After studying Commerce in Class XII, can I shift to Arts to study Psychology? What are the available options?
Yes, it is possible and plenty of options are available. However, it will be essential that you do a Bachelor’s in Psychology for three years and then further specialise with a Master’s. You can then seek a career as a clinical psychologist or industrial psychologist to name a few. You may also consider a career in Human Resource Management, Marketing Management or Advertising by doing an MBA because these areas of study have maximum application of applied psychology.
Please advise on how to specialise in financial markets area after BCom.
Some of your best options include doing an MBA in Financial Markets from institutions such as the Bombay Stock Exchange, The Institute for Technology and Management – Institute of Financial Markets, Institute of Capital Markets -- Unit Trust of India, all in Mumbai. These offer highly specialised courses in the area of your interest. Alternatively you may do a general MBA in finance and do a short-term course in trading, derivatives and equity research from the National Stock Exchange (NSE). NSE’s Certification in Financial Markets helps you gain expertise in your chosen area. Please confirm with a career counsellor that this is indeed your chosen area of interest and move forward.
Prof RSS Mani is an eminent career counsellor and currently VP, Institutional Development at ITM Group of Institutions. Write to him at email@example.com