Educational degree and job relativityGenerally we see a lot of ironies in our life and around us. When we talk about jobs the irony we face many times is that we do jobs where we never may need to use what we studied or specialised in colleges. For example a person who is a BA in Music works as a bill collector or a Botany student gets a job as a bank cashier. This happens because of two reasons. One is, our education system is not job oriented. The other is that there is mismatch between the demand and supply of jobs and job seekers.
Non-scientific career prospects for a science graduate A science graduate with scientific aptitude will be happy and satisfied to get a scientific career. The article What are the scientific careers available after B.Sc Chem though dealing on that in the case of Chemistry students, can be extended to other science graduates also as most of those industries have openings for science graduates of different discipline.
Here I would give the opportunities for those who could not get the scientific career opportunities for some reason. Just because a science student did not get a suitable scientific job, he or she need not become desperate. There are ample other avenues for them.
Careers in the field of banking and Finance Banks and many financial institutions do not give much differentiation between commerce and science graduates in their entry level posts. It is seen in practical level that a large number of employees in banks and financial institutions are science educated. So the article on Career in Banking and Finance after B.Com is equally applicable for science candidates also.
Career in general administration and administrative services The various states public service commission recruit people for the various administrative jobs in the states. It can be seen that for a large number of such jobs the eligible qualifications just a degree. The most coveted designation IAS,IFS and the IPS need the basic qualification just a degree and does not discriminate between science and non-science candidates.
Career in Railways, Postal Department Non-technical and non-skilled jobs in Indian Railways and India Post- the two large public sector employers conduct mass recruitment for graduates. There also science graduates are eligible to apply for their career.
General jobs in assistant, supervisory and management level Most jobs that do not need any particular specialisation or skill can be handled by a science graduate also. Small and medium sized business and industry appoint general candidates for their middle level management and supervisory tasks. The advantage for science candidates is that they can perform general tasks and they additionally have some basic science knowledge which other general discipline candidates may find not esy to acquire from job.
Pursuing higher education in non-science subjects after graduating in science That is the unique advantage for science graduates. They can take up higher education like MBA and other post graduate courses where the basic eligibility is only a graduation in any discipline. Thus science graduates can become post graduates or MBA in non-science subjects and take up Management cadre jobs also. MBA s are needed in many fields in the modern business world like e-commerce, etc.
Conclusion and outlookUntil there is stability and match for job openings and suitably educated job seekers, there is bound to be mismatch and people taking up career where their science education does not gets used at all. As such science graduates need not worry because the non-scientific jobs does not discriminate them as o no and they can pursue a non-scientific career and excel with progression in that also.
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