Category Archives: Career

What graduates should know about the real world

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While thousands of students have already received their degrees, diplomas and higher certificates, most students around the country are only just entering their graduation season. Most students go through tertiary protected from the real world and the influences outside of their school gates. So what should graduates know before starting out their careers? 1. Time Management Contrary to popular belief, ... Read More »

Graduate lands interview after ‘begging’ for a job at traffic lights


A jobless chemical engineering graduate has received positive responses after standing at a busy intersection in Johannesburg, South Africa with a placard, asking for work. A photo of Anthea Malwandle, a BTech: Chemical Engineering graduate, was shared on social media prompting several calls from prospective employers. When Malwandle completed her degree at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in 2015, ... Read More »

First job? How much should you be paid in terms of salary?


“Is a salary of 30,000 Kenya shillings good enough for a fresh graduate?” This is a question I encountered while going through posts from the Institute of human Resource Management Kenya LinkedIn Posts – a fresh graduate asking about the salary his peers should expect This question was asked by one person, but I’m sure this is something on the ... Read More »

Stanford University Business Program to launch in Kenya


Stanford Seed, a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative committed to enabling business owners to lead their regions to greater prosperity, launches in Kenya Press conference on May 27, 2016. A Stanford Graduate School of Business programme is set to take root in East Africa with the launch in Nairobi in a few weeks. Stanford Seed is an initiative committed ... Read More »

Uhuru signs into law bill establishing jobless youth database, hiring incentives


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law the National Employment Authority Bill.  The National Employment Authority Act gives effect to Article 55(c) and 56(b) of the Constitution by providing a legal framework for the State to take affirmative measures to ensure youth and marginalized groups access employment and economic empowerment. It establishes an Authority that will assume the functions ... Read More »

Kenya to send 60 students to China to study railway engineering


Kenya is set to send 60 students in China in 2016 to study railway trained engineering for four years, in a move aimed to revamp the railway sector. Kenya Railways Corporation Managing Director Atanas Maina says the first batch of 25 students will be leaving the country next week. The programme is funded by Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contractor China ... Read More »

6 in 10 graduates have no employability skills – Report

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The mismatch between the educational curriculum and the market demand for employees is to blame for the huge unemployment rate among the youth in the country, a new survey says. Out of the approximately 800,000 new entrants into the job market every year, 64 per cent lack the employability skills, technical mastery and basic work-related capabilities, the report by the ... Read More »

Centum Graduate Program is now open: Apply

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The annual Centum Graduate Program is now officially open. You have until 7th April 2016 to send your application to the highly competitive and valuable graduate trainee program. Successful candidates go through a leadership development program that picks fresh graduates with a winning attitude and high potential from a broad array of study disciplines across East Africa. The study disciplines ... Read More »

Don’t let ‘the paper’ limit your success #AskKirubi

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Just recently, we came across the following news headline; “Ernst and Young drops degree classification threshold for graduate recruitment.” This came as a shock to many of us but for some, it was a wakeup call. This move saw other ‘Big’ employers and recruitment firms in the world remove degree classification from the entry criteria. Most companies cited that, there’s ... Read More »

Half of the engineering courses in Kenya are not approved – report


Out of the 12 universities offering Engineering courses, only half of the universities have been accredited by the Engineering Board of Kenya to offer degree courses. According to survey by the Kenya Education Network (KENET), the six that have their course accredited are: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Egerton University (only agricultural engineering course is approved), JKUAT, Kenyatta University, Moi ... Read More »