Career guidance tips: What to do after graduation?

Since basic graduation is no longer considered sufficient for a bright career, do plan to study higher. There are various scholarships and bank loans available for deserving economically weak students. The choices available to you include:

  • Post graduate degrees and diplomas in the respective field in which you have done your graduation
  • PG in business management, many specialized streams of management, mass communication, computer applications, education, social work, advertising, applied psychology, design, public relations, travel, and many, many others. Most of these PG courses do not insist on a graduation from the same field.
  • You can also aspire to get into civil or military service through various competitive exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission ( Their website gives examination dates and the last dates for applying.
  • Similarly, higher studies in prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Science and various other government organizations that offer stipends and scholarships to deserving students, and an opportunity to continue higher studies in various fields.

Most of the prestigious institutes start their admission procedure months earlier, and hence they allow students in the final year of their degree course to sit for the entrance exam. Considering that these exams are highly competitive, with only a few seats for tens of thousands of applicants, one needs to start planning and preparing at least a year in advance. Good coaching is available in most large cities of the country, and guide books are also available with sample question papers.

Be aware that the choices are very wide, and expanding every year. Only if you plan ahead and apply at the right time will you be able to get into some of the most prestigious institutions. And entry into a good institute is your passport for success.

Careers in medical and allied fields
  1. Doing allopathic medicine through MBBS.
  2. Specializing in dental medicine by taking up BDS.
  3. Studying  medical courses in  homeopathy(BHMS), ayurveda(BAMS) or unani medicine(BUMS).
  4. Doing veterinary medicine (BVSc).
  5. Taking up a course in medical electronics, biomedical or genetic engineering.
  6. After graduation in any field, going on to a masters course in hospital administration (MHA).
  7. Making a career in nursing (BSc and then a specialization through MSc Nursing).
  8. Studying psychology (MA or M.Sc) and then going on to special­izing in clinical psychology (M.Phil.) in an  institution like NIMHANS.
  9. Becoming a speech therapist/ audiologist by doing a  special BSc in that subject.
  10. Doing a four year BSc or BPT in  physiotherapy or occupational therapy.
  11. Taking up diploma courses in special education, mental retardation, or handling disabled children.
  12. Pursuing one of the innumerable paramedical courses to become a lab technician, pathologist, radiographer, optometrist, dietitian etc.

By Ali Khwaja

Career Guidance

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