The Tilapia Myth: Episode 1

Episode 1 Teaser: As a teenager, the period when people went to parties or functions without an invite, Tilapia was not the favourite delicacy then until after the year 2010. At least as tertiary students from the year 2005, going for semester or annual socialisation programs, it was chicken thigh that was the real deal, not Tilapia. So what has changed?

There are so many myths surrounding Tilapia these days, especially from the point of view of a person whose parents and siblings sell fish.

The irony is that those parents and siblings who sell fish are even enjoying the tilapia fun fare. So what are the myths surrounding the Tilapia craze?

The myth of formal education

Formal education is very good for everyone to acquire for several reasons. Formal education, among other things, exposes students to knowledge and perspectives that they would not have attained without formal education. From elementary genetics to logical reasoning as a topic in mathematics. What then is formal education supposed to offer students in terms of jobs, since everyone is supposed to work for a living.

Most people, if not all, believe that formal education could guarantee everyone a job in a blue-chip company with instant luxury waiting for them in terms of accommodation and vehicles for their movements. Formal education can not provide a job for everyone in big budget companies, but formal education is a sure means to prepare everyone for work of interest to the student. There are three (3) main categories of work. Anyone going through formal education can earn a decent income to take care of his or her needs and family members.

The first category of work available is public sector work. This type of job is hard to find for several reasons ranging from protocol recruitment of families and friends of those in charge of the recruitment process. In very accountable institutions or countries, processes leading to recruitment of people into public institutions are very transparent and equally accessible to everyone applying. Salaries are relatively low in most public institutions compared to the salaries of an established entrepreneur. Only a few public companies can be considered very lucrative.

The second category of work available to formal education students is private sector companies. Though there is a relatively higher number of blue-chip companies in the private sector, employees need to gather a lot of experience in their field to enjoy the huge salaries at the top management level. New recruits into big companies in the private sector stand the chance of getting higher pay than workers with long service and experience in public service. Interestingly, there are an equally high number of very small companies in the private sector that also pay meagre salaries to their employees in an attempt to keep their labour cost at the very least level.

Entrepreneurship is one category of work after formal education that is limitless. Graduates can venture into any area of choice to put their skills to work. Though challenging at the initial stages, an established entrepreneur can have salaries that would be fulfilling and unregretable.

By: Asterisks

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