Identify your choice of career

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Identify your choice of career
Dear Sir,
I am in II PUC (Commerce). I have scored 98% in I PUC. I am interested in Travel & Tourism and would like to know about the career options in the sector. Also give information about the courses available in the Commerce stream.
A confused student

Dear Student,
Travel and Tourism is an evergreen career offering a wide variety of jobs, though not as highly paid as some other sectors. To keep options open, you may first complete a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and then specialise in Travel through various Masters courses such as MTA, MBA(Tourism) or IATA exams. A student of Commerce has a very wide choice of degree courses other than engineering, medicine and sciences. You can get into pure accounts, applied finance, banking, data analytics, administration, communication etc. Ensure that you select the course for which you have a deep interest and also the required aptitude.

Dear Sir,
I am 30 years old and currently working for a reputed software company. Since my childhood, I have been interested in pursuing education in Astronomy and Astrophysics. However, I had to choose engineering as it was the most sought-after degree when I finished my PUC. Now, I am planning to pursue Astronomy. Please do let me know if I can pursue this as many universities have an age limit of 28. Also, is it a right career choice to make
at 30?
Arun S

Dear Arun,
Many people in the field of astronomy have come from engineering background. You are eligible for post graduation in Astronomy or Astro-physics. And, if you are a good student, you can aim for the IITs, NITs, IISc and other reputed institutions for your Masters programme. Of course, you will have to give up your job for the next two years, and also check the age limit set by different institutions.

Dear Sir,
My son is in Class 10. His aim is to work at NASA as an astronaut. Can you please give information about the courses, exams and coaching that should be taken after PUC, and universities that provide relevant courses. Kindly inform about the expenses involved. Also, if it is difficult to get a job at NASA, alternatively, what are the courses he should consider after PUC to get a job at the Airways.
A parent

Dear Parent,
Your son should first focus on identifying the career he would like to spend the next 40-50 years in, as a career is not the same as job. Once he becomes a professional in his chosen field — acquiring the necessary skills and qualifications, then he can select the organisation he would like to work for, and may also change jobs periodically. Being an astronaut is not a ‘career.’ Pilots and engineers working in different organisations are selectively given an opportunity to go into space for a fixed number of days. Then, they get back to the regular work they are doing. India’s first astronaut (cosmonaut) was a regular Air Force officer, Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, who went into space, came back and continued in the Indian Air Force as a pilot, and retired as Chief Test Pilot of HAL. If your son is interested in becoming an aeronautical or aerospace engineer, good courses are offered in India by IIST Thiruvananthapuram (www.iist.ac.in/admission), some selected IITs and NITs, and by colleges such as Jain University, MVJCE etc. Entrance is through JEE, CETs.

Dear Sir,
I am 28 years old and have a Masters degree in Computer Science (BCA + MSc). I have worked at a government office for a year. Now I am studying MA in Psychology through IGNOU. My goal is to become a psychologist at the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, because my first interest is in understanding and devising better recruitment strategies in high stress jobs. My backup plan is to specialise in industrial and retail psychology. Please suggest universities where I can do PhD in one of these subjects.
Sindhu

Dear Sindhu,
It is good that you have a desire to serve the nation as a psychologist for the Defence forces. You might have crossed the age limit for employment in the defence sector, hence you can pursue industrial psychology.  As you are doing your Masters through distance learning, prestigious universities will not give you preference for admission in PhD. One way to overcome the hurdle would be to appear for and pass the NET exam which is held twice a year (www.cbsenet.in). Depending on your marks in NET you can apply to different universities for your PhD.


Dr Ali Khwaja is the founder and chairman of Banjara Academy, Bengaluru.

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