Ankit Kapoor, Managing Director, Pratham Test Prep
As far as his career is concerned, there remains a threshold for students of class 12th with a lot of unanswered questions inside their heads, which confuse them. The most common assumption that students make when deciding to choose the right career revolves around how to choose the right career, which course to choose and which they are good at, among many others.
Such thoughts can give rise to oscillating, confusing, and ambiguous frame of mind between questions about the future. In such a dilemma the one thing that becomes an integral part and exacerbates the confusion is, “Should I take a drop if things don’t pan out the way I planned?”
However this question is a hard nut to crack, which requires countless self-introspection, where you can rapidly answer it, especially when everything seems to be at stake. The notion of skipping a year has always been recognized with wasting the year and the student has been left behind by his batchmates in terms of academic session. But now the scenario has completely reversed and if a student is determined to go to the college of his dreams with the support of a parent, then if a student does not score well according to the desired result in the entrance examination, they will spend a year. Choosing to leave.
Fall in a Year – Waste or Investment?
With a very thin line gap between waste and investment, there is no precise answer to the question of whether one should give up a year. It is all about the mindset of the person, and according to experts one will definitely invest. With a disciplined approach, dedication in preparing candidates aiming for their dream career is contributing to positive investment towards their future.
But it is not black and white to make up his mind on this question so soon. After reflecting on various points, we reach this question –
- College Remembered by Whisker – A wise student should evaluate the difference between the target and the actual score. If the difference between the two is small and seems realistic they can easily reach the required score according to a little more hard work and preparation strategy. However, if the difference is a major one then the probability is negligible with some extra effort. The fact is to look for an alternative career path. And in other cases where a student enters a good college, but it is not his dream college, he should join the college and continue instead of skipping a year.
- Poor score on both board and admission – This is a difficult situation but as they say, every situation is solved. A child should be very sure about his career path. Although many people see this as a dead-end situation, it is not the end of the road and many options exist –
- Me. New Age Career / Skill-Based Career
- Admission in Tier-2 colleges
- private university
- If none of the above points work, and if one considers skipping a year to go to a good college, then join some certificate courses that will enhance your performance.
- Need time for preparation and planning again – Preparation for entrance exam requires perseverance despite hard work and entrance examination. In this scenario, one must evaluate what were the reasons for the previous performance. Self-questioning about failure to prepare well also opens up clarity, and seeking guidance from a career counselor before taking the plunge also helps to re-prepare the preparation strategy.
In all these scenarios, one has to think artistically before arriving at the decision of taking college this year or skipping a year. This is not an end of the road. If you are skipping a year, it is just that you are taking an extra year to shape your career the way you want. Also, don’t listen to whoever tells you that dropping a year is not a crime. In the end, what matters is that you consider all your options well and do well. A happy mind is always capable of performing miracles.