I am a student of Std X. I like studying Maths, Physics and English among other subjects. What are the various career options after doing PCM in 11th other than engineering, medicine and astronomy? I want to join the WBG (World Bank Group). What are the requirements to be an actuary? Is it a suitable career option in India?
When you like studying Maths and Physics, then you must follow careers which make use of these subjects. Some of these are engineering, astronomy, banking, insurance and computing. If you want to make English your priority, then creative writing, publishing, translation, etc., will offer you good opportunities.
Actuaries use statistics and probability to plan future risk. The study of actuarial science requires a high aptitude in Mathematics. Eligibility is 10+2 with at least 85% in Mathematics. To enter this field, you will have to clear 15 papers through self-study. For details, visit the Actuarial Society of India (ASI), Mumbai (actuariesindia.org). The actuarial profession commands one of the best salary packages around the world. With 5-6 years of experience, a fellow can easily touch a seven-figure salary.
The World Bank Group (WBG) functions as an international organization that fights poverty by offering developmental assistance to middle-income and low-income countries. There are many institutions that aid in its goals to provide assistance. For details, visit worldbank.org
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.