LET’S TALK ABOUT HIGHER DEGREES, SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT
So yesterday, the Ignatius Ajuru Uni. in PH had her convocation. As usual, hundreds of people got awarded first & higher degrees.
I love the idea of getting higher degrees, however my observation has been that most young people who go for Masters & Doctorate Degrees do so mainly because there’s no job opportunities, as such, hope to use the higher degrees as advantage in case the opportunity comes.
But what exactly are higher degrees meant for & who should go for it?
My findings reveal that higher degrees are essentially for those who want to pursue careers in teaching / lecturing or for specific needs like promotion in their current jobs, etc.
If i knew what i know today, i wouldn’t have gone for it, because i realised that the time & money invested in its pursuit only to finish & still remain without employment would have helped me acquire soft skills that help me be self-employed or easily employable.
Young people should be sensitive to the changes occurring in today’s world which has gone past the era of emphasis on degrees or certificates to a can-do era, i.e, what can you do, what skills set do you posses to solve challenges.
Mr. Funny Bone makes more money & has potentials of making more money than an average Professor, just like a Fashion / Graphic Designer, Shoe Cobbler, Restauranteur, etc stands better chance of making more money.
A second observation is that it’s the children of ordinary Nigerians who chase more of these higher degrees than children of the wealthy class.
Eg, the likes of Otedola has his kids into various skills with possibly just first degrees, Dangote has his kids attending exclusive Business / Management Classes where they obtain hands-on experience than the regular universities to obtain Masters or Doctorates.
My conclusion is reached after considering that the number 1 problem those of us from humble backgrounds face & which fuel our drive for higher degrees is poverty, by all means, we want to overcome poverty & uplift ourselves & families.
If that, therefore, is the goal, we should deploy our time & resources to things that can help us earn money first especially in a society as ours that has little opportunities for certificate holders
Next & finally is that we should imagine that every graduand was forced to produce something, be it Toothpick, Tissues, Cake, Graphic, Chairs etc.
Like, imagine it was compulsory for everyone who graduate from our institutions, irrespective of Course studied or level is forced to make anything that is used in our day to day lives, imagine a Catering Institution demanding that their students produce Wines as basis for graduation, imagine that all the Chairs used yesterday were manufactured by Graduates of the University’s Wood Works or relevant Department!
Yes, their products wouldn’t have been best standard but overtime, succeive sets improve on what they met on ground.
As a developing society, we must rethink, review & refocus our Educational sector to solve everday challenges, it’s the only way for the sustainable society we all seek
My name is Ikenda