What is taught vs what is required

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Once upon a time people grew up, have a degree, get a job, and worked at it for the rest of their lives with little or no variation. But those days are gone forever. These days with vast development in technology you must equip yourself with the skills that will enable you to switch from job to job in different fields and careers.

Growing up in a rural area my primary and high school journey was not pleasant. I attended a school that is lacking in every good thing, library and laboratory were empty, the students were responsible for painting the blackboard and buying the chalk for teachers, no clean water and we were lacking in quality and adequate teaching staff. 

Like many other students, I clearly do not know what is waiting for me out there, the desire to compete and win was at a low. The only inspiration for many of us was a few of our seniors who have graduated and are furthering their studies in state or federal universities. 

Since we do not have any skills and the school is lacking in facilities to teach us a skill, our career choice is basically the same, many of us wanted to be a medical doctor or an engineer. What kind of engineer? We do not know. The few among us thinking of something different are doing so because of the fear of not being able to meet up with the academic demands of studying medicine. They are also going after popular professions. Sadly those professions are already on a downhill.  

Like many others, my desire to become a medical doctor was inspired by the hope of making a lot of money after graduation. I thought being a medical doctor is a gateway to becoming a millionaire. I didn’t know there are other professionals where one can make more money than being a medical doctor. There are professions like software engineering, data scientist and entrepreneur to name a few. 

I experienced my first disappointment when I spent a couple of years writing jamb and was unable to secure admission to study medicine at the university; one thing or the other was always standing on my way. Then I realized the most important thing I should have learned is the desire and the skills to succeed in the outside world rather than focusing on academic excellence. There is nothing more important than instilling in students the desire and the skills to succeed in the outside and competitive world.

Like my primary and high school, many schools are still teaching and inspiring students to shape their careers toward a profession that is on a decline or already obsolete. To succeed in the 21st-century world, students must be equipped with the desire and the right skills. 

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