Should I work or study after graduation?

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It is very natural to get confused or apprehensive to step into the real world as what to do after graduation or even opt for higher studies. We would help you arrive at a calculated decision by exploring both the possibilities in detail. In today’s ever-changing world, the demand in almost every field is at an all-time rise. After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or any other commerce field, unlike the situation decades ago, it is not necessary to stick to the same if your aptitude or talent or passion lies in something else.

To get a clear idea of where your interests lie and to understand which job or degree could bring out the best in you, you should introspect in the last year of graduation. There is no right or wrong here, as everyone’s journey will be different. There are plenty of options:- finding a graduate job, pursuing postgraduate studies, starting up your own business.

Job after graduation

Several years ago, students used to look for jobs right after they graduated. If you wish to experience the corporate life for some period of time and then switch to postgraduate degrees, you need to be decisive and committed enough to make that transition. Once you are engaged with the salary and other job beneficiaries, it is quite difficult to go back to the studying phase.

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It is better to look for jobs on a more permanent basis rather than finding a temporary source of income with a provision to quit and study a couple of years hence. Before applying and accepting a job offer, make sure that it is something that you really want. If, for example, you’ve just graduated in an IT course and prefer to work near your hometown, don’t look for a job in LA if you’re currently living in SF. For sure there are still tech jobs available in San Francisco that could provide you with great opportunities as well. Now, finding a job on a more permanent basis might give an impression that a person must stick to the same job irrespective of the profile and most importantly, the will. Widening your search for jobs both, after graduation and after finding the first job can generate the required experience which helps in strengthening your resume.

While looking for a job, the first and foremost priority should be given to campus placements. Most of the universities provide services after graduation. The biggest advantage of this is that it minimizes the need to hunt for jobs and get into the hassles of filling numerous applications, editing resumes. There is no dogmatic approach to find jobs; hitherto there are some basic possibilities which are generally considered by graduates in various fields.

For example, if you are a commerce graduate, remember every company needs an accountant to maintain the balance sheet of their business. There is an array of job opportunities for science graduates as well:- they can work in education institutes, research institutes, healthcare providers, consultants, machine learning programmers, data mining and artificial intelligence technologies and other similar fields. For arts graduates, there are job possibilities such as event management, fashion designing, graphic design and animation, journalism or mass communication, teaching courses in art and craft and some other government jobs. The possibilities are countless.

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Postgraduate courses

Continuing with university-level education can be an equally, or a lot of times, a more rewarding option. Giving in to the peer pressure or being influenced by the group of people who work right after they graduate is not the best way to choose what is beneficial for yourself. Counseling from experts and other professionals who have a helpful insight in different fields could be a good decision.

The career prospects for commerce students can be:- C.A is the most preferred career for B.com graduates as it opens a wide variety of positions. The examination is conducted in 3 stages with the difficulty level rising at every succeeding step. B.com graduates are directly eligible for IPCC, which is the second step. Another option for a B.com graduate is M.com, which is a two-year masters program.

Almost all universities offer this course, and it concentrates on business, accounting, economics, statistics, finance, marketing and all other subjects which increase their proficiency in the market and its functionalities. One very popular career option is an MBA in Finance or Marketing. Clearing CAT, GMAT, CMAT, XAT, NMAT, SNAP, and several other entrance exams give a gate pass to prestigious universities and multiply your chances of holding executive positions such as CFO, CEO in top-notch companies.

Science students who have an interest in research and doctorate level of study can opt for M.sc degrees, which helps them create a niche for themselves in the area of their choice. Nowadays MBA programs are offered with specialization in IT management, Laboratory management, Hospital management, database management, logistics handling, and other relevant career prospects for someone from a technical background.

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M.tech gives access to a concentrated technical market which includes subjects such as computer programming languages, electronics system design, artificial intelligence, internet of things, wireless communications, etc. An engineer has a bonus of marrying marketing or finance-related subjects with his/her technical proficiency by pursuing an MBA in any other major of his/her choice. Diploma courses also offer lucrative packages.

M.A and M.phil programs for art students also introduce a different domain for their success. If a person is interested in education, B.ed degree can help get jobs in government schools. Diploma courses in acting, film making, fashion designing, etc. can broaden their spectrum of career options. The advantage that art students have over science or commerce students is that they add on to the diversity of B schools and hence have a lower cutoff in the selection process.

Self-employment (startups)

Starting up has become the ‘in thing’ in the Indian business sphere. Fuelled by big-dollar funding news in page-long features of leading national dailies and rags-to-riches stories of India’s next-gen entrepreneurs, the startup ecosystem has suddenly gone into overdrive.

It is a very responsible job wherein you need to take up multiple roles simultaneously and work tirelessly to pitch an idea that you are passionate about to the investors, who you need in order to expand. An inclusive atmosphere where mistakes are allowed and rectified should be your top goal. There is no point in analyzing the success ratios of past startups, as all ideas are different. Expert supervision always adds on to the knowledge of everyone involved in the startup.

Conclusion

There is no right or wrong when it comes to deciding what is best for you as the answer is variable based on caliber, passion, environment, financial status, dedication, talent, interests, academic background and exposure that a person receives. Try not to limit yourself and scrutinize your options to pave the way into a better and brighter future.