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What To Do After 12th: Pursue Degree Or Passion

What To Do After 12th: Pursue Degree Or Passion

After 12th, there are many options available with students like graduation, professional courses, diploma or degree courses. These options are available mainly in three streams – Commerce, Arts & Science. Moreover, a student can opt for any option he wishes to.


What is an under-graduate degree?

Students who have completed their higher secondary & pursuing any under-graduate course. Generally, the course is for 3 to 4 years. It is also called a bachelor’s degree. Following are some examples of under-graduate courses in three streams:

Stream Degree
Arts Bachelor of Arts (B.A)Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Commerce Bachelor of Commerce (B.com)Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Science Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA)Bachelor of Engineering (B.E)Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)


What is the meaning of pursuing a self-interest path?

It means pursuing a career that is of self-interest. It may be your passion, hobby, or anything that motivates you for a continued period of time.

Ex: Pursuing any sport, professional course, fashion designing, etc.


Advantages of under-graduate degree:

There are various advantages of an under-graduate degree like

  • job opportunities
  • Also a basic degree to your name
  • additional salary etc.


Disadvantages of under-graduate degree:

  • No course comes without any cost. Hence, to pursue any degree you will have to incur certain expenses
  • It will easily take 3-4 years of your time to complete undergraduate courses.
  • Chances of graduating with a degree which you would not like or do not wish to continue in future
  • This might kill your passion & creativity
  • Missing out on an opportunity of pursuing the career of your choice


Advantages of choosing self-interest path:

  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Upgrading skills & creativity
  • Evolving newer innovations & attaining higher standards
  • Improving & motivating to remain focused & dedicated in the career chosen
  • Saves a lot of time & increases growth at a consistent rate


Disadvantages of choosing self-interest path:

  • Inconsistency in revenue & takes time to establish your own self if the option is offbeat.
  • Excessive workload due to focus & dedication
  • Unable to choose between personal life & professional life
  • Due to some situations, you may not be able to complete the education of your choice
  • Non-availability of basic undergraduate degree


Issues in choosing: Under-graduate degree V/s Self-interest path?

  • Choosing a career because of parents pressure
  • Additionally Confusions as to what to choose
  • while being inclined towards more towards self-interest path
  • Multiple career opportunities which student is not aware off
  • Influence of friends or peers



Given a scenario, you are very passionate about cricket and hence you decide to give up on your academic studies and pursue coaching for cricket. But what is the guarantee of you being selected in the team for higher levels like IPL or Team India?

If you opt for an undergraduate degree, then there is a certainty that you may get a job & stable income. Moreover, who knows under-graduate studies might become your future self-interest.

Hence, to conclude we suggest the following two alternatives:

  • however, you may pursue a basic undergraduate course & work hard on self-interest parallelly.
  • Finish basic under-graduate course & then work towards self-interest path.

Also Read: How to make your college life productive?

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