Undervalue Fields we must Pay More Attention to

Undervalue Fields we must Pay More Attention to

Everyone would attest to the fact that while growing up, we all looked forward to career day with all enthusiasm, where we could all play grown-up roles and act out our future careers. We would eagerly rush to the school hall to hear our seasoned speakers mount the podium and address us.

But sadly we only saw but a few speakers who were doctors, engineers, nurses, lawyers, an accountant, Nigerian army personnel and a few more and at the close of the lecture by a doctor, when asked: “how many of you want to study medicine and surgery?” 80% of hands were raised, funny, right? Hahaha

None of us knew what life had to offer, and you wouldn’t blame us even our parents saw these professions as the only worthy profession which could have a regular paycheck monthly, after all, who wouldn’t want to secure his or her child’s future.

But surprisingly, there is a long list of Noble careers which still give you your regular paychecks and fulfillment, and sometimes even less demanding. I call these careers my rare gemstones. You know, everyone knows about gold, diamond, and silver. Still, only a few know about Tanzanite, Red Beryl, Black Opal, Burma Ruby, Emerald, etc. and by the way, some are more expensive and valuable than a diamond.

In no particular order, here are a few careers that are overlooked and should be given due attention and encouraged.

Agricultural Science:

Despite the establishment of agriculture-based universities in Nigeria, this course is still underrated. Agricultural students are usually referred to as “farmers.” Nobody wants to be a farmer when there are white-collar jobs. Still, the untold truth is this is one of the wealthiest sectors in the economy, and you get to be in charge of your business, and with a well-managed farm, you won’t need to rely on the government’s monthly check for survival and maybe to earn daily.

Hospitality and tourism management

The hospitality and tourism sector is fast growing in Nigeria. Not many people have this specialized skill, with a degree in such hardly popular course, you could be of more advantage, you could write to hotels with a good cover letter and sell yourself, or you can decide to start up on your own, you could own catering services, a travel agency, tour operator and much more.

Public Health

This branch of medicine deals with holding sensitization programs, prevention of diseases, awareness programs, etc. and most times the Nigerian government pay even in dollars, you could work with the government or with NGOs and live a fulfilling life, you could also be a health coach and be self-established.

Food nutrition and Dietic

We all love food, but these people make food and nutrition their daily job. Trained in health, science, and human development, these professionals enjoy careers as independent specialists, government employees, research scientists, and educators, and it ensures a lucrative career.

Physical & Health Education

The sports industry is growing in Nigeria, more and more people in the middle and upper class are paying attention to fitness, professional fitness coaches are still in low supply, what we have are emergency fitness coaches. Sport based businesses from the gym centers to health clubs to even standard sports centers are regularly opening, and as a professional physical and health educator, you stand a chance of employment. You could also delve into physical therapy, and be self-employed.

Human Resource Management

They are very much sought after, and in high demand, their importance in any organization cannot be overemphasized. They are versatile; they are also paid a reasonable amount of salary, and it’s less demanding.

These are my few lists of underrated careers, which I advise we pay more attention to; they are my rare gemstones. “wink” venture into any and thank me later. Do you know any of other gemstones career you need to bring our attention to, please let us know at the comment session?

My Career – How do I Know God is Involved?

My Career – How do I Know God is Involved?

Have you ever been to a construction site? I mean, where they are building an edifice or a big auditorium.

Now, create a mental image on such a place and think of the happenings around there. I am sure you will discover that there are all sorts of engineers with different specialities, not to mention various skilled and unskilled labourers.

You will also notice that they all work on different parts and aspect of the project.  But towards a common goal, which is to achieve the original plan in the blueprint.

Think of the earth as the construction site. You are one of the workers, and God is the architect and owner of the building. God is up to something; he is building a kingdom on earth. He has a master plan, and he has recruited you to be part of the construction process. This will lead us to the first truth:

your career is part of God’s big plan – emphasis on GOD.

Yes, your career is not about you; it is about the master plan. It is more significant than you, which is why you can’t just do whatever you like. You must play according to the rule and build according to definite instructions. This very first reason underscores the importance of divine direction.

The people working on this site (in our analogy above) were paid to do what the owner wants. If at any point, they decide to build something different, and the owner finds out; he will stop sponsoring the project. That is the second truth we want to derive.

God will not sponsor a project he did not initiate. Do you want to have God as your possession? Be part of his project.

If your responsibility in the master plan is to build the kingdom from the classroom and you end up in the bank, you are on your own. I am not trying to scare you, instead to make you see the importance of divine direction in career.

Many people think career is not spiritual; thus, they can decide to do anything they want with it. Well, you can indeed do whatever you wish to, but in the end, it will amount to nothing as far as heaven is concerned. You may be successful in the eyes of men, but in God’s eyes, you are entirely out of the master’s plan.

Your self-will and dedication can yield results. Moses struck the rod instead of talking to it, and it yet yielded result. He was successful in bringing out water as far as the people were concerned, but with God, he failed.

Yes, the flesh can yield result, but the result kills. Thus, the achievement is not the yardstick for measuring whether you are in the right career path as far as divine direction is concerned.

How Do I know God is Involved?

I love the definition of a career on the University of Dubuque’s website – “Career can be defined as the total of decisions that direct your educational, social, economic, political and spiritual endeavours and reflect your unique personality, characteristics and basic life values”.

First, career is a decision. It is bigger than the job, and it is more than the course of study at the university. Unfortunately, most young people are just interested in getting a job and not in building a career. If you are a career-minded person, they are some jobs opportunity you will not bother applying. Even when you find yourself there, you will see it as just a means to an end.

If you are looking for a formula for divine direction, you will be disappointed. It doesn’t exist anywhere. But one thing is consistent among people that have received divine guidance for a career – they are people who love God enough to please him and trust him enough do his will.

Loving God

So the question is, do you genuinely love him? Do you desire to please him more than anything? The problem sometimes is not that we don’t love God, but we love other things more than God. It could be our ego, reputation, money etc. When it comes to picking between doing God’s will and these things, we would instead go for them and ask God for forgiveness later. It is difficult for a man with such a mindset to receive divine direction for a career.

Trusting God

The second part is trust. A man can Love God and ready to do whatever God tells him, but doesn’t trust him enough to pull him through. Such a man will always try to help God. He erroneously believes that heaven helps those who help themselves.

Seeking God’s face becomes an alternative. If it doesn’t work, he goes back to God, but if it works, then God is involved.

A man, who must receive divine direction for career, must be ready to LOVE him unconditionally and TRUST him with all he’s got. The love prepares your heart to receive divine instructions, and the trust gives you the stamina to obey the instruction to the later.

Avoid the extremes

I’ve once met a young man, who finished NYSC for almost two years, and I asked what he was doing, He said he is waiting on the Lord. Like Really? Are you doing nothing for nearly two years in the name of waiting on the Lord? I asked.

Please don’t get inflicted with the ‘waiting-on-God-Syndrome’.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with waiting on God. However, that does not mean you should do nothing; waiting on God is not passive. Read through your scriptures, the people used by God were not idle. People like Moses, Elisha, Matthew, James, Gideon etc. They were doing something, and God visited them on their duty post.

If it comes to your heart, and your motives are right, go ahead and pray about it. If God did not say otherwise, then do it. It can only be possible for those who genuinely love him and are ready to do his will.