Q: Is it better to opt for a mediocre institute which offers good campus placement or a well-known college which does not offer placement?
— Arvind Ghose
A: Very often we think that entry into a “good college” is the key to a successful career. However, a great career does not hinge on the college you go to but is based on the diversified activities you choose to participate in and learn from. Before choosing a college, do a little research. These days it is possible to make a college well known through advertising but it may not be accredited or recognised. Hence, check if the college is recognised or approved by the University Grants Commission or the All India Council for Technical Education. Next, try to find the quality of faculty members. A good placement cell can make a difference but if the other college is better on many other counts then you can always establish a placement club with like-minded individuals. A degree from a reputed college can give you that extra edge but so can the diverse experiences you pick up in an average college. No matter which college you choose, pack your college experience with internships, part-time jobs and social activities.
BCom is a good choice
Q: I am a Class XII student from the commerce stream. I am confused whether to opt for BBA or BCom.
— Ankur Yadav
A: If you are hardworking and strong in accounts and finance then BCom is a good choice. It gives, for example, a good grounding for chartered accountancy or cost accountancy. If you plan to go into management, however, then bachelor of business administration (BBA) could be a good choice. Keep in mind, however, that an MBA trains you in the same basic management courses so a BBA/MBA combination will mean you do not have a specialisation of any kind.
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