Commerce options without maths
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.