Psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote an entire book on the Tyranny of Choice, and today, most students wading through career options after completing 12th in the commerce stream will have to face down just such a tyranny. With at least 20 course options to choose from right after 12th, and a lot more in terms of specialisations thereafter, taking the next step can be overwhelming to say the least. Here are a few ways in which you can narrow down your choices:-
Asses you’re Interests:
Commerce is a highly varied field. You should know by the time you’re done with 12th
your capacity for rigorous study, your ability to communicate, your interest in numbers and all of the basic elements of your personality that may direct your future choices.
Figure out what you want from your Commerce Degree:
A general B.Com. can be a precursor to any number of future study and work options, while several other commerce degree programs can offer specialisations right after 12th
. B. Com. (Hons) is more intensive than a general program, and therefore in higher demand in the industry. You can also branch off into Accounts & Financing
, Business Management
, Business Administration, Business Administration with an LLB, Humanities-oriented Economics degrees, Mass Communication
, Marketing and Advertising and several others. All of the latter options, while making you very valuable in the job market, will also pigeonhole you into one area of said market.
Take into account your capacity for hard work:
Engineering and Medicine students can scoff all they want, but it is literally the commerce students that run the world. A lot commerce-related courses require you to burn the candle at both ends. These also pay off the best in the long run. However, not everyone can put off sleep with daydreams of Scrooge McDuck levels of money, and so you need to make sure that this is something that you can actually do. There are just as many career options after 12th
in the commerce stream that are far less rigorous and only slightly less valuable in the job market.
Consider Professional Courses:
If you went through the previous step, and decided that you can indeed make your body forget the fact that it needs sleep, professional certification programs such as Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Chartered Financial Analyst etc. (all of which can be pursued alongside a degree program or internship) require very high personal investment, but are also extremely high pay-off. You can do any of these after 12th
, provided you can complete the requirements for work experience. A common practice is to pursue one of these alongside a degree, while completing the final stages alongside an apprenticeship.
Consider Specialised Diplomas:
Even while pursuing a general B. Com., you can go for diplomas in complementary programs such as in Hotel Management
or Education, so that you have an added qualification that does not in any way take away from your options.
Get in touch with professionals:
A huge part of any commerce-related career is networking, and there is little reason for you not to begin now, when consequences from reaching out gone bad are relatively low. No advice can be better than the advice of those currently working in the field of your choice. These are resources you can use to gauge the ease of entry, the stability, and the mobility in the industry. Also, you can always use the leg up provided by said network.