How to choose the right career after standard XII?

With Standard twelfth results just declared I urge the parents and the child to make a judicious decision of which stream and college to choose. College life should groom the child academically and professionally to face the global challenges. The child should most importantly enjoy life in college and perform well to kickstart a career which he is passionate about. Here I have presented tips on how to choose the right career after standard XII.

During my tenure as faculty in various colleges, I found that many students opted for a stream by force, and they were not motivated to study. Most of them would awaken after the graduation is done to think of what to do in life. Facebook posts and other social media vouch for this. But in my current workplace at Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery, I am glad to see focused and committed students who are ready to launch a scintillating career in the gem and jewellery industry. With XIIth results just out, I thought of sharing my inputs on how to choose the right career.


Let me first ask you a question: How do you know this is the right career for you? This is a critical decision, every teenager has to make at least once in a lifetime when s/he steps into college environment from school. Many questions come up to a teenager's mind:
  • What program to opt for study?
  • Should I go abroad or out station in the country or in the same city?
  • Which college to join?
  • How is the program?
  • Will I be able to complete it successfully?
  • Will I be able to manage without my friends?
  • How will settle down in the new place?
    A big list of HOW and WILL I questions emerge. Time will tell, but the worry continues till the admission process is completed. The grass root question is how to decide which is the most appropriate career for you.

    Find your mission in life

    Instead of getting bogged down by a multitude of these questions, would it not be better to first ask self : 10-15 years down the line
  • What do I want to be?
  • Where do I want to be?
  • In case you have any difficulty in answering this question, you may log on to Franklin Covey site, fill in your objective in missionbuilder. Once this mission statement is completely filled you will receive it in email. The mission statement uncovers your passion. Map this statement with your family background and ask yourself what will it be?Is it: Higher education /some certification/ Join a workplace/Become an entrepreneur and fund your own startup.

    What after identifying the mission of life

    Once the mission is clear, the next step is to identify the stream/ discipline based on your mission, interest, capabilities and confidence. What would you like to choose: Science/ Commerce/ Arts/ Fine Arts etc…. Trust me on this: A graduate degree is a must. After deciding the stream, the next step is to decide the college which offers the degree of your choice. Do not get bogged down by your parents/ friends/ peers and blindly do what they say unless you wish to. Take a judicious decision along with inputs from parents. Do not choose a stream just because parents dreamt of it. You will later such a forced decision. I am saying this from my own experience.

    A real story here:

    I remember a student who joined engineering under extreme parental pressure and pulled on unhappy and demotivated for an entire year. The student's absenteeism, poor performance took a toll on him and the family and finally dropped out. The impact: student and the family suffered a heavy loss of finances, time and efforts. This student actually wanted to be a fashion photographer and after the drop he did just that. Better late than never! His facebook updates indicate his happiness and passion, doing what he loves. I was involved in counselling him, and I wish that no student makes such a mistake and loses a year of life. A year's break is not a good sign, because acceptance by peers is not easy.

    So in a nutshell

    Choosing the right career to study is a critical decision to be taken judiciously, and jointly with parents and mentors.
    Wish you all the very best!

  • Comments

    Author: Rahul01 Jul 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1


    Author: Sarojah06 Jul 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

    Since your title itself says career after XII, it surely includes the studies to choose properly nowadays which is a deciding factor now for job career too.

    Here also I wanted to share one of my experience with my relative in the field of medicine. Though others too have many impacts, these kinds of studies really give more impact than any other. While deciding this, one has to be very careful in calculating financial status too including loans taken from Bank as loans have certain strict rules during study period with backlogs etc., This being a very tough professional course involving many financial aspects one has to thoroughly judge one's own financial status too if something happened with bank finance later on. So my relative initially got BDS and joined and later selected for MBBS too then comes the dilemma and with the situation I have discussed above, they have settled in BDS only.

    Fortunately, on a weekly magazine, I found a small story which speaks about the stronger points to be convinced for a BDS over MBBS which make a boy in the story to feel satisfied and wanted to settle there only even after he got his MBBS later but decided according to the financial strength of his father. I have showed that story to my relative also and now when I met her last month, she happily told that she had finished her BDS and in the period of field training of one year in the hospital.

    Author: Kailash Kumar07 Jul 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

    This question is like mythological 'Yaksha Prashna' as to how to choose the right career after standard XII. I would like to add here that generally selection of stream of study after 10+2 stage molds the further career path. So after 10+2 stage dilemma is felt in selection of courses. The author has rightly talked about to know the 'mission' of one's life.

    Author: Swati Sarnobat20 Jan 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

    After 12th, your decision depends mostly upon your results. If you have not scored well in science field, then you can plan to take up other courses such as management, computer applications, or continue with bachelor of science degree. If you are a commerce student, then you can plan to join a vocational course if you have scored well or take a major subject for bright career. You must also analyze the current market for the job. As a art student, you must seriously think of choosing an ideal subject as a major and plan to build your career by studying hard for the subject.

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