What to Do After Graduation


After graduation, your career is at the cusp of make or break scenario. This is the time when you need to take a well-calculated future-oriented decision that is going to shape your professional trajectory. Any mistake at this point will make the way ahead harder for you. Completing graduation also means that you have grown mature enough to compare and judge various career options present before you, and there is no way you can exempt yourself from the responsibility of building a strong career prospect.

Researching a bit at this juncture will help you plan and outline the best alternative before you with respect to the degree and skills you have earned and the qualities you can rely upon. Choosing the right path requires a careful investigation of your abilities, ambition and propensity. What you love to do and what you excel at are the most fruitful routes you can take, but there is also the necessity to align these things to the education you have received and the profession you wish to pursue. Take a look at the various options in front of you before you opt to make a career move.

Career Options after Bachelor in Arts


Some people believe that graduation in arts subjects is just a waste of time and resources. But this myth has been broken since a while now. You have plenty of lucrative options to make a long-lasting career after graduation in art subjects. Some of them are discussed below.

Hotel Management


If you are inclined towards the service sector and have a pleasing personality, this may be the best bet for you. Do a hotel management course and see your life moving ahead without glitches. To get entry into the top hotel management institutes, you need to face an all India test or appear for the individual tests conducted by various institutions. Once you pass the test, you will learn the required skill after getting admitted to the course of your choice.

Fashion Designing


Fashion is the craze of the new millennium. In fact, outfits of different make and dimensions are the most sold items today. If you are creative and eager to make a mark here, you can, for sure, face the test conducted by IIFT and make your entry into this domain. If you are obsessed with shapes and colors and have a keen interest in fashion trends, this is the correct field for you.

Interior Decoration


Again, you need to have a good imagination and color perception. You should have a good grasp on the space and size and placement of different items in a milieu. This career option is for every graduate and BA pass aspirants are not an exception.

Master of Arts


After BA, you are eligible for an MA course, so why not make use of it. If you love Economics or Geography, or even Mathematics, you have a good career route ahead of you. Some of the best professions after a master’s degree in arts according to your subject constitute Psychologist, Economist, Statistician, Archeologist, Social activist, Librarian, Judge, Lawyer, Legal advisor, Translator, Language expert and so on. Although it is best to choose the area of expertise at the graduate level, you can always make a decent transition into a related field.

Master in Computer Application (MCA)


You can do this course if you love programming and computing. If you are not a mathematics graduate, you may have to take a short course before getting admitted to the top institutes. You can brush up your skills by doing DCA or PGDCA as an alternative plan. This program will open the gates for IT-based employment opportunities.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


MBA can be pursued by any graduate irrespective of the stream he or she belongs to. This will bring forward a host of opportunities in sectors like marketing, finance, human resources, administration and so on. Before choosing MBA, you should ensure that you are competent enough and try to get admitted to the topmost institutes in this arena. There are numerous national level tests like MAT, CAT, XAT, ICFAI, IIFM, FMS and so on, which you can attempt and earn a good percentile. If you do not succeed in getting admitted to a reputed institute, you should focus on your communication skills and practical knowledge and carve out a career by hard work and experience.

Aviation


If the idea of flying excites you and you have a charming and handsome persona, this area will suit you the most. Here you have the career prospects of flight attendants, booking clerks, pilots, air hostess and so on. You can choose on-field or off-field career depending upon your tendency and grit. Here also you have to prepare for the tests conducted to get the admission.

BPO/KPO


Business process outsourcing or knowledge process outsourcing companies or call centers to be more frank seek graduates for various positions in their organization. You need to have very good communication skills and a quickly adaptive mind to make a promising career here. Fluency and computer knowledge are required key skills for this arena.

Government or Public Services


You can right away start preparing and appearing for various government positions after completing graduation. The most preferred ones are UPSC, State PSCs, SSC, NDA, IFS, Railway Boards, FCI, PCS and so on. Make sure to churn out a good plan and conduct a wholesome preparation for the syllabus of your preferred sector as the nature of exams for all of them vary greatly and you may be downplayed by the tough competition if you are not up to mark.

Banking and NBFC


If you are disciplined enough and are good at calculations along with an active brain and descent communication skills, you may like the banking sector. Nowadays, a combined test is carried on a national basis for all the banks and the syllabus is quite uniform despite some surprises now and then. You may like to become a bank manager, a PO or a clerk depending on your knack.

Non-banking financial sectors include insurance and other financial services that are open to all, although a finance or a commerce degree holder has an edge at the beginning. You can opt for a similar degree after you get a start in this domain or you may come the other way round. It is entirely up to you.

Film Industry and Modeling


You may choose to become an actor, director, choreographer, dancer, model or scriptwriter, video editor and so on. Every role required different qualifications. For example, you can pursue an acting course from National School of Drama to try your luck at acting or you can learn music and become a musician. Modeling does not require any formal degree, but you need to be serious about your lifestyle, body figure and preparation. A good deal of networking and patience is required to succeed in these fields, so be ready to sacrifice your comfort zone if you want a seat here.

Teaching/Education


Teachers are the ultimate shapers of the social cult. If you have a penchant towards training and empowering young brains, teaching might be the best-suited profession for you. To become a formal teacher in certified institutions, you need, at least, a BEd degree or must have completed the teacher's training course. To become a lecturer you should ideally earn a Ph.D. and/or clear the National Eligibility Test conducted by UGC after completing an MA in that domain. You can also choose to share your expertise in coaching institutions or become an online tutor.

Digital Marketing


In the era of dominance of online sales and promotion, digital marketing has evolved as a great marketing hub. There are numerous job opportunities present, but to avail them you need to certify yourself in one of the courses. Again, there are many people without degrees who have that instinct and pitch in their voices making great careers in this field. Technique, experience and expertise go hand in hand in ascertaining you future in digital marketing.

Sales and Business Development


Most of the small businesses prefer to hire people without marketing degrees if they cannot afford the MBAs. If you think you are outgoing, persuasive and competent, you can make use of this opportunity. Business development and customer relationship management require peoples’ skills. As such, you need to be amicable and persuasive along with a fine sense of emotional intelligence.

Career Options after Graduation in Commerce


A commerce graduate is meant to be efficient and well versed in principles of Accounting, Finance, Statistics, Economics, Marketing and Management, which means, a masters degree in commerce will be the best option to go for. Another hefty field which is also lucrative is Chartered Accountancy. It consists of a three level module of CPT, IPCC and final CA. The exam is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI). The commerce graduates get a direct entry to appear for the IPCC exam. Another good option for BCom graduates is MBA in finance.

A person with a commerce background can get employed in banks or financial institutions at various positions, ranging from financial consultants to branch manager or PO. Donning an MBA degree in finance will also make you eligible for top positions in a company like CFO or finance manager. You can also get hired as CA, auditor, tax accountant or business analyst in public accounting firms, business consultancies and industrial firms. Apart from all these options, a BCom graduate, if unsatisfied with the current career route is always free to reshape his career in many of the streams discussed earlier for the arts graduates.

Career Options after Bachelor in Science


A science graduate has the most number of career options present before him. He is eligible for almost all of the areas common to arts and commerce discipline. He can delve into the area of his choice in most of the streams discussed earlier. He can opt to pursue management or MCA. Be it Hotel management, Aviation, Digital Marketing, Technical Writing, Fashion Designing, Interior Decoration, Teaching or Public service jobs, he can make a smooth transition. As technology is in great demand today, a science graduate is employable in every realm that uses technology of any kind. In addition, there are some core sectors entirely devoted to science. Let us examine some of those areas.

Hospital/Laboratory Management


Any person with a biology background, preferably zoology is eligible for courses in hospital and Laboratory management. There are also smaller certification modules like lab technician or radiology which are very employment friendly. There is plenty of scope in this area.

MBBS/MEd/Medicine


Though MBBS can be pursued right after completing plus two, it is never late if you decide to commence on it. For this, you must face all India tests and make a cut. A great career can be carved out of this sector. One can also specialize in Ayurvedic medicine or alternative medicine like homeopathy. Naturopathy and Yogic Studies are other great options, and who can forget physical trainers and dieticians.

Information Technology


If you are BSc (IT), it is obvious that you have preplanned to enter the information technology arena. If not, you can still enroll yourself in a diploma or certification course if you have mathematics as one of your subjects without much bother. An MCA (Master in Computer Application) will also ascertain your entry into the IT domain. You will get jobs like network administrator, cyber security expert, programmer, data scientist or App designer.

MSc/MTech/MA


If you want to equal your degree to that of a BTech graduate, doing MSc is a good practice. Later, you can pursue MTech and make a resounding career out of it. Specialization in technical subjects will lead you towards becoming physicists, scientists, astronomers, statisticians, chemists and so on. You can also choose to specialize in subjects like geography, psychology and home science, which are also considered as science subjects and command huge possibilities.

Deciding Your Career Route after Graduation


Graduation is a crunch point of your career. What you do after earning a bachelor’s degree will have a long-lasting effect on your employability and job prospects. It is therefore in your own benefit to be extra careful in deciding your path. This does not mean being nervous or unnecessarily security conscious. It means aligning your goals with your passion and skills. Once you find your best fit, you should not be worried about what will happen in the long run. Because, as stated earlier, you have to think upon it in advance and act accordingly.

Another thing to keep in mind is your financial capacity and life goals. Choose the sector that you can afford and stick to for a long period of time. If possible, enroll in courses like earn while you learn if you face financial hurdles. But overall, be confident and open-minded and keep an eye upon the current happenings in your area. What to do after graduation is merely a question and you need to answer it with aplomb and consciousness, timely and prudently.