What Will Your Children Study?
What Will Your Children Study? Igwenazor Chinaemerem
It is simple and easy to give birth to lots of children but a herculean task to mold their character and train those children to be useful to him or herself, your own self and the society at large. The cost of giving a child a top notch education [not solely an expensive education] that is relevant to the demands of tomorrow is not within the purview of many. The funds to foot the cost of education may be easily sorted out by any means necessary, however getting these upcoming graduates to study those courses that matter for tomorrow is the crux of the matter.
In Nigeria today, it is nothing new to say that half-baked graduates are churned out by our Nigerian universities on yearly basis in large volume. This is evident in the fact that many employers of labour cry to high heavens that a greater percentage of them are unemployable. Often times, the red flag starts rearing its ugly head as many of them flock to examination miracle centers to get their O’level. With the faulty foundation at O’level, it becomes hard for many to meet up with the rigors of studies at the high institutions.
To say that some parents do push their children too hard is to say the least. It is tough most times for some people to gain admission into the higher institution for so many reasons. Parents may be on their neck to just get into the university, get a certificate and get going, unfortunately that is never all there is. Often times, they want them to study some courses that they studied or hoped to have studied but never had the chance. Sometimes they would want their children to be successful as some people they admire. Circumstances differ and they may not have the chances the said personality in question had owing to the differences in times and seasons. What counts is always going for courses that the future will demand and not those fitted for yesterday and today. There is absolutely no need to rush these young ones, four years is just a few months and they are done but with nothing to forge ahead in life. As Robert Greene advised in his book the 48 Laws of Power, always have the end at mind from the beginning.
As parents and guardians, it is their duty to start this journey by calling a spade, a spade. The development of a child and their envisaged contributions to the society starts with giving them a sound fundamental. It is never wise to push a child up when they have not mastered the basics. A secondary school leaver who cannot write a standard letter, essay or express themselves in basic English ought to go back to the basics. Why? Tomorrow, the offices they will occupy are tasking and they may not have that golden opportunity to consult third parties before taking on the spot decisions when duty calls.
There are courses that are getting obsolete thus these younger ones need not spent their time studying them. How do I mean? There are lots of courses today that their job descriptions can be handled by any other person who is a graduate. Thus, courses does not have job security or high acceptance. Today, the world is looking at S.T.E.M – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses and in reality, they have an unfair advantage. What stops parents and guardians to look at them squarely. As you maintain your tempo of giving your child the best, lets have this idea at the back of our mind – where is the money currency moving to, yes where is the job basket and bumper earnings of tomorrow? Aside S.T.E.M, courses in the field of medicals, digital expertize, sales and farming are areas to watch.
Being informed about the educational possibilities and opportunities is key while directing a child. As a Dad, Mum or guardian, you must muster the courage to function in that position and get the children to it right. The young people do come up with this slogan – I need to study or learn what I like or love. Be apt to demand the data of Nigerians who are earning a decent living in such an area and the readily available steps to secure the top positions. This is where counsel, the power of persuasion wise and direction comes in. There was this story told of a young Nigerian who was good with his academics but wanted to do music. His father prevailed on him to pursue his medical career first before delving into music. He was schooling and doing his music. On graduation he gave his Dad his medical certificate while announcing his adventure into music. The father thanked him but reminded him that whenever he needs it, it will be made available to him. He hit it big in the music industry and it was a dream come true. Few years on, the new kids on the scene pushed him out. He dusted his certificate and went on to practice what he studied.
There is a need for double barreled certifications nowadays. For example, having read marketing, it will be a great advantage to write ICAN and charter. Also, garnering some certification on Online marketing equips you to edge out others in the job search pitch. Moreso, there is a need for financial knowledge and vision setting. Above average knowledge is the fastest route to entrepreneurship. With these and lessons learnt on the street, a smart graduate can easily set up his or her business and take it to high heights.