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Career counseling

These are the common theme that came up during our career counseling and life skill seminar last week Thursday organised by PEA Foundation
1⃣ Some of the students are beginning to realise very late that maybe they have chosen the wrong class and would be sitting for an exam that they might probably not do very well in.
2⃣ Some students are in the class they are in because of societal pressure to be doctors, lawyers and accountants.
3⃣ Students find it difficult to get adults that are representation of their future imagined professional identities, hence the need for role models.
4⃣Students have no clue or idea what other kinds of career they can choose for themselves apart from being a doctor, lawyer or an accountant.
5⃣Due to the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria, these particular students are learning vocational skills that would be beneficial to them, which is good but then they see no reason(s) why they should continue their education after WAEC.

I wasn’t surprised because my PhD research brought up these same issues, hence the need for this career and counseling sessions for students.
After going through 100s of data collected from public schools, our findings suggests that students go into university without having a clear career path and role model for their chosen course.
Since students have no clue as to what other career options to decide on, and what goes on in the ‘world of work’, would you like to serve as one of our role models?
We need models that would be representatives of their imagined career options.
We need individuals that would help bridge the gap between their current identity as students and their imagined professional identities.
We need people that wold show them step-by-step how to go from the ‘world of school’ to the ‘world of work’.
If this is something you can do, and are interested in, Please DM us, and we would take it from there.
NB: Whatever career it is, so long as it is honest and puts food on your table, we need you!
The students need you!

What would you like to be in future?

I believe this is a question that has plagued most of us since high school.
Days where we were struggling with passing tests and examinations.😥
Days when we struggled with a particular course, and for some us a lot of subjects.😣
Days where the fear of WAEC and JAMB is the beginning of wisdom!
We couldn’t even contemplate finishing school talk less of going into university to study a particular course and thread a particular career path.
What is even a career again
This question, though simple is fraught with anxiety, fear and unease.
This is even made worse when there are societal, parental and institutional influences involved.

What courses are there to study in the University?
How do you become a medical doctor, for instance?
I am in SSS 2, and I just realized I am not meant for the science class. What do I do?
I would like to study English, but my parents want me to go for LAW. What do I do?
My brother studied Engineering and he works in a bank.
Why bother choosing a course to study in the university when you would end up not using it to work?
I am not so good in school, but I am good with my hands.
I can repair things, design clothes or bake. Are there courses and universities that I could go to study these things?
All of these questions and more would be answered at the career mentoring and life skills seminar organised by PEA Foundation on the 12th of March 2019.

What would you like us to do for your organization?

Most times when I post on here, I imagine some faceless person squeezing their face, and saying what is it with this girl and reading
Most times though, these individuals are not faceless since they had actually commented on my FB page and to my face.
I really am not surprised with the statement because according to the World Culture Score Index, Nigeria is one of the countries in the world with the lowest reading culture.
In fact, a study conducted in 2004 shows that the average Nigerian reads less than one book in a year.
That was in 2004, and this is 2019. You can do the Mathematics yourself.
I stated this observation at a presentation I gave at LASWA (Lagos State Water Ways) and there was an uproar by the staff. 
They denied it vehemently. They felt the rating was a poor reflection of our reading habits. 
And then I asked how many of them had actually read a book from the beginning to the end in the past year, and just 2 raised their hands. At least, in that regard they were honest. 
We don’t read! Nigerians don’t read!Once University is done, the books are closed forever. 🚶 
And then we start moaning about our employers lack of initiative or critical thinking skills, employees inability to grow their businesses in spite of the tough terrain that is Nigeria, students performing poorly at job interviews, poor parenting skills, life skills, leadership skills, customer service skills and so much more.
But I am grateful for employers that are interested in the reading habits of their employees, and take it a step further in bringing experts who would open the eyes of their employees to why reading is crucial and vital to their career and personal development. 
I am grateful for employers who would ask us to come fit in a library into their work space.

I am grateful for employers who would ask that we come in to organize book clubs for their employers to ensure that the books in the library are read. 
I am grateful to employees who were at first skeptical about all of these (and told me point blank that they were not interested), but who admitted after the presentation that they are all in.
Some came to me at the end of the presentation to recommend books for their personal use on some areas in their lives that they think need an intervention. 
Presently, Staff have been put into groups of 3sBooks have been allocated by ballotand in a month’s time, all the staff would gather to review their books. 
I am excited, I am really excited. 
Would you like us to do this for your organisation?

Winners Read!

You see these 3 in the pictures, can you recognize them?
I bet you can! Well if you can’t, let me introduce you to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet.
Apart from the fact that these individuals are billionaires and mega-moguls, they also have something else in common. They read. 
You don’t believe me, well here is how much and often they read.

Warren Buffet claims to read 500 pages a day. He devotes about 80% of his time to reading. Bill Gates, the man who introduced Microsoft onto the world reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg  reads a book every two weeks.
When asked about the key to his success, the billionaire investor Warren Buffett once said:”Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Am I saying then that these billionaires specific reading habits are highly correlated with building wealth and success.
Yes, yes and yes. 
In fact to even drive home this point, 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people all read extensively.
You still don’t believe me?Check this link (https://lnkd.in/eZDn_Sz).

Why your brain needs to read everyday!

This was the comment I got yesterday after I posted on my FB and IG page about the fact that Nigerians do not read.
“Dr. Taiwo, the brains need to rest. Don’t blame Nigerians”
There is this myth about the brain needing to rest after university. 
It’s tired after 4/5 years of being very active- you know trying to understand new concepts and knowledge in your course.

And for some of us who have decided to do an MA and a PhD, you can only imagine how fatigue our brains are. It should be sluggish, weighed down as a result of it being overfed with knowledge. But it is not, how come?
As we grow old, our bodies are not the only things that deteriorate? Our minds also tend to decline at an equally alarming rate, unless it is forced to ‘exercise’.
However, a study done at  Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests that individuals who exercise their brains by taking part in activities such as reading both early and late in life, maintain and build connections between brain cells. 
These connections would help to compensate for damage to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s and dementia – or just plain old age.
READ, for a healthy and active brain later on in life.