The SSC students are awaiting their results. But don’t they know that the life-changing decision of what career path to choose is right here, right now! Standing on Robert Frost’s ‘crossroads’, will they take the path less travelled or go for the one trodden by many?
After the 10th Boards, students suddenly realise that they have been transferred from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat, taking control of the steering wheel. It’s an altogether different scenario and even slightly intimidating, with so many streams and subjects to choose from. But somehow Commerce seems to appeal to students.
Commerce is a stream dealing with the analytical and practical approach to life and gives knowledge about the business world and its functioning. It’s basically for kids with an affinity towards numbers. So why is it now, more than ever, that students are preferring it over Science and Humanities?
Parth Shingavi, a Std XII at BMCC, says that he chose Commerce because too many people choose Science, hence the stream is getting over-populated. He reflects that Science, Commerce and Humanities all require hard work and dedication, so why not choose an option which is less competitive and more financially stable?
Talking about the college life of a Commerce student, he says, “I am passionate about singing and photography and due to the comparatively less time-consuming curriculum of Commerce, I can study as well as dedicate time to my passions.”
Although an increasing number of students are choosing Commerce, many stereotypes still prevail about this field. ‘Students unable to score well enough for Science go for Commerce’, ‘With Commerce, I have only limited career options, such as CA, CS, and BCom’, ‘Only students from a business-class family background should go for Commerce,’ — are some of the many prejudices faced by students choosing this stream.
“However, this year, the number of students who have chosen Commerce has increased by 21 per cent and will continue to grow,” says Prof S M Joshi, a teacher who has practised for 33 years in this field. He believes that kids and parents are becoming more aware and know that the business world is the ultimate dominating world. To study Science stream requires an enormous sum (which is not feasible in today’s economy) and Humanities requires an immense capability of the given art.
A similar view is shared by Roopali Deshpande, a business studies teacher at BMCC. She says, “Due to GST and increasing recession, getting a job in the Science and Humanities sector is uncertain.” She also firmly believes that Commerce stream gives students practical knowledge about how to go about day-to-day transactions and basic knowledge of business, which she thinks is very important.
The popular belief of academically gifted students going for Science is fast fading. Students opt for streams based on their priorities and are really being smart and responsible for their actions.
Disha Khandelwal, a Std XII student of The Bishops Junior College, who aspires to become a business entrepreneur, shares that she wants to start her own chain of hotels. Which is why Commerce seemed like the most viable option for her and she is thoroughly enjoying learning about the economy and the ways to manage a business. She feels that growing up in a business environment has helped her understand it better.
She says, “One piece of advice that I would like to give the current 10th passouts is that, don’t take Commerce as an alternative to Science as it isn’t a piece of cake either. Opt for it only if you’re in love with business, money, management or with how the corporate world works. When you do this, you’ll truly enjoy this stream for what it is.”