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Which are the best Kenyan careers to pursue?

Many young Kenyans routinely ask how which careers they should pursue in order to get the most satisfying life and a lucrative job.
Previously, all one needed to have is possess a University degree and they would be guaranteed of a job. However, this is not the case anymore.

Even with a degree these days, it is becoming harder for fresh graduates and experienced professionals alike to secure jobs. To be sure, there is no right or wrong career to pursue. One only needs to consider their talents and whether they will excel in that profession. It is also important that one does well in their chosen profession and excels in it, then; they can use that as a stepping stone to secure a more lucrative job. These days, many companies are hiring graduates from a variety of courses, as graduate management trainees, and then post them to the relevant jobs.

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Too many graduates working in professions they did not train for- Is it bad?

These days, it appears that the profession you train for is not what you will automatically work in.
These days, there are biologists working in banks, engineers working as marketers, teachers working as human resource professionals etc. So, is it really bad if one gets a job outside their profession?

In a country where one is lucky to get a job, the advice that most job seekers are given is that they should take whichever job comes along. With the spiraling unemployment in the country, where else does one think that they can get a job? Bills such as rent, food, transport are to be taken care of. As soon as one wears that graduation gown and the graduation party is over, reality sinks in and one discovers that they have to stand on their own two feet. The parents will in most cases be reluctant to give you any money, having already spent a huge fortune on your education.

Whilst the there is no harm in taking the first job outside your profession, care should be taken so as not to lose sight of what you really wanted to achieve professionally. It’s also very hard to grow professionally if one doesn’t have the requisite papers in that discipline. It is also understandable that some people want to do what they love, what they have a passion for. Many people do courses that do not fully utilize their real talents and skills. It is for this reason that some companies have began the graduate management recruitment, where graduates are rotated through the various aspects of the business. They will then be posted to areas where there real skills and talents are.

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What should motivate someone to choose a career?

So, what should ideally motivate one to choose one career over the other?
Since one will spend most of his/her adult life working, choosing the right career is one of life’s most important decisions. True, the society


Why the rush for post graduate degrees?

The number of students seeking postgraduate degrees has been increasing by the day.
The most popular postgraduate degree seems to be the masters in Business Administration (MBA). Besides the academic certificates, many young Kenyans are also


What’s the difference between BSC in engineering, BTech in engineering, BEng in Engineering?

Some readers have asked about the difference between BSC in engineering, BTech in engineering, BEng in Engineering.
To be sure, the differences are not that much, especially when one looks at the Kenyan job market and is keen in working in the country. The differences are wide however in universities abroad.

A BSC in engineering, in the strict sense, prepares one for a career in research, and the level of theory is much more in depth. One will learn both the theoretical aspects as well as the practical aspects needed for the job. However, the primary aim of the course is to make one ingrained in the basic principles of a discipline. To a large extent therefore, a specialization in BSC Eng is more design and research oriented.

On the other hand a BTech or a BEng in engineering prepares one for a career in the field, in the professional aspects. The curriculum is much more devoted to the application of the theories to practical problems in the field. Equally, craft and other skills may also be incorporated, skills that are essential in the day to day performance of the job.

As I stated earlier, these differences are mainly in universities abroad. The job sector in countries abroad allows for such broad distinctions. However, when one considers the Kenyan job market, the market is basically the same, and the graduates of these fields end up working in the same places. For example, there is not much difference in the career prospects of a BTech or BEng mechanical engineering graduate from that of a BSC Mechanical engineering graduate.

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Beware:- Is your University course registered by professional bodies.

I received this email from a student of  Kisii University:

“Hello sir,i am a first year student who has been called to
join kisii campus to study law,but we have been told not to join campus till further notice because Lsk (Law society of Kenya) does not approve of that course being done,i wonder when the further notice will be but seriously this is very unfair,i suggest that if the campus is unable to reach any agreement with the Lsk we be transferred to other campuses and if that is not possible then jab should allow us


Bachelor of Science in Agricultural engineering- The course and where one can work.

Agricultural engineering, as the name suggests, is a course that mainly deals with the agricultural domain.
You will learn to design tools and equipment used in the agriculture sector, maintain machine, equipment and other tools used in the production of products and goods in a factory or a manufacturing set up. In a way, one will

Diploma in Computer Science/IT/Computer engineering

As the demand in computer and information technology has increased, so too is the demand for professionals in these disciplines.
A diploma program in Computer science/IT/computer engineering should ideally take between one and two years. A diploma program in computer science /IT/Computer engineering can be

Diploma in Business administration.

Business administration is one of the most popular courses in Kenya.
One will learn the important aspects of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, sales, human resources, insurance and cooperatives. There are so many colleges offering the diploma in Business Administration and the challenge is in identifying the

Diploma in Journalism/Media studies

Journalism is one of the most coveted careers in Kenya.
The sheer opportunity to hob nob with high and mighty, celebrities, musicians, revered public figures makes many people dream of becoming journalists. There are also those who have an innate passion to inform the population of what is happening in the country/world.

Diploma in Clinical medicine

Clinical medicine is a course that ordinarily takes between three and four years.
One will be trained in all the facets of medicine, and the graduates of the program (clinical officers) are meant to assist doctors to better treat patients. Clinical officers act as a useful bridge between doctors and nurses. A majority of clinical

Diploma in Cosmetology/Cosmetics/beauty.

These days, the desire to look fresh, youthful and have a good public image has gripped Kenya and the world in general.
Many people nowadays invest lots of money in order to maintain a perfect image. Cosmetologists/beauty professionals are at the heart of this. The demand for such professionals is manifested


Bachelor of Pharmacy- The course and where one can work.

Bachelor of Pharmacy is a course that is widely popular among high school students.
It is one of the most competitive courses, and the cut-off points for the course are among the highest. The weighted cluster points for the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree course has been hovering around 47. The individual cluster subjects for the course are Math or Physics, Biology, Chemistry and English or Kiswahili. To be assured of getting the course, one will need straight As in the above subjects as well as an overall grade of an A Plain or a very


Bachelor Of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB)- The course and where one can work.

The Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) degree is a six year course offered in a number of public Universities in Kenya.
Currently, the course is offered at University of Nairobi (UON), Moi University and Kenyatta University. Since the course is arguably one of the most competitive courses in the country, one needs near perfect scores in order to be admitted through the regular government program. One needs to score an overall grade A and get grade A in Math or Physics, A in Biology, A in Chemistry and A in English


Bachelor of Science in Agricultural economics and Resource management- The course and where one can work.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural economics and resource management is a course that is offered by a number of public Universities.
Some of the Universities that offer the course include Moi University and Egerton University. In a nutshell, one will study about economics and management, with a special application to agricultural disciplines. About 90% of the curriculum is similar to an economics and