This is written with especially students in mind for whom career with monetary support is necessary. Out there are many courses for study and once taken it defines a path of a career.
It might be very difficult to changes latter. So it is important to be cautious in choice courses.
Every student receives basic education which comprises of all subjects like social, science, mathematics, languages, arts etc. This exposes him to the available knowledge in the country and the world.
Most pupils during their study of these subjects have a preferential likeness to one or two subjects and rarely all of them. Because if this likeness to the subject he has better understanding and memory of it than the rest.
So he may like the teachers teaching those subjects, even curious about the television programs, conferences & workshops related to them.
So it is very natural for him to perform well in those subjects, exams and career.
But the career options taken based on interests have consequences like changes with regard to his social position, monetary gains, stability, growth etc.
So when these changes seem unfavorable, the person might lose interest in the field. Then he might consider to change. But this change is not so easy in many cases as one will have spent many years in perceiving the previous one.
So course selection during especially higher education is vital.
How to select courses of study
1. Consider the impact and contribution of the course to the society.
Let’s take some examples of great scientists who showed a real life example. Mostly science is considered to be a field where finances are meager even before discovery or after a great discovery. There were many scientists who died living poor. You can go through life of great people like Einstein, Newton or great mathematician like Ramanujan. They all had simple lives even after great fame and success in their field. This is because most of their work had impact on humanity and its knowledge and opened way for future development but not for their personal financial success.
But Thomas alwa Edison once invented an equipment and he was really exited about it. But he was disappointed with it because it did not bring him fame and sufficient financial support for his future projects.
This made him think and realize that he should not make any new invention without direct and immediate application and use to the society. So what everything he created from there on were all highly beneficial monetarily and made him very famous and also turned him to a very successful businessman who established one of the fortune 400 companies namely GE (general electrics). Most of the inventions also got patents and there by benefited his countries patent office immensely in terms of work and monetarily.
So this simple instance shows one how an application oriented thought benefits a person and not just his interest alone.
So while comparing this to present society trends. It seems courses related to direct human application like, medicine (even para-medical courses), engineering, arts (related to human time pass or fun like acting, singing, music, drawings (like cartoon), animations etc. are highly in demand due to their trends like sufficient growth options, social contribution, monetary support out of the work, stability etc.
2. Competition level an aspect to worry or not to worry?
Many of them seem to worry about competition. It might be true to some extent. But how can competition affect the extent of goal you want to achieve or work you can contribute. If you want to get through a competitive exam, how does competition affect you from scoring 100 out of 100 marks? And if you score 100 than how will you not be success in the competition? So one need to fear of competition in case you can’t perform well like due to aging or resources but not due to others…
3. Be-careful with advises you get or rely on to decide:
It is a natural tendency to listen to others opinion regarding courses, career etc. It is well-known that we need to listen to them but take final decision from our side. But there are many people who readily give advice. Among the advisers, there are three types.
a) Those who did it and know how to do and what is the present situation there.
b) Those who are in the field and partly successful but will be expecting greater success if one does in some way they did not see but just hoping so. Check for more details in these advises.
c) Those who are not in the field, but knew or heard from some others. These people advice, one must be really careful.
4. Think of financial support for your education & alternative options if any:
This is vital for everyone. There are many who can’t afford to study the course they desire to. Some can’t sustain long education as they may need to take up family business or responsibilities.
For the above two problems there are plenty of chances to still go ahead. There are many banks to offer easy education loans while also there are financial supports from government side in terms of fee waiver or financial support in terms of fellowships or scholarships etc.
If you have family responsibilities try to take some time to work for your family responsibilities and then come back. Or try to do it in distance education mode or do the course from place nearest to your home so that you can balance both duties.
5. Problems with some subjects or chapter or concepts:
This is specially mention here because, there are many students who left maths or social or science in their further study due their reluctance or uneasiness to those subjects though they might have been having a good potential in it.
In any course or filed you like to perceive, there will be one or more subjects or concepts which one feels tough to perceive or digest. But still one go ahead by some extra focus and understanding the subject. Don’t just think to quit the course or field because you are unable to accept or digest or overcome that subject or topic in study or course.
6. Check for availability of the course, career aspect in or around your place.
There are many courses which may not be available or accessible (Ex: Astrobiology, Computer based art and designs etc.) due to lack of university or institute offering them. In such cases you may need to see for out side country for them to perceive. For this the options are to clear the requirements for getting admission over there like basic education, GRE, TOFEL, monetary support and other formalities before hand.
Also think of interdisciplinary courses for study if you have diverse interests. This helps to shift your career in case you wish to in future.