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EducationWorld January 2019 | Career Focus

I am a class XI science student interested in studying computer science. What are my options other than a BE degree in this subject?? — Krishty M, Mumbai

There are several study programmes you can explore. A bachelor’s in computer applications (BCA) followed by a Master’s degree (MCA) will qualify you for a career in computer applications. Alternatively, you could opt for a bachelor’s in computer science (B.Sc/BCS) which focuses on the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing.

If a career in animation and graphic design interests you, sign up for a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in visual communication.

I am a graduate of a reputed university and want to improve my employability. Please advise. — Meena Mathur, Noida

Self-learning is critical to bridging the gap between what you learn in college and what the corporate world expects from you. While internships are the best option to acquire hands-on corporate experience, signing up for online certificate courses offered by Coursera, Udemy and Edx will enhance your resume.

Moreover, developing a reading habit, leadership, presentation and communication skills will surely improve your employability.

I am a class XII science student interested in a career in social work. What are my options?— Maneka Shah, Ahmedabad

Bachelor degrees in social work (BSW) are offered by several universities across India. This degree followed by a Masters in social work will provide a solid foundation for a career in the social development sector. Employment opportunities abound for qualified social workers in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, mental health clinics, corporates/MNCs and public and private sector companies.

I am a class XI commerce student evaluating various higher education options. Please explain the difference between the BBA and B.Com degrees. — Dhruv Saxena, Mumbai

A bachelor’s in commerce (B.Com) programme covers finance, taxation, corporate law and accountancy, while a bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) programme focuses on management-related subjects such as marketing, human resources, general management, operations, international business, sales etc.

For people interested in careers such as advertising, branding, marketing etc, a BBA qualification is preferable while a B.Com degree provides a good foundation for careers in chartered accountancy, chartered financial analysis and company secretaryship.

I am a Plus Two student exploring higher education options abroad. What are the general eligibility criteria of foreign universities?— Manya Singh, Patiala

Eligibility criteria for foreign universities vary from country to country and university to university. For instance, Singapore University gives heavy weightage to applicants’ school-leaving exam scores and US universities give weightage to SAT scores.

However, the minimum eligibility requirements of most foreign universities are successful completion of Plus Two, English language proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL scores), SAT scores for US universities, statement of purpose, letter of recommendation and a record of extra-curricular activities.

I am a Plus Two student and my favourite subjects are math and physics. What are my further study options other than architecture? — Manish Rao, Bangalore

You could consider a career in industrial/ product design. Product designers are involved in the design and full life cycle of products. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Mumbai and Guwahati, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Srishti School of Design, Bangalore and Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune are among the institutions which offer specialisation in product/industrial design.

I am a final year B.Com student interested in a career in investment banking. How do I go about it? — Pranika Mehta, Ahmedabad

For a career in investment banking you need deep knowledge of accounting, equity markets, analysis of financial statements and planning. To improve your chances of success in this profession, consider signing up for MBA (finance)/M.Sc (finance), certification as a chartered financial analyst and intern with investment bankers.

What is the difference between MBA (Master of business administration) and MiM (Masters in management) programmes? — Sonakshi Sen, Kolkata

The Masters in management degree is a relatively new phenomenon compared to the time-tested MBA. European B-schools such as London Business School and HEC Paris offer the MiM programme which is open to graduates with minimal workplace experience. On the other hand, most MBA programmes require applicants to have two-five years of work experience.

The MiM degree is similar to other postgraduate degrees in economics, psychology or the natural sciences. For many employers, MiM is just another graduate degree whereas an MBA has worldwide reputation.

(Responses by Mindler Education Pvt. Ltd, a Gurgaon-based online career counseling company)

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