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Weigh your options

Do you feel uncertain of a career option? Do you lack the freedom to choose a subject that you really want to pursue? Do you always feel low on self-confidence? Are you constantly doubting yourself? A Q&A column to assuage your doubts.

I am 23 and I want to become an actor. I am interested in pursuing a career in acting and dancing. I have completed my graduation in BMS finance and started working. After two years of gaining experience, I have now quit my job to pursue MBA. I have been told that acting is an uncertain career and only star kids get a chance to become actors. I don’t know if nepotism still exists. I am confused about whether or not I ought to try my luck in acting. I wish to see myself on screen. How can I manage my passion with my job/studies? Please advise. — Ravi Motwani

Dear Ravi,

Good luck with your MBA. Stay focused on it for now and secure your education whilst you can, as we never know what is in store for you. Work actively on your passion, enhance your skillsets alongside your course. It will mean serious work and long hours of sheer dedication and discipline. Being from the film industry does perhaps open some doors more easily for the star kids than for the rest of us, however, at the end of the day, only pure talent decides an actor’s future at the box-office and with fans, irrespective of their lineage. Work on your pictures, physique, dancing and modelling opportunities if you can land a few, as it is all about ‘meeting that right person at the right time’.

I was preparing for a government job and failed miserably. I then worked in IT sector for nine months before quitting. Now, I have a two-year gap and I am 25. Should I prepare for GATE for a year, or look for a job after learning some skills like full stack development? Is it fine to pursue M.Tech at 27? — Nitin Bisht

Dear Nitin,

I wouldn’t know what you should do, quite honestly as your email doesn’t contain sufficient family information for me to help you through this; but yes, it is absolutely fine to pursue your M.Tech at 27. You are only 27, relax. This is a call that you will need to make depending on your family’s life and financial situation. What might be helpful is to sit with a counsellor and work on a cost-benefit analysis of taking up GATE/skill development or M.Tech. That will greatly help you arrive at a sensible, well thought-out decision.

I am 16 years old and I aspire to become an economist. I have chosen commerce as my stream. I would love to know if I have chosen the right stream. — Sumit Barman

Dear Sumit,

Commerce with math, isn’t it? To become an economist, you would need an advanced degree in economics with a bachelor’s degree that is strong in math. Usually, it warrants a master’s degree or Ph.D., but in the case of entry-level jobs, such as in government, a bachelor’s degree is also acceptable.

I have completed my graduation in BSc Biotechnology and I am interested in pursuing M.A in Education, as I have always been interested in the educational sector. I am also considering attempting the UPSC to excel as an academic bureaucrat. Could you please give me insights on prospects of M.A Education? — Alekhya Devarakonda

Dear Alekhya,

M.A. Education is a two-year postgraduate course. The eligibility is a bachelor’s degree in education or any related domain, while securing minimum aggregate marks as required by the institute or university.

The career prospects for M.A. Education is in the field of teaching and training at different levels of education, including administration and management of education. You could serve as an educational administrator, a researcher in the field of education or even develop academic curricula. There is scope of becoming a lecturer, a professor, a school teacher/private tutor, educational consultant, an educational counsellor, or even a vice principal or a principal.

Coaching centres, education consultancies, education department, home tuitions, museums, private tuitions, publishing houses, research and development agencies, schools, and so on, are some of the most common areas of employment for such professionals.

Disclaimer: This column is not a substitute for long-term therapy. It is merely a guiding voice. Some issues may need medical intervention.

The writer is a practising counsellor and a trainer. She will answer questions sent to eduplus.thehindu@gmail.com. The subject line should be: ‘Off the edge’

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