After the completion of the SSC exams, matric students have an important decision to make. This decision involves choosing which field to opt for to lead them down their preferred career path.
Many students make the mistake of choosing their intermediate subjects first, and then trying to figure out what jobs are available in that field. This is not the right way to go about it. In fact, students should decide on their career of choice first, and then select the intermediate subjects that will lead them down that career path.
Choose your Career Path First, then Your Subjects
Deciding on a career path right after the SSC exams can be difficult for matric students. It requires them to think far ahead to when they need to enter the real world, and for many, may even seem impractical. However, the intermediate subjects chosen by students has a big influence on the types of career opportunities and options that students will have. Not only that, but it also influences the undergraduate degree programs that students can apply for.
Hence, the logical thing for matric students to do is to choose their intermediate subjects according to what career they hope to secure in the future. It makes little sense to opt for the pre-medical intermediate subjects stream if you have little interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. In fact, it may even prove to become a problem when it comes to applying for undergraduate programs.
How to Choose Your Career Path
Deciding on which career path to pursue is not as easy as it seems. It is a huge decision, with many options, variables, and influencing factors involved. For this reason, the process of choosing a career path is overwhelming to many matric students.
However, it does not have to be a frightening process. As long as students follow certain steps and keep some things in mind, it can be relatively simple to decide on the right career plan, especially if you start right after the SSC exams. Here are some factors to keep in mind when planning your career path:
Take some time to consider your personal interests, hobbies, and talents. At the initial stage, just make a list of every single interest and skill that comes to mind. After the brainstorming session, go through the list and highlight the interests and skills that you can imagine yourself building a career on.
Professions Related to Interests
Once you have selected your top interests, start researching. Look for professions that are relevant to your interests and skill set. Find complete information related to these professions, including work hours, working conditions, job responsibilities and duties, and any promotion opportunities.
Demand for those Professions
Once you have found a profession you are interested in, be sure to research into the demand prospects for that job in Pakistan, as well as internationally. You should prefer jobs that have the potential for growth in the upcoming years. However, do not be discouraged if there is a job that you are passionate about that doesn’t have high demand prospects, as there may be alternative options available.
Qualifications Needed for the Job
Finally, once you have settled on a chosen profession, the next step is to figure out the level of education, qualifications, and subjects that are required to land that job. This way, you will be able to plan your career path according to a relevant undergraduate degree, intermediate subjects, and any other qualifications that you will need.
Choosing Your Subjects
Once you have established your career plan, it will be relatively easy to select your intermediate exams. For fields such as engineering, computers, and technology, the ideal intermediate subjects would be the pre-engineering group, or computer science group.
On the other hand, for a job in the medical field, the intermediate subjects you will need to study will be in the pre-medical subject group.
Those interested in pursuing a career in business, finance, accounting, or information technology can choose a combination of subjects from the commerce and computer science groups.
Finally, for jobs related to social science, arts, and humanities, matric students can opt for intermediate subjects in the Faculty or Arts (FA), choosing the most relevant elective subjects for the career of choice.
While it may seem like a lot of hard work for choosing the right intermediate subjects, it is worth the effort. There is enough time after the SSC exams to create a career plan and to choose the right subjects to study in intermediate.