The education sector in Rwanda has been transformed for the better especially since the end of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi yet a lot of work is yet to be done. This week Education Times tackles the crucial issue of career guidance. Of course this is an area where those singing should not stop doing so.
Career guidance is very important because we all have one life to live and it is better lived when one ends up doing something they enjoy doing. Indeed this is the basic point that career advisors should stress. For example I love writing and I never see it as a burden yet it is work for which I earn a salary.
Some have aptly concluded that once you find a job you love, you will never work a single day. This is because the job will be like a hobby. Imagine the children who loved playing football and are now adults playing for the big clubs in Europe. They enjoy what they do and are also paid to do it.
This is why it is important for parents, teachers, guardians and the children themselves to gradually look out for those things that a child has a comparative advantage for success. If a child is good at Physics and Maths and desires to be a medical doctor it is a waste of precious time to try and push him to become a lawyer just because the father is a lawyer.
The good thing is that in this day and age there are so many careers and we all do not have to do what our parents did. We just have to find what we love and can do and then work towards that.