As a child, I had a dream.
I wanted to do my bachelors degree, master’s degree and PhD.
I did my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I had (still have) all the opportunities to do my PhD in either the UK or Canada. But in 2015, after I finished my master’s degree program, I had an introspection and asked myself: “Nkechi, why do you want to do a PhD?”
The answer was simple; 1. Bragging right. 2. To add “Dr” to my titles.
Then I saw some PhD graduates in the UK who are dead broke. These are people who finished their master’s and PhD programs in the UK.
I came to Canada and met a friend in his 40s with a PhD too. He doesn’t earn more than I do and he hates his job.
At that stage in my life, I wanted legitimate steady income, career and business.
I had to choose to either earn the bragging right or start chasing my dreams and money.
Besides, in Canada, if you are in Engineering, PhD does no much good to your career except you are interested in a career in academics (as a Lecturer, Instructor, Prof, Researcher) or if you can match it with a minimum of 10 years experience. Otherwise, there are very few Canadian companies that would properly employ someone with a PhD in Engineering with less than 2 years experience.
My bachelors degree is in Engineering. And I had less than 2 years experience.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s how I dropped the idea of a PhD.
A lot of Nigerians coming to Canada don’t understand these things.
I do career coaching for young people, especially those trying to leave Nigeria to Canada, UK or US. When I tell these young people with ZERO work experience that a PhD wouldn’t be the best option for them if they have no plans of lecturing/teaching, most of them don’t get it. The average Nigerian thinks it’s all about certificate.
This is it guys; ask yourself some questions:
- What do I want to do?
- What is the easiest legitimate means to achieve my endeavours?
Then pursue that easiest legitimate means.
If degrees upon degrees will land you there, why not? By all means…
But, it makes no sense to get a PhD in Engineering only to start working in a place where someone with a Diploma or bachelor’s degree will be your boss because they have 10-12 years experience while you have PhD with zero experience.
Too many broke PhD holders doing jobs they do not love.
I realized that so many young Nigerians don’t know this trick.
I’ll be planning a FREE Career Coaching Session before the end of this month. If you are interested, indicate in THE COMMENTS. I’ll reach you with further information when we are set.
Education is good. Gathering certificates is beautiful.
However, we are in a world where your likelihood of success depends more on your skills, your ability to solve problems and the value you add more than your certificates.
Be smart and street credible. The labour market is brutal!
- Nkechi Bianze