Finishing your school education and pursuing higher education is a huge milestone because it is the stepping stone to the rest of your life. The decisions you take at this juncture plays a monumental role in shaping the course of your life. Therefore, it is vital that you decide to pursue a degree course that complements your skillset and aligns with your goals in life. Furthermore, it should also provide ample opportunities for you to thrive and succeed in your professional life.
So if you think that AI or space exploration interests you, you may want to pursue a degree in engineering or computer science, and if animals are your thing, you may look into biology, or if you like reading, you may explore a degree in literature. The bottom line is: there are no good or bad degrees, only degrees that match your interests and those that do not.
In a country obsessed with doctors and engineers, it may oftentimes become difficult—due to parental or peer pressure, social bias, or simply a lack of awareness—to pursue a degree course other than engineering or medical. However, contrary to popular opinion, there are many advantages of pursuing a BA or a BSc degree that are not commonly known.
Here are 5 reasons why these degree courses might be good for you-
1. Plethora of Job Opportunities
Opposed to what is commonly stated, having a BA or a BSc degree opens up many lucrative and well-paying positions for graduates. Depending on your subjects in BA, students can go for jobs in fields like journalism, marketing and advertising, policy-making, social services, diplomacy, and academia and research, or they can even choose to do other professional courses like MBA and PGDM. More importantly, students with a BA degree often have an edge in the coveted Civil Service exams in India, which can open up many reputed avenues for them.
On the other hand, BSc freshers can obtain respectable positions like scientists, scientific assistants, research analysts, technical writer and editors, chemists, researchers, and consultant. There are ample opportunities for freshers, including positions in educational institutes, space research institutes, chemical industry, pharmaceuticals and biotech industry, testing laboratories, wastewater plants, aquarium, forest services and the oil industry.
2. Vast Pool of Specializations to Choose From
Both BA and BSc programs offer numerous specializations that students can choose from, depending on their interests. Some of the most popular subject options offered in BA in India include literature, political science, economics, history, geography, international affairs, auditing and accounting, psychology, fine arts, journalism, commerce and management and law. Specializations in BSc include physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, forensic sciences, nano-technology, agriculture, fashion technology, information technology, nursing, multimedia, and statistics, just to name a few. For any students interested in these subjects, a BA or BSc degree course would be a good option for them.
3. Increased Possibility of Further Education
Unlike a professional degree that demands immediate employment and/or practical experience, a BA or BSc degree opens the gates for students to continue with their education and seek an MA or MSc degree to gain further expertise in their field. In fact, these days, many BA or BSc graduates directly go on to enrol for a MA or MSc program respectively, to further gain expertise in the field as early as possible.
4. Shorter Course Duration
Most BA and BSc degree are three-year programs. In such a competitive world where time is everything, getting into the work life early without having to miss out on university life can be highly beneficial. Also getting a trailer of how professional life in your career would look like , and making you become financially independent sooner is an advantage in a three year course.
5. Accelerated Personal Growth
BA and BSc degree programs offered in well-reputed Indian institutions place a lot of emphasis on building life skills in students. This is encouraged through a focus on developing their entrepreneurial character, finessing their communication skills, training them in team work, and opening them to the world, so that the student graduates come out stronger, sharper, and smarter, and open to learn, adapt and accept. Such training not only reflects well from a grading point of view but is an invaluable lesson for students in this twenty-first century world.
Conclusion – No stream of study is bad. Every course has its advantages. I hope by reading this short blog you have got some insights on the advantages of choosing a BA or BSc course. The main thing to remember while pursuing higher education is to choose something that interests and fascinates you. So pursue a course that you like and always remember…..
….. “The sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning”.
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