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Besides pursuing CA, what else can a BCom graduate do?

No, you don't have to become a chartered accountant if you study Commerce. In this day and age, there are many options a BCom graduate can choose from

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 12 June 2018, 12:43 PM
A BCom student has various options available after graduation

A BCom student has various options available after graduation Image: Thinkstock

Complete your Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and get set to become a Chartered Accountant (CA). Well, that mantra was applicable a decade ago. In this day and age, a BCom graduate has a lot to choose from other than the bag the typical CA degree. In fact, options available for a BCom graduate are more than those for a BTech student. Management, media, marketing, accounts, finance — a BCom graduate can do it all. We spoke to a couple of experts and Commerce students to know about the various fields a BCom graduate can opt for. 

Options galore

"Earlier, people had an obsession for CA. But over a period of time, things have changed. A BCom graduate can eventually be a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Company Secretary (CS) or do a certification course in Cost Management, or one from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Then, of course, there is also MBA, which they can pursue. Media and law also come in handy for a BCom graduate," says Pervin Malhotra, an education counsellor.

"It also depends on where they want to see themselves 10 years down the line. Both the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange provide certification courses. Digital marketing is another option. To cut it short, BCom students should make the most of the course in order to know which area interests them the most," adds Malhotra. 

Education expert Pratibha Jain talks about a few more interesting avenues for Commerce graduates. "They can work in areas related to finance, marketing, trade, human resource management, export and be entrepreneurs as well. A postgraduate degree in the selected area of work is usually needed for progress in salaries and responsibilities. Though CA remains a coveted professional degree, it has become very difficult to crack it; hence students must look at other achievable careers. The scope of growth lies in the excellence of performance and continuous learning, rather than the degree alone. BCom students can add to their skills through short-term courses and internships as well." 

Career inroads

Shubham Singh, a BCom graduate and an aspiring actor, agrees that courses apart from CA can also get one a good job. "For instance, CS offers a number of lucrative opportunities. People pursuing CS can bag jobs in the private sector, banks and financial institutions. If CS is not your forte, there is nothing like an MBA from a good institution. You will get a job through campus placements itself," says Singh. 

Mumbai-based journalist Pranav Joshi says he took up BCom because he wanted to pursue an MBA. "CA was never there on my bucket list. It's a complete misnomer that a BCom graduate can only do CA. I personally didn't pursue MBA later on, because I didn't like it. I changed my direction after studying MBA for a year. I took up journalism and I am doing fairly well. In fact, if you want to be a financial journalist, which is a coveted beat in journalism, a commerce background can be of great help as you will have to deal with numbers and ratios and stock prices most of the time," says Joshi.

And if it so happens that while studying Commerce, an undergrad feels Commerce is not their cup of tea, students can even change course and opt for Humanities in their post-graduation. There are plenty of options there, too, opine experts. So students, don't break your head over cracking the CA entrance test. There's life beyond that, too. The sky is the limit; so widen your horizons and explore.

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