Why BA can be the right career choice for you?

  • By Christy J. Varghese
  • 13 April 2022
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Most students are often confused during their final year of college about what to do after college. Being a very popular course with many specialisations, BA opens the door to many job opportunities in the market. If you’re among those confused, you don't have to worry, though, as you are in the right place to get the trail of tensed thoughts silenced. 

We have compiled a list of alternatives that you can try your hands on post the completion of your graduation in BA.

Opportunities After BA

As mentioned above, there is an endless list of wonderful career options for a BA graduate to opt for and settle down in. The scope and spectrum of employment that BA has is an extremely long one. And this is why there is no need to hesitate or worry over the question of life after BA.

Following is the list of the huge varieties of career options that open up for a person with a BA degree in hand and clarity of concepts in mind:

Further Studies

If there is a field or subject that captivates you, and you wish to enhance your knowledge and skills in the field, pursuing masters is the best option. It will sharpen you academically and strengthen your career when you start looking for a job. In this world of competition, your candidature should be as strong as possible. There are various postgraduate courses like MA, MBA, BEd, and other PG diploma courses in various specialisations that you can pursue.

Civil Services

One of the most popular choices of graduates is to sit for the extremely competitive Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The perks and privileges attached to the job apart from the golden opportunity to serve society directly are what attracts lakhs of students every year.

Other Government Jobs

Civil Services are not the only alternative within the ambit of government jobs. Multiple sectors like defence, railway, bank, probationary sector, services sector etc. also are an option to take up jobs. There are multiple channels to get into one, through exams and merit-based options. This sector, as is famous, provides absolute job security as one of the biggest perks.  

Administration

One can also build their career in the administrative side. There are countless government as well as private positions with management and administration related job profiles. For instance, public administration posts in Public Works Department. 

Academics

Research projects can not only be taken in science or commerce fields but in the humanities arena as well. Instead of working on a self project, one can also assist any other scholar, as a research associate, in order to gain first-hand experience.

Besides R&D, working in the teaching sector as a teacher in a school, professor in a college or lecturer for multiple institutions is another preferable option to establish a career, after fulfilling the required educational qualifications.

Social Work

In some of us, the desire to give back to society in any way possible overtakes any other passion whatsoever. And if you are one of those then you can join hands with some NGOs or Not-for-profit organisations that are constantly working for social causes uplifting the deprived sections and working for the overall development of society. 

Specialisation Specific

Once you finish your degrees in the specialised fields of your choice then the doors to work in specialisation specific jobs open in all directions. They also include high-paying executive jobs. For instance, those with a specialisation in history can get into archaeology; geographical specialisations will fetch you work in meteorological and related fields. 

Creative Alternatives

Creativity is a field that can be dealt with by anyone with an intuitively imaginative mind, regardless of their educational background. And there are multiple creative paths one can traverse namely, creative writing, anchoring, advertising, etc.

Event Management

Other than the aforementioned creative fields to step in, one can also satisfy their creative instincts by pursuing a career in the demanding field of event management. The events can range from promotions, weddings, branding, award functions etc. This field is as enjoyable as its strenuous. 

BA Industries

All the above job roles are offered in a wide variety of industries that are open to working for students with a degree in BA. The table below gives a clear and accurate picture of it:

Journalism, media and communication Defence
Management Marketing
Teaching Government Sector
Human Resource Public Relations
Research Public Administration
Civil Services International Affairs
Social Work Administration
Creative Writing Event Planning

Jobs after BA: Specialisation wise

Let us now look at the specific jobs that are available post the completion of specialisation studies. 

Given below is a list of in-demand jobs for popular specialisations:

Economics

  • Finance and Budget Analyst

  • Banker
  • Market Analyst
  • Economist
  • Business/Economic Writer/Journalist
  • Investment Administrator
  • Sales Executive or Analyst
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Manager

English

  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Voice Artist
  • Content Writer
  • Journalist
  • HR executive
  • Public Servant
  • Copywriter
  • Features Writer
  • Script Writer

Geography

Meteorologist

Content Specialist - Geographically based

Map Analyst

Teacher/Professor

Laboratory Researcher

Manager

Accountant Assistant

Subject Matter Expert

Urban Planner

Mining Supervisor

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialists

Hindi

  • Content Developer
  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • Script Writer
  • Reporter
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Voice Artist

History

  • Archivist
  • Archaeologist
  • Historian
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Subject Matter Expert
  • Tour Guide
  • Writer

Philosophy

  • Subject matter expert
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Executive
  • Public Services
  • Journalist
  • Content Writer
  • Social Work

Political Science

  • Political analyst
  • United Nations
  • Social Services
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Law
  • Civil Services

Psychology

  • Psychologist
  • Career Counselor
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Social Worker
  • Civil Services

Language

  • Linguist
  • Translator
  • Interpreter

Career Benefits

The degree of BA is one of the most interesting ones as it broadens the horizons to a significant extent. And the multitude of career options after BA further enhances your perspective of seeing the world. These career options prepare you for many skills. Following is a list of career benefits after BA:

  • Understanding and analytical skills enhance to a great extent.

  • Leadership qualities get instilled in you.

  • Innovation, investigation, and exploration become a part of your intellect and aptitude.

  • Being systematic and organised becomes your second nature.

  • Project handling becomes a skill to master.

  • Solution-seeker mindset. 

Therefore, the BA graduates are an asset, as the fields they work in are of crucial significance to the growth and development of the country.

Skills required for BA Graduates

Today’s world is extremely competitive. Therefore, one has to increase their capacities and enhance their skills constantly. The following list will give an idea of what are the skills that a BA graduate should definitely excel at:

  • Observation skills
  • Theorising skills
  • Understanding skills
  • Conceptualising skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills
  • Articulation

Factors to consider before taking a job after BA

Tips and tricks always come in handy, no matter which phase of life you are about to enter. And when it comes to seeking jobs after graduation, they are especially helpful. 

Consider the following factors before taking up a job after BSc:

  • Whatever job profile or company you are applying for, ensure that you research the details regarding your growth in the organisation and the skills you will learn.
  • Consider doing certifications relevant to the skills you want to improve, and that will add value to your candidature, as it can improve your chances of getting a job in the company you are applying to.

  • A resume plays a significant role in the selection process. It is almost like a mirror of who you are, so choose the format correctly and add as many important details as possible. 

  • Although not compulsory, it is suggestive of opting for a master's and specialisation degree after BA before taking up a job. The next level of graduation will increase the level of your candidature as well.

Salary offered to BA Graduates

The average salary package offered is often offered ranges between INR 2 to 6 LPA. The following table gives a rough picture of what is offered in which field: 

Umbrella Field Av. Salary (INR)
Civil Services 6 - 7 LPA
Human Resource & PR 2.9 - 3 LPA
Manager 3 - 3.5 LPA
Administration 2.5 - 2.7 LPA
Social Work 2 LPA
Journalism 3 LPA
Content Writing 2.89 LPA
Assistants 3 LPA
Psychologist 4 LPA
Academics 2-3 LPA
Event Management 4.77 - 5 LPA
Linguist 3 LPA

Popular Cities that offer Lucrative Jobs to BA Graduates

One can find jobs after BA all over India. But certain cities offer the most lucrative jobs in comparison to others. These include the cities that are cultural hubs or academic hotspots:

  • New Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Allahabad
  • Ahmedabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Kolkata
  • Pune
  • Jaipur
  • Thiruvananthapuram

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