‘Follow your Passion’ make people consider that pursuing a ‘Passion’ will be easy. a popular mantra

However, please remember that many of the believers of this mantra give up or become frustrated when they face challenges or find a road-block ahead.

We become mentally exhausted and blank in the process of curling suggestions and in-conviction of what is the best course that would create a ‘Golden’ future for us. Believe in yourself, do self-talk without anxiety and panic, and of course research the best suitable course to suit your compatibility and capability.

Do not just jump into a subject because your friends are pursuing or your parents/family is advising or the world is showing its profitability. As you know yourself better than anyone, you can only decide which course is the most spoon of food for you, that you can digest and give a healthy outcome.

Also do not choose a course as it will be convenient; choose which can intellectually stimulate, motivate, and create positive vibes within you at the end of the day.

Whatever course you will choose, it should be trendy, sustainable, and with proper and timely up-gradation/adoption, you can always survive the challenges on your career path. Career is a long way to walk – it does not start only with cracking a job.

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Class-XII, the Stepping Stone to one’s Career Path

For any student, Class-XII is the threshold to the ‘World of Higher Education’ and to give a direction to one’s career that they want to settle in the future. Nowadays, there are ample varieties of Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificate-options that it is mind-boggling for one to settle on the desired course.

Special Note (UGC Permission): This is to make a mention that very recently UGC has given permission to allow students to pursue two degree courses at the same time – one will be in regular mode and the other one either in open or distance-learning mode.

So, the obvious questions that strike a student’s mind are:

  • Should I opt for a specialized field?
  • Should I follow a popular course or an emerging field of study?
  • Whether I will be able to successfully pursue the chosen course.
  • We usually believe that only science-based students have a wide spectrum of career options and a great future but actually, commerce courses also give a variety of career opportunities and there is no dearth of jobs as well.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce degree is primarily designed with an aim to provide students with a wide range of managerial skills along with developing competence in a particular arena of business.
  • Students are exposed to general business principles, taking courses in accounting, finance, economics, actuarial studies, business management, human resources, and marketing; some programs also require business statistics and -calculus, and information systems.
  • You need to be confident, follow your passion, and work really hard to achieve success in life.
  • Students need to identify their interests while pursuing X-II and then determine a career goal for themselves.
In reality, Class-XII Commerce stream opens up a huge gate-way for many streams in India. You would be happy to know that the CEOs and CFOs of many blue-chip companies like ONGC, Bharti Airtel and Bloomberg, who are Dinesh K Sarraf, Adesh Kumar Gupta and Gopal Vittal are all Bachelors of Commerce and at the same time are very accomplished and known personalities in their respective fields.    

Commerce is a vast arena with a variety of courses based on the inclination and selection of the candidate. Selection of a course, whether academic or vocational after 12th for Commerce must be an informed and well-planned decision taken after having complete undertaking of the course one is opting for. It is a popular stream where candidates get opportunities to choose from a plethora of options.

In this blog, I am trying to give a checklist for them to choose from a wide spectrum of courses and also to make themselves professionally skillful for their career path.

Having explored the course options available, you can move on to shortlist the best colleges you can as well aim for UG studies. There are more than 1400 courses related to Commerce (direct and ancillary subjects) in various colleges in India.

Regular Courses in Commerce

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First, we shall take the main courses that commerce students can pursue after 12th standard. Here are the major options and the majority of these courses has a three-year duration:

1. Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com):

You can also pursue a B.Com degree as a full-time course or through correspondence. If you are also pursuing a professional course like CA, CS, etc. Distance Learning or Correspondence Courses are beneficial in such scenario. However, a regular degree is always a better choice. Graduates with commerce background can also prepare for competitive exams for Banking Sector, Defense, Civil service, etc. 

2. Bachelors of Commerce (Honors):

This is an extensive form with specialization in a particular subject or field like Accountancy, management or economics, etc.

3. Bachelors of Economics:

You will get to experience practical knowledge on various economic concepts, economic policies, analytical methods, and programs, etc. This can also help in the preparation of Indian Administrative Services.

4. Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA):

This course helps to build a base in core business disciplines to explore various functional areas of a business environment. You get acquainted with business insights and real-world business skills. This also opens an avenue for doing an MBA in the future.

5. Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS):

This course provides both theoretical as well as practical training that helps a student to inculcate leadership and managerial skills. This also adds up varied knowledge in the field of Management, Human Resources, Organizational Theories, Research Methodology, etc. This skills are essential to become successful in the corporate world.

6. Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA – IT and Software): 

This is to mention that a 12th Standard Commerce student can go this course provided he has studied mathematics as a subject in his 10+2.

Professional Courses

1. Chartered Accountancy (CA – 5 Year integrated course)

This is the best professional course for building a prosperous career in commerce. It can establish you as Tax Consultant, an Auditor, an Advisor, and a Financial Officer and also secure a corporate job for you with a handsome salary. However, it demands very hard work and sincere effort as here you need to do Foundation, Intermediate and Final levels. This professional course is provided by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

2. Company Secretary (CS)

This course is provided by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).Nowadays, CA & CS combination is a common choice among students.

3. Cost and Management Accountant (CMA)

This course is provided by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICWAI). It helps in planning, controlling, and costing of products.

4. Certified Finance Planner (CFP)

This is to build a career in areas of Personal Finance, Wealth Management, Insurance Planning, Mutual Fund investing. Financial Planning Standard Board India (FPSB) is the principal licensing body that awards a CFP license. This course is beneficial to you if you want to pursue your future in the areas of Investment Planning, Tax Planning, Insurance, and Retirement Planning.

Opportunities and career options for Commerce students do not stop here. There are other options in Arts, Humanities, and different branches of deferent studies to be explored by them that might not be central to the Commerce stream. But students should only choose those if they have a passion to do that because every job requires appropriate skill.

Other Courses after 12th Commerce (not related to commerce)

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1. Bachelor of Law (LLB – 5 years integrated course)

This is a common degree that students can take up to become a lawyer or advocate. The Bar Council of India (BCI) is the main regulatory body of Law Education in India. To practice as a lawyer, you need to appear and secure bench-mark score in the All India Bar Examination.

2. Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC)

Journalism & Mass communication has gained popularity in the decade, and several candidates are opting for the course after standard 12. If a student is good at writing and can commute for telling people’s stories to the world, then Journalism and Mass Communication is the right option for them.

However, there is no specific entrance examination to crack at all India level to get entry, but some colleges accept either the grades/percentage of marks secured in class 12 boards as an admission criteria.

3. Hospitality Diploma Courses

Lateral entry to this course for Commerce is possible if someone is willing to pursue a career in the hospitality and tourism sector. However, the candidates must score the cutoff marks in the entrance exam set by National Council for Hotel Management (NCHMCT- JEE).

Courses for Creative Minds

There are numerous other courses for commerce student can pursue as per his preference, interest, and creative ability.

  • Photography
  • Fine Arts
  • Fashion Design
  • BDes in Design: This degree is a bachelor’s degree undertaken to become a designer. Students from Arts or even Science and Commerce stream are eligible to pursue this course.
  • BDes in Animation: This degree is pursued to become an animator. If you are from art or even science and commerce background, you are eligible to apply for this under-graduate degree

Certification Courses for Commerce

  • Advertising and Brand Management
  • Marketing and Retail Management
  • E-Commerce
  • One can simultaneously pursue certification courses for Commerce from renowned institutes which can in help in increasing employability in job market.

‘Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow’

Career Options for Commerce Students after Graduation

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A Graduate student from Commerce stream can have the following rewarding career options other than the professional courses: 

Banking Sector: A large number of students from Commerce background joins Banking Sector which offers lucrative jobs.

Business Analyst: A business analyst analyzes a business or organization’s model of working and its connection to technology-based solutions. Other than having a degree in commerce, one needs to have good communication, presentation, and management skills to make a career as a business analyst

Teaching: If you are looking for teaching jobs after graduation, you will have to either do a bachelor’s in education (for school teaching) or do your masters and qualify the national eligibility test for university-level teaching.

Here, you would be required to choose your specialization subject which you want to carry forward as your teaching subject. Teaching profession is one of the safest and rewarding career options for commerce and other streams.

Government Jobs: The entry to government jobs after graduation is through competitive exams conducted by the government bodies of different States / Centre followed by job interviews for the final appointment. Government offers a large scope of employment for Commerce graduates. You can apply for the post of an accountant, project officer, BPO/KPO, account assistant, and various other banking and managerial jobs.

While the above-mentioned posts are core to commerce students, you can also apply for all posts that ask for eligibility of a graduate irrespective of the stream and department in which the job opening exists like railway jobs, postal jobs, airway jobs, etc.

Marketing & Sales: Entry-level marketing & sales jobs are offered to commerce or business graduates. As most of the good jobs have eligibility for postgraduate degrees, career options for commerce graduates are pretty low here. But if you are willing to work your way through the process of gaining experience and getting better jobs, you can get into it.

To increase your chances of getting better jobs, apply for the AMCAT exam, and get access to not only hundreds of AMCAT jobs but also get direct interview calls from reputed organizations in the industry.

Finance related jobs: Accounting jobs is one of the most preferred career options for most commerce graduates. Other than that, you can also apply for other finance-related jobs after graduation which includes jobs as stockbrokers, tax consultants, auditors, investment analysts etc.

Insurance:This is similar to banking jobs, but the stream is different in its own way and there are numerous jobs after graduation. You can become an insurance agent and gradually raise yourself in the hierarchy through excellence in performance. Insurance jobs are available both in the government and private sectors.

HR Manager:Rather than looking for corecommerce jobs after graduation, you can explore other career options available for commerce students. Other than opting for core commerce courses, you can also deviate from it. If you want to move to other career options, it is the perfect time to do so after graduation. Human Resource is one of the most preferred courses for commerce students after they complete their graduation. You can do masters in human resource and build your career accordingly.

Conclusion

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https://www.statista.com/statistics/738222/employability-among-commerce-graduates-india/

Employability among B.Com graduates in India as shown in the graph was about 30% in 2019, a considerable drop since 2017. However, this is not only typical of the commerce field as due to market recession every job sector has reduced their hiring and so the market has to suffer. An academic course, B.Com, or any other stream can only provide theoretical knowledge that needs to be channelized or chiseled by professional training.

Landing a job is difficult for students even after finishing a Degree with flying colors without practical skill and training. For example, in CA, there is an ‘Article-ship’ that prepares graduates with hands-on-learning experience under the guidance and mentorship of experienced professionals in a company.

So, in this blog, I have not only listed a detailed analysis of regular but also shown the vocational and professional courses that one can persuade to be successful in career. I have also shown that if one wants to pursue their passion from Commerce stream in the 12th, they are also welcome in different fields.

Motivation

At the end of the day, it is you who have to fix your mind and start walking on the road that you choose to put your feet.

FAQs

1.  I am in 12th Commerce stream, which course to take and from where to take admission?

There are some regular courses, a few professional courses, some non-core courses and some creative career options. Generally admission to the regular courses and non-core courses are based on the academic performance at 12th Standard, however, the professional courses require entrance test.
Links to some of the reputed colleges of Commerce are given in my blog. 

2.  Can one switch to other options from the Core discipline after doing Class-12th Commerce?

Yes. One can opt for courses like BCA, Hospitality, LLB, and Media & Mass-communication. Also, one can have scope to pursue creative ones like Photography, Fine Arts, Animation, E-commerce, etc.

3. Is pursuing Commerce after Class 12th open wider job market for us?

Yes. One can opt for variety of jobs like Banking jobs, Management jobs, HR jobs, journalism, CA/CS, Stock Market, Business Analysis, Financial Advisor, Govt. jobs, teaching etc.

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