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Academics and Research
Academics and Research: The Desk Detectives
Gone are the days when researchers and academicians would sit all day long, poring over endless books on the most uninteresting subjects. Donning the persona of desk detectives, researchers and academicians work across a broad spectrum of fields including health, education, literature, music and recreation, among others. The topics may range from background research for a rock/pop band, legacy of the Vikings, travel books, popular cinema and its scope, among many others. The field of teaching is also very closely related to research.
To make a career in academics and research, your child needs to have:
- Passion and stamina for his/her subject of choice to go on reading, writing, researching and teaching.
- Intellectual capacity that is important considering the brainy competition one would be up against.
- Patience and determination, because in this field it may take years for a study to be popularly recognized
- The ability to use and access electronic databases, be an internet whiz and use word processing will be valuable skills
- It is important that you nurture these skills and help your child exploit them to the fullest, too put your child in better stead for his/her chosen career.
Careers your child can explore The various jobs your child can explore in Academics
The Study Route
There is no particular category of colleges for academics and research at graduate
level. One may pursue a graduate degree in any field of their interest - Medicine,
engineering, pure sciences, or social sciences or arts or any stream of one’s choice.
After that, they can pursue a postgraduation in their dream career. Some institutes
also offer a 6-year integrated PhD program for meritorious B. Sc graduates. And
then finally, after masters, go on to a PhD, or apply for a corporate job, one with
the government, or in teaching.
In academics, work options vary between the kinds of subject specializations and
the student age base that one wishes to teach. There is the option of becoming a
kindergarten, primary school, secondary school or high school teacher, or a college
In research, there are opportunities in various subjects, and researchers can conduct
researches on almost any topic they find interesting. Perseverance and dedication
should be considered pre-requisites for anybody to succeed in this field. Optionally,
one may also consider options abroad.
3 Must-Do activities for your child
- Encourage your child to share his/her lessons at school with younger siblings, or
children your help at home may have
- Let your child research a school project on the internet
- Take your child for a trip to a public library. There is no better time to be introduced
to the world of books
The Road Ahead
With new technological advancements happening everyday, researchers need to be comfortable
with various resources, both online and offline. Research opportunities in almost
all sectors of the economy, including entertainment will continue to be on the rise.
Similarly, the education industry is witnessing phenomenal growth and there is scope
for more teaching jobs with every new school, college and university which comes
up. Going by the trend and numbers, this is not bound to change any time soon.