What after 10th?

Jun 2015

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Finally the 10th exams are over and the results are out. Now you stand in the Robert Frost’s ‘crossroads’. What will you do next? Will you take the road less travelled or go for the one trodden by many? For the first time in your life, you’ll have to face a question that might haunt you all your life, “what are you going to do after this”? This question will pop-up from time to time, whenever you reach an important milestone in your life. Many students find this question intimidating if they are not clear about their career ambitions or how to reach it. With the end of school life, begins a life where you have to start taking some important decisions. It is important to have a clear career plan for a smooth passage from your school life to a happy professional life. If you don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the choices that you have ahead of you, you might end-up in a career that is not made for you. It is common among students going through this transition phase to get influenced by misinformation and end up making wrong decisions.


An individual’s decision making skill is the most sought after skill in each and every career; no matter which job you do, your success will be based on the reasoning applied behind the decisions you take. This skill is spurred in a student from time to time and it starts right after you finish your 10th grade. Before 10th, the only choice you made was selecting your second language. After 10th the story changes, for the first time, you have the steering wheel of your career. For most of the students, this phase appears like a complex maze with lots of doors leading to different direction, and it becomes difficult to find the door that leads towards the student’s dream career. Let us try to look at this maze from above, so that we can connect the doors that will lead you towards your dream.


Before knowing the solution let us look at some common dilemmas faced by parents and the kids.

  • Plethora of options: This is one of the biggest problem faced by the parents. If we go back a decade or two, when your parents were in your place, all they had to choose was between mathematics and biology. This is not the case anymore, there are many options available and as it is said, more options mean more chances of making the wrong choice.
  • What to consider: While making any decision in life you need to keep in mind the consequences of the choice you make. Similarly, after your 10th you should not only look at the future and make decision according to the career you want, but should also consider your past and make the decision based on your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Selecting Board: After 10th, you have the option of sticking to the same education board or going for a different board. This decision should be taken after understanding the difficulty level of every board. For example, if you have studied in state board till your 10th, you should be ready to face the difficulty, if you want to shift to boards like CBSE or IGCSE.
  • Why make a choice? : Commonly students are advised to keep their options open and go with the general science, arts or commerce streams. While this advice works for many, some students feel that they are burdening themselves with a subject they are weak in and could have easily omitted and improved their performance.
  • Is this an important step? : Many parents ask this question and feel that this is not a very important choice of life and can be taken again after grade 12th. On the contrary this maybe the first but also a decision which gives your career a direction. It’s always better to start early.

Every student has a unique set of skills, strengths and weaknesses and hence it’s very important to take unique decision for every student.

career-confusionsLet us now look at the three major streams you have to select from after 10th standard. At this point, you have to select among one out the following three streams; arts, science and commerce. All these streams lead towards different career scopes. Let us look into these streams individually:


Science: This is the most chosen stream for 10+2 education. This stream offers many lucrative career options including medicine and engineering. It is also popular for the fact that it keeps you options open, i.e. a student is allowed to select commerce or arts after pursuing science in 10+2, while commerce and arts students cannot pursue science. In science stream, you have to take at least six subjects including one compulsory language. There are many options for subjects like mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, IT, electronics, etc. The student should select the subjects that can lead them towards their prospective career.


Arts: Although, this stream is not so common among students, it holds many exciting career opportunities. In arts stream you have to select 6 subjects including one compulsory language and one optional language. Arts offers you a huge list of options to select the remaining four subjects which include, sociology, history, literature, psychology, political science, philosophy, economics etc. This stream can lead you towards career options like journalism, literature, social works, teaching, etc.


Commerce: This is the second most popular choice among students in India. Commerce stream leads towards some of the highest paying and respected jobs like investment banking, charted accountant, company secretaries, accounts and financial advisor, etc. The three major subjects taught in commerce stream are economics, accountancy and business law or business study. The subjects offered by most commerce colleges include business economics, business law, accountancy, auditing, income tax, marketing, etc. Just like the above two, even in commerce stream the student has to select 6 subjects including one compulsory language.


If you are still confused, let’s discover how to simplify this maze by putting the right doors at the right place places. Like every other choice, all you need to do is look at the wider picture and take the decision keeping in mind your future aim and your past performance. Here are few things, you should consider while making this choice.


Career: First and the most important thing to do is to think about a career you would like to pursue. Once you have the clarity regarding the needs of the chosen sector. Remove all the subject options which would restrict your path to that career and replace them with subjects that can complement your choice.


My performance: Nobody but you can best judge your strengths, weaknesses and skills. Look at the options left with you and understand which options are best suited to your strengths and the ones in which you will not have to pursue the subjects you are week in.  If you are not sure about your forte, there are many aptitude tests available which can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and also find the right career options for you. This would further shorten your list and you will be left with fewer options that are best suited for you. So now you have placed the second door leading towards your aim.


Right Exposure: Now that you are left with few options, take help from your parents, relatives or guidance counselor to understand which choice can help add right exposure to your profile and give you a starting push towards your dream career. Once you have the right choice, all you need to do is check for the right school or junior college providing this subject choice and apply. This is how you put the final door in the right place and with every door you cross, you reach closer to your dream career.


This is a very important choice in your life and because it is the first time you are exposed to the concept of making important decision it is quite natural to be confused. Don’t be afraid of seeking guidance, a right guidance can simplify these choices for you. Now a days, you can approach career counseling where the counselors helps you take a decision based on your unique profile. A mentor helps you understand these choices and puts ahead the career path of various options available to you. Commonly it is believed that career guidance should be taken after 12th grade, but it’s always better to take the guidance after or when you are in 10th grade so that you take the important steps with clarity. As discussed earlier, understanding your forte is very important and hence the counselors help student understand their skill sets by taking psychometric tests which gives a systematic report on the aptitude, skill sets, interest, and strengths. This report can help you pinpoint the best career choices for you. In this competitive era, it is very important to start as early as possible. It is the right time for you to select your prospective career and start marching towards it.


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