How to choose right stream after class 10?

Aug 11, 2017 16:33 IST

How to choose right stream after class 10
How to choose right stream after class 10

10th standard is an important point in the life of every student. At this point that a student has to decide about his/her career. This is a question that pops up in front of every student- ‘which stream to select after 10th?’This might prove to be the most crucial decision in the life of a student that will decide his future career. It is often seen that students get influenced by external factors due to which they fail to take the best decision. Most of the students simply go for the subjects which are in fashion. For example, many students without realizing their strengths and weakness, take science stream just to match the trend among others and show off.  Some others' decision is driven by their parents' expectations and the remaining number of students are left clueless and confused. Without being aware of the fact that Class 10th, be it in CBSE Board, UP Board or any other state board, is the first most crucial stage of building a career, students often  take the decision with a puzzled and ambiguous mind and end up selecting a wrong stream thereby opening the door to the worst consequences in the long-term career prospects. The decision once taken out of peer pressure or parental pressure or due to lack of knowledge may become the burden for the whole life. Hence, it is very important for any student to choose the stream wisely and carefully as it will ultimately shape your lifetime career.

Here we have compiled a set of information to counsel the students in making the right choice of a stream which may bring in a number of lucrative and desired career options in future:

1. Self-awareness

This is the most important thing to be considered before coming to a decision. This involves identifying your interest and understanding your aptitudes and skills. Adequate attention must be given to one’s aptitude. For example, if one is weak in any science subject like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology, then he will have a tough time facing the subjects present in science stream in CBSE or UP Board Class 11. This is why detailed strength-weakness analysis is necessary and important while choosing a stream. Interest, skill & aptitude combination help to make a successful career.

2. Check out the streams inside out

This is another step before landing a particular decision. A student should find out every minute detail about the stream like subjects, difficulty level, career prospects, etc. Without having known all these aspects, a student won’t be able to find out which stream will suit him/her the best. Some streams give access to diverse job opportunities. But the key is to find out what the future in that field will be like? Will its demand reduce in the future? Also, list down details about professional courses that one may pursue after completing schooling in case of each stream. This will help you get an idea about career prospects associated with a particular stream.

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3. Take help of a counsellor 

Approaching a counselor is essential when you are not sure about choosing a suitable path after CBSE or UP Board Class 10. It is advisable for the students to attend career guidance seminars and educational fairs where the experts can assist in discovering the student’s potential and aptitude and accordingly suggest the right stream. For more clarification, a student can personally visit a career counsellor who will conduct tests to explore out a student’s aptitude, interest and personality to consequently find out the stream that will best suit him.

4. Discuss with your parents & teachers

Seeking guidance from reliable people in the community is another way to go. Parents and teachers are among those experienced people who can easily judge the inner strengths and interests of a student. Both serve as a major influence in a child’s decision- making actions. So, guidance from experts and experienced people always matters. However, their decision should not be solely imposed on children while choosing stream since on many occasions, students ignore their own passion and follow parent’s decision which may sometimes lead to a trouble in life. So, a healthy discussion with parents or teachers and conveying about own real happiness should not be missed out during this phase of academic career.


Different parameters must be thought over while selecting the right stream for your Senior Secondary Education in CBSE or UP Board. The foremost criterion is to select a stream which is your strength. Choosing the right stream makes a significant improvement in one’s career path. There is no good and bad stream and a lot of opportunities are there in every field. One just needs to put all his/her efforts to make a successful career.

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