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4-Step Guide: Choosing The Right Stream In Class XI

The stress of class X exams are done! Now comes the big decision of choosing the study stream for class XI. Here is how you can help your child.

By Sindhu Sivalingam with inputs from Dr Vasuki Mathivanan

“I want to take up the science stream after class X because my friend Roshan is choosing it!” exclaims Arjun. “Don’t be silly. You must take the commerce stream to become a Chartered Accountant like your sister,” shoots back his mother.This short conversation, in which the mother takes a unidirectional approach to guiding her son, only leads to more confusion and disagreements between them. As you can see, it is quite a challenge when your child has to choose a specialised stream from amongst the few options that are available to him in class XI and XII. Each of these streams is unique. However, each stream limits your child’s choices when it comes to future education and career prospects. It is therefore extremely crucial to make the choice that is best for your child. Such a choice should consider not only your child’s career prospects, but how well he is likely to enjoy it for the rest of his life. For parents, it is important to understand that the dividing line between guiding a child to choose a career and pushing him into one is very thin. So, you need to find the right balance.

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