“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒊𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝑵𝒊𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔.”
Learning English Language in OAU and teaching secondary school students for many years after, I had to read again to be able to teach them productively. Mind you, the textbooks I read were not the ones I used in school. Happens to the best of us.
We learnt very quickly, what we were taught within the four walls of the classroom are only 30% applicable in real world scenarios. 𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉, 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆. Thus, what you were exposed to outside of class but still within the schooling environment informed your life and career choices.
Here are the things they do not teach in school, but you will need in life.
1. WRITING CVs
There is an unspoken assumption that graduates naturally know how to compile and write a CV. ‘Don’t speak about it, you know I’m bad like that’s. Pity! In my experience as a writer, otherwise has been the case. Brilliant students in their fields struggle to write a winning CV; going about with a ‘killer, multipurpose’ resume they can drop at the earliest request.
2. MASTERING INTERVIEWS
We’ve all heard the joke of the guy who went for an interview, and tussled with another interview candidate a charging port, right? Sadly, it happens. An interview candidate coming to the interview venue to change from slip-ons to office shoe, what do you think the company will think of her? These things are not taught in classrooms. Attending interviews and subsequently mastering its tenets are unspoken mafia rules in the university.
3. IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES
I used to think to myself, ‘what if I had been serious with a couple of opportunities I had while in school?’ You know, few students would have had a great head start if they had identified and tapped into opportunities on campus? For some, it was late. Others pick up.
Making friends and establishing connections are beautiful degrees any student can take away from a university. Like I said, what students mostly take out of school are what they picked outside the classroom. Isn’t it interesting how here on this blue street, we are favourably disposed to accepting friend requests from names we attended the same university with, right?
5. MANAGING SCAMS
Life sometimes scam ideas that could have grown to become world changers have died just because young undergraduates or graduates are scammed out of it by life. I remember, I was once scammed into believing I didn’t need a degree. Can you believe that? We were scammed to believe “School na scam!”😆
Imagine there were a course titled ‘Money 302’. I think it’s best taught in part 3. Almost everyone by then, would have learnt how to manage personal funds. But making, managing, and multiplying money for the bigger picture things life is gonna show them, most students fail in that. Life thrusts them into itself abruptly without cushion – especially after NYSC service.
7. MANAGING FAILURES
The school system doesn’t teach nor encourage failure because it does not expect it. Therefore, it doesn’t appreciate it. And eventually, it did not prepare students for it. They taught us how to make the best grades and come top of our class. Get the best jobs and make the seven-figure pay package. Unfortunately, they failed! They failed to tell us life is sometimes about failing.
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐬, the task of being employable is another know-how we have forced students, undergrads, and graduates to pick for themselves, pay for, improve on, and keep showing up. It’s not a lost cause, after all.