Recently, over at our Facebook Page, we had a post about reasons / excuses people give for NOT pursuing postgraduate studies. Here is the summary of those excuses:
- I’m tired of studying – I need a break – I might do it later on in life;
- I’m tired of depending on (asking) people for money;
- I want to make money and support (payback) my family;
- I want to relieve my mother (someone);
- My sister / brother is starting university next year so I want to ease the pressure on my family;
- If I pursue postgraduate studies I will end up being too educated to find a job. Yeah right!
So, this is a follow-up to that post but for those who wish to pursue postgraduate studies. As such, here are some things you need to take into consideration before you commit to (or think about) postgraduate studies:
- It’s cold at the top. But there is plenty of room. It’s good to be educated. Bestest feeling…[I’m told].
- Be humble and act educated.
- You might end up losing all your friends. Because you won’t have time for small things such as partying and drinking and all the other unimportant things bored people do.
- Everybody will have a car, home, wife / husband before you. Don’t let it go to your head. It happens…
- Don’t write it on your forehead when you have your degrees etc…
Here is the good:
- If you’re good at what you do, it’s FREE. You won’t pay a cent;
- You get a chance to see the world. This is rare for Hons / BTech but if you do your Masters / PhD, you are likely to have one free trip to an overseas country. For a week. Try to go to a country where they don’t speak any of your languages… FUN! You will end up questioning your intelligence.
- You will learn from the best.
- You will learn to write. Properly. Most graduates don’t know how to write.
- You will be a specialist / expert in something.
Here is how you get there:
- Work on your attitude. A good attitude will take you a long way. Start by not going to people’s offices smelling of alcohol on Mondays. And …
- Young men! Pull your pants up.
- Your sh*tty attitude from 1st year is known by everybody in the department whether you are smart or not. Work on it.
- Don’t be lazy.
- Never lose your cool. Keep your head up and shut your mouth.
- Find a professor that believes in you.
- Tell your family not to expect anything from you for the next 2 – 3 years. Tell them you might not (won’t ) call for birthdays etc…
- Don’t get married. Don’t promise marriage to anybody. Don’t have a kid either. Don’t promise anybody about settling down and having a kid.
Again, when it is all said and done, don’t write it on your forehead. Be humble and act educated.
Keep walking. You are not alone.
PS: Comments are open below should you like to share you views…