When I was young I was not sure of what I wanted to be though am certain I never wanted to be a doctor. Later on when it was time to pick classes I chose science and I wonder why because I never liked maths. I switched to the arts second term after failing further maths and physics. Studying Law in the university was because it was the “best course” to study in the Arts… well I would not have been allowed to study Mass Communications which I preferred.
Now I am done with law school et al, am certain that I do not want to be a lawyer. It is nothing new, cases like this are commonplace in today’s society hence Biochemists in Communications industry, Lawyers in Photography, the list goes on. The question is why go through the whole process of studying a course only not to practise it, is it the norm to obtain a tertiary education? Who is to blame; is it the education system that does not provide avenues for students to discover their strengths, or parents who insist their children study a particular course, could it the high cut off marks which makes student settle for alternative courses or the obsolete courses in university which have no jobs attached to them like Veterinary Science?
What can be done about this as a lot of money goes to waste in addition to time spent studying the courses? Analysing the Universities, in the government owned institutions an average student is almost guaranteed spending extra time due to issues like strike, on the flip side are the privately owned institutions with no time constraints however they make up for it in huge fees. With factors such as these it is still amazing to find graduates who do not practise in their studied fields.
It is not unusual to hear graduates say “now that I have gotten my certificate I can do what I am really interested in”. In such instances the person probably studied the course to please someone. At other times it is discovery of self/passion that makes people switch fields. Satisfaction is very essential for optimum performance in any job. In reality though, circumstances like unavailability of jobs sometimes prevent graduates from doing what they really desire. Whatever side of the divide you find yourself, the most important thing is to be satisfied and successful in the new field thus making up for the time and money spent studying in the old one.