Sunday, June 1, 2014

Career after 12th (HSC) arts, think more than just BA, D.Ed and LLB

Course to pursue after 10+2 Humanities stream

It is normally misunderstood that humanities stream (in normal terms it is known as “arts”) is the least preferred stream, easy and without value. First of all, these are not at all true. Unfortunately in country like India where despite of being many “educated” and “literate” people only sizeable number of people are have awareness, knowledge and have a stereotype or wrong perception about it.
Let me clarify in the very first point that humanities stream also has equal value as compared to their counterparts in science and commerce stream. Humanities is not just about studying bachelor of arts, learning languages, sociology, political science, economics, philosophy, psychology or being a teacher. It is beyond that. A student in humanities has well earning as well as respectful career. They may turn to be a counselor, a psychologist, an MBA grds, an economist, an insurance underwriter through actuarial science, a lawyer and a good corporate career. You have everything that you want. Let us explore about it.

So, the question is what are the career options do I have after passing 10+2 in humanities/ Arts? Can I get a good position, can I get a good salary?
Well, you have multiple career options and all of them are well rewarding. But before that you need to decide what is your area of interest. For what you are passionate and you think you should do that. If you follow a career by following money, believe my friend you are never going to get success on long run. Let me highlight career after 10+2 in humanities (Arts)

Career in computer applications/ IT sector
BCA (Bachelor of Computer Applications)/BCS (Bachelor of Computer Science)/ B.Sc. IT / B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.Sc. (IT hardware and networking), B.Sc. (multimedia and animations)
You do not need to be surprised. Yes, even if you are a humanities 10+2, you may pursue these lucrative courses. Few universities demand that you must have studied mathematics as a subject at 10+2 level to pursue BCA/ B.Sc.IT with minimum 45%.  Apart from that you must be very good in logical thinking, a detail oriented, creative and innovative.
Scope: After completing BCA/BCS and B.Sc. IT/ CS (Please do not get confuse, they all are same with little different syllabus offered by different institutes) you may start career as software developer, web designer, technical support, networking engineer, IT engineer. You may need to pursue additional certification courses. For a good career you must opt a good institute/ universities. Do not opt any institute. Look at their past placement record, scan over linkedin and other career portal about their alumni.

Fee: Rs. 15000 to 50000 and other expenses depend from institute to institute

Career as a lawyer:
You may start career in the field of law. After 10+2, you may apply for 5 years law degree course. Some of the prominent institutes are Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai, Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Wadala, Mumbai, National Law Universities (as of now there are 17 national law universities and 1 more is coming up. Of them prominent are Jodhpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhopal etc.), Symbiosis International University law college etc.
Courses offered:
Career prospects:
Lawyers are not only meant to fight court cases, it is beyond that. Now, every company needs a specialized lawyer. They may be litigation (those who fight cases) and non-litigation lawyer(who work in a corporate environment such as legal advisor, legal executive and do career progression as a legal manager, VP legal, legal head etc.
Salary: If you are from a top law school, even as a fresher you may expect starting salary of 30000 per month. Again it depends on the type of field and specialization you choose. The said 30000 per month on the basis of today. After 5 years it could be 60000 too. This is the salary much more than an average software engineer fresher gets.
Admission process: GLC and Dr. ambedkar law college wadala takes admission on the basis of your score in 10+2 so the average requirement is 87% + whereas national law universities grant admission based on CLAT score (Common Law Admission Test ) score. Symbiosis holds its own entrance exam.

Minimum 10+2 from a recognized board or equivalent in India with minimum 45% marks
You should pursue law only if you have following qualities or like to get it
Should have in depth interest about law
Should be good in communication
Should be good in drafting and can go into detail piece of every information
Should be very good in argument
Should be ready for extensive travelling and to study for long working hours
Should be interested in life long learning as the law changes any moment.
Fee: 17000 to 75000 per year and other expenses depend from institute to institute

Career in business management
You may pursue integrated 5 years MBA programme offered by various institutes including IIM Indore, BIT Mesra Ranchi, VIT University Vellore, Nirma University, MDU Rohtak. Again, carefully choose institutes. Above mentioned institutes are well reputed. There are many others offer such courses but not of much worth.

IIM needs 10+2 with minimum 60 % and most of the other reputed institutes have similar criteria
Admission based on: Entrance exams of the respective institutes
Fee: IIM has fee of 3 lakhs per annum while VIT has fee of around 65000 per annum.
Job prospects: High rewarding career job in management, good organization starting with the position of management trainee and absorbed in higher categories.
Salary: The current average salary of IIM is 13 lakhs whereas if you are from VIT you may expect starting package of 3-4 lakhs p.a.

Career in Mass Media, banking and insurance and financial management and corporate secretaryship
Other than the traditional courses, many universities now offer speacialised courses for commerce students. They are:
B.Com Banking and Insurance or Bachelor of Banking and Insurance
B.Com. Financial services or Bachelor of Financial Services
B.Com Accounts and Finance
Bachelor of Corporate Secretaryship
Bachelor of Marketing Management
Bachelor of Mass Media
Each of these courses have demand in the respective market. If you complete Bachelor of Banking and Insurance, you may start career with banking and insurance industry in sales, product management, relationship management where demand for qualified youths are huge with starting salary of around 10000 per month. If you complete Bachelor of Mass Media, you have option to start career as Public Relation Executive/ Officer, executive- external communication, marketing executive, Public liasoning officer, copy writer, marketing executive, in journalism, TV and production houses on various roles and so on. The career is challenging as well as rewarding. The course fee is between 15000 to 70,000 depend on institute you choose.
List of institutes
For BBI/ BAF/ BFI/ BMM/ BJMC (Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication)
1.       St Xaviers College, Mumbai
2.       Jai Hind College, Mumbai
3.       Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
4.       Sohpia College, Mumbai
5.       Don Bosco College, Goa
6.       H R College, Mumbai
7.       Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Symbiosis International University, Pune
8.      Lady Shriram College for Women, Delhi
9.       Ramnarayan Ruia College, Mumbai
10.   Indraprastha College for Women, New Delhi
11.    Manipal Institute for Communication, Manipal
12.    Kamala Nehru College for Women, New Delhi
13.    SIES college of arts, Commerce and Science, Mumbai
14.    K J somiaya College, Mumbai
15.    Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai
16.    K C College, Mumbai
17.    St. Andrew’s College, Mumbai
18.   Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, New Delhi

Career in Fashion Design/ Interior Design
Another lucrative field students from the arts stream can pursue is a career in designing. Students here can pursue a B.Sc. in Fashion Design, B.Sc. in Textile Design, B.Sc. in Interior design etc from institutes like NIFT, NID etc.

Career in hotel management and hospitality management
Those who are interested in hospitality sector may opt for Hospital Management (Diploma or Bachelor for which admission usually happens through a CET) and also BA (Hospitality Management) BBA (Aviation management), Bachelor of tourism studies.
Upon completion one can find a well paid and well respected job in hospitality sector such as 5 star hotels, airline industries and those organizations providing tourism related job.
Best institutes to pursue courses
Thakur college of aviation, Mumbai
Emirates Aviation University, UAE
Bharthiar University, Tamilnadu
Fee: approx 85000 t0 1 Lakh per year
Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Goa
Manipal University, Manipal
Christ University, Bangalore
GD Goenka University, Gurgaon
Garden City College, Bangalore
Institute of Hotel Management Delhi
Delhi Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi

Course in Fine Arts
Although these courses do not have enough job markets but if you are passionate about fine arts i.e. painting, theatre, acting, dancing (Indian Classical), Music etc. you may choose Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Various universities (almost every institute) offer such courses. It includes University of Mumbai, University of Madras, MAHER University etc.

Courses in Social Work
Social work is no more just a volunteer work. It is a well paid job sometime as good as a business degree. In Canada and many other countries, social workers are high in demand and included in high skilled labour category for immigration. With the pass of new company Act, many organizations have to do a mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and it has opened job for social worker.
If you are an extrovert, you love to help people, you love to change people’s life, you are full of ideas and you care about society, you should join BA (Social services/ social studies), BA Population Studies or Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). This degree open career opportunities as a project officer, planning officer, administrator, social worker with various local, national and international NGOs as well as various corporates.
Institutes to pursue BSW
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Deonar, Mumbai
International Institute of Population Studies, Mumbai
Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Nagpur
Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gram Vishwavidyalaya. Satna, MP
Vishwa Bharti University, West Bengal

Career in Civil Services-  BA Civil Services
Civil Services is one of the best rewarding career which comes with power and money. Although any graduates are eligible for appearing for civil services, there are universities who offer BA in civil services. Although their success rates are unknown but they definitely get better opportunity as the curriculum has been designed om the basis of syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Prelims and Mains.
To know more details, please visit:
Institutes offering BA Civil Services
Bharthiar University, Tamil Nadu
Jamila Milia Islamia, New Delhi
I could not find other universities offering this course however, Jamia is best amongst this.

Career as a CA/ CMA
Yes, you have read it correctly. There is no restriction that only people from commerce background can study CA or ICWA (Also known as CMA). Both are a well rewarding and one of the toughest career. The pass percentage is hardly 3% and it takes almost 5 years after 10+2 to be a CA or CMA (Cost and Management Accounting). Now, even a specific courses B.Com for ICAI i.e. CA and B.Com for ICWAI i.e. CMA is offered by university of Madras and IGNOU. Although very few people from humanities background opt these courses but taking risk is always rewarded. If you want to do something different than others you must take these challenges.
After 10+2 you are enrolled at IPCC of CA and foundation programme of ICWA. After completion this first level, you need to undergo 3 years articleship, a tough on the job learning and then you need to complete PE I and PE II and executive level of CMA.
Cost: If you learn by self, the cost is within 50000 for entire programme and if you opt coaching classes, it depends on type of coaching classes you choose.
Salary: If you are a rankholder CA, you can fetch salary between 6 lakhs to 18 lakhs initially per year. If you clear it in first attempt, at least you can expect 6 lakhs per year as of today. A CMA also earn salary figure near to this.

Career as a company secretary:
It is as good as a CA or CMA however they work on compliance part of any company and integral part of any listed company and the companies with turn over of Rs. 5 crore or more. It also has similar process as CA, less tougher and one can expect minimum salary of 5 lakhs per annum as of today after completing CS. You may start it after 10+2 too.

Joining NDA
You may join National Defence Academy when you are in 10+ or if you have completed it and if you have not crossed more than 19 years. NDA selection test is conducted by UPSC and upon selection you have to take training and Khadakvasla Pune with stipend and a degree in defence and strategy from prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and starting career in Army as lieutenant. No cost of education and with great rewarding career.

Career in fashion designing/ interior designing and designing
 You may not be an architect or engineer but certainly you can become an interior designer supporting an architect or starting your something own. You may opt B.Sc. Fashion Designing, B.Sc. Textile Designing, B.Sc. Interior designing etc from top institute like NIFT, NID etc. These courses are equally rewarding as an engineer or as an architect.

Other options:
You may choose courses like BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media), BJMC (Bachelor of Journalism and Communication), BBA/ BMS, B.Sc. Finance, B.Sc. economics, B.A. Economics, you may pursue degree is Psychology and may make career as a psychologist. You may choose subject of your interest for graduation and later, you may pursue MBA from a top institute or masters in subject of your interest and may opt teaching as a profession. You may do law after graduation too so CA, CWA and CS too.

Conclusion: There are enormous opportunities available for 10+2 humanities students. They just need to decide what they want to do. Everything cannot be covered in this post. I request them to ask question related to their career on and I am sure they will get right guidance. All questions and queries are welcome.

If you are confused and do not have idea what to do after passing 10+2 in humanities i.e. Arts, please post your query here. I’ll try my level best to respond them at earliest. If any institute wants to organize a career guidance question and answers, please contact me at
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June 1, 2014

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