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How to choose stream after 10th Class ?



Choosing a stream after 10th class is one of the most challenging tasks every student has to face in India. It haunts not only the students but also their parents as future education and career largely depend on stream which one chooses after 10th.


In earlier times the question was much simpler with very few options available but with the advent of new areas of education, the choice has only widened resulting in more confusion among the students.


Never choose a career just because your parents want you to or your neighbour’s son is doing or your relative thinks it is a job-oriented or your friends are taking it.


Choosing the stream should depend more on internal factors rather than external factors.


When we say external factors we mean what other people think and where they want to see you, it covers the prospects in the industry, job scope, etc. Since all these external factors are never constant and predictable, only should not rely much on them.


On the other hand, the internal factors include your strength, weaknesses, aptitude, personality, interest, passion, dreams, goals, hobbies. These internal factors are more likely to remain constant if genuinely assessed and decisions based on them are realistic and successful.


Before making one’s choice on the basis of the internal factors, they have to be assessed properly in a situation when the mind is calm.


You can take online aptitude test or can take the help of career counsellor.


Follow your passion: Doing what you love will always make you happy and you will get monumental success. Make a list of all the activities that set your pulse racing, there may be more than one. Then select the most appropriate in which you can pursue your career.


Once you are you well aware of the internal factors the next task for you is to gather in-depth knowledge of all the available options you are considering, so that you can select the most suitable stream by comparing with your internal factors. Always rely on first-hand information collected from a reliable source.


Find the detailed subjects involved, the difficulty level, past year pass percentage, career options, syllabus, global acceptability, fee structure, industry demand, whether course material is updated.


Don’t waste time in attending free seminars in the name of career counselling, they are nothing but the advertisement campaigns run by various institutes. You may get to know about such seminars by various institutes. They add no value in your decision making instead you may get trapped in junk courses. Instead go for paid career counselling from a reputed counsellor, if you want.


Focus on skills even a highly skilled barber can be more successful than a less skilled doctor. So your success depends on how well you acquire the skills not mere on which field you choose. So no matter which field you choose, always strive to be best in that.

A brief introduction of three main streams after 10th i.e. Science, Commerce, Arts is given below.


Also, many job-oriented vocational courses are coming up at school level which provides training of on job skills, they are helpful in providing immediate beginning level jobs after 12th like Carpenter, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fine Arts, Computer Hardware and various other fields. These courses are of meant for those who can’t wait much to get earnings and offer much required practical skills which even a degree holder may be lacking.


1. Science:


It is the most chosen stream after 10th and offers many lucrative career options including medicine and engineering. It is also very popular for the fact that it keeps your options open, i.e. a student is allowed to select commerce or arts in graduation after pursuing science in 10+2, while commerce and arts students cannot pursue science.


In the science stream, you have to take at least six subjects including one compulsory language. There are many options for subjects like mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, IT, electronics etc. The student should select the subjects that can lead him towards the prospective career.


2. Arts:


It is mostly taken stream after sciences; it holds many exciting career opportunities like journalism, literature, social works, teaching, etc.


In the arts stream, you have to select six subjects including one compulsory language and one optional language. Arts offers you a huge list of options to select the remaining four subjects which include, sociology, history, literature, psychology, political science, philosophy, economics etc.


The best part of this stream is that you get sufficient time to focus on areas other than academics. Like one can easily prepare for competitive exams for govt. jobs while doing graduation. Also, develop a reading habit, prepare for general knowledge by reading newspapers and magazines, improve vocabulary, spoken skills, writing skills, pursue your passion, learn computer programs, etc.


There are so many things which a person can do while doing arts which will add value to overall personality and will be helpful in any field one choose.


3. Commerce:


Commerce stream leads towards some of the highest paying and respected careers like Investment banking, chartered accountancy, company secretaries, Cost accountants, CIA, Internal Auditors, accounts and financial advisor etc.


The three major subjects taught in commerce stream are economics, accountancy and business law or business study. The subjects offered by most commerce colleges include business economics, business law, accountancy, auditing, income tax, marketing, etc. Just like the above two streams, even in the commerce stream, the student has to select six subjects including one compulsory language.


If you are still confused, you can discover how to simplify this maze by putting the right doors at the right place. Like every other choice, all you need to do is look at the wider picture and take the decision keeping in mind your future aim and your past performance.

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