Sunday, June 15, 2014

Courses after HSC (10+2) commerce other than B.Com

Career after 10+2 in commerce stream
There was a time when commerce meant only completing graduation i.e. B.Com and to start career as an accounts executive and to retire as an an accounts manager. Those who could think beyond this usually think about being a CA. Few other usually think about ICWA (also known as cost and management accounting), CS, CPA, CFA etc. Beyond these courses, now a 10+2 commerce student has multiple career options ranging from hospitality to interior and in fashion designing, specialized degree in insurance and financial management. These qualifications are helpful to job in the public sector, pivate sector and even for self employment.
I usually observe that students just follow what others are doing, what is advertised and junk advise from the people who have very limited knowledge.
 My suggestion is :
first student should decide their aptitude and interest. This will provide them clarity what they want to do in their life.they should get an assessment done such as Harrison Test, career aptitude test and many such available options.This will help you to decide your suitability for career choice.
 In this article, I am highlighting few of the non- traditional courses.

Option 1: Career in Computer Applications/ IT sector
Courses to pursue: 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 animation)
Computer science and applications are now not only open for science students. If you think after studying 2 years of commerce, you do not think that you want to choose something related to commerce, you may think about it. 
Scope: After completing BCA/BCS and B.Sc. IT/ CS (do not get confused as all these courses are almost the same; the syllabus differs slightly from institute to institute), candidates can pursue a career as a software developer, web designer, technical support, networking engineer, IT engineer etc.

Who should pursue computer applications courses
1.       Those who are detail oriented
2.       Very good in logical reasoning, computation and mathematics
3.       You are creative
4.       If you can work long hours in same thing
5.       If you have lot of patience
6.       You do not mind to work on same thing

Course fee: from 20000 per year to 60000 per year

Institutes to be chosen
There are many. You may choose the institutes from your hometown, from a location where you are comfortable. Few of the lists are:
K J Somaiya College, Vidyavihar Mumbai
Symbiosis International University, Pune
Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai
NMIMS, Mumbai
Thapar University, Punjab
VIT, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
BIT, Mesra, Ranchi
BITS, Pilani
Delhi Technological University

Option 2: Course combination of business and laws (BBA LLB)
Law is no more just visitng court and fighting cases.. Today, the profession law itself is multi dimensional, well paid, rewading and comes with lot of respect. Multi National Corporations (MNCs) in India has huge demand for business lawyer who has combination of a business degree (BBA) and a law degree. They provide strategic advisory to management including compliance and preventive measures, drafting contracts to safeguard organisation’s interest.
Few  good institutes offering 5 years BBA LLB
1.       Symbiosis Law College, Symbiosis International University, Pune
2.       National Law University, Odisha
3.       Christ University, Bangalore
4.       Guru Gobindsigh Indraprastha University, Delhi
5.       Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
6.       Karnataka State Law University. Karnatak
7.       Ambedkar Law College, Andhra Pradesh
If you are looking a degree abroad you may look into
1.       National University of Singapore
2.       Hong Kong University
3.       Various universities in UK

Admission process: Through entrance examinations, please check respective institute’s website.
Fee: Rs 17,000 to 75,000 per year (may vary from institute to institute)
Salary: If you are from a top law school, then even as a fresher you can get a starting salary of Rs 30,000 per month. Again it depends on the type of field and specialisation you choose.
Who should opt such courses:
If you are a life time learner (law changes frequently and very dynamic so you have to study it every day
If you have excellent communication
You are interested in detail study and analysis

Option 3: Career in business management
After your 10+2 you may pursue a 3 years business degree or a 5 years integrated BBA + MBA.  Institutes under University of Mumbai offer it as BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies) whereas various institutes in north and south India offer it as BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration). Few institutes also offer courses as BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies) and BBE (Bachelor of Business Economics). After completing graduation you have option to start entry level career as executive/ assistant in marketing, public relations, supply chain, sales, corporate relationship, relationship executive and so on.
Fee: IIM charges Rs 3 lakhs per annum while the fee for VIT is around Rs 65,000 per annum for 5 years integrated MBA. For BMS, the course fee is around Rs. 17000 per annum.
Salary: A BMS/ BBA graduates may get starting salary of around 10,000 t0 13,000 per month. If you have done it from a reputed institutes like Symbiosis, NMIMS and S P Jain you may expect starting salary of 30,000 to 70,000 per month depend on various factors.

Institutes of be chosen
S P Jain Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
Narsee Monjii Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune
St. Xaviers College, Mumbai
Jai Hind College, Mumbai
Flame School of Liberal Education, Pune
G D Goenka University, Gurgaon
Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Delhi
Christ University, Bangalore
Punjab University, Chandigarh
Maharaj Sayajirao Shinde University, Baroda
Guru Gobinsigh Indraprastha University, Delhi

Who should opt: If you have very good communication, inetersted to accept challenges and ready to compete.
Option 4: Career as a CA/ CMA
You may pursue Chartered Accountancy (CA) or ICWAI. ICWAI is also known as CMA (Cost and Management . accounting).
It is true that this is one of the toughest courses to pursue in India with pass percentage being around 3%. But it has its merits too. These days, many universities such as IGNOU as well as University of Madras offer specialised courses such as BCom for ICAI, CA and also for ICWAI.
To pursue these courses, right after your 10+2 you need to enroll at IPCC of CA and Foundation programme of ICWA. After completion of this first level, you need to undergo a three-year articleship, after which you need to complete PE- I and PE-II as well as executive level of CMA.
Fee: If you pursue these courses on self-study basis then the cost incurred by you can range within Rs 50,000.

Who should opt: Those who are interested in detail anaylsis, good in mathematics and economics, love to work in maintaining accounts, has strong clerical aptitude including finding out mistakes and goof ups, can study long extended hours, ready to work daily 12-15 hours in the corporate.
Salary: If you are a rank holder in CA, you can fetch a salary between Rs 6 lakhs to Rs 18 lakhs per year, initially. If you clear CA in your first attempt, then you can expect at least Rs 6 lakhs per year, as of today. As a CMA also you can earn a salary similar to this.

Option 4 Career as a Company Secretary
To pursue such a career option, students need to pursue a Company Secretary course. The best institute in India to pursue such a course is ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India). The job profile is as good as a CA or CMA, however, they work on the compliance aspect which is an integral part of any listed company with a turn-over of Rs 5 crore or more.
Who should opt: Those who are interested in detail anaylsis, good in mathematics and economics, love to work in maintaining accounts, has strong clerical aptitude including finding out mistakes and goof ups, can study long extended hours, ready to work daily 12-15 hours in the corporate.

Salary: One can expect a minimum salary of Rs 5 lakhs per annum as of today after completing CS. You may start the course after 10+2 too.

Option 5:
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

Who should opt: Those who are interested in detail anaylsis, good in mathematics and economics, love to work in maintaining accounts, has strong clerical aptitude including finding out mistakes and goof ups, can study long extended hours, ready to work daily 12-15 hours in the corporate, who are ready to work outdoor, who loves to interact with people and good in negotiation, creative and love to be recognized.

Option 6: 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.

Option 7: 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 institute 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

Other Options
These are just few of the options. There are multiple other courses and career options available.
For full list of institutes and courses, you may visit various options and list of the institutes mentioned on You may also go through various question and answers mentioned there and you may ask about it. You may also visit my blog and ask query there.

A word of precaution
There are many private institutes, universities and courses. Everybody of them claims to be best through advertisement which may not be true. You should always check following before taking admission
1.       Reputation of the institute
2.       Whether the institute has approval from all bodies like Bar Council of India, National Council for Teacher’s education and so on
3.       Check the past placement track of the institute including lowest salary offered in the past, average salary and highest salary offered
4.       You should check the course fee V/s the placement and time taken on return on investment. Any institute should not take more than 6 months for return on investment. For instances, your total course fee is 3 lakhs, your monthly salary should be 1 lakh otherwise such institute for undergraduate studies are not worth.

All the best

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