|What matters: course or grade?|
If you’re on this page by search, that may be what you truly seek the answer to. And if I’m not wrong, you’re confused with the information available.
And the main focus after your studies is working – jobs. Yeah, that! So what will matter in the end? The course or the grade?
This post won’t be one-sided, of course. I will take you through my practical experiences and show you what you stand to gain with each choice. However, in the end, I should give you my personal position, which you may accept, or drop.
Of course, you’re in charge of your life.
Where Courses May Be More Important than Grades
Ruth visited me a few months ago. She wanted me to convince her mother to let her accept the Anatomy offered her by the Osun State University, Osogbo.
Actually, she had applied to study Nursing. However, due to competition and a possible higher score, the university decided to offer her another course instead.
She didn’t want to stay at home for another year. Hence, she believed taking Anatomy wasn’t bad. However, the mother declined.
The first thing I did was to invite the mother. The woman honored and visited a day after.
Her story was touching. I’d taught I should be able to convince her but she convinced me instead.
I wasn’t a novice to her story though. It’s, in fact, what I knew right from the start. Nevertheless, she has a genuine reason to insist on Nursing Science.
Of course, in Nigeria or anywhere in the world, Nursing is a lucrative profession and ever demanding one for that matter. However, in certain parts of the world, the course is more than a hot-cake. America, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other developed countries place more value on nurses than in Africa.
As a result, studying Nursing will engage you almost immediately you’re done in school whether you chose to work at home or abroad. And if you’re lucky outside, you’re more than a winner.
Ruth’s mother had planned things for her to work abroad after graduation. A family, there, was ready to sponsor her if she could go for Nursing and come over to Canada on graduation.
You see the poor mother’s story?
Practically, nothing is wrong with going for Anatomy. However, in this case, it’s better for Ruth to go for Nursing instead of Anatomy.
Even at home, getting jobs as a graduate nurse is easier than getting jobs as a graduate anatomist. See?
It’s, as well, easier to start your profession, all on your own, as a nurse than an anatomist who may necessarily work in an organization owned by another person, government, or bodies. In fact, most anatomists work in colleges, universities, or medical centers. They usually teach and do research.
Nurses are given more recognition abroad, especially, than anatomist. Nurse positions are more available to be filled in most foreign countries.
Now, back to our original question: Higher Grade or a Better University Course?
In a similar situation to Ruth’s, courses may be more important than grades. And with courses like Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, etc, grades may not matter. You know why? Every nurse, doctor, or pharmacist is a qualified one once certified.
Speaking of the importance of courses, Nursing, Medicine, Law, Pharmacy are not the only good courses to chase. It’s all about knowing what is working in your country. It’s about knowing what will be right for you and your future.
Why should you chase Medicine if you know you can do well at teaching? Why should you chase Business Administration, if you’re a natural marketer?
Going for the perfect course may ease your chase for jobs no matter what. Going for the right course will also help in getting a competitive (usually highest) grade out of school.
This is the brain behind the post linked above and the one I titled “Less Competitive University Courses With Better Employment Prospects”.
Where Grades May Be More Important Than Courses
You may argue that the worst universities usually produce the worst graduates. With my experiences and data shown in the post linked above, you’re wrong and I’m right.
In that post, I concluded that instead of chasing the so-called best schools, focus instead, on the best grade.
Experience has shown us that, banks, government, and organizations around are more interested in the grades graduates are done with. The higher you make, the better your chance at getting the next offer (if you have no connection and the positions don’t favor influences).
Let me explain further.
With the situation of things, in this part of the world, courses may matter in the short run but in the end, you need a higher grade.
Pick the next newspaper with job adverts. What do you see?
Openings for Graduates (Positions)
However, there is a catch – “candidates must have at least second class upper or upper credit”.
Here, grade matters!
It doesn’t matter the course again. What matters is if you can present a certificate with the most competitive grade.
Of course, this may be to reduce the population of prospective applicants. Yet, once you don’t have what they want, no matter your course, you’re out of the game.
Openings to Specialized Graduates (Positions)
However, if your employer wants engineers, accountants, managers, you’d better be ready to present distinction, first-class, upper credit, or second-class. Other grades such as second-class lower, third-class, lower credit, or pass may hold you back for a few years.
Nothing is changing in this part of the world. If you have a better course, you stand the chance to experience exactly what those before you had experienced. If you mess your grade up, your fate is as unfriendly as those who failed before you.
If you want to know my position, as to what you should give the consideration before seeking admission or while in school, I will say, no matter your course, go for the highest grade.
That course may not count in the end. And where it stands to count, competition may force your employer to pick only a few candidates with the most convincing grades.
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