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The days are gone when people thought that only doctors, engineers or IAS officers had good careers. With advancement in technology and opportunities, many new fields offer very rewarding work both in terms of money as well as job satisfaction. It is important that we explore all the alternatives before choosing a career. It is also important that the decision is taken early.
Many students do not give importance to their career plans till they finish PUC, and then they find that they are rushed up, or opportunities have closed down. So many others rush into careers just because everyone else is going into it, without checking out whether it suits them individually.


Just to give an idea, listed below are some of the possible careers anyone can take up. This is not an exhaustive list, it is just to show how wide the choices are. And remember that most of these careers offer good salaries and promotion possibilities, for the right person:
ART: Architecture, fashion design, fine art, commercial art, interior design, landscaping and orticulture, music, sports
CIVIL AVIATION: Aeronautical engineering, commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, air hostesses
CIVIL SERVICES: IAS, IFS, IPS and many other allied central services such as railways, audits and accounts, forests, central industrial security, information service, etc. Similar opportunities are available at the state level, starting from KAS to other departmental services.
COMPUTERS: Engineering, hardware, software, multimedia and graphics, Desk Top Processing (DTP), internet, etc.
ENGINEERING: Other than the traditional mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil, good opportunities are growing in electronics, IT, telecommunications, industrial, marine and biomedical streams of engineering.
ENTERTAINMENT FIELDS: such as hotel, travel and tourism, beautician, event marketing, etc.
FINANCE: banking, chartered accountancy, company secretaries, cost and works accountants, merchant banking, financial soware development, etc.
LANGUAGES: Indian and foreign languages require translators, documentation specialists, librarians, teachers and professors
LAW: has extended beyond the courts, to company law, international law, financial law, mercantile law etc.
MARKETING: offers ever expanding opportunities in sales, market research, direct marketing, and marketing management.
LIFE SCIENCES: such as agriculture, home science, veterinary, and the fast growing field of nutrition.
MANAGEMENT: starting from business management going on to specialized areas like human resource development (HRD), systems management, financial, agricultural, international trade, etc.
MEDIA: is growing not just in traditional journalism, but also in electronic media, which is called mass communication. Film making, advertising, and public relations are also in demand.
MEDICAL: field offers good opportunities for specialists in allopathy, and also homeopathy, ayurveda, dental, unani.
MILITARY: now offers very wide fields from the regular infantry, to specialized areas like engineering, education, law, logistics, medical, etc. with good opportunities to continue your studies while you earn.
PARAMEDICAL: is perhaps one of the fastest growing fields ranging from physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to lab technicians, nurses, radiography, and speech & audiology.
SOCIAL SCIENCES: such as psychology, social service, sociology, special education, counselling.

"Importance of matching aptitude with interest"
Many of us are interested in a particular career because we get glamorized by it. If someone we know (or admire) seems to have made a big success in a particular field, we have an intense desire to follow suit. What we need to ask ourselves is whether our aptitude matches our interests (aptitude being the potential to pick up skills and do well in that particular area). While one cannot actually say whether we well in any specific field, until we have actually got into it, we can definitely evaluate whether we have the qualities which show a strong potential.

For example, if one wants to become a software professional, he should ask himself what are the qualities required to do well in that field. The basic qualities would be: A strong left brain i.e. mathe-logical thinking Good concentration powers Preferably an introvert nature which does not allow distractions A curious mind which has the habit of exploring A habit of upgrading oneself, since technology changes fast in computers Reasonable typing knowledge, etc. If one is strong in these areas, one can always pick up the necessary knowledge and skills in software.

The next step would be meeting people from the field and finding out what courses they went through, and hodifficulty in getting admissions, the amount of hard work required, the financial implications, etc.

The third step would be mapping out one's own chart of step by step moving towards that career, preparing oneself for whatever the requirements are at each step. If one were to follow these directions, the goal is almost certain, and one would not only be successful, but very happy working.


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