Career Counselling Advice


Confused about what career you’ll eventually be taking up?

Annual exams are over, results have been announced, and admissions are one. If you have not finalized your long-term career goals you may land up taking admission in a wrong course. This is the time to evaluate your future goals. Keep in mind that once you choose your career, you will probably be working in that field for over 40-50 years. Hence it is good to start the process of narrowing down, even if you are in 9 th or 11 th . Once you decide your career, it becomes easier to select subjects and courses to take you towards your goal.

What course you take e.g. science, commerce or arts, what degree to pursue after 12 th and even what post- graduation to take up after degree – all these should be decided based on a careful and scientific evaluation of the combination of interest + aptitude (skills) + personality traits + opportunities. Do not wait till the last moment when admissions are closing and you need to take immediate decision. Get yourself assessed at Banjara Academy. We will list out all your traits holistically and once you agree that we have analyzed you correctly, we will list out most suitable careers, and then we will work with you on what courses, colleges, subjects you need to select to take you to the right goal.

By Ali Khwaja



Careers in Pure Science

After a lull of many decades, pure sciences have again started picking up as promising careers. After the establishment of IITs and various other reputed professional institutions, pure sciences at degree level was available only as an ordinary 3 year course which did not attract good talent, and hence the feeling was that studying a B.Sc. does not have good career prospects.

With the coming of the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), the first of which was established in Pune over twenty years back, the scenario has changed. Today we have seven IISERs located at Kolkatta, Mohali(Punjab),Bhopal, Thirvananthapuram, Behrampur, Tirupati and Pune, offering integrated BS + MS in biology, chemistry, math, physics, earth science and inter-disciplinary studies. Students who score above 60% in 12 th standard are eligible to join. Details are available on www.iiser-,,,

What many students are not aware is that you can appear for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) exam when you are in 11 th standard (Stream SA), and again when you are in 12 th standard (Stream SX).

Even students who have taken admission in pure science degree course can appear for Stream SB. This exam entitles the student for continuous scholarship every year as long as he is studying pure science. Details are on www.kvpu.iisc.ernet. This exam also is one of the eligibility for admission to IISERs and IISc’s 4 year B.S. degree program. Thus clearing the KVPY is an assurance that the student is getting admission in a top institution, and he can get down to his Board exam studies without further stress. Students enrolling in IISERs and other institutions get a monthly stipend of Rs. 5,000/- besides other benefits.

By Ali Khwaja



Flexibility – The Mantra For Success

Some of us are very good in Math, some in languages, others in science, and some in creative work. Each of these abilities opens doors for good careers. With globalization and progress of the Indian economy, many traditional careers that did not offer sufficient returns have now become very lucrative. Teachers giving on-line tuition to students abroad are earning more than 10-15 Dollars per hour. Designers are being absorbed in large companies on six figure salaries. Writers are finding very rewarding openings in technical writing, specialized publications, web- based portals etc.

While no one can predict which career will offer higher returns in future, one safe prediction would be to say that the most successful people in this generation are going to be those who develop the flexibility and adaptability to anticipate, accept and adapt to change. With rate of change increasing exponentially, one needs to remove mental blocks and be alert to whatever new is coming on the horizon, and change oneself accordingly.

For example, do you know what is a cyborg? Prof. Kevin Warwick, the first cyber-organic human can control computers through his mind, because he cut his nerves and inserted a micro-chip. Did you believe that humans and computers will get merged into one entity? It has already happened. Now visualize how life will change due to this, and where you will fit into the new ways.

By Ali Khwaja



Why Should We Study?

Why Should We Study?

Exams are coming closer, closer and closer. Some of you might be getting very tensed up. Some of you may be saying, “It is okay yaar, I will deal with it”. But in either case we will be having a lot of people who will be telling you study hard, study hard, study more. Actually I do not believe in that, you know. I do not think studying hard gets you results. I think studying smart gets you results. What do you mean by this thing called ‘study smart’? It means being able to know when to study. There are times when you need to study and there are times when you do not need to study. It means to know where to study. Oh my god, it makes so much difference where and how you study, you know that. And then comes the techniques, how to study. There are different ways of studying. What suits you should be the one that you should pick up. Once you do that then you become selective, what to study. After you have mastered this or while you are mastering it, there will be one question that you will need to ask yourself that it is why to study. Why study at all? Is it just to get that a bit extra marks, no, it is much more than that. So, what I am going to do is, I am going to take you through this process of when to study, where to study, how to study, what to study and why to study. If you understand these concepts, believe me, you will not only do much better in the exams, you will have true learning taking place. What goes in will remain permanently with you. Okay, best of luck.

Have you had days when you had question as to why should I study at all. Forget about whether I like maths, I hate biology or stuff like that, but why should I study at all. I hear these stories about these guys you know who dropped out of college and became multimillionaires and stuff like that. You are right, they do exist, but they are very small minority. It is like winning a lottery ticket. You cannot buy a lottery ticket and say I do not need to earn money now because I am going to win a lottery ticket, ritght. So 99% of people who are successful in this world, who had done something, they are people who have acquired knowledge. The first think to remember is when you have knowledge, your self esteem goes up and you will feel proud of yourself.

Imagine yourself sitting with a group of friends and they are talking about some new app or new gadget or some new technology that has come in and you feel like a stupid fool and you do not know anything, how do you feel. On the other hand, if you have read it up, if you have experimented, if you have tried it out, do not you feel nice. The same think will happen to you when you grow up. When you are out there in the big world and when somebody is talking something, somebody is negotiating with you, somebody is interviewing you, and you can talk very proudly and say, hey guys, I know this.
Why Should We Study?

There is another think that comes to your mind, why should I study all the subjects. I am going to be a software engineer, why should I study biology. I am going to be journalist, why should I study science. I can assure you, every subject that you are studying somewhere or the other it is going to be useful to you in life. Yes, after you come to 10 th you can start dropping subjects and start focusing and start going into whatever you feel like doing. But basically, I would like you to understand the significance that every subject will be useful to you regardless of which vocation or which profession you take up. It will also be useful to you outside your vocation. A lot of people do not realize that when you deal with outsiders, when you are purchasing something, when you are building a house, when you are negotiating for something, all the knowledge of these subjects is what comes into you.

The other think is, at this age if you start studying and if you make it into a habit, that something new comes in I want to learn this, I want to go ahead with that, I want to become proficient in this, it becomes a habit. When it becomes a habit, when you grow up, you will constantly be learning. You will be upgrading. You belong to a generation where change is going to be very fast. Every now and then new changes, new things are going to come up and if you are the type of person who loves acquiring knowledge, who has the thirst for it and who has built up that habit, you will realize that it is so easy throughout your life to keep picking up those changes. In your generation let me also tell you, your basic education may stop by the age of 20 or 22 or whatever it is, but there is lots to be learnt later. There is going to be a lot of certifications. There is going to be a lot of areas you find that you can upgrade yourself and you will go through that smoothly. So just make learning into a habit. Not for the sake of exams, not for the same of marks, but for the sake of gaining knowledge, which will be your greatest asset life long.

This is a transcript of a video talk by Dr. Ali Khwaja: Why Should We Study?

By Ali Khwaja


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Career Guidance

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