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Change in Decision

Change in Decision
Turning the Course: Navigating a Change in Decision

“I had decided on commerce, but I got 95% marks, so should I consider the science stream?”, “I scored less than expected, what should I do now?” “Are there options available to me if I take up Arts?” These are typical statements that we hear after the results are out and often we see career choices changing depending on the scores.

This adds to the confusion that creates the dilemma. Academic grades may be indicative of an individual’s performance in a particular educational setting, but may not be a true reflection of one’s overall abilities or capabilities. What to do in this situation? How to decide? How to ensure that no opportunities are missed?

Here are some points/questions to consider:

  • Are your marks [especially if they are higher than expected] a true reflection of your ability and understanding of the subject?
  • If yes, you may consider changing careers
  • If not, it makes sense to stick with your original career choice
  • If you score less than expected, you need to be neutral about the reason behind the low score and be prepared to work harder.
  • Has this thinking changed due to external influences like relatives/neighbors/popularity of courses?
  • If yes, then you can try to understand the reasons behind their suggestions but your focus should be on your areas of competence and interest.
  • If not, focus on what matches your profile, aptitude, and intelligence and then decide.
  • You need to understand which career is more suitable for you. Putting too much emphasis on high marks alone can lead to disappointment if you don’t have the potential

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Don’t get swayed by trends or unsolicited advice. If you are sure about your career choice, stick to it, work harder, and don’t give up easily.

Career success involves a variety of factors beyond academic achievement, such as practical skills, experience, consistent efforts, networking, and personal qualities.

It would be helpful to take a Psychometric Assessment [popularly known as an aptitude test] from a qualified psychologist to get an objective answer about your abilities. This will help you identify career options based on your aptitude i.e. your innate ability.

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