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Beyond the cliché: Possibilities after Commerce

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It is a known fact that education in commerce, in Delhi University and elsewhere, demands sky-high marks in board exams. It is also a known fact that students pursuing Commerce walk away with some of the best pay packages from some of the best firms in the business. But contrary to popular belief, a graduation in commerce does not leave one restricted to the corporate world with an MBA or a CA qualification as the only career options. Students of commerce can, and should, be open to other options as well, both in the world of commerce and finance and beyond.


Law, as a career, has been a sought-after one of late. It is a well-paying field with opportunities both in the public and the private sector. For graduates of Commerce, corporate law would seem to be the best option if one wants to step into the legal sector but at the same time, a degree in Commerce is no hindrance if one wants to get into any other branch of law.


Often known as a feasible option only for those with financial back-up, entrepreneurship is about knowing how to make a venture successful. Yes, it entails starting from scratch but for students of Commerce, this should be made slightly easier owing to the fact that their entry into the world as entrepreneurs (if they so wish) will be based on a sound knowledge of how to make things work. Moreover, entrepreneurship allows one to venture into any field that one wants to.

Corporate Communications

While this might sound like a part of the 9 to 5 life again, corporate communications is more than just marketing and crisis management; creative fields like Advertising and Public Relations are also part of it. And the ad industry is a major, major part of the media industry. So, if one has the flair for creativity coupled with a sense of business, this is the way to go. Communications Management is quite in vogue too.

Civil Services

In a country like ours, the civil services are never going to lose their popularity. It is what a large number of graduates aspire towards. And while it is common for these aspirants to have taken up liberal arts subjects like History and Philosophy in college, there is no dearth of doctors and engineers, and yes, Commerce graduates, making it to the top. In fact, Commerce & Accountancy is an option for the Mains.

The Academia Way

An M.Com, M.Phil and PhD are not things of the past for a student of Commerce, academia continues to bring opportunities to commerce graduates and post-graduates, especially so with the mushrooming of B-Schools. And like law, the job sector spans the public and the private.


A Commerce graduate can always pursue a post-graduation in Arts, if she or he has the desire and the aptitude to do so. Almost every university of good repute in the country holds entrance exams for M.A. courses. Hence, it is about the aptitude and not about giving leverage to some courses over others.


A commerce graduate can potentially become an excellent corporate journalist if they have the requisite spark and flair in them. While some Universities only admit journalism graduates to their PG journalism programmes, some do not impose such restrictions. Numerous diploma courses and private training programmes by media houses themselves are also open for commerce graduates.

The Job Sector

As mentioned earlier, Commerce graduates can walk away with jaw-dropping packages even before the completion of their graduate degree. There’s banking and finance, there’s marketing and business development, there’s human resource and talent acquisitions and much more.

In conclusion, no degree should restrict somebody from pursuing what one wants to. A commerce graduate can be a successful chef and a liberal arts student can make a great manager just as well. If you must know, Hrithik Roshan, too, is a commerce graduate.

[email protected]; Alankrita is a student of Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Technology is one thing that terrifies her and at the helm of a good old newspaper is where she hopes to be one day. Reading, writing and holidaying (not necessarily in that order) are her favourite things to do. If not a journalist, she would be a politician, as goes the trend.

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