Education is one of the greatest asset parents can give their child(ren). It is a foundation, that when laid properly will replicate itself, and help one live a life of possibilities. Education remains the best policy. The benefits of studying a degree in education are unlimited. With the number of schools springing up in Nigeria, and all over the world, the number of educated folks is estimated to be around 85% of the total world population. And this number keeps rising
Today, we have so many graduates with great degrees, and courses of studies, who are yet to secure good jobs. This is true, especially in Africa where the economy is rather devastating and the level of poverty keeps rising. Unemployment and underemployment are fast becoming the norm. It is time to look inward. For us to eradicate poverty, reduce unemployment, and help fight underemployment, the country needs to give more focus to education itself. The benefits of studying a degree in education can never be overemphasized. Today in Africa, the easiest job one can get without ‘knowing’ someone is a teaching job. And luckily, there are great numbers of high schools and colleges today, and more are still springing up.
A degree in education makes one more educated, in the sense that, for you to teach a particular subject or course to another, you need to fully understand the topic yourself. This goes a long way in helping the tutor or teacher, as the case may be, to develop his knowledge of the subject. And in so doing, he grows to become a commander in that field of study. Here are seven benefits that a degree in education offers. The list is ended however.
A degree in education can offer you the opportunity to work as an educational consultant, either for the government, private firm or yourself. You can have your office setup, and individuals who need the knowledge you possess on your subject of expertise can patronize you for a fee. In so doing, you make yourself self-employed, and the boss of yourself. The income that comes from being a consultant can run into millions of naira.
2. Private tutor
There are so many people out there that are struggling with their studies. Many learners today find English; Mathematics and other calculations related courses cumbersome, and difficult to scale through. You could offer to coach them, and teach them some of these courses either at home or an arranged venue for a fee which can be anything from #10,000 – #50,000 per learner, on a three days per week period. If for instance, you have three learners you tutor a week, at a rate of #20,000, that amounts to #60,000 monthly.
That’s more than a full time paid job for some people. And here’s the better part of it, you could still work full time. Because most often than not, these classes are often taken during the evening hours, when the learners most have rested after returning from school. So let us say you work a full-time job with a monthly pay of #50,000, and you take tutorial classes for #60,000 a month. That amounts to #110,000 monthly. This is definitely enough to cater for your needs and build you up for life.
As a teacher, you could offer your service to others who need them without being physically present. This kind of service is called freelancing. Where people contact you for your service through online platforms like upwork, freelancers, and others. You provide them the solution, and you get paid for it. Today there are so many online platforms where you could register for free and offer your service(s). These platforms link you up with people who need your service, and you are being paid after the service rendered has been verified. This is another cool way of making money without stepping out of your house. All that is needed is just a gadget, an online presence, data, and knowledge. Some online platform that offers this service includes, freelancer.com, fiver.com, angellist and many others.
4. Your time
Time is precious. It is indeed the one asset that the rich and the poor have in common. So many people part away with money just to have their time – it is that precious. And how you use your time determines how far you go in life. Many companies these days now pay their workers on an hourly basis. As an educationist, you are entitled to your time. If you freelance full time, or you are a part-time teacher or a private tutor, you get the luxury of your time. You could go on vacation at will, spend time with your family and loved ones travel the world without fear of losing your job.
5.Multiple streams of income
As a teacher, you can work time, and still engage in extra home lessons. In an environment you can reach out to parents, letting them know that you are a teacher and how important it is for their child(ren) or wards to engage in extra home lessons.
The trick here is to sell yourself, show them what you’re worth. Let them know you are qualified to handle their wards. So many schools today started through this approach. They gathered children from other schools and tutored them until they had enough to begin a school themselves. Learn to be creative, develop salesman skills. Before you know it, you will be accumulating wealth in five figures.
6. No retirement age
In the teaching profession, you are as valuable as long as you are alive. Your knowledge doesn’t go away. You don’t lose your ability to teach or coach. This is the beauty of studying a degree in education as against other professions. As long as you work as a consultant or freelancer, you are entitled to work and earn for life unlike engineering, that you need physical strength to work.
The academic field mostly only requires your knowledge of the subject, and your ability to speak and sometimes, write.