Choosing a Stream after Class 10
One of the first important decisions that we have to make in our lives is that of choosing a stream after class 10. The few months that follow the culmination of the board exams are filled with confusion, permutations and combinations. A tough call has to be made among the streams of Science, Humanities and Commerce. Here are some things you should keep in mind while selecting a stream as this one decision that can affect your entire life and career.
Aptitude, Personality and Strength
This is the most important thing to be considered while selecting a stream. Remember that class 11 and 12 are very different from class 10 where a good student can consistently score in all the subjects. In the higher classes, your aptitude and skill are really put to the test which is why it is essential that you choose a stream where you can do well and not merely choose a stream because your friends are or your parents are pressurizing you to.
Understand the Pros and Cons
While identifying your aptitude and interest is very important, it is equally, if not more important to understand the merits and demerits of choosing a particular stream. It is essential that you thoroughly research the three streams inside out and chalk out the pros and cons of taking them, which will enable you to come to a decision, quickly and accurately.
Talk to a Counsellor
Talking and seeking guidance from an educational counsellor can really help you make a decision. The counsellor will make you understand the benefits and scope that a particular stream provides. Apart from that, counsellors can identify a certain underlying skill and aptitude which you may be completely oblivious too. Counsellors bring out the reticent interests within you.
Consider Career Prospects
Skills and aptitude undoubtedly very important but a stream should also be selected, taking future prospects into consideration. If you think saving lives or coming up with new cures will really interest you then Science stream with biology would be a good avenue for you. If you are more inclined towards public policies or economic policies, Commerce or Humanities with economics may be your stop.
Dont take a Decision on the basis of your Class 10 Results
The one common mistake all the students make while selecting a stream commit is basing their decision on class 10 marks. While the class 10 marks may give you a marginal indication of your potential in a particular subject, it is by no means a measuring rod of your actual capabilities. The coursework in class 10 is mostly based on rote-learning and memorizing, class 11 and 12 is more application and understanding oriented. If you didn’t get a very good grade in class 10 in Social Science, don’t rule out Humanities as an option.
About the Author
Rohini Narayanan is an Ivy Aspire student and is excited about pursuing a career in law.