Sooner or later, all students in the 9th and 10th grade are posed the inevitable question “Which stream are you going to pursue?”. Students who age are often confused about what they wish to do in life, but they can follow steps to help them decide which career options are best for them.
- Focus on your personality
- Understand your options
- Seek counseling
- Avoid ‘herd mentality
Focus on your personality
Not all students who score below 90% in their exams have to opt for the arts, the same way that no students who score higher have to opt for the sciences. Your further studies should be about discovering and exploring fields that interest you and that you are passionate about, not what other people say is “best for you”.
If your preferred career path in the sciences, you should pursue it by all means. However, if you aren’t interested in the sciences and would rather study the arts or the social sciences, you should follow those interests instead of going into disciplines that are ‘the safer choice’.
Understand your options
It is vital to understand the options that are available to you while making a decision. Get as much information as possible about the streams that you are considering. You should gather data on factors such as difficulty, future career opportunities, length of study, etc. After gathering this information, analyze each stream and pick the one that seems like the best fit for you. You can source this information from professors, students who graduated 10th grade, and counselors.
Education counseling can be an excellent tool to help you understand and explore your future options. Counselors have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they can deploy to help you select the best path forward. Counselors can also help you get in touch with people who can help shape your decision – teachers at universities and professionals working in the fields that you are interested in and explore the right and relevant career opportunities.
Avoid ‘herd mentality
Herd mentality occurs when an individual bases his or her actions on the actions of the group. It may seem tempting to select a stream because most of your friends may be pursuing it. While this may seem like a lucrative option, it is not aligned with your long-term interests.
The same goes for selecting streams that your parents or siblings may have done. Focus on your own life goals and select a discipline that best helps you achieve those goals. You don’t need to jump on the bandwagon and prepare only for competitive exams for medical and engineering courses, but you must know other competitive exams that align with your career choice and are required to get you an admit for those courses.
If you follow these suggestions, you will likely enjoy your further studies and be more successful.
Also published on Medium.