With the failing University system in Nigeria, a lot of parents struggle to send their kids abroad for quality education and in doing so some take extreme measures like selling their houses, shares, forfeiting their life savings so their kids can study abroad, usually the United Kingdom or America.
A lot more options have opened up now so we have Nigerians studying all over the world. You can find them in Europe, Dubai, Asia, and Australia.
It’s very expensive sending one’s child abroad to study especially with the declining value of the Naira but despite the financial cost it has become somewhat of the norm, maybe because of the fact that when you have a foreign degree you are perceived to know better and more likely to get the job faster than your Nigerian degree counter part, even if this may not always be the case.
One of the things I would like to advice Nigerians to do before stepping out of Nigeria and paying so much money for a masters or first degree, is that there are some courses they shouldn’t bother attempting: (Note this is not an avenue to discredit anybody’s career path, and every course is useful either now or at some point), this is just a guide to help and assist parents and children, who may be confused as to want they want to study and what is marketable now.
- If you are going to Australia to study, French shouldn’t be top on your list. In Australia languages that are viable are the local Aboriginal languages, Mandarin and Cantonese, as they have a lot of Asian immigrants. If you study these languages, then you can get a good job in that country if you are fortunate, but French would just be a waste of money and time, as it isn’t needed in Australia.
- Masters in public health: if you are going to a developed country and you want to remain there for a few years after your schooling to gain some work experience, do not do a master in pubic health. This is not a viable course in a developed country, it is only useful in a developing country, and chances are getting a job, as a foreigner may be hard.
- If your parents sold all their houses and used their life savings to send you abroad for a masters, do not go and get a masters in project management, I say this because there are a lot of project managers out there, some of them have a lot of certificates which have enabled them get jobs, some of them get into project management based on their experiences, so please do not do this unless you are extremely sure that you are going to be the best graduating student in your class and in your year.
- English: I am in the arts and I love the arts, I wouldn’t exchange it for anything in the world, but I must say that please my sisters and brothers if your parents do not have money and you have found yourself in a foreign country please do not study English. It isn’t relevant. If you live in a country where English isn’t their official language then by all means go ahead and study this making sure you are fluent in the local tongue as well. A job as a translator would be waiting at your doorsteps, but if the official language is English then please, do not do it.
My brothers and sisters, I do not say this to discourage you one bit, this is just an advice. Life as a foreign student is very hard, remember most times you do not have any family to run to as they are far away, so please before you allow your parents spend a lot of money do your research properly before you apply.
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