Long before now, choosing a career for children has become a serious problem in our society. Experts opined that career development should begin early in a child’s life. In this interview With Udele James- the award winning book author titled ” Parental Influence on Children Career Choice Development’ speaks on career development and other Sundry issues to KAKAAKI REPORTERS.
Why do you think is important to allow every child to choose his career?
Career development should begin early in a child’s life. Through play, young kids explore their environment, learn to solve their problems, make decisions, and adjust to change. From a young age, children project themselves in possible roles for their future. They talk about how to navigate their dreams and the way forward in life. During these formative years, young children are influenced by family,(parents )school, and media. So, parenting plays a pivotal role in helping kids identify their careers.
Children’s career thought ought not to begin in SSS classes or when they have graduated from secondary school. children’s career is supposed to find expression in primary school. It starts its manifestation from the subject kids like and find fascinating.
Sir, You have written a book titled “Parental Influence on Children Career Choice Development. Why did you choose to write the book?
Yes, I have the opportunity to work with some of the best schools in Nigeria. The kind of schools that attracts parents from well-to-do families. Parents in such kind of environment will always want their kids to be in prestigious careers or economically viable careers. Unfortunately, some of them don’t mind or care to know which career will be suitable for their kids. Parents must take cognizance of their kid’s abilities, interests, aptitude, personalities before choosing any career for them. It shouldn’t be based on a wishing career choice but the reality of the above-mentioned. This book was the nucleus of my thesis work and is still part of my Ph.D. research work as I speak. It is an in-depth research work with empirical evidence and experience drawn from the best schools in Nigeria. Every child is blessed with a special gift from the Almighty, parents role is to help this kid discover this gift, polish it and enhance it rather than forcing any career on them. the gift should be able to serve God and humanity.
Congratulations once again, we learned your book won the best prize award for non-fiction books in the secondary category at the Olumawu Inter-school competition. How do you feel about being an award-winning author?
(Smile)…I must admit that the excitement and joy were unimaginable. I had to approach Ryan Salim who presented my book during the competition. He told me that, he saw my book at Bookseller’s bookshop at Wuse 2. When he brushed through the book, he pleaded with his mum to buy the book for him, according to him, the book painted an exact picture of what his best friend was going through at the hands of the parents. So, he waited on the friend’s mother’s birthday and presented the book to her. The mother read the book and the narratives changed. The friend is enjoying his Art class now as against the science subject he was forced to offer.
Are you working on any book project now?
Yes, the book is titled “Developing Good Study and Reading Skills”.
Would you mind giving us a brief insight into it?
Of course, the book is careful research on how the majority of our students believed in rote learning (cramming and memorization )instead of reading and digesting it to their understanding. Cramming or memorization is a bad study skill and the impact is short and brief. It is common to see brilliant students lacking creativity, and critical thinking. In Nigeria, a child termed intelligence in most cases are kids who memorize a lot, Hmm, 21st-century intelligence is about creativity, critical thinking, and not memorization. Students must imbibe the right way of reading that can birth creativity rather than memorization/rote learning.
Where do you want to see yourself in the next few years as an author?
Presently, I am a doctorate student and in the next five years (by God’s grace )I should be an associate professor- where my knowledge should contribute to humanity. I won’t relent in writing a book every year. It is a yearly goal and target.
Finally, What advice do you have for our education stakeholders, FG concerning the Nigeria Education system?
Education should be seen as oxygen to all. Thomas Jefferson once said “a child that misses education is a child lost” Therefore, we must embrace education as a child of necessity. The panacea to do away with the sorry state (insecurity)of our nation is when the majority of Nigerians are educated. The mind must have mental hygiene.
What is your social media platform?
Instagram James Udele
LinkedIn :Udele James
Thank you and we wish you all the best.
Thanks so much too.