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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.

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