Principal, St Xavierís College, Calcutta
Q: I have completed Class X from the CBSE board. I took up science in Class XII and failed in one subject. I was disheartened and didnít attempt the test again. Instead, I am doing a diploma in hotel management from the Merit Swiss Asian School of Hotel Management, Ooty, where the eligibility was a pass in Class X. Have I done the right thing' Will my academic failure hinder my chances of getting a good job' Or should I try and complete my Plus Two through the National Open School' Please advise.
A: You have chosen an expensive professional course. It should be your top priority to complete the course well and become a good professional in the field of your choice. You need not pursue academics to become a hotel management professional. But if you are a victim of inferiority complex, or are disillusioned with your choice and the situation you are in, you should not delay in getting some personal and professional guidance and counselling. If, on the other hand, you wish to add academic success to your professional achievements, there are ample opportunities to complete Plus Two.
Q: I am studying commerce in Plus Two. I want to do a masters in social work (MSW) later. What subjects should I opt for in my undergraduation' Is MSW a good career choice'
A: A good graduation degree is the only qualification for seeking admission to MSW. However, as far as the course content is concerned, MSW is a combination of sociology and HRD. Study of sociology at the graduation level will prepare you better for MSW. If you have the commitment to transform the present social structures for the better, it will be a satisfying and personally rewarding experience. Remember, working for social transformation is not a career, but a service.
Senior academician and former professor, ISI, Calcutta
Q: I am a Class XII student and due to some personal reasons couldnít prepare well for IIT-JEE. My parents are telling me to join a computer course. I am keen on doing BCA. Is it better to opt for BCA or to drop a year and take a shot at IIT-JEE again'
A: If you seriously intend to take the IIT-JEE a second time there is no reason academically why you should not be able to do so. But you must be dedicated to your preparations since the IIT-JEE is a tough and demanding exam.