I saw an article in the ABA Journal recently, and it simply said "Associate attorney is the unhappiest job in America, survey says." The article referenced another more popular article in Forbes, where Associate Attorney was named as the unhappiest job in America. I was not surprised.
Then, I saw nursing (Registered Nurse, specifically) on the list. It was Number 4. That's when I started to wonder ....
You see, Nursing is a popular career choice not only for Nigerians migrating to the US, but for other immigrant groups as well. Law is a lot more restrictive, as very few states allow you to practice law without a degree from an American law school (and passing the bar, of course).
So, on the list of unhappy jobs/careers, we have two major fields which Nigerian parents
Now, the question staring you in the face is this: Are Nigerian parents forcing their children into unhappy careers? (You know I just had to repeat the post title like Nollywood movies do).
Taking this list seriously, the answer to that question is a resounding Yes. I use the word "force" here deliberately. At the time a child is about to start college or university, parents tend to be very heavy-handed with what course the child should study in school. Of course, there are a million and one reasons why parents, especially Nigerian parents, emphasize certain careers over others,such as the "perceived" income an individual is expected to earn in that field, job security, etc. And since parents are usually the ones funding the child's education, their word is law.
... And since I have nothing else to add, let me ask you: How's the weather in Lagos / Enugu / Bauchi / Port-Harcourt or wherever you live? It's Spring here, meaning the weather is in the funky state between extreme heat and extreme cold. In short sha, I'm loving the weather right now!
Oh, we can still talk about unhappy careers if you want .... *grinning*