Many of us still aren’t sure regarding what we want to pursue or should pursue once our undergraduate courses end. This doubt needs to be taken more seriously.

In today’s time, being a graduate is of no great significance. A master’s degree or a specialisation course is no less than a ‘must’ if one is looking for a job-oriented future. Graduation is more of a foundation where certain skills and qualifications can be acquired to be competent enough for seeking well-paid jobs. The irony with us is that even when we realise the need to figure out what we want to do after completing our graduation, many of us still don’t have an answer.

Professional courses such as Chartered Accountancy (CA) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are high on demand while thousands sweat on cracking the Common Aptitude Test (CAT). Many amongst these students rely completely on their performance in these examinations. However, given the number of people who make it, students should plan on having a backup option if the situation is not in their favor. Some might argue that having a single goal acts as a motivational drive and helps them perform better. It may be true but there’s a saying that goes “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”. It is always better to have a contingency plan.

Talking about students who are still unclear about what they should do after their graduation, it’s high time that they start giving their future a serious thought. At least, they should focus on it once they become a sophomore. Students need to analyze their interests, capabilities, and the scope of the field of study. Having said that, there always is a tussle between what one “wants” to do and what one “can” do. This is where students need to step up, research, analyse, and most importantly, decide what they want to do. A decision is always better than anonymity.

It will not be wrong to say that the students relying on their graduation will have a very hard time if they want to seek a job-oriented future. As per Harvard Business Review, a survey conducted by work analytics firm Burning Glass found that more than 20% of the positions expect a certificate or license for a particular technical skill concluding that more than two-thirds of the graduates fail to launch their careers. It is very necessary that either these categories of students plan to study ahead or develop significant soft skills.

In conclusion, there is a great population of students that need to rethink and frame their futures. This need is more of a result of one’s ignorance and unwillingness to give time for these issues. These decisions will define one’s future and the quicker they are sort out, the better.


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Karan Singhania

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The University of Delhi grabs eyeballs every year between May to July when its admissions process commences and culminates, and every year along with these takeaways, the flaws in the administration system are brought to the fore. This year’s cycle has been highly prone to technical glitches, chaos over the calculation of marks, and an overall ambivalence over the whole process.

Pulling on this thread, a candidate, Paras Nagpal, aspiring to pursue B.Com (Hons.) from the varsity was a victim of this confusion. An ECA applicant, Paras had applied through the Theatre category for admissions. Having scored a 94.25% in his Class 12th Boards, he had temporarily secured admission in Dyal Singh College, after his name came in the merit list released and he ranked 10th out of a total of 100 candidates.

The ECA procedure started with a faint idea about the process a few days back when Paras registered with individual colleges according to the guidelines. As per a list which was announced by Ramjas College on July 14th, his name was among the two candidates selected for Theatre ECA, and with surmounting joy, he proceeded to cancel his admission at Dyal Singh College to withdraw his documents. However, much to his dismay, he was denied admission by the authorities on the grounds that an updated ECA list had been released at 11:30 pm. The new list had replaced him with an applicant in the Dance category, and his name was nowhere to be seen on the tabular sheet. Distraught, he wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor and the college’s page to look into the unfairly handled matter.

When speaking to DU Beat, he expressed disdainfully how after checking the list once in the evening, he couldn’t have fathomed that a list released around midnight signed and updated on the website would not include his name. The authorities claimed that there was confusion regarding the best of four calculation of the other candidate whose name made it to the list, and after re-evaluation, she ranked higher. The obvious question that despite four cut-off lists, the fact that the best of four calculations were still erroneously done is deeply problematic. He added that on approaching the authorities with this grave mishandling, they held a meeting for about half hour before intimating that the seats have been fully occupied in the B.Com (Hons.) course.

Paras is a resident of Haryana and like many other outstation candidates flocked to the campus when the official admission cycle commenced. After crossing the hurdles of the online application, two rounds of ECA auditions, and an incessant waiting period, all his hopes were pinned on making it through. Now with two days left for the new academic session to commence, he is left with no colleges in his kitty and wishes that the unjust treatment of his case be looked into sincerely.

When probed, we reached out to the officials at Ramjas College. Repeated calls to the College’s authorities went unanswered.

More than two lakh school graduates every year have a desire suppressed in their hearts. A desire to study at a varsity known for grooming people, for rocketing cut-offs, for rewarding cultural fests, and for three years of an all-encompassing college life. Mismanagement and the chaos blemish the beginning lines of this journey.



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Saumya Kalia

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Srivedant Kar

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