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June 01, 2005

When it comes to choosing a career, parents still want their children to don the white coat," says career counsellor Parveen Malhotra.

Here are a few of her observations:

1. The 'going to phoren' craze has decreased with a lot of career options now available in India.

2. Most parents want their children to go abroad just for short-term post graduate courses and then return to settle in India.

3. Only a select few go abroad for undergraduate courses, since they are very costly with no scholarships available at that level. 

4. Most elders do not see the new emerging professions to be very secure. For them, being a doctor or engineer is still very respectable and pays well.

5. Though new professions like IT and technology have emerged, most parents still want their children to be doctors. It is still the top ranked profession, especially because it is considered very respectable.

Even in America, elders seem to want youngsters to take up medicine, according to a poll conducted in April. Most adults said they would recommend young men and women to be MDs.

The telephone survey asked around 1,000 adults what they would recommend to young men and women seeking career advice. One in five said they would advise young men to become doctors. And 17 percent said they would recommend the medical profession to young men. 

A career in medicine, therefore, is the top ranked profession, ahead of careers in computers, technology, teaching or business, says the survey. 

Career counsellors, however, say poll results are surprising since, in America, hardly anyone wants to be a doctor. "The profession involves lot of hard work and dedication, and is dissuaded by almost every youth in America," says

"In India, it is the opposite. Also, most parents are not very comfortable with careers in the armed forces, which do not pay well. But parental advice also depends on the field in which the parents are," says Malhotra, noting that the civil services is also a very respected profession.

It must be noted that parental advice cannot be generalised and differs from city to city. In Delhi and Mumbai, careers in IT and computers are respected. In smaller towns, government jobs and banking are considered very 'secure'.

But what do the youth want?

Malhotra says, "IT, computers, call centres top the list, followed by engineering, medicine, law and media." 

Twenty years ago, every girl wanted to be a teacher. Today, it is the last choice.

What do you want your child to be? Let us know!

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Sub: I will make him an IItian who has the cofidence of establishing a S/W company

I will make him as IITian bcoz the largest degree in india is IIT . The people who studied there will have the confidence needed ...

Posted by Shyam Kumar K

Sub: MY child..

well..i m a child myself(just gave 10th exams). I wish to do BMS after 12th. DAD wants me to go for engineering or medicine. well ...

Posted by Shraddha Sankhe

Sub: Different views

Sir, Your views on carreer are totaly opposed to what another counseller on Rediff, Ms Rashmi Bansal has. In fact she projects medicine as worst ...

Posted by Dr. Manoj

Sub: I will make him an IITian

There is nothing morethan IIT degree in the world. every one knows Princeton + Harvard + MIT = IIT Regards, Prabu D. ...

Posted by Prabu D

Sub: what i want my child to be

I want my child to be ONLY what he wants to be. He is a part of me, his aspirations are not. I love him ...

Posted by P


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