The popular saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none”, has been heavily re-echoed by scholars and human relations specialists, who insist that some professions require hands-on specialists and not every tom, dick and harry to render services.
But the above-mentioned scenario is not the case for Peter Emiloju, a certified neurosurgeon, who has ditched his stethoscope and his shinning white lab coat for weighty mechanical tools such as pliers and spanners and soiled overall, as well as the coarse nature of an automobile mechanical workshop.
According to Emiloju, he started learning about automobile engineering by watching mechanics anytime they worked on his car, adding that picking up few techniques and tried advising persons working on his car.
He stated that upon seeing the progress he made in the diagnosis of car repairs, he began to develop an interest in becoming a car mechanic in 2015, despite being a medical doctor for 10 years.
“Initially it wasn’t easy. When I started coming to the mechanic workshop to fix my car, I will be observing them and when they are doing something wrong, I let them know that it is not correct. Some of them would dismiss me, saying: ‘Doctor, this is another field’. Later, they would struggle with the work,” Emiloju told BBC Pidgin.
“Some of them that are patient would come and ask me: ‘doctor, please just repeat that thing you just said’ and I will repeat it and they will do it and it would work for the car. There, my interest started developing in the field, then I started working on my own car. From there, I was called by different people to fix their cars.”
Emiloju revealed that he has returned to school to pursue a second degree, this time in mechanical engineering at the University of Port Harcourt.
He predicated his decision on going back to school on the importance of him learning the principles of automobile engineering rather than just making assumptions while working on customers’ cars.
He said: What made me go back to school is to learn the principle that is used for automobile engineering. Most people that engage in automobile work just do guesswork and I don’t want to engage in guesswork.”
The medical doctor said there is a great relationship between automobile repair and medicine, saying that the former is copying the latter.
He encouraged all and sundry to pursue a second career, saying nothing should hinder them from broadening their horizon and acquiring new knowledge.