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Career Options and Courses after 12th Commerce

We all know that preparing for the Boards might not be easy. But working day and night to get the desired results is worth all the pain you go through. One thing students must be confused right now is about what career path to choose after the 12th. If you’re from the Commerce background, then there’s not much to worry because an education in Commerce has huge scope in India.

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For students who are from a Science background and things didn’t work out well, then this might be the ideal time to switch to Commerce. Mentioned below are few Commerce career options which you can seek for your undergraduate programme.

BBI:  Bachelor in Banking and Insurance is a three-year degree course like B.Com. The course structure includes subjects such as financial accounting, management, banking laws, business laws, corporate laws, auditing and cost. Through this course, you can get into Retail, Personal Banking, Merchant Banking, Product Management and Corporate Banking. You can further strengthen your profile by pursuing an MBA or M.Com. All you need is to secure 50% in your Class 12 Board exam.

BFM: Bachelor in Financial Markets is also a three-year degree course which focuses on all the important aspects of markets such as debt, risk, equity, mutual funds and security. The course also gives you liberty to explore industrial organisation on field. You can further pursue certification courses in financial markets such as CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) or CFP (Certified Financial Planner).

BAF: Bachelor in Accounting and Finance is a three-year degree course. The course is about tax, cost, accounting, business law and economic studies. Through this, you can also take up higher education in Finance or Accounting. This is one of the popular courses for students who want to work in accounts and finance.

BCA: Bachelor in Computer Applications is for students who are looking for options other than Commerce. If you’re a technology lover and need little brushing up on your skills, then BCA is what you should seek. It’s a three-year degree course primarily focusing on computer programming languages.

BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration is a very good option if you had English and Mathematics as your core subjects in Class 12. The course is for students who want to make a career in management. The possible job profile after this course is a manager in marketing, finance, strategy, human resource and operations.

CWA:  A Cost and Works Accountant is a very good option for Commerce students. The career isn’t just restricted to the Commerce background. Students from any stream can pursue this course. The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India is the only primary body who promotes and regulates this course in India.

CA: A Chartered Accountant works in business and finance. You can also work in an auditing firm or the Income Tax Department of India. ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) is the regulatory body of CA exams and membership in India.

CS: A Company Secretary plays a vital role in any management firm. He looks after all the legal matters of the company such as tax, finance, excise laws, corporate laws, labour laws and regulatory agencies. He also ensures that the plans of the Board of Directors are accomplished. For this career, you can directly appear for the Foundation course exam only if you’ve passed the 12th Board.

Law: Strange isn’t it? Even from a Commerce background, you can pursue a career in Law. If you’re good at analysing every minute detail, then LLB is a right choice for you. LLB is a five-year degree programme. After your graduation, you can work either as a civil lawyer or as a criminal lawyer.

Mass Communication: This course is for students who are no more interested in pursuing Commerce. If you’re good at writing and ready to face the competitive world of media, then Mass Communication is what you should do. You can further specialise in print journalism, advertising, radio journalism or television journalism.

To get rid of all the confusion, first try to analyse your interest and then plan a career option. Also, take a close look at different aspects related to it such as finance, interest, personality and capability to handle any pressure coming along the way. Any degree you choose after Class 12 is going to be the turning point of your life, so why take risk?

Also Read: Career after 12th Science

Tejal Mistry


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