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Graduates: Is Your Occupation Related To Your Degree?

Nigerian Graduates And Their Academic Area Of Study

I have been doing some study lately on my people, Nigerians, especially the graduates, and their inclination to practice what they studied in Univ.

I found out that most grads are not practicing the profession for which they obtained University education/degree.

Some of the reasons explained here:

1) I had been applying for like 2-3years for course "X" as my first choice, the only admission I got after 2-3yrs was course "Y", after much prayer and fasting. I had to take it to at least have a face to show among my friends, after I graduate, I can go back to what I really want to do.

The next question: 'Ok, so are you finally doing what you had planned to do before Univ'?

answer: NO

Reason: I'm still trying to survive. All I want now is to put food on my table, kind of

2) Another reason: 'I just need a college degree', whateva comes my way, kind of attitude,


- "because the main question you are asked is if you are a University graduate, and once you answer 'YES', thats all thats needed, at least "to get a job"

- motivations of such peeps are:  "I have many friends who did not read any thing accounting-related and yet are working in reputable banks, are successful, if they can make it, I know I can make it, in todays world, what you read does not determine your success level, even Bill Gates is a drop-out"

3) Another reason: "I am the first born, my parents wanted me to be a nurse, so I read nursing".

Question: if given the opportunity, would you have chosen another field and not nursing?

Answer: Yes, I wanted to be a journalist.

Question: so would you still want to be a journalist in future

Answer: Yes, hopefully, if I get bored with being a nurse, I can divert.

4) Another reason, most common among the interviewed ladies.

its like this: all they are after is to have "a degree", no matter what. Next is they want to get married, since they know their husbands might not allow them to pursue their profession, so why the waste of time, a lot of "the husband is the crown of the wife" mentality, so therefore, once they have that crown they feel they have achieved everything in life.


OK, NLs, lets chat:

Of the 4-reasons I summarized above, I could only live with #1, since one is at the end of the rope here, but with the others, I think its more of a matter of being goal-less in life.

what do you think?


Are you presently Practicing your profession for which you received University Training/education? (YES/NO)

if No, - why are you not practicing what you read in the University?

if YES - are you really happy with your profession? if given a choice, would you have chosen something else

What other reasons, have you come across for people to practice, abandon, hate/love their profession?

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