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Career tip: Why doing a new course might be dangerous.

Hi! I’m pursuing actuarial science degree course, a new course that was
introduced just a few years ago. Even though I’m excited about pursuing the course, I’m still concerned since the course is still new.

In regard to your case, there sure are many advantages of pursuing a course that has just been introduced recently. One of such pros is that there is little competition when looking for jobs. For instance, the first set of Computer Science and IT graduates around the year 2000 received jobs immediately after graduation.


Career tip: Extra language qualifications the way to go.

Hi! Does doing any language certifications really help, or is just a waste of
These days, if you thought your undergraduate degree alone is enough to secure you a job or make you advance in your career, then you might be wholly mistaken. Knowing at least one foreign language is becoming a competitive advantage in many ways. Picture for example, the media personalities. Many media stations, in a bid to cut


Career Question; Is Bacheor of Arts marketable; where can one work?

Hi! What are some of the areas that
Bachelor of Arts graduates can work in? Is the course marketable and what is the start pay?
Bachelor of Arts is a wide course. There are many specializations that one can pursue. I will elaborate on just a few specializations, just to give an overall perspective as to the nature and marketability of the course.
If you pursue the Sociology or anthropology option, you will learn on how society is organized, some psychology as well as the thinking process of humans. You will also learn issues such as development and


Career Question; Why your course no longer matters to employers.

Hi! I have attended a number of interviews
and employers seem not to care about the course I studied in Campus. All I was asked about were general questions and not any specific question on my course. Are interviews for first jobs generally like that or did I miss something?
The observation you have made is true these days. There are many reasons why employers are not so much fixated on the course you studied. One of the reasons is that the employers know that in College or University, one is generally acquires academic qualifications. But to perform well on the job, one must be retrained before they can hit the ground running. May be one of the reasons why many employers do not want to hire fresh graduates is that they have to be retrained, which is usually at a great cost to the company, only for the company to lose that talent once the employee gets a better package somewhere else.

The other plausible reason is that there could be a mismatch in what the universities teach, and what the employers demand. The employers have variously called for a curriculum review in many of our universities,

Career Question;Are attachments really necessary?

Hi!Are attachments really necessary? I
faked my log book and attachment diary, since there was really nothing I was doing in my attachment. My work schedule was most mundane and boring, I was just being sent to buy airtime and newspaper for the boss. Are all attachments like this? Are there any useful skills one can learn from attachment or internship?
While attachments were intended to expose students to the real working environment, many students and companies alike do take them for granted. For many a student, this is largely a formality, so that they can be assessed and fulfill the course requirements needed to graduate. For the companies, attaches and interns are


Career Question; Will the name of my university matter to employers?

Hi! I want to enroll for a course in IT,
but I have been told that some universities are known more for the course than others. Will the name of the university I attended really matter when I’m looking for a job?
Your observation was true a few years ago, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. For instance, initially, the only university in Kenya was the University of Nairobi (UON). So, the first set of workers and professionals were UON graduates. So, they naturally tended to favor UON graduates. However, this is not


A must have for you to get your first job or attachment- Soft skills.

Hi! I have attended numerous interviews
but I’m often asked what soft skills I have, what are soft skills, and can they affect the chances of me securing a job in any way? Since I didn’t get the job I had been interviewed for, I’m assuming may be I didn’t quite reply correctly to the question.
You might have a first class in your degree, let’s say software engineering, be a first rate programmer and coder, but you still might not be selected for the job. You might ask yourself why, well, here’s why; you don’t possess the soft skills needed to perform the job. While being good on technical skills was all it took to secure a job, these days, many HR managers and recruiters are paying a particular attention to soft skills.

For instance, however great of a programmer you might be, you will still need to communicate to your bosses about the projects you are pursuing so that they allocate more funds, time and the necessary talent for your project. If you can’t pass the point across, then it becomes very hard for the project to take off. Similarly, for the project to be a success, you will have to communicate to your co-workers or juniors on every little detail


Career Question; Is Human Resource undermined?

Hi! I’m doing Business Management and
would like to specialize in Human Resource management in my Third Year. However, many of my friends tell me not to do it, since it’s not marketable. In which fields can one work as a Human resource graduate, and what is the starting salary. Thanks.

Though Human Resource is a branch of Business Management, it has not been given the same recognition as the other branches such as Accounting, Finance and marketing. It is only recently that the role of Human Resource management in companies s becoming more prominent. In this line, many CEOs and senior managers are now at least giving the Human Resource department the same recognition as say the Finance managers.

As a Human Resource professional, you will effectively deal with hiring and firing of staff, staff training and development, taking disciplinary action on staff, structuring employee salary and compensation claims, in general ensuring that the contractual obligations of both the employer and the employee are met. As a general


Career Question; I'm a BCOM student, What certifications can make me more marketable.

Hi! I’m a BCOM student, what additional
qualifications or certifications can I do so that I’m more marketable and can advance in my career.
Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) is arguably one of the most popular undergraduate courses, not just in Kenyan but elsewhere in the world. Since every company must be managed properly, the demand for BCOM graduates exists across all industries, that is BCOM graduates can practically work in any established company.

Since there are many specializations within BCOM, the certifications you can do are also quite many. Some of the common specializations within BCOM include Accounting and Finance, Insurance, Marketing, Human

Career Question: Why did I do an MBA?

Hi! I have a Masters degree in Business
Administration (MBA), I have applied for several jobs but I have been unsuccessful so far in securing a job. I spent close to kshs.500, 000 for the masters degree course and I’m beginning to feel as if the investment has gone to waste. Please tell me, is an MBA really necessary, does it really help one to advance in their career.
These days, many professionals are trooping back to class; really, the competition for the few lucrative jobs has gotten stiff. And what better way for the aspiring professional to advance in the career ladder than to go back to class. Previously, the MBA was introduced as a way to groom lower to middle cadre workers for positions within the senior management. And the fact that the MBA can be pursued by anyone with an


Career Question: Do good grades really matter these days?

Hi! I got a Second Lower Class Honors
degree in Campus. I have sent out hundreds of CVs but so far, I haven’t been called for any interview. I’m beginning to suspect that many employers lock me out because of my second Lower Class degree. Could this be true?
Your situation is certainly faced by many job seekers who scored a Second Lower degree or Pass. When looking for the first job at least, the grades do matter to some extent, assuming the job is awarded strictly on merit and not on other factors such as nepotism, cronyism, sexual favors or tribalism. If you have looked at the job websites or newspaper job adverts, you do realize that many employers do place a minimum of Second Upper degree when applying for the entry level jobs; that is jobs available for fresh graduates straight out of University.  

Since there are possibly hundreds if not thousands of job applicants applying for the same position, a cut off of Second Upper degree


Career Question: What professional certifications can a Computer Science/IT student do?

As a Computer Science/IT student, what
professional certifications can I do to increase my chances of employment and career growth?
There are many Computer Science and IT students,and true, many students are simply trying to do their best so as to stand out. A there are thousands of Computer Science/IT students that graduate each year from the universities and colleges, the competition for the few jobs becomes stiff. Acquiring a few additional professional certifications is all good; however, take care not to overdo it, as you may appear misguided and lacking direction in your professional growth. Going to an interview and presenting papers from vastly

Career Question; Should I pursue a masters degree or take up a job first?

Hi! I have been offered a lucrative job
but I wanted to pursue a master’s degree first. What should I do, take up the job or begin my masters degree first?
Certainly, in these hard economic times, it would be appropriate to take the job and then figure out how to do a masters degree later. There are three options that you could pursue.

The first option would be to take up the job and then hope that sometime later you will find the time to pursue the masters degree. However, note that once you start the job, going back to class becomes very hard, unless you work for the civil service or a blue chip private employer where there is guaranteed study leave. Whilst on the job, you might want to take some specific career certifications, these would be hopefully be attained by


Career Question: Is it true that to get a job as a journalist, you have to know someone?

Question: Is it true that to get a job as
a journalist, you have to know someone?
It really sometimes sounds as if it’s true. Sure, look at the media stations and the talent; many journalists seem to be rotating from one station to another. Consider radio and TV presenters for example, let’s say Julie Gichuru, she moved form NTV to Citizen, Catherine Kasavuli, from KTN to Citizen, Marcus from Capital FM (where they used to host the Capital drive with Neo, one of the best radio combinations to date).

Anyway, here’s why media stations seem to hire only those that have proved to be tried and tested. Radio, TV, magazines and newspapers are competing for audience, that is listeners, viewers and readers. Now, the more the more the audience, the more the advertisers are willing to advertise on those stations, therefore, the more the advertising revenue. Consider the many advertisements on Maina Kageni’s and Mwalimu Kingang’is

Kenyatta University love hangovers

By Stella Njogo
Kenyatta University student
It’s raining hugs and kisses: end of semester
love hangovers
It’s the end of semester and people are busy reading for their exams. But love and all its side shows don’t take a back seat in all this educational bizarre. School is about to be on recess and lovers in the house are already feeling love sick.
In KU there is a path called lover’s lane outside Nyayo 1 hostel and at night the flurry of hugs and kisses has in no way decreased. It has in fact doubled and the air literally screams love me! For the ones who are dating, late night extended strolls in the manicured lawns of KU have increased in frequency. The holiday plans are

Salary or experience?Your Career Questions answered.

Hi! I have two jobs, one gives me a great
salary but it is outside my course and area of training. The other has a lower salary but it is within my profession and course of training. I’m in a dilemma, which job should I choose, should I go for salary or experience, please advice.
First, you are not the only one to have such a career dilemma; many professionals are in such a situation. True, money might be a motivator in most situations, but it might be important to consider other factors before you decide to take the job with the higher salary. If you aspire to rise within the ranks of your career, it would then be appropriate to take the job with the lower salary but within your profession. The low pay will be


Your career and course questions answered.

Hi! How what about ,how much does it pay?
BCOM (Bachelor of commerce), is a very wide course that has many  specializations. You can specialize in such areas as marketing,  accounting,
Finance, Human Resources and Insurance. Each of the above  specializations have their own market rates. If you are good in Math,  then accounting or finance are the courses to specialize in. Such  careers within the accounting and finance discipline include accounts  clerk,

Your career question: What about biostatistics, Is it marketable now?

Career Question: What about biostatistics, Is it marketable now?
ABOUT BIOSTATISTICS, I'd say it's among the fastest rising careers in Kenya and the
world in general. Your typical area would include specializing in research in biological fields. You will analyze data extensively, on for example, the spread of Malaria in a certain area, the cause of tuberculosis in a certain area etc, the research must be backed up with data. So, you

Your Career questions answered.

Is mechanical engineering a marketable course in Kenya?? What fields will one work after graduation?
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING is a fairly marketable course, depending on whether you can
do well in the course. You will need a very high aptitude for Math to excel in the course however. There are mainly two specializations in Mechanical engineering;Production engineering and automotive engineering. Other specialization may include energy engineering, marine engineering etc. Mechanical engineering (Production option) will enable you become an engineer in production and assembly lines, essentially assisting in the manufacture of goods and products. All the goods produced e.g, sugar, margarine, soaps, cooking oil; etc must pass through a production line, so you

Your Career questions answered.

Question: Pliz help me is statistics more marketable than bcom?What of its combination with statistics.
 ABOUT STATISTICS being more marketable than Bcom, I would say that
both careers certainly are marketable. In BCOM, you will specialize in either Accounting and Finance, Marketing or Human resources or Insurance. All these areas are


Frustrated in getting a job outside your course- Never mind.

Nowadays, it appears that too many graduates do get jobs outside the professions or
careers they trained in. Really, why else would you get a job in an area that you didn’t train in? Doesn’t this constitute a waste of resources both on your part and the government’s part? While the ideal situation might be for every job seeker to get a job in a course they trained in, this is hardly the case. These days, it’s not hard to get an engineer working as a banker or a teller, or a microbiologist working in the insurance field. To add on, some companies nowadays do not look


KCPE results 2011

As the Christmas season approaches, so too will the announcement of the KCPE
results 2011 near. To be sure, the exam is the only yardstick used for the screening of students to high schools. Even though MP Jeremiah Kioni had been vocal in calling for the abolition of the exams, parliament kicked out the motion that would have seen the exams done away with. In his opinion, the MP claimed that the exam had unfairly cut out many youth from proceeding to secondary schools, and thus curtailing their educational and professional ladders. Now, an

KCPE 2011 results

The festive season is here, but with it also comes a time of anxiety and
anticipation, as the more than 700,000 KCPE candidates await the release of the KCPE 2011 results. The KCPE exams are important in that they mark the progress of the candidates from the primary school level to the secondary school level. Many people would of course expect that the Private schools will outperform their public school counterparts as has been the case for many

2011 KCPE results

The 2011 KCPE results are hopefully going to be announced after the Christmas
break, well, if past trends are anything to go by. The debate on whether public schools should have the advantage of sending more students to national schools is going to rage on for some time, as happened early this year. The education minister, Prof. Sam Ongeri, initiated the policy after the seemingly bad results posted by the public schools. The education ministry  however recently scrapped the special offer for public schools.

And it is easy to predict that the 2011 KCPE results will not defer much from the previous year’s results, especially as regards the performance of the public schools versus the private schools. Even though the Free Primary education has been one of the hallmarks of this government, teething problems have not rendered the project to be exceptionally successful. For instance, the public school teachers are overworked, sometimes attending classes of over 100 students, and giving each of them the much needed concentration becomes very hard. The few facilities, with sometimes four pupils sharing a desk, while the rest have to sit down is in itself a manifestation of just how much the disparity between the public and private schools are. Contrast with a top class private school where a student gets access to the computer and internet, the library is just a stone throw away and you begin to appreciate the differences in their performances year in year out. Not all private schools are that endowed, but the few that are extremely endowed usually manage to outperform the public schools by such a large margin. And really, the 2011 KCPE results will no doubt reflect this.
Article by Mabinda C.O.K 

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KCPE exam results 2011

Even as the standard 8 candidates await for the KCPE exam results 2011 to be
released, one really needs to ask the importance of the KCPE exam. Is it merely an examination tool that is used to screen applicants to the next stage? Rather, to select candidates for the national, provincial and district level schools. So, what happens to those that shall have missed a place in the secondary schools, where will they go? Every year, the media treats us to a story

KCPE exam 2011 results

It is only just recently that the standard eight candidates sat their 2011 KCPE
exams. Yet, time is just around the corner before KCPE exam 2011 results are announced. Of particular concern though, what really does the KCPE exam measure? Is it true that those who excel in the exams are truly the best and the brightest? Are they the most creative? Do they possess the most potential to reach the pinnacle of educational and professional ladders?

It is true that many education systems the world over are analytic, that is they reward those who are able to

KCPE exam results

The KCPE exam results are usually just announced after the Christmas holidays. On a
closer look though, the exams do represent what appears as a contest, a kind like a war. Those who emerge at the top quite honestly consider themselves as heroes, while those who fail consider themselves as villains, and not as important in life. And truly, such an experience can be traumatizing to a young person. Consider the way neighbors might brag to each other on what marks their son or daughter scored? The parent whose child did not score so well may consider himself as having let down the parent and the whole family down.
 However, it need not be so, truly, the KCPE exam results are just supposed to act as a measure of what the

KCPE results

The KCPE results, as usual, are usually announced just after the Christmas break.
The results are usually awaited by parents and students alike, as it’s important in the selection of students to high schools. Those who will have performed the best will join the national schools, the Alliances, Starehes and the Mangu’s of this world, while the rest will join provincial schools, district schools, private schools and the harambee schools. With the opening of the centers of excellence in all counties however, it is expected that the competition for the few national schools will ease


The KCPE results are usually announced sometime between Christmas and the New Year.
Hopefully, this year will be no different. The KCPE exams have now become a national festival of sorts, with TV cameras descending on the homes of those who performed the best. Former MP Jeremiah Kioni had called for the scrapping of the exams, alleging that the exams unnecessarily curtail the progress of many standard eight pupils to secondary schools. Parliament eventually shot down his bill.

In deed, some have argued that it is better that the KCPE exams would have been replaced by Continuous