Com­merce op­tions with­out maths

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I passed my Class 12 class with 70% marks in com­merce with­out maths. What are study op­tions for me, reg­u­lar as well as us­ing the dis­tance mode?

-Sameer With 70% marks in com­merce with­out maths, you should be able to get into a reg­u­lar col­lege for a BCom or a BA pro­gramme. Other­wise, you could take up a BCom pro­gramme course through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion, along with which

you may do any vo­ca­tional or pro­fes­sional course, de­pend­ing on your per­sonal ap­ti­tude and in­ter­ests. There are diploma and cer­tifi­cate cour­ses in fields such as mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions, travel and tourism, fash­ion de­sign, com­put­ers, mar­ket­ing, re­tail man­age­ment and so on, which can pro­vide the right kind of train­ing to en­able you to work in any of these ar­eas. Other op­tions could be in the hos­pi­tal­ity, travel and avi­a­tion sec­tors for which there are many op­tions if you are strongly so­cia­ble with good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and ser­vice ori­en­ta­tion. In the busi­ness and fi­nance seg­ments, there are av­enues such as ac­count­ing, cost and works ac­coun­tants (CWA), bank­ing, sales and mar­ket­ing, re­tail man­age­ment and cus­tomer care in busi­ness process out­sourc­ing firms.

If you have good ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, you can get into ca­reers re­lated to the me­dia, such as jour­nal­ism, ad­ver­tis­ing or pub­lic re­la­tions.

Com­put­ers and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) is an­other vast field with plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for those with good com­put­ing skills. You can pur­sue diploma or cer­tifi­cate cour­ses at a com­puter in­sti­tute of­fer­ing train­ing in dif­fer­ent com­puter lan­guages and tech­nolo­gies. De­pend­ing on the com­pe­ten­cies you are able to de­velop, you could take up jobs in pro­gram­ming, sys­tems anal­y­sis, data­base man­age­ment, net­work­ing, and so on. So, the choices ahead of you are wide rang­ing, you just need to know which one is right for you.

Re­search doc­tor dreams

I am in Class 10 and want to be a re­search doc­tor. Please tell me how I should go about it. Is it pos­si­ble to be a re­search doc­tor with­out pur­su­ing an MBBS de­gree? Is there any scope of this pro­fes­sion in In­dia?

-Shub­ham Sharma While you can take up med­i­cal re­search af­ter an MBBS qual­i­fi­ca­tion, you can also get into this field of re­search through a study of the bio- sciences. If you are in­ter­ested in the ar­eas to re­lated med­i­cal re­search, you can spe­cialise in med­i­cal biotech­nol­ogy, which deals with health­care and phar­macy sec­tors, and re­search re­lated to drugs, vac­cines, di­ag­nos­tics, gene ther­apy, stem cell re­search etc. This dis­ci­pline of biotech­nol­ogy has tremen­dous hu­man­i­tar­ian im­pli­ca­tions, be­cause a small dis­cov­ery can save mil­lions of lives. You can get into this field by tak­ing up sci­ence sub­jects af­ter Class 10 — physics, chem­istry and bi­ol­ogy or maths, fol­lowed by grad­u­a­tion in any of the life sciences or bio­sciences such as bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, bio-chem­istry, biotech­nol­ogy and so on, which open up ca­reers in ar­eas re­lated to the life sciences such as biotech­nol­ogy, ge­net­ics, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory tech­nol­ogy, food pro­cess­ing, phar­macy, and so on. These fields re­quire post grad­u­ate train­ing, ei­ther at the de­gree or the diploma level.

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