Education is one of the vehicle of change in every society, it is an important aspect of life that can not over emphasized. Some Nigerian students are indecisive when it comes to choosing the right course to study in Higher Institution; most students opt in for science while in Secondary School without having flair for science-related subjects all because their friends chose the field of science.
Today, if you ask most O'Level Students the course they would love to study in Higher Institution, it is either they tell you Medicine and Surgery, Engineering for those in the field of science, or Law for those in the field of arts. It becomes a very big problem when they do not meet up with the required score in their JAMB CBT.
Stereotyping academics to Medicine and Surgery, Engineering and Law has made most Nigerian students to make the wrong choices and even when they manage to beat the cut off mark in JAMB, they end up studying courses they never wanted to study.
In this article, I will list out five (5) things you need to consider before choosing any course to study:
1. Know How Competitive The Course Is
There are some courses in Nigerian Universities considered as competitive due to the number of people that apply for the course. Some of these competitive courses are Medicine and Surgery, Law, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.
For one to gain admission in the aforementioned competitive courses, one must study hard and score high in JAMB and POST-JAMB examination. You need to know how competitive a course is so that you will know how to prepare ahead, but if you think you do not have all it takes to score high on your JAMB, then go for a less competitive course so that you will not stay too long at home.
2. Know The Market Value Of The Course You Want To Study
There is what they call 'market value' in any course, this explains how lucrative your course is in the labour market. Most people who studied courses with high market value are gainfully employed in an organization, company, firm or hospital. Examples of courses with high market value include Medicine and Surgery, Engineering, Nursing, Mass Communication, Pharmacy, Accountancy, etc.
As a Medical Doctor, there are several hospitals that would love to employ you once they know you have something to offer, even as a Pharmacist. Courses like Biochemistry which I will consider as a course with "low" market value has more relevance in developed countries that carry out research and discovery of novel things.
3. Ask Yourself How You Can Use The Course To Solve A Problem
It is one thing to know a problem, it is another thing to discover the solution to the problem. Most people who are wealthy today are problem solvers; they provide solutions to problems and at the same time they are blessed monetarily.
Before you choose that course, ask yourself the kind of problem you can use it to solve. Most people want to study Medicine and Surgery because they want to become a successful surgeon that can separate the most complicated type of conjoined twins. It is the problem you solve that determines the blessings you attract.
Having said all these, it should be noted that the stuff you have and the things you can offer are what count; even as you are studying that course, try as much as possible to work on yourself so that you can be sound in all ramification.
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