Careers that take you places careercounselling
BUQUERQUE I am a Class 10 student. I want to go for a very innovative career which includes visiting new places and gets me good income. I score around 85%. What career options do I have? What stream should I opt for in Class 11? If it should be humanities, then what subjects should it include?
—Devyani When deciding on a career option, it is good to start looking at your innate abilities and personality, along with your areas of interest. Today, there are hundreds of careers which will give you an opportunity to travel and visit new places, but you also need to think about the kind of work you would like to do, the environment in which you are comfortable working - are you creative, with good communication skills, and get on well with other people? Are you a problem solver, good organiser, or an introvert? There are hundreds of different careers suitable for people of varied abilities, interests and personalities and you need to start thinking about yourself and your areas of interest with career goals which must be realistic and suit your abilities and interests.
The travel and tourism sector itself offers a myriad of opportunities with a growing scope of employment in government tourism departments, immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels, travel websites, tourism promotion and sales etc. If you are good with people, have an understanding of human psychology, an ability to get on with all types of people and possess some organising ability, administrative and effective problem-solving skills, you can do well in this career. But this could hold equally so for careers in hospitality, journalism, TV and film, as well as business management which would cover some aspect of travel.
So, you need to do a self-assessment and explore the options that are best suited to your abilities, interests and life goals before you take the first big decision - your choice of subjects in Class 11. Get as much information as you can about the careers that interest you.
Courses in space science
I am Class 12-pass student, preparing for CET. I wish to study space sciences. Is there any direct undergraduate programme which I can join? Please help me.
—Varun All space sciences such as rocket science, aeronautical engineering, and astronomy are branches of physics and mathematics and so closely integrated. While physicists are involved in the study and testing of theoretical assumptions, engineers handle the application and technological aspects. So, you can get into space sciences through any of the two routes - BSc in physics or maths and then MSc and PhD in astrophysics or space sciences. Alternatively, you can do a BE/BTech in aeronautical or aerospace engineering followed by an MTech plus a PhD in aerospace engineering, or related field.
However, now the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) offers integrated BSc/ MSc programmes in different fields of science, with scholarships to budding young scientists at five campuses in Pune, Kolkata, Bhopal, Mohali and Thiruvanthapuram. The programme is designed as a balanced blend of core science and interdisciplinary topics, to serve as a launch pad for research and doctoral studies in cutting-edge areas in science and technology. Students can major in any of the disciplines which include physics, chemistry, biology, material sciences and environment science. They are also required to take courses in engineering, humanities, and interdisciplinary areas for a well-rounded learning experience. Such a course may serve to cover your interests. Check the website www.iiser-admissions.in for more details.