Vocational guidance: questions and answers
Q1: Dear Mr. Abidi, I did my Matric with 643 out of 1050 in 2019, and FSc with 725 out of 1100 in 2021 from Lahore Board. Sir, I applied for Quaid-e-Azam University in International Relations (IR), Political Science and History but rejected due to less aggregate. So now I am thinking of applying for one of the following BS courses: Mass Communication and Sociology. I kindly ask you to guide me and suggest the most suitable subject and university which will help me in my future career prospects. (Aitzaz Nadeem Chishti, Lahore)
Answer: Dear Mr. Chishti, as you did not mention whether you did FSc Pre-Medical or FSc Pre-Engineering; therefore in case of FSc Pre-Medical I recommend you to do BS Hons Biological Science/Biomedical Science/Environmental Science and in case you have done FSc Pre-Engineering; then BS Hons in Computer Science/Business Administration or any type of engineering degree would be your best choice among all public and private sector institutions. You can do well in any of these programs which are relevant and based on your previous academic background. However, the subjects you are interested in are very popular but in your case, be the second choice because for the subjects you want to study, a student who has studied political science, civics or mass communication at the intermediate level can do better.
Q2: Sir, I have done ACCA and recently completed my BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting. I am fortunate to be doing a Masters in Professional Accountancy from the University of London. I want your expert opinion if this is the right choice or I should go for CFA because I also have an interest in CFA and I should do an internship in an auditing firm or apply for a job in any business. (Rizwan Amjad, Karachi).
Answer: Dear Rizwan, you have obtained the necessary professional qualification in the field of accounting. At this point, I suggest you get at least three to five years’ experience in the same field. During this time, you will get to know the areas of accounting that interest you the most and are important to you. This is the time when you can think about or explore the possibility of furthering your education as a professional accountant or consider a more academic route such as an MPhil and PhD. However, at this time, working in commerce or industry should be your first priority.
Q3: Respected Mr. Abidi, I am a lawyer by profession with three years of experience as a civil lawyer. But I want to change my area of specialization. Please tell me which area of legal practice has tremendous future potential for personal and professional growth and development. (Yamaan Sajid Kamboh Lawyer – Narang Mandi)
Answer: Dear Mr. Yamaan, legal education and legal knowledge can be used in many ways. You can choose from several specializations depending on where you want to practice. If it is Pakistan, there are emerging opportunities in corporate and business law, maritime law and intellectual property where you can work with multinationals or as an independent consultant.
Q4: Dear Mr. Abidi, I am an MBBS student in Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad which is now known as Faisalabad Medical University. Sir, I am writing this email in a terrible situation. I failed the 2nd year MBBS final exam and now I have to take an additional exam. I also failed my 1st year MBBS but passed additional exams. I just wanted to ask you what I should do now. The first thing I will do is do my best to pass the additional exams. I want to know how this may affect me in the future. What are the career options for me after completing my MBBS?
(Ghazanfar Rana, Faisalabad)
Answer: Dear Mr. Rana, it depends on the interest you develop by the time you pass your MBBS. However, I think passing the final exams should be your first priority, which you are already doing. After successfully completing your MBBS, the following programs would be best for your future career: Radiology, Anesthesia, or Pediatrics. You can also do masters and research in relevant fields to improve your career prospects.
(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a renowned educationalist in Pakistan with over 20 years of experience as a provider of educational consultancy services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences and forums. He is the recipient of the most coveted civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz).