Towards the closing of the high school years, students and parents begin thinking about career goals and aspirations. A world of opportunities appears before the eyes, and possibilities open up almost without limit.
Selecting the right one may be easy for some. Many students gain insights into their aptitude and interests quite early on. They may be influenced by their parents, peers, role models in society, or their own experiences and research. Other students may not find it that simple. They may be hampered by less than average academic performance or face the opposite situation, where they’re doing extremely well in all subjects.
In such cases, they may find it difficult to zero in on the right choice as far as taking the next step is concerned.
It is important to choose the correctly designated path in education to achieve your career goals. Many students have to choose between Arts, Science and Commerce subjects and unless they are sure about their preferences and skills, they have to approach this part of their academic lives with great caution and forethought.
What Does Career Choice Depend On?
The concept of a career implies a long-term investment of time, energy, effort, and money to get the best returns in terms of money, satisfaction, and a secure old age.
In conventional terms, careers are aligned with job descriptions, prospects, status, salary, and required training/education/skills. However, many other factors also influence our choice of career:
Childhood Aspirations: As children, we all have gone through phases where one career or another seemed exciting and worth working towards. Until about the age of 14-15, many of the options we choose are rooted in dreams and fantasy. Though they get modified with parental and peer influences, these influences are quite strong. Parents fuel this aspect by often asking, “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” career counselors do consider this when talking to the young person.
Gender Factor: Gender-related stereotypes are prevalent across the world, and the roles of men and women in certain types of work may be a factor that influences your career choice. Although these barriers are fast disappearing in the modern world, social and cultural obstacles may have the final say.
Personality Type and Interests: Awareness of your individual personality traits, type of learning, preferred work, and a better understanding of your areas of interest, talents, skills, and abilities are big factors determining your career choices.
Socio-Economic Factors: Play a role because careers available to different strata of society may vary significantly. How we develop in our careers may blur these factors, but opportunities initially present themselves in the context of our social status and economic condition.
The education options in Nepal following high school certification are:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Graduate Education: Master’s Degree, Post-Graduate Diploma, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy
- Professional Education: for Entry-To-Practice disciplines such as medicine, architecture
- Teacher Education
Considering these factors, choosing the right education for a successful career in Nepal becomes easier and better-planned.
Education Fields That Help To Find a Good Job In Nepal
- Determine the field you want to enter: Once you have identified the areas that interest you, it’s wise to take the time to understand more about the career choices available in these areas.
For instance, if a career in medicine is your goal, do some research on the different specializations. If there are competitive exams to pass before you get admission, check about the preparation required and the cost of tutoring. Find out how long it takes to qualify, how much the courses cost, whether it’s available in your city or not, which is the best college that provides the right courses, and if you can access the funding for the entire course.
Approach a reputed career guidance counselor for the right advice, assistance, and inputs.
- Prepare and Write Appropriate Entrance Tests:
- For admission to the Bachelor’s Program in Engineering, you will have to take the Institute of Engineering entrance tests. Some universities, such as Kathmandu University, have the KUCAT, similarly, Pokhara University and Purbanchal University have their own tests.
- The Medical Education Commission conducts the medical entrance exams for MBBS, and seats are available in Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities and the Koirala Institute and Patan Academy.
- For management programs, the CMAT test is a must to qualify for Bachelor’s programs in Management.
- If you want to do your BCA, Tribhuvan, Pokhara, and Purbanchal Universities conduct their own tests. Tribhuvan University also conducts exams for BSc in Computer Science, Information & Technology.
- Staff Nursing entrance exams are offered by various universities that conduct their own tests.
These are a few examples. You can research the right entrance tests for the course of your choice.
- Highest paid jobs: If one of the criteria you have for choosing a field of education is to snap up a high-paying job, it’s important to watch the trends in employment. These keep fluctuating constantly, and unless the field aligns with your own capability and interest, high pay is not a good yardstick to measure career goals. Currently, the highest paying job in Nepal would be that of the CEO of a well-established company. These jobs are usually held by highly experienced and qualified people or run a family business. Technical directors, airline pilots, senior medical doctors, lawyers, accountants, and technical advisers on projects funded by foreign governments earn big salaries.
- Emerging fields: Certain fields are opening up the job market in a big way. In Nepal, software development jobs are one of the hottest areas attracting the youth. The government has identified IT and BPO among Nepal’s top potential service sectors. It has the potential to contribute highly to the Nepalese economy. ITES-BPO is further facilitated by establishing IT parks and attractive tax subsidies.
The Banepa Software Park in Kavre is expected to develop high-quality software and promote IT-based businesses and services. For a job as a software developer, candidates must earn a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, with supplemental courses in the latest products and innovations. You will also need to network with communities of software developers and read code written by experts. This will help you build your skills and develop enough confidence to attend and ace job interviews.