“Useless” courses that can actually be quite useful.

I guess we’re all familiar with the Nigerian mentality about courses. There are some courses, that when you’re offered admission, your parents will talk about how proud they are, boast about your success and let everyone know you’re going off to the university. Some courses on the other hand…. There won’t be so much noise. You’ll accept the course because you’re tired of home or in rare cases, you really want to study it but you have little to no support.

I’m here to encourage you and let you know that for every course, there’s a job somewhere out there. Here’s a few of the so called “useless” courses and the jobs you can get with them.

 1. Adult Education

Adult education is that course that was used to crack jokes in secondary school. “If you like, don’t read your books, they’ll give you adult education.” But did you know that this course opens a lot of doors. Adult education is basically a system in which adults are taught skills, attitudes and needed courses in order to gain more information.

With a degree in adult education, it’s very obvious that you could become a teacher, but there are other opportunities as well. You could go into education administration and oversee the general running of schools. You could even start your own school or write textbooks for adults to use while learning. There’s also the option of creating online courses. Professionals in adult education are valued in human resources departments, because they know how to communicate with adults.


2. History

This is a course that a lot of people opt for when they don’t make the cut off for another course. But it can be quite helpful to have a degree in sociology in certain fields. In firms concerned with record keeping, there’ll definitely be need of a historian. With one’s extensive knowledge of historic events, you could also become a museum curator or build a museum yourself. You could also become a history professor and write scripts for documentaries or books about historic events. Speaking of books, certain libraries hire historians to keep track of their records and books.

If you become popular enough, you could make more money by talking about what you know at special events. There’s also the media department where specialists in all areas including history are needed to give a well-rounded news report.

3. Philosophy

I have a question. If philosophy is so “useless” then why does it seep into every other course? I know that there are students from other departments who have to learn about Socrates, Aristotle and the rest.

After a bit of research, I discovered that studying philosophy could open some doors if you’re intentional about it. Since philosophy is the study of life, nature and how the mind works, why not pursue a career in psychology? You could also try a career in psychotherapy, which involves having one on one discussions with patients to improve their communication skills and overall mental health.

There’s also the option of teaching, but I’m sure you already knew that. Writing is also a very good choice, that’s how a lot of philosophers achieved recognition after all. You could also go into mediation, since you understand how people think and what the right reasoning process is, this could be a good fit for you.

4. Botany

Botany is the study of plant science. It’s a branch of biology and yet another course that’s underrated by many Nigerian students. If you’re able to attain a degree in botany, you could become a marine or fresh water biologist who studies plant life in water. You could also pursue a career as an environmental scientist or biologist, and people could pay you to asses certain areas of land and see if they are conducive.

There’s also the option of putting your knowledge to good use and becoming a farmer/farm manager or a forester who is paid to take care of forests and prevent people from abusing them. Agricultural engineering could also be a career path for you. And even with a degree in botany, you can still become a chemist, because there are various drugs that can be derived from plant science.

5. French

Bonjour, comment ca va? Lol, if you don’t understand that, use google translate. French might look like a limiting course to the untrained eye, but if you’re actually really interested and well versed in it, you can cash out. You could work as a translator for educational instructions, popular organizations, celebrities and even language apps like Duolingo. You could teach French at any level or write books that teach people how to speak the language. You could also make money from writing French stories for French learners at all levels to enjoy.

You could also be a flight attendant. They’re paid millions and because you’re fluent in more than one popular language, you’re more likely to be hired by them. You could also pursue a career as a travel agent. With a little bit of additional training, you’d be a shoe in for the role because you understand more than one language and you can reach out to a wider audience.

 Alright, this article has come to an end but your research doesn’t have to. You could visit the school library, go on the internet or ask your seniors for more advice about your chosen course. No course is really useless, some fields just need a limited amount of individuals in them. But if you’re ambitious enough, I don’t see why you can’t be one of them.


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