Colleges now offer varied combinations of courses. This throws up a whole lot of new options. Careers are not about medicine, engineering or IT anymore, writes R. Ravikanth ReddyAll parents dream that their wards would be either engineers or doctors. And, it is drilled into their minds since childhood. Lot of kids are mentally tuned to careers in these professions but there are a sizeable number who believe those two streams are not their cup of tea. With the Intermediate examinations over, students opting for Mathematics are assured of an engineering seat since they are in plenty. All medicine seat seekers may not realise their dream of joining MBBS course. So there is a dilemma on what to study if not medicine. For the humanities group too, the `what next' question looms large. In view of new developments primarily triggered off by the information technology (IT) and globalisation of the economy, there are now more options than ever before. The changing societal needs are also throwing up good careers beyond engineering and medicine. In fact, the jobs are bountiful and so is career growth in emerging fields. Remember also that these are days of specialisation.
Science is might!Those who fail to get into MBBS or related courses need not worry since a B.Sc degree is equally good with lot of specialisations now on the offer. Subjects like microbiology, biotechnology and genetics and a variety of chemistry subjects are integrated and offered as different courses, unlike the earlier concept of just three core subjects of science. Several colleges in the State under various universities are offering these combinations of new courses in their affiliated colleges. Computer sciences integrated with mathematics is also offered as B.Sc. (computer sciences). Conventional combinations apart students can also choose degree courses in several emerging professional areas, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, computer, business administration, hotel management, tourism management.
Log on...Check websites like www.osmania.ac.in, www.svu.ac.in, www.kakatiya.ac.in, www.ntruhs.ac.in, www.nagarjunauniversity.ac.in, www.padmavatiuniv.org, and www.uohyd.ernet.in for details. For those interested in research, the University of Hyderabad has started a five-year integrated M.Sc. course that gives students the option of getting a three-year degree or continue for five years to get Master's degree. Launched last year only, it received good response. The notification would soon come out for the entrance examination.
Options in commerceNext to science, commerce stream opens up a variety of options. Thanks to the globalisation concept, fields like international taxation, computerised accounts and other fields are emerging and in the process providing new career opportunities for commerce students. Commerce and management students are earning much better salaries than their peers in engineering or medical fields. B.Com with computer as one of the combinations is now a much sought after course. On aspect that provides an edge to commerce over other streams is the time frame. Both engineering and medicine cannot be completed before four years while B.Com is of three years. When it comes to post-graduate studies getting admission in specialised streams for medicine and engineering students in itself is a challenge but for a commerce student it is much easier. If candidates are good enough to clear the four groups of CA/CS/ ICWAI in two years then companies are willing to recruit them before completion of course. Other options like Company Secretaryship and Chartered accountancy can be chosen.
Students with humanities subject may think that options are limited for them. But a B.A. degree these days comes with a variety. Except for courses in science and technology areas, they can take up many other courses such as travel & tourism, advertising, journalism, performing arts, business management and related courses that are offered in a variety of combinations. Moreover, humanities is also the favourite choice of many students who opt for the civil services and similar examinations. Lot of colleges like the Loyala Academy, St. Francis College for Women and Reddy Women's College in Hyderabad have introduced journalism, mass communication and advertising at the degree level so that students can gain employment right after graduation. Law is another option catching up quite fast. While national level law institutions are already offering a five-year law course for Intermediate students, Osmania University is starting a five-year BL course from this year. Law as a profession has undergone a sea change in the last decade and openings for law graduates are on rise in multi-national companies. Check www.nalsarlawuniv.org and other universities websites for more details.
Vocational coursesAnother important stream are vocational courses that aim at infusing skills for providing employment opportunities immediately after Intermediate and also have scope for continuing higher education. Vocational courses like dairying, fisheries, sericulture, animation and graphics, tourism and travel techniques, construction technology, fashion, catering, and secretarial management are a few of the numerous job oriented courses. These courses are offered outside the university stream.