Life After Grade 10 – How to Make it Work for You
Life After Grade 10 – How to Make it Work for You
- April 4, 2018
- Posted by: dpsbangalore
Philosophers and psychologists agree that what you do in your free time determines the path your life will follow. If you read the biography of any famous personality, you will find that they were passionate about a certain hobby or skill from a very young age. Often, these hobbies turn into life choices, meaning you can do what you love and never work a day in your life.
Many youngsters know from an early age what they want to be and choose subjects accordingly. For instance, when you want to do engineering or medicine, you will need subjects like biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Whereas, if you plan on becoming a historian, psychologist or script-writer, you should choose subjects like history, geography or language. In case you already know what degree you would like, remember to visit university websites to see what their requirements are. Each college has its own criteria, and these can change based on which country it is located in.
However, if you are confused about what degree to choose, or even what subjects to pursue for Grades 11 and 12, start by understanding your own interests. Seek the help of parents, teachers, friends and school seniors — or even a career counsellor — to discuss your likes and dislikes. Make a comprehensive list of your hobbies, your dream jobs and what your future lifestyle could look like. A list of pros and cons is often the key to a logical decision. You could even consider a summer internship to understand your preferred field better. For example, if you love gardening, you could work with a landscape designer to get an overview of what their day-to-day job involves and whether you have the aptitude for it. In case you prefer art, interning at a design studio and interacting with artists helps you uncover insights about the field as a whole. Whatever your interests are, there’s a perfect career out there for you.
To make the subject selection process easier, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
1. What is my learning style?
If you like to learn things visually, or prefer a more hands-on approach, choose subjects that include a practical element. This could be chemistry with its lab experiments, or Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which involves working with computers.
2. What are my career options if I choose a particular subject?
An easy way to choose your subjects is to visualize your future in careers that include them. Some examples are:
Biology – marine biologist, pathologist, microbiologist, biotech engineer, zoologist
Physics – engineer, architect, astronaut, ergonomist, geoscientist
Chemistry – chemical engineer, biochemist, brewer, food scientist, geneticist
Mathematics – actuary, statistician, accountant, banker, investment analyst
History – archaeologist, museum curator, conservationist, anthropologist, archivist
Geography – cartographer, forest officer, landscape architect, meteorologist, merchant navy sailor
English – copywriter, journalist, author, playwright, editor
Languages – interpreter, translator, tourism expert, public relations professional
These are just a few out of hundreds of subjects and careers. Of course, many of these require a combination of multiple subjects. In addition, being proficient in English and communication is always an advantage. Bear in mind, this does not cover students whose interests lie in the creative realm. If you are interested in art, music, dance, performing arts, sports, or anything that is not mainstream, your focus should be on developing those skills, while reducing your academic workload.
3. What subjects do I enjoy, and what am I good at?
If you are confused about your options, it’s best to stick to those you enjoy — after all, you will have to study them day in and day out for two years, maybe even longer. It’s also important to remain neutral — as a boy, you might show interest in cooking or design, while a girl might be keen on exploring engineering or automobiles. Assess each subject by its study material, talk to friends to understand the workload, and choose subjects that you resonate with.
If you have followed all these steps and are still not completely sure, it helps to keep in mind that most employers look for skill, talent, a strong work ethic and job experience over educational qualifications. This does not hold true for professional courses like engineering, law and medicine, but for most other careers, on-the-job training is often more than sufficient. In fact, young adults benefit greatly from learning under someone and making mistakes along the way. Therefore, it is important to focus on the bigger picture — these subject choices determine your next steps, not your entire life. In such times, the countless stories of engineers-turned-artists are all the inspiration you will need!