Home Science or Home Economics is among one of the most misunderstood subjects. It is much more than managing a house. The comments and questions that usually follow when you tell someone you are pursuing HOME SCIENCE are – “That subject with cooking and all?” Or, “Are you training to be a housewife?” And sometimes, “Kya hee hoga yeh sab padh ke, doctor hee ban jaate.” (What will you achieve with a subject like that; becoming a doctor would have been a better option).
It’s never easy being different. We get labeled many things when we do something not so mainstream, which applies to many things in our lives. We get weird looks for choosing something different.
The category of people who take the most time accepting these differences is the generation before us, our parents, their friends, aunties and uncles, grandparents, Sharma Ji’ with his IIT topping son, maybe Martians too, and the list goes on.
It’s hard to explain the scope of something new like home science to a generation who lived when government jobs were ‘REAL JOBS,’ and anyone beyond doctors, engineers, and lawyers was considered a sub-standard category of earning the human race. But times have changed, and so should this trend.
People barely know that the “Cooking” part of home science is just 1/5th of the bigger picture.
The Core Subjects of Home Science are
- Development Communication and Extension
- Fabric and Apparel Science
- Human Development
- Resource Management
Additional Subjects Include
- Family Life education
- Food preservation
- Personality development
- Fashion Designing
The qualities needed to be good at this subject are creativity, outside-the-box thinking, patience while dealing with people, understanding, and thinking on their feet.
This subject offers a wide range of options for post-graduation courses and a broad spectrum of career choices to choose from. Throughout the duration, of course, you will be able to assess your aptitude for a particular field and choose a career accordingly.
Jobs and Professions in Home Science
- Teachers and professors
- Dietitian and Nutritionist
- Food Industry
- Hospitality and Hotel management boards
- Consultant and Counseling
- Tourism Management
- Fashion Designing
- Textile and Apparel Industries
- Interior Designing
Gone are the days when subjects like home science were not given any importance because they thought they wouldn’t fetch a job. Every subject has a career plan for you, and no subject is inferior.
One needs to give their best in what they do, and then nothing will be able to stop them from reaching their success goals.