Prior to getting admitted to Tertiary institutions, we learned about differnt courses ranging from pure sciences to social sciences and arts and during that period we fall in love with some of the courses taught or have excellent grades which sometimes determine the program we are going to study at the higher level. Tertiary institutions is sometimes a place where people choose to study what they want, some are based on the courses they loved when in high school/secondary school, some based on what their parents tells them to study, some look at the courses with which they think the monetary aspect afterwards will be beyond their imaginations, some take what they were given upon admission (very common in the Nigerian educational system), everyone have different reasons towards what they want they study without much thinking and insight of what they really want to do or become in the future because we all think we will be successful in whatever we do. Yea, well, that’s true and we definitely have to be positive and optimistic about our future but is that all there is to it. Dont get me wrong though, it turns out great for some and some others get stuck along the way and realise that they are not meant to be where they were and then redirect themselves.
Universities, Technical schools, Polytechnics, Nursing schools and the likes is a platform where you learn how to become independent, where you learn how to do research, where you learn how to educate yourself and have an in depth knowledge about what you are studying because you cannot rely on someone to do all that for you and tell you everything you need to know unlike in the secondary and primary school. The tertiary level of education teaches you to be comprehensive, analytical and critical in your thinking and analysis about your career and life on the outside. For instance, studying mathematics or statistics at the higher level of education. Obviously, you are not going to apply calculus or some of the formulas you were taught in class in a company or outside the teaching environment but the skill set gained during your course of study is very valuable and you cannot get it anywhere else, like the ability to think very fast and out of the box and still be very accurate in your analysis and so much more.
I guess you understand what I mean here and skills developed like that and more are very useful in an organization or in your own business. I was given a task sometime back to do an analysis, not like the analysis has not been ongoing but it was been done in a very complex and complicated way, and being the statistician that I am, lol, I was given the task to come up with a simpler and easier way to do such analysis because they believed that as a statistician, you should be very good with numbers, data analysis and extracting imperfect data to make the information as objective as possible. That’s by the way though, its just an example for you to see how some skills are been developed at the tertiary level of education.
Your higher level degree is never going to be good enough, you have to look out for what more you can actually do for yourself to enhance your career growth. We live in a world now where the competition is so high that if you are not up-to-date, you will be living in the world of the 18th century whereas your mates or people before you are already in the 22nd century (that’s still quite a number of years, lol). Try to take part in other activities apart from lectures, take on some other courses that are of interest to you, some certification programs in line with what you want to achieve,,, No knowledge or experience is a waste. It is not all about getting a degree that will take you to the top, building your skill sets and adding new ones are also very vital to your career and personal growth. You never know when you are going to be in a position to apply them.
Another thing is the University is not meant for everyone, there are others who are good with the technical stuff (technical schools), some are good with taking care of people and want to be nurses (nursing schools) and the likes of it. Just like this true story; A mother was worried about one of her kids who wasn’t doing well in his secondary school but managed to graduate, his results wasn’t good enough to get admitted into the univerisity. Most of the universities rejected him and his other siblings are really doing very well in their various universities which gave the mum a cause to worry. She was eventually advised to take her son to a technical school because he loves to work with computers. Well, he finally got admitted into one and Lo, he became the best student in his class and also got offers to intern with some very good IT companies and IT departments in some non-tech companies.
You just need to figure out what you can do best and what suits you, Some people are very good with practicals and slow when it comes to the theoritical aspect. You know yourself, you know what you can do and what you are best at, why not work on your strong points and fall under the category that suits you rather than sitting back at home and blaming the university for not giving you admission.
Always do more research, ask yourself what your long term goals are in terms of finances, personal satifaction / development, career growth and your expectations in life,,. You just need to keep yourself informed and always ask questions. Like the saying goes; ‘People who ask questions never get lost’. I don‘t mean the type where before you know it, they have jazzed you. Lol. #justkidding# I mean in your school/work environment or any gathering you find people that you think can give you useful and relevant information or advice. There are always people that are more experienced for you to learn from or better at things that are of interest to you that you can get more insight from. Everyone has different experiences and ways of solving matters, reading patterns and so on. Iron sharpeneth iron. I’m sure we all want to be our own Boss someday, it is not a day’s job. You have to work for it. Be your best in whatever choice you decide to make.