Commerce: A word to which, once, a usual reply used to be “…but you had such good marks in class 10th!” Most have us have faced such a predicament while opting for this stream and have been made to wonder whether we were taking the right decision or not. A field which served as a mid-way between the mighty Science and the peasantry humanities has been treated as an underdog for far too long. But those days are most certainly gone. Now, that people have realised the number of career options that the commerce stream offers, there has been a huge change in the mindset of both the parents and the students. The field that was once considered as a backup option is now proving to be the backbone of practically everything that happens around the world. From designing a business model for a drowning tech-company to facilitating marketing, funding, financial and tax advisory for a budding one, commerce has become the inevitable support that every organisation needs today.
But that’s the rosy picture that only the corporates and economists can see. For any high school student, what are the feasible prospects in this field? Well, since all the career advices begin with “that depends on your interest”, I would probably skip that part. The bane or boon for any high school commerce student is that there is absolutely no certainty about their career path after they pass out as compared to their counterparts who have a reasonably fixed plan of action for the next three to four years. The concept of “Do what you love, don’t listen to others” also fails because after high school, a commerce student stands totally unknown of the opportunities and scopes available to him/her.
The enlightenment comes in college when you meet hundreds of similar minded people and exchange ideas about the future. Where on one hand, there are MBA aspirants who want to make it big in the corporate world; the other comprises those with a love for accountancy and taxation. There is also a third set which consists of those who have yet again no idea what they want to pursue and their only plan seems to be “going with the flow”. The three year journey of a commerce graduate witnesses the transformation from confusion to more confusion and to some more confusion. And the reasons for this are two-fold:
- Not many people from the previous generation have pursued this mysterious path and those who have, did it because of their family businesses.
- Number of options is so diversified and huge that students don’t have a precise idea about each one.
This perplexity leads to the student trying anything and everything. In order to find their so-called-life-mission and discover who they really are, they end up undertaking all sorts of courses like graphic designing, interior designing, jewellery designing (some of us probably didn’t even know that there are so many types of courses on “designing”) to name a few. This is probably the reason why students from this stream can be seen in every walk of life and why they have become an essential part of both the corporate and the political world.
However, the bewilderment doesn’t end here as they are yet to decide their primary career path along with pursuing one or more of the above (Indian parents cannot be satisfied by design courses). The dilemma continues even after they are done with their graduation; “I can be a consultant, I can be a Lawyer, I can be stock broker, I can be an Accountant, I can be a Manager, I can be Banker, oh good lord I can be a Founder”, to which any career advisor would say “Yes you can be, that depends on your Interest.”