WHAT TO DO AFTER GRADUATION? HIGHER STUDIES OR JOB / WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AFTER GRADUATION?
Graduation is the most puzzling phase in the academic life of the youth as nowadays they have numerous career opportunities available. They can take up a job in an organization, pursue higher education or start earning through self-employment. Some of the career alternatives are discussed as follows;
B) Higher Studies
C) Competitive Examinations
D) Start up / Entrepreneurship
E) Work from Home, Freelancing as a writer, translation work or transcription work
F) Social service and NGO
These are mostly available in the private companies for the following profiles / areas:
i. KPO / BPO
ii. Sales, Marketing, Research and Advertising
iii. Accounting and Finance
iv. Banking and Insurance
v. Non-banking and Stock market related financial services
vii. Journalism and Mass communication
You might be required to undergo a short duration training or certification courses for some of the above profiles. However in corporate, at higher and senior positions, candidates with minimum MBA / PGDM / CA / CS / B.Tech or other professional degrees are generally preferred. Hence, those with simple graduation can get stagnated after a few years.
B) HIGHER STUDIES
Pursuing post-graduation or opting for professional courses is another obvious choice for the graduates. Yet, these should be chosen as per your interests and long term career goals. Many students join PG courses, while preparing for their competitive examinations, but later find these courses of little value. Some of the available alternatives are:
i. B.Ed. / M.Ed – If you want to get into teaching in schools
ii. Post-Graduation followed by UGC Net / Ph.D – In case you are interested in college or university teaching
iii. MCA – It depends upon your interest in mathematics and IT sector
iv. LLB – In case you wish to purse career as a legal practioner or a consultant in organizations
v. CA / CS / CMA / CWA / CFA – If you have capacity to study hard, further for couple of years. Though difficult, career is often highly rewarding
vi. MBA / PGDM – Most secured option in case you are looking for decent placement and career growth, especially in the private sector
vii. MBA / PGDM – UGC Net / Ph.D. – This is another route to get into academics. Many management students after couple of years of corporate experience later shift to teaching profile after qualifying UGC Net examination.
C) COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS
Those desirous of stable and peaceful career in the central or state government undertakings, appear for competitive examinations for officer or clerical positions. Though extremely tough to qualify, competitions are conducted round the year in the following services;
i. Civil Services
ii. Banking – Probationary officers / Management Trainees / Clerical (IBPS, SBI, RBI, etc.)
iii. Central and State government jobs in accounts and administration
iv. Public Sector Undertakings such as ONGC, BHEL, NTPC, etc.
v. Defence, Paramilitary and police forces
D) ENTREPRENEURSHIP / START-UP VENTURE
In case you have creative ideas and have family / friends support related to business finances, marketing, etc. you may start business venture on your own. Finances are also available through banks / angel investors, etc. Considering that initial few years of start-ups are extremely challenging, one must have patience and perseverance to succeed.
E) WORK FROM HOME, FREELANCING AS A WRITER, TRANSLATION WORK OR TRANSCRIPTION WORK
Those having command over language with flair for writing and proficiency in computers can start on their own as content writers or freelance writers. Besides, they can get into work from home opportunities offered by media & publishing companies, web portals, IT service firms, etc. for translation or transcription related work.
F) SOCIAL SERVICE AND NGO
This is slowly becoming a popular profession for those who wants to serve the society and socially deprived communities. Though not a very high paying job, opportunities are available in government and non-government organizations in the field of research, child welfare, health and nutrition, rural development, women empowerment, education, etc.
Considering the trends of past couple of years, those who wish to have a secure career in corporate, usually opt for CAT / MAT / XAT examinations for pursuing MBA or PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management). While MBA is offered by UGC approved govt. and private universities, PGDM is offered by AICTE approved institutions. AICTE is a govt. body under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India and was setup to provide professional education to cater to the needs of the industry / corporate. Some of the top ranking institutions to offer MBA / PGDM courses in India are SP Jain, XLRI, IIMs, Narsee Monjee, etc. while in Delhi- NCR are; FMS (DU), MDI, LBS, IMI, JIMS (Rohini), etc.
JIMS Rohini, Delhi
JAGAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES
3, Institutional Area, Sector-5, Rohini
(Near Rithala Metro Station), Delhi-110085.
Tel.: 011-45184000, 45184001, 45184002
Website – http://jimsindia.org/