EDUCATION PLUS

The challenge of choice

Career choice: Following one’s passion is the best way to make the right choice in Plus Two.

Career choice: Following one’s passion is the best way to make the right choice in Plus Two.   | Photo Credit: Photo: A. Muralitharan

MEERA SRINIVASAN

Some key factors to consider before you choose your stream in Plus Two.

Irrespective of the economic situation, parents should consider streams other than medicine and engineering.

“I wish I had taken science in my Plus Two.” “I regret not having studied Economics in school.”; “I should not have avoided math in Classes XI and XII.” If you do not want to be saying these things in a few years from now, make your decisions on choice of stream in Plus Two carefully, experts tell those in Class X.

For some students, though, making a choice has been particularly challenging this year, following the economic downturn.

Other options

“I thought I could take the usual route of a good professional institution-placement with IT major-higher studies abroad after a few years and so on. Looking at the way things are now, I am also considering commerce,” says R. Raghav, a Class X CBSE student.

Employment and prospective options in higher education are the two major concerns students share. “In six years from now, I do not know how the scene will be. What if it turns worse? I am really confused about which stream to choose now,” says A. Anusha, another student.

Current trends

However, experts note that while the current trends in the industry could be one of the factors determining this important choice, it should not be the only one.

G. Balasubramanian, former director of the Central Board of Secondary Education says no matter what, a candidate choosing a stream that he or she has an aptitude for will never regret the decision. Irrespective of the economic situation, parents should consider streams other than medicine and engineering, he notes.

Cost involved

Parents, on the other hand, are considering factors such as college fee already. “My son is in Class X now, but we have to think four, five years ahead. We are now more or less convinced that humanities might be the right choice since it doesn’t limit your options later,” said R. Shanti. N. Rajmohan, behavioural scientist and director of Bodhi, says only a genuine interest can be sustained over years.

“Students should not base their decision on monetary aspects. It should be entirely based on their passion, or they could lose interest mid-way,” he says.



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