Career Options After 12th: Choose Wisely

Career Options After 12th: Choose Wisely

Choosing what to study after class 12th remains tricky and critical. While some students have their career path chalked out, for some, it isn’t an easy decision to make. A lot of students begin career planning at last minute and end up choosing paths that are popular or are being pursued by their friends. Students usually forget to pick a career suiting to their aptitude. So, it becomes important to know your options to make an intelligent and calculated decision. Students often miss out on great and well-paying career choices owing to absence of timely information.

There are numerous exciting and lucrative career options in India besides the usual ones- Doctors, Civil Servants etc. How people used to perceive their possibilities and career options 5 or 10 years ago, has gone through a massive shift. Students should consider factors like interests, motivation, and goals while choosing a course available in India to pursue after post their 12th grade.


Students from Humanities background now have as many good opportunities as their peers from other streams. Gone are the days when this area was considered ‘not so rewarding’ and students used to look at it with disdain. The salary of students from this background is on par with students from other streams. There is a list of courses which will provide you good career opportunities if you have finished your 12th in Humanities, like:

Bachelor of Business Administration

This is one of the most popular professional degrees that will equip you with the fundamentals of management and business. You can kick-start your career right after BBA, or use it as a stepping stone to get into a good MBA course. Also, under BBA, one can pick a niche area of specialisation like Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management and organisational behaviour.

Bachelor of Design

This is considered to be one of the best options if you are planning to enter in the Fashion & Design industry. However, this field has gone through a massive evolution in recent times. A lot of prime universities in India do not teach just the ‘design’ element of this course. In fact, they now have included various facets like- Product Design, Interaction Design and Interdisciplinary Design into the curriculum. If you are creative and have a deep sense of empathy with design’s role in building society, this course will be a perfect fit for you.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Fine Arts includes the study and making of visual works of art. Aspects like designing, sculpting, drama, music, pottery, interior designing, painting, fall under it. The course deals with art as a form, and focusses on forming objects based on concepts and ideas rather than the utility. This course also lets you make a career in motion picture or video gaming industries.

Integrated Law Course- BA + LL.B

This course includes aspects like Political Science, Sociology, History etc. that give you a background and support to the basic understanding of legal subjects. Students build their knowledge on the constitution of the country and get to learn Political Thought, Social Justice, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Cyber Law, Company Law, Criminal Law, etc.

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Since, the role of a journalist has remained instrumental over the last few years, this course teaches the nitty-gritties of this field that equips an individual with basic understanding of how they can become the voice of the people and keep them updated with fair and factually correct information. This course includes training in reporting, journalism, writing, editing, news presentation, news compilation etc.

Some of the other courses that one can take after 12th are, BFD- Bachelor of Fashion Designing, BMS- Bachelor of Management Science, BEM- Bachelor of Event Management and many more.


With a variety of options available for an undergraduate course for students who have completed their 12th with science stream, they are in for a bright future. Some career options for them are:

BE/B.Tech- Bachelor of Technology

Under B.Tech, one can choose:

Civil Engineering

This course encompasses planning, construction and maintenance of structures like buildings, roads, stadiums, dams etc. where Mathematics and Science are used strategically to make this world a better place.

Mechanical Engineering

This course deals with concepts of Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Robotics, Kinematics, Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Power Sector, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning sector and Aerospace. Not only are they responsible for conceptualising new mechanical systems but also test, maintain and manufacture them.

B.Tech in Computer Science

One of the most pursued courses, B.Tech in Computer Science includes Programming, Software Development,Computer Science etc. Bachelor of Computer Applications is a course with similar lines but B.TechComputer Science is considered to be more elaborate and a degree with utmost value.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and administer the manufacturing of Electrical Equipment, such as Electric Motors, Radar and Navigation Systems, Communications Systems, or Power Generation equipment; they also design electronic components, software, systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.

Some of the other branches of B.Tech include: Aeronautical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Automation and Robotics, Chemical Engineering, Robotics Engineering etc.

Also besides choosing to do B.Tech after 12th, students can also consider below fields:

B.Arch- Bachelor of Architecture, BCA- Bachelor of Computer Applications, B.Sc- Information Technology and many more.

A student with Medical as their main subject in12th can go for, B.Sc- Nursing, B.Pharma- Bachelor of Pharmacy, B.Sc- Interior Design and BDS- Bachelor of Dental Surgery.


Students who want to make their future in Finance and Management after 12th can choose the following fields for career building.

B.Com- Bachelor of Commerce

This course is designed to arm students with managerial and leadership skills and train them in branches like finance, accounting, taxation and management. Being a vast field, one can choose their area of interest from options like B.Com in Tourism& Travel Management, B.Com in Marketing, B.Com in Finance etc.

BBA- Bachelor of Business Administration

BBA is one of those few dynamic fields which can be chosen by students from any stream.  This degree can be pursued in subjects like International Business, Computer Application, Finance, Hospitality, Human Resources, Information Systems etc. It readies students to face the ever-evolving corporate world with leadership qualities.

BA (Hons.) in Economics

This course will accelerate your prospects in career programmes like MBA. This course is the social science that analyses the economy as a whole and takes into consideration the detailed study of both the macro and micro aspects of economics.

There are also number of professional courses available one can pursue after 12th like: CA- Chartered Accountancy, Diploma Courses, Advanced Diploma Courses, Certificate Courses and many more.

Education space has evolved drastically over the last few years. Amid such environment and vast options, students have no dearth of options. Choosing a career path after 12th is extremely critical. Pick your subjects wisely.

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