My daughter is pursuing commerce and doing rather well too in all the subjects. I want to know, apart from CA, ICWA and ACS what other avenues are there for her?

-Mohd Ghouse

Many youngsters today are looking beyond the (still) traditional engineering, medicine, software courses. From your letter I presume that your daughter is doing her Plus Two. A CA or ICWA would have been a natural choice after doing commerce as CA has many prospectus and opportunities, while ICWA is a professional qualification.

However, as you are looking at other avenues, a degree in Commerce or Arts will be more up her street. But first of all your daughter should opt for a course depending on her interests and aptitude.

Peer pressure

Peer pressure at this age often makes them choose a course that they regret later. Remember, the choice one makes at the under-graduate level often determines the kind of jobs and careers one gets later.

Keeping that in mind she can do an honours degree in B.Com or a professional course- B.Com (Computer Science). Both have good job opportunities. The former course is offered at the Indian Institute of Management & Commerce, and St Joseph's Degree and PG College, Hyderabad.

Badruka College of Commerce, Hyderabad offers B.Com (Computer Science). The eligibility criterion is +2. (www.badruka.com).

Pragati Maha Vidyalaya Degree College, Hyderabad offers B.Com (Tax Procedure). The eligibility criterion is +2. (www.pragatimahavidyalaya.in).

St Francis College offers a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies (BMS). The course offers a range of management subjects, which prepares the students to emerge well groomed to take up a career or pursue higher studies in related fields.

Here are some other options:

BA in Economics: It is offered by a number of colleges. Christ College and Mount Carmel in Banglore , St Xaviers in Mumbai and St Francis in Hyderabad, are some excellent colleges. Candidates who have studied Economics/ Commerce/ Accountancy/ Mathematics/ Business Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Science at +2 level are eligible to apply. Admission is based on the marks secured in +2.

International Business: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi offers Bachelor of International Business and Finance. The eligibility criterion is 10+2 with minimum 50 per cent marks. The admission is based on performance at entrance test and interview. (http://jmi.nic.in)

Law: University of Mysore, School of Justice, Mysore offers five-year integrated BA LLB. The eligibility criterion is 10+2 with minimum 45 per cent marks. The admission is based on performance at entrance examination and interview. (www.uni-mysore.ac.in)

Journalism: Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal offers three-year BA in Journalism and Communication Studies. The eligibility criterion is +2. The admission is based on performance at entrance test.

Hotel Management: Institute of Hotel Management and Catering, Hyderabad offers B.Sc. Programme in Hospitality and Hotel Administration. The eligibility criterion is +2. The admission is based on performance at entrance test. (www.ihmhyd.org ).

In case you daughter has completed her undergrad studies then she can look at the following courses:

CFA: Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, Tripura offers CFA course. The course focuses on areas of financial markets, financial analysis, valuation of assets, portfolio management, mutual and other funds and professional ethics. It can be done through correspondence. The eligibility criterion is bachelor's degree. (www.icfaiuniversity.in)

Master of Business Administration: There are a number of specialisations offered in MBA. Some of them are marketing, retail management, finance, human resource management, information systems, banking, insurance, logistics and supply chain management, international business and operations management. Usually, the eligibility criterion is graduation in any discipline and admission is based on performance at entrance test, group discussion and personal interview.

M.Com: The specialisations available in M.Com are Accounting and Business Finance and Economics. Madurai Kamaraj University offers Master of Finance Control.

The eligibility criterion is Bachelor's degree with minimum pass marks.

The admission is based on performance at entrance test, group discussion and interview. (www.mkuniversity.org)

Plenty of choices

The choices of courses are plenty.

But to reiterate the point I made earlier, the choice should be based on what the student is interested in studying and sees herself doing years down the line.

T. Muralidharan, TMI Network

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