“Who doesn’t want to get a good job, live in a good house and drive a good car?”
If you were invited to give a talk to students in a secondary school or to pupils in primary school on how to pass their exams and then you fail to ask them the above question, you will leave the organizers unsatisfied though they will not tell you.
When you ask that question and then you tell them who doesn’t want to, to raise his/her hand, you will not get any. After all who does not want a good life? Or will you raise yours? Then your next statement will be, “study hard.” This in other word will translate to mean that when you study hard you will get a good job, you will live in a good house, you will drive a good car and to boys; you will get good wives while to girls; you will get married to wealthy husbands.
That is the same thing my parents told me when I was joining campus. But is it true and more so in our country Kenya? I don’t blame them anyway. Good grades are not a guarantee that you will get a job. Even getting a D is better, there is a high chance of joining the police force if you are not short like me and if your parents gave you a careful and better upbringing-you don’t have scars or lost teeth. Or if you are lucky you have a good tongue and people trust in you and exalt you to the snollygosters’ club, that’s better.
Nowadays, when you go to every big town- Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret etc, and you try to dig deeper, you will be surprised to find out that most of the adult street men and women are graduates. The people who have degrees and now you wonder why and how they got there! They were disappointed, they got hurt by life for not remaining faithful to them and therefore ended up losing hope. These people since when young, they were told to study hard and they will have a good life without being taught how it will come just like the bible says, ” …but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” They remained faithful, studied really hard. They got high marks in primary school, got good grades( of course ‘A’) in high school and a first class degree from a recognized university after doing a respected course. And therefore very fresh went out to the world very new to them looking for a job. Remember they do not have any experience and in Kenya you must have at least 10 years of experience. They tarmacked for the first year, the second year found them still tarmacking and while still going round knocking doors, the third one came. Remember they have to eat and are no longer asking for money from their parents. And now the job is not coming. They start begging and within no time, they join the club.
You don’t have to be a smart student in school to get a good job or have a good life in future but instead you need to be a smart student of life. For example, Richard Branson the founder of Virgins group of companies was not a smart student in class. Bill Gates the founder of Microsoft dropped out of Harvard University to start Microsoft- he did not even wait to get the academic papers. Not to go too far here in Kenya, Mike Sonko and Hassan Ali Joho (Nairobi and Mombasa county governors respectively), were poor in their academics and yet, even before joining politics were leading good lives. You might be wondering how, right? They were smart students of life.
DISCLAIMER: I am not saying you should be poor in your academics for you to lead a good life. I or this site will not be responsible for your failures. But will be responsible for the success story of a person who changed tactics after reading this story.
In Kenya there is a culture of the belief that you study to be employed not to employ. And that’s why if you ask a young child what he or she would want to become when grows up, will tell you; a pilot, engineer, doctor, teacher etc but not a businessperson and yet everybody wants to be rich. They forget the world’s billionaires are not employees. This culture needs to be changed so that the student can start being told ,”study hard to create a job or jobs” instead of, “study hard to get a Job” because a good curriculum is that which prepares students to create employment and not an unemployment.
Don’t be this kind of people who after graduation start saying, “Kumbe kazi haikua kusoma kazi ni kutafuta kazi.”
Join me in the next story as I tell you what you should do.