In a society where career changes are increasingly becoming commonplace, individuals are frequently stepping off their original career paths to embark on entirely new professional journeys.
The reasons for such pivots range from a loss of interest and limited opportunities to dismal employment rates in certain sectors.
The trend is so pervasive that even undergraduates are finding themselves studying subjects chosen by their parents, only to switch directions later in life.
This phenomenon was highlighted in an interview with Mr. Olawale, an up-and-coming professional in the IT industry, who diverged from his background in industrial chemistry—a degree he obtained from the prestigious University of Ilorin in 2016.
“My foray into IT began in 2020, amid the COVID-19 lockdown,” Mr. Olawale shared. At the time, he was employed in a teaching position that offered meager pay, which, coupled with the pandemic’s restrictions, led to a significant career reassessment.
“Despite my degree, I never secured a job in the field of industrial chemistry. After numerous unsuccessful attempts, I felt compelled to make a major career change,” he explained.
Determined to turn things around, Mr. Olawale pursued online IT training, earning certifications from respected programs such as Udacity’s Front-End Nanodegree, alongside various credentials from Udemy, the Bulb Fellowship, and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) as a software engineer.
Similarly, Mr. Ayoola, currently a supervisor at a food company, recounted his own shift from his educational background in accounting, which he studied at Lagos State Polytechnic. “I’ve been relegated to low-paying jobs in accounting, which has prompted me to consider a move into IT, where my interests in programming and coding can be pursued,” he said, revealing his aspirations to transition into the tech industry.
On the other hand, Mr Femi, a Human Resource Manager at Pardee Foods Nigeria Ltd, revealed that he initially studied Banking and Finance in the university and worked in the banking industry for sixteen years before transitioning into Human Resource Management. He obtained an MBA in Management and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Personality Management (CIPR), which qualifies him to be a Human Resource Manager.
These stories reflect a broader trend where career transitions are not just a matter of circumstance but a strategic choice for many seeking fulfillment and better opportunities in the dynamic job market.
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