Anyone who has gone through the school system will always recall how it all began when he/she was asked this soul-searching question; “what do you want to become in future?”
At such an early stage the mind of the child is made to fix on a future that he/she has little or no knowledge on what it entails. With every passing day, the child tilts intently to whatever career choice that answered the question and also began to set targets on what things to do. The matter gets worse when the parent(s) fuels the child’s passion.
The excitement heightens should the child choose one of the most celebrated and traditional careers known in society. The influence of successful uncles/aunts, family friends, pressure from competing choices of schoolmates, etc., can’t be ignored.
But is career pursuit the same as an educational pursuit?
As the age-long argument has it; between the egg and the mother-hen, who came first? No one has got the answer yet. The crises that have resulted from this mix-up is never-ending. What was education meant to do? This question is the starting point to resolve the crises.
To educate means to provide information that will serve as a guide. And information was meant to bring awareness. The entire scope of the academic curriculum was to enlighten the ignorant mind. Each level of education brings more significant expansion of knowledge reach. It then holds that educational pursuit is a pursuit of acquiring the necessary wealth of knowledge and information.
With a well-structured “awareness”(educational) program, an individual stands a better chance of knowing what suits him/her. The ideal moment to pick a career is here. Such a choice is guided by knowledge with due awareness. Her passion is well directed and realized.
The pursuit of education will always end in a career and a career that has been realized will still require constant updating through the pursuit of career goals.
By Itoro Orok
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