How to choose a stream for your senior secondary school?

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Every year 5 out of 10 students switch their career choices after 12th. One of the major reasons for this is the wrong stream selection after class 10th. Students end up picking a course of their parent’s choice or get influenced by their friend’s decision. This happens because students are not aware about making the right choice and this makes them regret their decision later on. Choosing a stream that matches your field of interest, personality and inclination is important as your career depends on it. Three of the most popular streams are : Science, Commerce and Arts/Humanities.  


Consider the analysis given below before selecting any stream :

1. Science 

Science is the favourite stream among students with a scientific temperament who are keen towards medical and engineering studies. As the world is adapting to new technologies and inventions, science is producing endless possibilities and opportunities. The main subjects taught in science are Physics, Chemistry and Maths with Biology and computers. Subjects include both theory and practical sessions conducted in Science Laboratories. Students lacking interest in this stream will find it difficult to understand. CBSE Boarding schools in Warangal help students prepare for JEE and NEET. Students who have good reasoning skills with an ability to understand scientific concepts can excel by pursuing an education in Science. Popular career choices in Science are:

  • Doctor
  • Scientist
  • Web developer
  • Engineer

2. Commerce

For students looking to build a career in the field of finance, economics or business, commerce is the best stream. Main subjects it includes are Business Studies, Accountancy, Mathematics and Economics. Most of these subjects are not taught in primary or secondary education. Choosing commerce will be a new experience and opportunity where you will learn about business processes, business laws, trading, marketing and business mathematics. Popular career choices in commerce stream are:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Company Secretary
  • Bachelor of Commerce

3. Humanity/Arts

Humanities is a wide stream which includes various interesting subjects like history, geography, psychology, literature, sociology, journalism, political science and mass media. Students who are curious and creative with great zeal towards arts can explore this stream and get the best out of their future. Also, if you are someone who wants to join civil services, choosing arts will be a great help. Popular career choices in Humanity stream are:

  • Artist
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Interior designing
  • Event Management

Steps to follow while choosing the best stream for your senior secondary school:

1. Identify and trust your passion

Ask yourself what subjects you enjoy learning the most. Some students enjoy doing experiments, some are passionate about calculations and strategies and some love exploring cultural and historical studies. Understand your skills and strengths. Interest in a subject in which you lack strength will encourage you to work harder for scoring good marks.

2. Long-term Goals

After discovering your passion and strengths, the next thing to consider is your growth in terms of career and position. A stream that provides better career opportunities combined with your inclination towards the subject can shape your future in the most unrealistic way. 

3. Take help of a counselor

Approaching a counselor when you need guidance while choosing a stream can prove to be a great help. You can attend career guidance seminars and talk to experts to get a clear vision. Counselors will help you explore your interests, personality, aptitude, strengths and weaknesses by conducting various tests. They’ll also help you choose a better stream considering future opportunities.