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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Why Admission Seekers Should Avoid Some Courses – The Bitter Truth

A CALL TO WARN STUDENTS AND PARENTS ABOUT COURSES TO STUDY

Introduction 

The norm here is my brother studied Mechanical Engineering, then I must go for the same. In fact, some students wish to be in the same schools their families attended. I want to go to OAU. Mine is UI! Our family goes UNILAG.

This could just be due to some fantasies or shared experiences by their brothers and sisters. But in reality, your life doesn’t have to depend on fantasies or a mare Bro. John’s experiences.

I decided to write this peace when a graduate member of a group I belong shared something amusing but a REALITY.

See the blunt message!
A warning by a graduate who has known the truth
I had always warned against picking just any course in university, polytechnic or college of education. This is because I’d been there too and I knew what really worked and what did not.

Some courses had worked in the past in this country but they’re now walking dead. Schools are not doing justices for not scraping those courses yet. Perhaps, our education is turning to more for the money than the original academic motive.

It's disheartening to still find several of these courses among the most competitive ones in our schools.

Poor-Man Child's Choice of Course Vs Rich-Man Child

I usually say this, “You won’t succeed in life until you learn to understand your weakness and strength”. You’re free once you stop underestimating your weakness and overestimating your strength.

This is where most people fail.


Why would a poor man’s child chase the same field as the rich’s child? We’re not born equal bro!

Ok, see this.

If you study Political Science in Nigeria, where can you use your certificate?

Balance Career shared "Top 10 Jobs for Political Science Majors". Below is the list
  1. Policy Analyst
  2. Legislative Assistant
  3. Public Relations Specialist
  4. Social Media Manager
  5. Marketing Research Analyst
  6. Political Consultant
  7. Attorney
  8. Intelligence Analyst
  9. Political Campaign Staff
  10. College Student Leadership and Activities Officer

Fine I hear you thinking, “Wow, this list is great”

Great for you as a boy or girl from a poor background or a rich-man child?

That says it all.

In a country like ours, only the rich people’s wards end up in places where they can practice this. You may not mind though if you’re planning to remain, “College Student Leadership and Activities Officer”

In fact, Political Campaign Staff are usually tugs and drop-outs in this country.

Your case is not different if you study courses like Public Administration, International Relation and Diplomatic Studies. They all sound good but where will you be after your graduation dude?

The Banking and Finance Warning

Back to my friend's message to candidates pursuing Banking and Finance. Let’s be frank with ourselves. How many banks were established in your own town since you're a grown-up?

Do you see the end from the beginning?

So in the end, it all goes back to Rich man's children.

If a rich man's child studies Education Management, Religious Studies, Physical and Health Education and the likes, he can end up working in a bank while you – trained for the job is teaching in a nursery and primary school.

Stop chasing other people’s courses.


Our guy recommended Industrial Relation and Personnel Management and Entrepreneurship and I loved it.

Let me add Marketing.

Even if you study Business Management and Accounting in Nigeria without additional professional qualification such as ICAN or second degree (MSc), you will end up like your Banking and Finance counterparts.

It’s equally easy to fool yourself that you can start working after your degree. Then you can raise money to go for ICAN later. Here is the thing – It’s easier said than done.

Insurance is another one-eyed course people are spending 4 good years to study. At the very end, where is your position? Look across the street; show me an insurance company that may engage you sooner.

A country where an average man can’t afford three square meals, how does he pay the insurance premium? So, God ends up favoUring a spider who has the web but not the poor fly.

If you study IR and PM, as our friend recommended, you end up becoming a human resources manager or manageress of a company. These are the people that recruit staff for their companies. And if you can’t make it to a company, you can start your own agency or consulting business that recruits for companies, government and so on.

In short, the best advice for you is to go for a course that is not company dependent. Do something that can prepare you to start your own firm or business to leave your dreamed life.

Poor Man Child's Chasing the Best at the Expenses of Others

I heard the story of a king here. On graduation occasions, he would be invited. While giving out certificates to graduates of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy, the old man would whisper to them, “You’re a sure Millionaire”. That's the truth in Nigeria.

If you’re from a poor background and your parents are ready to be drained to the maximum, or you don’t care about the siblings behind you, or there is a better sponsor somewhere – I recommend going for Sure-Millionaire courses mentioned.

A graduate is a Graduate

Most of the times, when a Nigerian student wants to console himself or herself, you hear "a graduate is a graduate". How true is that?

That's a public lie. Graduates are not made equal.

A graduate can be graduate really if our Government is providing jobs. In this case, hardly will government discriminate between one course and the other or Bsc and HND. But that is not the order of the days.

A graduate can be graduate indeed if you can come out with 1st class from a university or Distinction from a polytechnic. That can give you an edge in our most competitive labour market of course. But can you?

Only private companies are continually recruiting in Nigeria. Yet this sector only gives priority to the best certificate/grade and additional professional qualifications. Got one?

Conclusion

This piece is just an introductory task on this dilemma. I will continually be releasing similar ones to cover larger areas in time sooner. Subscribe to my post for future updates.

Many have been victims. I argue we should stop this malacy. We're in charge of our lives. Let the masses know this, let the admission seekers be warned. If our next 50 years or more depends on our choices now, we should make the right ones.

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UPDATE: Less Competitive University Courses With Better Employment Prospects
 

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