Every student arrives at his/her crucial point when they clear their 10th board exam. It is one of the important milestones in every student’s life. Also, it is a turning point and a base for further studies and career options. The choices made after the 10th standard influence the further decisions that students have to make. There are a plethora of options on what to study next. A student’s career takes its first shape after 10th. With lots of choices and suggestions that come in a student’s way. If you are a student then you will have to decide what is your further course of action. It might be studies or career. The decision is going to affect your future and hence it is the first crucial point that you encounter.
What to study after completing 10th standard?
So, you have decided to pursue higher studies. What to choose as your subject of study? These are the questions that you need to address and we are here to help you. A student can take up any of the below-given options depending on his/her preference.
1. Class XI/Class XII:- Almost every student will opt for Class XI-Class XII. Three main streams are available to study which are given below:
- Science– Most Preferred. It offers a thriving career option which makes it everyone’s favorite. If you are opting for science then you will have to study PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics – Core subjects) along with Biology or Computer Science or Electronics or IT (depending on further studies). Apart from these core subjects, languages will be a part of the curriculum too. You will have theory and lab sessions. Science stream students can further get into Medical or Engineering courses based on the subject of study in Class XII.
- Commerce– Second most preferred. Do you like numbers? Did you enjoy studying economics in 10th? Does finance fascinate you? If your answer is yes then Commerce is for you. The core subjects of commerce are – Business Economics, Accountancy, Business Study, and Business Law. Not just these, but you will have exposure to income tax, accounting, marketing, and other related subjects. And of course, the language subject will be compulsory. Career prospects in Commerce are huge just as Science. A student can go for a career or further studies in Management (BBA/BMS), Economics, Actuarial Science (analysis of risk across various fields), Chartered Accountancy, Finance, Bank PO, Cost, and Management Accounting, Stockbroking, Statistics, and many more. There are lots of thriving options on hand.
- Arts/Humanities– Least Preferred but off-beat and exciting. Though this stream is least preferred it offers some exciting and interesting career options. All this time arts were looked down on by the rest two streams but it is finally changing for good. Students can study sociology, history, literature, psychology, political science, philosophy, economics, etc along with compulsory language subjects. The career scope of Arts is diverse. Students can further, specialize in a field of their choice(based on the subjects they studied in Class XII) or start their career in Teaching, Writing, Journalism, Psychology, Literature, Fine arts, Political Science, Economics, etc.
2. Polytechnic Diploma courses:- Polytechnic Diploma courses are Diploma courses one can join after Class X or Class XII. It is a 3-year course after which one can start working or go for B.E/B.Tech as a lateral entrant. The 3-year course offers many options to study – Mechanical, Computer Science, Civil, Automobile, Bio-Technology, Agriculture, Architecture, Textile technology, Chemical, Marine technology, Bio-Medical, etc.
3. Short-term Courses:- These are the courses which usually span for 3. Short-term Courses:- short duration i.e., 3 to 6 or 12 months which aim to provide the learner with job-ready skills. Some courses under this category are – Diploma in Computer Applications, Certificate Course in Web Designing, Certification Course in SEO (Search Engine Optimization)/Digital Marketing, Diploma in Graphic Designing, Certificate Programme in MS-Office, Diploma in 2D and 3D Animation, Certificate Course in Programming Language (JAVA, C, C++). These courses help students refine and enhance their skills, and they provide certificates after the completion of the course which can be helpful to get the desired job.
4. Other Vocational Courses:- Just like short term courses, even these are job centric courses which span around 1 or 2 years and impart technical skills required for a job. Different courses are available, such as – Fashion Designing, DTP, Jewellery Designing, Diploma in Insurance and Marketing, and many more.
Don’t be shy to ask – Though it will be your decision to study, do not say no to advice and suggestions which come your way. Discuss with your parents and teachers about your interests. Ask for guidance from your seniors, and someone who has been in that field of study. You can find many Career Counsellors too. Ask a relevant question and know the scope of the study, understand the career prospects. Identify the right choice for your career.