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Teen Blog Reader Asks...

Please I have no one to talk to or seek advice...Is computer networking a good career and what am I supposed to expect??? My parents are telling me to go for it since they can't finance my medical soo distraught.. I don't understand what Google is saying... Plus is studying it in China worth it??? I really need urgent reply as I have been crying since they told me this... pls help a teenager in dire need, I don't want to do something I won't be happy with in future...


  1. I am in the IT industry, a web and application developer. Computer networking is fine, it's more or less gonna streamline you to the hardware part of the IT industry. You can go for it, you will end up working at huawei, Cisco , cwg and co, worst case scenario you go dey repair ATM machine for banks, which is still not bad.

    1. I didn't know alfarsi could ever make sense like this.

    2. Come on, all i got is love...and being misunderstood

  2. Networking is good, as is anything in Computing generally in this era. Companies like Cisco Networks dominate this arena due to their devices in used by almost every company in the world, and a lot of IT companies in Nigeria that provide support services to banks, telcos, oil companies, govts and big businesses employ staff in this field.

    Looking at the bigger picture though, anything is good, it depends on what you, the individual makes of it. There are successful doctors, bloggers, programmers, lawyers, bankers, etc. And there are just as many struggling or relatively unsuccessful ones.

    Question is, what do you bring to the table? Do you find interest in physics, maths and technology in general? Even if you didn't (due to your medicine bias), do you have the mental strength needed to inspire yourself to tackle it head on and make good success?

    Also note that to study in China you will most likely be made to spend some months learning the language when you travel. So hope you like languages. Note that this is irrespective of the course you want to study in China.

    What you didn't tell us though, is why China is being considered. It is good to study abroad, but wondering if the total cost of travelling and sustainance over there wont be better served getting you into a school in Nigeria to study your first choice of Medicine.

    Bottomline, you can succeed in anything you put your mind to. Work on yourself, and you will be fine. I wish you all the best.

  3. I studied computer science in university, so I have a little knowledge about computer networking. It's basically more of the hardware part so you'll learn about routers, servers and the likes. It's basically just about the Internet, and you can work in the IT section ( most likely Internet solutions) of any company.

    Computing and medicine are two different fields, and not in any way similar, my advice to you will be to do more research or find someone who studied computer science or works in an IT field to help you out. There's no point studying a course which you'll end up not liking.

  4. Hey... Its all good. Computer Networking know....what Afarsi said...and more.
    But I was thinking, if you're really passionate about going to medical school, why not study at a federal uni.
    I have a friend studying at UI, the best med school in Naija (so I heard) and dude doesnt even pay upto 40k.
    I think you should consider that. If your UME score has been a drawback, then just try it one more time and put your back into it...and knees too (pray hard) and own it this time.
    This is your future, you shouldnt study a course just cos its convenient for your parents.
    If push comes to shove, you can study a medical-related course...maybe pharmacy? Biochem or sth

  5. I know a few people who are doing very well after studying this course. In the absence of job, you can easily be self employed as well. As long as you have a flair for it, and you think you can do well. The question isn't about what we think, it's bout what you love doing.

    I studied computer science in college, I came out with good grades, I ventured into cisco networking, it was fun and easy, but I wasn't so passionate about it, i went for my MBA instead and it provided me with many options of career choices.

    is this your only option? Must you study Computer networking, have you thought of other courses you like that may eventually lead you to get a medical degree in the future (if That's your passion or dream).

    You have to be properly guided so you don't waste so many valuable and youthful years in school.
    (personally, unless my kids have a very very strong flair for medicine, I won't encourage them to study it) but that's just me.

    If you've got some time to spare, you could attend some free networking programs, to get an idea of what the course entails to see if you like the idea.

    Don't know much bout studying in China, but I'm sure they re sound when it comes to I.T and related courses.
    All the best.

  6. Hey... Its all good. Computer Networking know....what Afarsi said...and more.
    But I was thinking, if you're really passionate about going to medical school, why not study at a federal uni.
    I have a friend studying at UI, the best med school in Naija (so I heard) and dude doesnt even pay upto 40k.
    I think you should consider that. If your UME score has been a drawback, then just try it one more time and put your back into it...and knees too (pray hard) and own it this time.
    This is your future, you shouldnt study a course just cos its convenient for your parents.
    If push comes to shove, you can study a medical-related course...maybe pharmacy? Biochem or sth

  7. Replies
    1. All u come here and do is hmmmmmmm, don't u have anything upstairs? All ur comment on each post is always hmmmmmmm like a daft man.

    2. Loool. Some people sad pass me, but they hide behind anonymous. How e take concern u?

  8. if your heart is in medicine, do whatever you can to study that. solicit for funds from aunties, uncles, etc. YOLO, don't spend your life in a career that Google recommended.

  9. Right now,,,I don't have an option...I have already spent a few years at home because of this same finance n can't really wait any more...I will just go with CN because I understand it's not their fault...they can't afford it..I just wanted to hear from experienced people,,,what CN is like???if its lucrative,,,i mean finding a job after school??I have come to resolve that,, I can always go for medicine some time in the future,,if I still yearn for problem now is maths,,,I had mad hatred for it in sec sch...I just pray I can cope.. As for why china is involved,,,its a very long story...thanks all for your advice,,,_I really do appreciate..

  10. Hi troubled teen... computer engineering is an okay course.. but if your passion is medicine.. there really is no correlation except you want to substitute the human body with computers.(lol) you'll do more hardware than software compared to computer science. Software engineering is also not a bad option(I'd have suggested that). Thing is, it's a viable course. And with plenty hard work... little passion, you should excel in school. You might get bored at your job if you don't like what you're doing... and it'll be just about the money... but never say never... you might eventually fall in love with it. so if your parents insist.. work hard... try not to hate it...and you'll do just fine.

  11. Where lies ur interest cos in d end you'll more likely succeed in d area u enjoy

  12. Which I could advise u,but it aint my field of study.

    Mz indomie says so.

  13. Since you say cost is the impediment to studying what you'd like-medicine. Why have you chosen the IT field instead? It seems so far off from your interest. And you even mentioned you might later study medicine. Why not a course along the lines of biological sciences?
    You've got advices above about the field anyway.

    Now my concern is, you mentioned in a comment above that you hate maths, which I think you'd be dealing with a lot in IT. Do you think you can study and improve on it?

    You should set your mind at excelling at whatever course you finally decide to study. Put in the work needed. Run away from excuses. Psyche yourself up to do what's needed to have good grades and learn. When you succeed, you won't even remember your challenges much.
    Then your story would be sweeter sef.
    Good luck!


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