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3 Jun 2015

Undergraduate Course Of Study – Does It Really Matter?

Leaving some highly specialised professions like Medicine, Engineering and other related courses of study in the grey area, you can become almost anything in a particular field in Nigeria without having your first degree in that line. All you would just need to do is collate practical experience or run some specific courses in the desired field and you will hear people asking how you made it.

I’ve heard students complaining bitterly about how a particular tertiary institution failed to offer them their desired course of study probably due to stiff competition or inability to meet up with the school’s cutoff restrictions. Students often become left without choice but to go for the course given to them considering the level of competition when it comes to admission in Nigeria while some determined ones will stand on the floor even though they know the ground is shaky, with the determination to get their desired course by all means, they will decline the admission. The former are the ones who flood the internet asking for the marketability of such courses or rather get weighed down and turn out not to perform well in such courses. This should not be the case as the primary aim of tertiary education in Nigeria is to teach us rather how to think, than what to think, rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts, proofs and theories of other men. Don’t allow your schooling interfere with your education, going to school is Nigeria is a norm, getting educated depends on you.

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Extracting instances, let’s take a look at the current president of the World Bank, Dr Jim Yong Kim. The Korean-American studied Medicine at Harvard Medical School for his first degree. He now heads a Financial Institution. There are many top investment bankers that studied courses that are far off from Finance or Banking. Even Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), another financial and economic institution, studied, not economics, not Finance, but Law, for her first degree. She is now a Finance guru. So what are we talking?

First degree, at, if not most times, is just meant to broaden the student’s horizon, a process of turning mirrors into windows and to improve student’s cognitive processes. It hardly determines what a student goes on to be in life.

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Therefore, young students are advised to make the best of whatever courses they are studying and not to be demotivated by their inability to get the course of their desired study. It is a thousand times better to have common sense without your desired course than to have your desired course without common sense. Though to be factual and impartial, getting your choice of course is a boost to your stimulation, the other way round is not the route to hell, it does not have much impact on your life.

With the right mindset and attitude as regards whatever course you are given, your prospect is very bright…

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