I never really knew what I was going into when I chose the course I find myself studying. I was merely fascinated by the wig and gown, not until I got into the real stuff, and my fascination disippated. I’m not dreaming of practice, and it is something I’ve made known to those who care to know, even my parents.

This is the dilemma some students are facing, having been pushed into a course they never desired. In my case, I was not pushed to study Law, I chose it on my voilition, my mum is not a party to forcing a child to study any particular course, and I just keep saying if I had known better, I would have gone into what I was more inclined towards.

Many students face the problem of keeping up with academic work, probably because they had been forced to study what they do not love, and they just have no choice but to struggle through.


I remember meeting with a friend, and he told me once he is done with the course he is studying (he is still in school currently) he will go give his father the certificate, and focus on what he really wants to do because it was his father that chose the course he is studying.

The problem we are facing in the workplace and society at large is as a result of many round pegs in square holes; many people are simply doing what they are not naturally inclined to do. They have to do the work, either to keep up with the rat race of having a ‘prestigious’ profession, or having to fit in to speculations people have foisted on them.

The best way in developing a better society, as well as raising people with relevance and usefulness in the society is in putting them in the place they can fit in easily without struggles.

In achieving this, students, particularly those on their way to the higher institution should not be forced by either parents or external pressure to pursue a career they have little or no interest in.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to equip them with quality advice that would lead them on, while leaving them to make their choice of their desired career path. Whatever it is they might have chosen may not go down well with you, but it is up to them to make their choices.

After all, you’re not the one living their life for them. Let them make their decisions based on the quality advice you’ve given them, not on the threat or force or undue pressure you put on them.

Children should be encouraged to choose courses in line with what they have passion for, rather than what parents want them to do.