, etc. Engineering graduates and science post graduates may train for intellectual property rights law.
Both commerce and non-commerce graduates may choose to take up training in Chartered accountancy, Cost and works accountancy and Company Secretary or the Chartered Financial analyst program.
Admission to most professional courses if conducted through standardized competitive entrance tests, but there may be instances, where admission is based on aggregate marks secured in the bachelor’s degree examination.
Fresh Graduates for Jobs:
Marketing, sales advertising, PR, retail, banking, customer services, private security services, insurance, recruitment/hiring services publishing, broadcasting online media, hospitality, travel and tourism are also avenues graduates can consider.
In a bid to get suitably trained graduates for entry level positions, certain private banks and insurance companies and sectors like retail are trying up with professional institutions to customize focused training programs. IT companies are recruiting graduates of certain disciplines for entry level jobs and offering them on the job training and the opportunity to acquire professional qualifications through a tie-up with a professional institution.
BPOs often offer their employees opportunities to upgrade their qualifications through customized professional programs from established education providers.
Irrespective of the career or field you opt to get into, there are certain skills you will need in any work place. Among them, are oral communication skills, reading, listening, writing and numerical skills, ability to think on your own (problem solving), use of computers, organizational skills for handling documents (basic paper work/ correspondence), working with others (team work) and continuous learning. As work processes are increasingly computerized, and as mobile working becomes the norm, it would be advisable to develop their computer literacy and awareness of computer gadgetry.
Today, the workplace and the higher education environment offer graduates a wide range of opportunities beyond those already mentioned. Here’s a brief insight into three emerging or offbeat areas graduates may consider, among others:
International Business management:
International business differs from business conducted within national borders, as it poses additional challenges for managing trade or investments in foreign countries, while offering new opportunities in foreign markets. Even fresh candidates get familiarized with international business terms and their employers need not waste time in training them to expose to international business.