It all starts in Class 11. As soon as you pass your high school, you start questioning yourself what to do after 10th class and start hovering around the list of careen options after 10th in arts, commerce and science stream. But if you are amongst the top 10 students of your class, half the people in your little world would advise you to become a doctor or an engineer.
Gender biases the inescapable ingredient of Indian society gives a shot here too. One of the greatest Bollywood flick 3 Idiots was not far off that Indian parents think:
Ladka hua to Engineer, Ladki hui to Doctor
If it is a boy, he will become an engineer. If it is a daughter, she will turn out to be a doctor.
These ideals do not work in real lives.
Your choice of career after 10th depends on a number of factors:
- Your passion and motives,
- Your capacity to study,
- Access to good study resources,
- Affordability of the program you choose,
- Importance of money in your life,
- How long can you wait until you earn?
- Your mobility (Are you an only child who can’t leave your parents and shift to another place? Are you not allowed to move out of town to pursue your study or career interests for any reason?), and
- Your board exam marks (which might limit your options when it comes to taking Science subjects).
Here is a step-by-step guide on deciding whether you should become an Engineer or a Doctor:
Do you like Math or hate it?
It is the first indication of what your career choice should be. If you ‘like’ Math and calculation and solving new problems, engineering might be the profession for you. If you ‘hate’ Math and waiting to get rid of it, medical studies might be your best bet.
This approach might be simple but may not be accurate. Remember, aversion of a subject lasts only as long as you don’t study it. So, if you don’t like Math, you can still be an engineer if you work hard. Yet, in most cases, it works.
We study Math right from the kindergarten classes. If you have not developed an interest in the subject, you might want to drop it as your core subject in Class 11 and focus on subjects where you can use your natural instincts better.
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Medical preparation requires you to solve Physics and Chemistry numerical – so you’ll still need a bit of Math, but it will not be as difficult as ones you’ll have to tackle in all three of your subjects (Physics, Chemistry, and Math) as an engineering aspirant.
Does Rote Learning come naturally to you?
Engineers require higher critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities than doctors. On the other side, doctors need to remember facts and figures, and information (a lot of information actually) about human or animal bodies, diseases – their symptoms, causes, and treatments, and a lot of other stuff. It means that doctors need to have the ability to a lot of reading, and commit the information to their memories for later use.
NEET coaching expert Nishtha Gupta shares, “In Botany and Zoology, the ability to rote learn something is a must. Physics and Chemistry are reasoning-based. You can just learn formulas in these subjects, and understand the application of concepts. In Botany and Zoology, it is all about learning. I recommend my students to use flashcards or quiz-based educational apps to be able to learn them better.”
It is not all about entrance exam preparation. You’ll need the same abilities once you get admission in B.Tech or MBBS programs – and even to your career lives.
If you are not good at problem-solving or coming up with innovative solutions, you’ll never be able to succeed as an engineer. As a doctor, you’ll never want for work, but you’ll be able to reach the top ranks only if you remain updated about the latest medical trends and research.
Remember, participating in the national and international conferences as a speaker or as an attendee is one of the essential aspects of carving out a big name as a doctor.
Do you prefer Direct Questions?
All the coaching providers, who provide both IIT JEE coaching as well as medical coaching programs, agree that the difficulty level of engineering exam question papers is higher than that of medical entrance exams – including the highly competitive AIIMS exam.
In IIT JEE, the questions asked are conceptual and tricky while in NEET, questions are direct and much simple. Many questions asked in the NEET exam are picked directly from the NCERT books of Class 11 and Class 12.
The trend continues throughout your lives as a doctor or an engineer.
A doctor is successful if he or she can correlate the symptoms of a patient and diagnose the disease correctly – and can prescribe the best possible treatment in his or her case. An engineer is successful when he or she can identify the problems and be able to provide solutions to them.
At the topmost levels, a doctor’s work is cut out while an engineer has to find his or her own way.
Do you want Respect or Money?
The long hours you spend slogging during your NEET preparation seems worth it when you get to wear the white coat and the stethoscope – and all the patients refer to you as ‘Doctor Sa’ab’ or ‘Sir’. With time, your respectability soars – as you carve out a name in your respective field.
If you are good at your job, are patient with your patients and their caretakers, and have good communication skills, you are treated as ‘God’ by everyone you know. You are in demand during an emergency situation – and all your relatives and friends cherish your presence for the respectability associated with your profession.
Engineers have to wait for that kind of respect until they prove themselves in their respective workplace. However, if you are from one of the top engineering institutes in India, you might be earning more than a doctor fresh out of college. Every year, we hear news of engineers who get a salary package of over-a-crore at campus placements.
You must remember that the number of such high-salary-package-getters is minuscule and the income disparity between engineers and doctors reduces with time. In fact, if you have a clinic or a hospital of your own, you might be earning more than many top-ranked engineers around you.
Medical vs Non Medical, What Will Be Best For You? Ask Yourself:
Ask yourself these questions to access whether you’ll perform better as an engineer or a doctor. Whatever you choose, always make an informed decision. Do not give in to the peer pressure or the parental pressure. To be happy, you must learn to make your own choices, and then find ways to achieve your goals.
What To Do After 10th Class – List Of Courses After 10th Infographic
Since many students are seeking an advice on how to choose best career option after 10th class and which course would be best for them to pursue their dreams, we have summarized the list of most popular courses after 10th class in an infographic format. This infographic includes – after 10th courses list chart, after 10th diploma courses list, list of subjects in various courses; and which stream to choose after 10th among arts, commerce & science.
Author Nishant Sinha is the co-founder of emedicalprep.com, an Online Medical Coaching platform for Medical Entrance Exams like NEET (earlier known as AIPMT), AIIMS and other school entrance exams aiming for a career in the Medical sector. He is passionate about making Doctors and Medical aspirants meet their goal (NEET or AIIMS). The mission was clear to give breakthrough education to the students in the field of online Medical Exam Preparations and make them pass with flying colors in exams such as NEET, AIIMS or other medical entrance exams. For this dream of his, he left his lucrative career in one of the American Management Consulting firms named Kurt Salmon Associates. He can rightly be called an optimistic entrepreneur and passionate educationist. You can check his LinkedIn profile to know more about him.