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CSAAEINC Career Choice Team Identifies Unpopular Courses That Pay Off

At 9am on Thursday, May 15, 2018, the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. (CSAAEINC) Career Choice Team will reveal to Gombe state secondary school students preparing for college over fifty (50) unpopular courses that they can pursue in the university and easily find high paying jobs after graduation. The event which will take place at Government Secondary School (GSSS) Gombe was approved by the Commissioner for Education having deemed it a timely initiative that will help students to decide which courses to pursue as they prepare to sit for the upcoming Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAME).

Lead speakers at the event include: Dr. Alex A. Bruce (Director of Entrepreneurship Development Studies at Gombe State University), Dr. Bulus Wayar (Department of English, Gombe State University) and Dr. Aliyu Babale (Department of Biological Science, Gombe State University).

CSAAEINC Career Choice Team is made up of a group of Emerging Nigerian Leaders being groomed by the Centre for political and government leadership. These include the team lead and initiator of Career Guide for Students, Joel John Bauna (graduate of FUTA Minna), Ekwonu Francisca (UNIJOS), Oraeki Francis (graduate of NAU, Awka), Peace Amarachi (graduate of Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri) and Sandra Obinze (MOUA, Umudike). These future leaders took up this project because the dreaded Nigerian Joint Matriculation and Examination Board offered them courses that they did not want to study. They all wanted the big-name courses. However, they have come to love the courses that they were offered and are poised to make the best out of these courses.

Many Nigerian students want the big-name courses: Law, Medicine, Engineering, etc. Some of these choices are made through peer pressures or parental impositions. CSAAEINC Career Choice Team after year-long research found that the greatest cause of this is that both parents and the students are ignorant of the world of opportunities available to students in any course of study. Many students have wasted many years at home waiting for the big-name courses when they could have studied other meaningful and rewarding courses. Some who get into these big-name courses realize sooner or later that they can’t handle careers in these areas and may have to be unhappy with their jobs. Worst still, some of the big-name courses are not paying off for many.

Many law graduates are jobless. Many physicians are underpaid.  Thus, the rising index of unemployment and ‘unemployability’ that plague this nation. It was in recognition of this challenge that these Emerging Nigerian Leaders took up community development projects on career choice. Their aim is to educate high school students on the relevance of some unpopular courses in the labour market.

At CSAAEINC, every Emerging Nigerian Leader must initiate and engage in a community development project. The project must aim to resolve a specific community problem that the Emerging Leader is passionate about. It provides the Emerging Leaders the opportunity to understand the challenges our communities are facing so when they become political and government leaders they can understand the needs of their communities. The community projects also provide the Emerging Leaders the opportunity to lead and manage projects in preparation for the onerous task of political and government leadership ahead. Currently, the Centre has over 38 ongoing community development projects across Nigeria. Projects range from re-instating dropouts back to the classroom to environmental sanitation.

It must be recalled that Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa, a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri serving in the United States, founded CSAAEINC in 2013 to redress the challenges of leadership, poor entrepreneurial spirit, and misguided social and moral sense – all of which he believes are the causes of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa. Fr. Agbagwa and his team are accomplishing these through four youth focused programs designed to nurture a new generation of African leaders imbued with the character and skill set necessary to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa. The programs include, the Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP), Career Building and Entrepreneurship Program (CBEP), Students Ethics and Anti-Corruption Network (SEACON) and Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL). To get involved, please visit www.csaaeinc.org to learn more.

Joy Uja, CSAAEINC Media Assistant