The Circle Of Job Seeking With Education
Over time it has been the norm in Nigeria and the world at large that people try their possible best to get into the tertiary institution, study a course or discipline of their choice, and graduate from school with a good result so they can be employable or get a good job with their certificate.
This is so normal that it is an integral part and usually the major reason why people go to school-to get a job with their certificate.
In contrast to this there are a number of people who also go to school just so they can pursue a career in whatever course they study in school.
Bringing this to Nigeria our education system, our economy, our mentality, and our society have made it so that many just want to go to school and get a job with their school certificate, while a few on the side want to pursue a career with whatever they are able to gather in knowledge from school.
There sure is a difference between who wants to work with their school certificate and one who wants to pursue a career.
The latter is likely to be more concerned about building a future not with their school certificate per se but with the knowledge they acquire from a field of study through education.
Unfortunately, many Nigerian youths just study to pass their exams, make good grades, graduate, afterwards seek for available jobs with their certificates. Not so many are ready to travel outside of this stereotype.
Often times people's reaction to a particular academic course of study is "what job can one get if they studied this course?". This simply tells that many are not concerned about knowledge. A good certificate and a good job are what many focus on.
The irony of this is there are not so many available jobs out there. Hence one of the major reasons why we have many unemployed graduates in our country today.
We misplace our priorities and think too much about our stomach. The final destination of schooling and having a good certificate should not be at the relegation of job seeking and job acquiring. The tertiary institution would not tell you to either seek for job with your knowledge and certificate or build a career with them.
Money and a comfortable life are byproducts of success. Success on the other hand could be achieved with a well built and well sustained career. And what could help to properly build and sustain a career is your knowledge; knowledge, that which education helps you acquire when you allow it take you through a field of study.
It is advisable that we do not focus too much on what course we can study in the tertiary institution that would help us acquire a good job, other than look for a course that can complement our passion and appreciate with wide arms the knowledge we can acquire from such a field of study.
We need more knowledgeable and career oriented youths than the yearly throngs of job seeking graduates. This is not to say that those who seek for job are without knowledge. But there is a pertinent need in breaking that circle of job seeking and using of our education as the only tool for achieving this.