While Mr Sharma’s son took the tried and tested non-medical as his high school subject, on the other side Raj who wanted to take the road less travelled by opted for humanities. But in the view of society, he was a weak student who didn’t want to test his mettle by taking science or commerce.
It’s true that earlier arts was considered as a subject for weak students or for students who didn’t have a knack for studying.
But now as times have progressed, people have started understanding the significance of humanities as a complete and a core subject, that can provide a concrete career and shape up a good standard of living.
Although it is true that humanities as a subject doesn’t land you a direct job just like medical and commerce do, but it prepares you for the process of getting recruited for a job and also helps in excelling at that job by helping you master skills like strong communication skills, self-motivation, critical thinking and many more.
But one question that pops up in every students’ mind is what are the possible career paths one can tread on, after taking humanities?
Well, one can pursue practically anything after taking humanities, the spectrum of career paths/professions that humanities students can choose from is very broad and diverse.
Humanities as a course act as the vertebrae column not just for your professional life and but also for your personal life. Humanities is the only course that also focuses on the nuances of life. It is one of the broadest and advanced courses offered by our esteemed educational institutes.
So, now as we know how important and full of essence humanities is, let’s take a look at some of the best career paths for humanities students after class 12
Psychology is an emerging field and has loads of potential. It is the branch of science that deals with the mind and all its conscious and subconscious activities.
This subject has become so important that is has also found its root in many technical courses like engineering and business administration.
For humanities students, who hone skills like interacting and orating, this profession can be a boon. As interacting and expressing are the fundamental skills that every psychologist needs to learn.
As we fall into the same pattern and same routine of this urban and work filled life, we start paying less attention to our health, especially mental health. That is why psychologists especially positive psychologists are in great demand these days, just because of the fast-paced and stressed life we live.
Positive Psychology which is a subdomain of psychology is at the pinnacle of recognition these days.
Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology feels that it is quite an important subject, as it makes people understand that life is worth living no matter the number of hardships we face.
And as far as the pay or the income of a psychologist is concerned, there is no denying to the fact that they earn the big bucks.
According to indieducation.net Professional psychologists with M.Phil. and PhD degrees earn quite handsomely.
If you feel psychology is your forte or you boast skills like orating, then you can pursue the degree- Bachelor in Arts in Psychology as a starter course after your class 12.
Some of the best colleges to pursue psychology are:
- Lady Shree Ram College, Delhi (DU)
- Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune
- Christ University, Bangalore
The admission process for each of these universities is different. For example, the University of Delhi selects students by filtering them according to their class 12 board exams. Whereas Christ University or the Symbiosis University conducts an entrance exam to select the candidates.
Humanities and teaching share a bond that can never be broken.
The true essence of a humanities course is only felt when you really get to test it and also get the chance to experience the joy of sharing your knowledge with other people.
Although many people argue that teaching as a profession may not be the most earning one but I assure you that the amount of satisfaction and happiness you get while teaching and helping out others is humungous.
Teaching is an art, as it gets better and better if you use your creative mind. Teaching is one of the most satisfying professions in this world, as you get to nurture young minds who have the potential to become world leaders and also because you get an instant review about how your performance as a teacher is.
Also due to recent awareness, the average salary of teachers has also gone up and has now become one of the most reputed jobs in the world.
One needs a different type of qualifications to become a teacher at different types of educational institutions. For example, colleges generally hire doctorates but high schools and middle schools suffice with a professional with a B.Ed. degree or sometimes a master’s degree.
To become a teacher in India, you first need to decide the level at which you want to teach.
If you want to teach primary school students then you must pursue NTT (National Teacher Training). The course duration is 1 year and this degree prepares you for the post of a teacher at a primary school.
If you want to teach middle or high school students then the minimum qualification you need to have is B.Ed.
B.Ed. takes 2 years to complete and one can pursue M.Ed. after this to increase opportunities.
Some of the best colleges to pursue these degrees are:
- Lady Irwin College, Delhi
- Department of Education, Delhi University
- Jamia Milia University
Most of these colleges select students according to their class 12 board exam score.
Moreover, if you want to notch up your teaching career even higher, you can pursue a PhD after your master’s. Doctorates can educate students in any of the sectors set by the Indian Education System.
PhD is the magic wand that will empower you to become the Harry Potter in the education system.
Having a PhD will let you prove that you have the right mindset and the spot-on skill set to be a teacher and practice your duty.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
Lawyers require strong reasoning, research and analytical powers to arrive at results.
That is why law is a great career option for humanities students. Students with humanities subjects in their pockets find it very easy to pursue and prepare for law exams as reasoning, research and analytical skills fall under their niche.
Lawyers have the ability to solve and provide concrete solutions to on going problems and lead the country to progress.
According to the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) there are a total of 3.3 crores of cases pending in our courts.
3.3 Crore is a very alarming number, and this figure can only be ushered down if and only if more talented and hard-working lawyers join the judicial system.
The Indian Judiciary System is always in search of for these talented and hard-working lawyers and this is the sole reason why Lawyers are paid such handsome amounts.
To become a lawyer in India, one must earn an LLB degree from any of the law colleges recognized by the Bar Council of India.
Many colleges like the National Law University (NLU), NALSAR(Hyderabad) provide the LLB degree in India.
Entry into these top-class institutes is through an entrance exam, after which the candidates are shortlisted.
Sociology is considered to be a fairly new subject in India. Sociology deals with the development and working of the human society.
Sociology is a very vast field that can further be fragmented into subdomains like social work, social life and many more.
If you have a zeal to do something for the society, then sociology is the best pick for you, as it provides you with the instruments required to inflict a change in society.
Sociologists can work anywhere from Research Institutes to Public Health or Criminal Justice System. They can also work in MNC’s as a human resource expert.
Being a sociologist, you get to test and design projects that concern social issues.
Some of the universities that offer sociology are:
- Christ University, Bangalore
- St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
- Hansraj College, Delhi
- Madras Christian College, Chennai
The courses offered in these colleges lay strong emphasis on the practical aspect of sociology and not on the theoretical part. So, you get to learn about the root level of the society in advance.
Hotel Management and Tourism
With tourism becoming one the major contributing factor in almost all of the countries’ GDP, the number of jobs that are opening up in this sector is colossal.
Hotel Management is all about interacting with guests and managing all the aspects of hotels.
Students with humanities background are great at interacting, speaking and have an in-built managerial attitude, and thus, pursuing hotel management becomes a cake walk for them.
Also, this is one of those professions where people really get to follow their passion.
The scope of hotel management is beyond any scale in India. Due to our country’s rich heritage and history, the inflow of tourists is humungous and to cater to the needs of these tourists, a large pool of experts in hotel management are needed.
So, hotel management is one and will always be one of the most trending career-paths.
Some of the best colleges from which one can pursue hotel management are:
- Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa
- Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai
- Institute of Hotel Management, Kolkata
- Institute of Hotel Management, Hyderabad
All of these colleges conduct a common entrance test after which a merit list is created, and the best students are hand-picked.
Professions such as tour operators and tour planners are also emerging thanks to the stress of every country on tourism.
Tour operators or tour planners don’t require a specific degree, what you require is just a proper method of planning and a lot of contacts.
In today’s world where everything from a small meeting to a big fat wedding, needs to be coordinated and managed very carefully.
People who aspire to become an Event Manager recognise the fact stated above and also recognise the amount of potential this career path has.
Being an event manager requires you to plan and execute events like college festivals, auctions, concerts, wine tasting etc.
This profession is not as easy as it sounds, as the success of the event lies completely on your shoulder.
Everything from the start of the event until its completion is of utmost importance to the manager.
Event managers were and always will be highly paid because of the nature of their job. Their one mistake or a miscalculated decision can cause havoc.
Not only is this field highly paid, but it also lets people explore their creative side by forcing them to think of new and innovative ideas to plan and execute events.
Because of this dire fact many institutes in India like
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
- Annamalai University
- National University of Journalism, Bhopal
Have started offering a master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising with a specialization in Event Management.
Entry into these institutes is through an entrance exam, followed by a group discussion and personal interview round.
Filmography and Cinematography
If filmmaking is your never dying passion and you have an unquenchable thirst for cinema, then you can enter the film industry. In this 20th century where the entertainment sector has also been digitised, the demand for new and radical filmmakers is never-ending.
Filmography is an art and one should only pursue it if he/she is completely dedicated to this craft.
There is no denying to the fact that the Indian Film Industry is one of the most handsomely paid sectors of the Indian Economy but the bitter truth that everyone fails to notice is that only an elite part of the film fraternity is earning those big bucks.
And to enter that elite team you have to be extraordinary and completely original.
So, if you feel you have the right grip on this competitive ladder, only then take the first step.
Some of the institutes that train students to become a cinematographer are
- Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune
- Satyajit Ray Films and Television Institute, Kolkata
- National Institute of Films and Fine Arts, Kolkata
- Centre for Research in Art of Film and Television, Delhi
The heading may sound way off context at first, but in fact, there is a great demand for humanities students in Intelligence Agencies.
Intelligence agencies seldom require professionals who can talk with other delegates or interrogate some people.
And who can do this job better than a person who is trained especially for this job?
Humanities students have the exact carbon copy of the portfolio these Intelligence Agencies require and so find it easy to get these jobs.
Also, Intelligence Agencies all around the world also require Interpreters and Translators that can decrypt messages written in another language. Humanities students can also apply for these jobs after gaining mastery in a foreign language.
To join the Intelligence Bureau of India, one needs to clear the Combined Graduate Preliminary examination (CGPE) hosted by SSC every year.
To sit in this exam, you must have a bachelor degree in any discipline.
Entering the IB or RAW isn’t a cakewalk, only the hardest nuts to crack make it all the way. Their selection process is rigorous, competitive and state of the art.
They test you at every level and even if you are just a whisker away from the minimum requirements to be a RAW or Intelligence Bureau officer you will be straight away bluntly rejected.
Well, these were some of the hot and fresh professions that have a high demand for students with humanities as their high school and college subject.
Some other professions you can also ponder upon are:
- Public Relations
- Mass Communication
Although this article’s scope is restricted to the jobs that more or less require a humanities degree, what one should also keep in mind is that the subject we choose to study has no means to decide what we ought to pursue as our career.
There are numerous examples of people who have careers that are no way related to the subjects they studied in their college or school. For example, Sundar Pichai who did his BTech in Metallurgy is now the Chief Executive Officer at Google.
You shouldn’t let the subject you choose to study, filter the things you want to pursue in life.
The subjects we study are merely a reflection of what we like and dislike.
And these likes and dislikes can change as our life progresses.
So, don’t let a course or degree stop you from doing what you really want to do.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”