The stream that a candidate chooses for Class 11 will go a long way in deciding his/her future.
What do you want to become when you grow up — doctor, engineer, MBA or scientist? All of us will remember facing this question during our childhood and laughing it away.
The decision to choose any one of the streams on offer: science, commerce or humanities, has a direct bearing on your future career opportunities. The stream that a candidate chooses for Class 11 will go a long way in deciding his/her future.So, a candidate should take this decision wisely keeping in mind his/her capability. Based on my experience of mentoring thousands of bright students across the country.
1. Define your goals:
Which subject excites you more than the others? Are you a science freak, commerce devotee or an arts fanatic? Only you can decide in which stream your chances of success as a professional are the highest. You may seek the advice of your parents or peers but the ultimate judgement is yours. Compare your past scores in subjects to make an objective decision.
2. Talk to practicing professionals:
Make an effort to identify professionals in your circle who are currently pursuing careers in various streams such as medicine, management, teaching, acting etc. Spend some quality time in speaking to them and appreciate the reasons for their choice and pros/cons of their profession. This can be a very effective tool for assessing the various career options and finally deciding upon your stream for higher studies. The quantum of competition at various stages of a profession along with average compensation may also be analysed.
3. Seek guidance from teachers/tutors:
Having mentored hundreds of students throughout their lives, nobody is better placed than your teacher to act as your guide. They have been witness to a number of successful/not so successful stories of their past students and can share their experiences. In case you utilize professional tutoring services, which these days majority of students do, then please feel free to seek their advice too. In my experience, students share a much closer bond with their tutor than their school teacher who manages a crowd of 50+ students in a class. My guess estimate, more than 70 per cent of students regularly seek guidance from their tutor on a regular basis.
4. If nothing works, flip a coin:
In case you are still in doubt, then follow your heart and decide on your stream. All students need to realise that a lot of thought and effort needs to be put for making this important decision. There is no stream among the three which is better than the others. There are exciting career opportunities which can be pursued in each of these streams. You need to just ensure that you choose the stream which excites you the most.