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Nigerian Graduates And Their Academic Area Of Study

I have been doing some study lately on my people, Nigerians, especially the graduates, and their inclination to practice what they studied in Univ.

I found out that most grads are not practicing the profession for which they obtained University education/degree.

Some of the reasons explained here:

1) I had been applying for like 2-3years for course "X" as my first choice, the only admission I got after 2-3yrs was course "Y", after much prayer and fasting. I had to take it to at least have a face to show among my friends, after I graduate, I can go back to what I really want to do.

The next question: 'Ok, so are you finally doing what you had planned to do before Univ'?

answer: NO

Reason: I'm still trying to survive. All I want now is to put food on my table, kind of

2) Another reason: 'I just need a college degree', whateva comes my way, kind of attitude,

Reason:

- "because the main question you are asked is if you are a University graduate, and once you answer 'YES', thats all thats needed, at least "to get a job"

- motivations of such peeps are:  "I have many friends who did not read any thing accounting-related and yet are working in reputable banks, are successful, if they can make it, I know I can make it, in todays world, what you read does not determine your success level, even Bill Gates is a drop-out"

3) Another reason: "I am the first born, my parents wanted me to be a nurse, so I read nursing".

Question: if given the opportunity, would you have chosen another field and not nursing?

Answer: Yes, I wanted to be a journalist.

Question: so would you still want to be a journalist in future

Answer: Yes, hopefully, if I get bored with being a nurse, I can divert.

4) Another reason, most common among the interviewed ladies.

its like this: all they are after is to have "a degree", no matter what. Next is they want to get married, since they know their husbands might not allow them to pursue their profession, so why the waste of time, a lot of "the husband is the crown of the wife" mentality, so therefore, once they have that crown they feel they have achieved everything in life.

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OK, NLs, lets chat:

Of the 4-reasons I summarized above, I could only live with #1, since one is at the end of the rope here, but with the others, I think its more of a matter of being goal-less in life.

what do you think?

Question:

Are you presently Practicing your profession for which you received University Training/education? (YES/NO)

if No, - why are you not practicing what you read in the University?

if YES - are you really happy with your profession? if given a choice, would you have chosen something else

What other reasons, have you come across for people to practice, abandon, hate/love their profession?

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Yep. Always been. Grew up in it. etc

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Yes, I am. Its easier when you study a professional course to actually work in your field.

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I'm geting inspired through the replies and i will be glad to read more.so lets keep the thread alive!

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Will the Nigerian system ever allow you practise what you study? A lot of youths graduate from the the University with a lot of enthusiasm but after roaming the streets of this country, they end up doing anything.

Well in my case, I read Political Science but I've found myself in an Accounting environment. Now I'm thinking of doing some professional courses relating to the field.

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As a matter of fact, mine is. I studied Biochem nd work in food company lab. Lucky me.

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Studied Economics, doing Accounting job.I'm not keen at establishing a long term career in Accounting, it was just the first job that came. Now I'm well grounded in Accounting and that will be an extra value to me when I eventually leave. I want to leave for a job where my knowledge of Economics will be my primary tool (likes thinking and evolving macroeconomic policies, so thinking CBN).

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good incites AjanleKoko

A degree is merely a means to an end. Most people usually pursue other interests after graduating from school.

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Old thread that i stumbled on accidentally, but I couldn't help responding.

I don't think that the degree you took at university is your 'profession'. Your professional life begins when you start working.

Except, of course,  you're in an interlinked work-study profession like medicine. You know, study-internship-residency-specialization-consultancy etc. By the time you're done with all that, your life is basically over.

That you studied engineering in school doesn't make you an engineer. It's your practice of engineering that makes you one. I think even the grossly inefficient COREN and NSE hinge their memberships on that premise.

The way I see it is this: You study accounting/law/engineering in school, what you get is a degree. You finish school, you look for work, you get a job. You pursue professional certification or career employment in any of the aforementioned disciplines, then you have a profession.

Personally I think profession is overrated. So I vote option 2. Besides, I don't think anyone can get true fulfilment working for someone, except for people who like to pretend.

By the way, to the dude (davidylan) who made the comment about women not been motivated, I'd say that is a bit unfair. The entire human society is set up to downgrade the status of women in public and private life. How many Naija men honestly want an accomplished woman as wife? Would our egos permit? You should apologise to that your ex-girlfriend cos as a good bf you should have advised her to switch courses before it became too late. In fact, I'm willing to bet that she did all that stuff just to impress you, if I know women. You really need to seek her out and say you're sorry.

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@Mypeace

Where r u at?

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l have a Bachelor Degree in Secretarial Administration, and work as a PA to the MD of my coy. so am doing what l studied.

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HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT A lot of people loose the opportunity to get that very important job placement just because of the way they present their resume, especially photocopied resume, however that is not all.

Your resume is supposed to portray you as the undisputed for the job, not misrepresent you, and a well package resume can bring you one step closer to getting job by seperating you from the pack.

A very strong example is myself i finished my Bsc. withh an average grade well we all know its 2.2 but the job i got is for 1st class and 2.1, the secret? My resume, sumptously packaged the Human Resources just could not resist me and before i commit sin, God!

Another example however, is a 2.1 banking and finance graduate with a 'badly' photocopied resume and thats not all badly packaged resume.

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This is a very good topic and it is something that is affecting alot of people in naijas in the states. I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and wanted to be a lawyer. Infact this has been a dream of mine since I was a child. However after graduation, I found it very difficult to find a well paying job in my field. I also realized that most of the jobs in my field didn't need a degree. I was very disappointed becos i was made to believe that I would be making good money but i guess things haven't turned out the way I had hoped and was told they would be, not mentioning the student loans that you have to pay back in the states. Anyways sometimes you have to do what you gotta do, by taking a job in a different career field especially when you have a family to take care of.

I plan on changing careers and with God's help I can find a job that will pay for me to acquire mosre education, and provide the best for my family.

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I think Iofall has done justice to this thread. When you go to higher institutions of learning, emphasis is more on developing your ability to think logically and analytically and also engage in profitable things that will enhace the living standards of the people in your society.

So, whatever your degree, you should just feel good with yourself knowing that you're doing something worthwhile.

Now that said, I'm a Petroleum Engineer and I'm working in an E&P company.

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waoooo, all diz guyz metioned are all ma neigbours

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Good topic!its a pity that things have gone so bad. I'm a biologist but now i'm working as a sales executive with a multi-national company.i never planned for it to be so, but after almost 3yrs of trying to secure a job related to my field,i decided to accept my present position,to keep body and soul together.the company is ok (i'm not complaining).

What saddens me is the fact that most graduates do not have the opportunity to put into practice what they read in the university.

Some people say, it's destiny at work. All the same, I thank God for my present job. Cheers.

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@1ofall

@babadee

I once met a lecturer from a certain Univ, we talked, etc, he told me he read B.Sc Chemistry, but he was lecturing Elect/Elect students. Ok, so he says he took a 6-months conversion course(after 2yrs of lecturing Chemistry students) to become an Engineering lecturer, because of the salary area/more Elect/Elect lecturers were needed in Elect/Elect debt at that time in his institution. Now, this guy doesnt even have it in mind to go for a Masters degree in Elec/Elect, at least to make up for his B.Sc Elect deficiency, all through his chat with me, im thinking, so, what exactly are you teaching elect/elect students, since he claims to lecture 3rd year above elect/elect students.

@HotStepper

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its more of something like this: I believe development, as in DEVELOPMENT in a nation will come about when the right people are doing the right things.

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i think a college degree is more about sieving the wheat from the chaff because the naija system doesnt really teach anything (except the pro courses like the medicals and engineering to some extent) that why you have microbiologists working in banks

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Yes oo, i pratice what i studied and its fun.

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Am into my profession.  You must follow your dreams else u end up unhappy.  Life is not an event.  Its a process.

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Am into my profession. You must follow your dreams else u end upunhappy. Life is not an event. Its a process.

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datz why we must take electives in skool, in most cases about 30 credits and up and upon dat must take FOUNDATION COURSES which comprises of 9 credits in Hummanities, 6 credits in NATURAL SCIENCE(BIOLOGY ETC) and 6 again in SOCIAL SCIENCE.

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You don’t go to university just to get a job. Infact, I think a university education is more about opening your mind and learning to think critically and analytically amongst other things. It isn’t like a trade school.

In some universities, students are allowed to get credits for extra curricular activities such as involvement in a club, society, SU, sports,etc.

Re:point (4)- The fact that these women are not in a work place doesn’t mean they are not using the skills they learned….I am sure I ‘ve read or heard something about the correlation of mothers’ level of education and that of their children …maybe someone else might have heard/read of it. You know what they say…educate a woman, you’ve educated a nation.

Finally, I know people who have abandoned their professions because

1) They re-aligned their priorities…e.g a career driven woman who decides to change track to do something more family-friendly….another person has given up his job to work for an NGO cos he wants to “make a difference.”….Yet another went to follow their dream…, the list goes on…

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Ain't nuthin' to do with being Nigerian - that's the way it is all over the world. In fact that's the norm. On average you likely to work in an field not entirely related to your degree particularly in the later stages of your life. That's why most Unis are making their Degree programs as flexible as possible by offering stuffs like combined programs to enable their graduate cope.

Students need to realise that too and take advantage of it as well because that's what employers are also wishing for. Nobody wants an inflexible robot who can't survive outside of his/her field.

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Yes! I am practising what i studied in school.

I am happy with my job but I do regret that I

Traded away my talents of playing football.

I was a good goal tender in my school days.

But my dad being a teacher at that time did not allow me.

So there is so much money and fame in football than my profession.

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