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5 places to apply for a job before you graduate

Graduands

Waiting for a Diploma or a Degree before you can apply for a job is like waiting for a pot of rice to burn so you can turn off the heat. It can be disastrous. A lot of graduates think that the only time to apply is after you graduate. Some of them have learned that the sooner you apply for a job (when you are still in college), the better.

“In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy,” says Douglas Morungi. “Three years later, I have not been able to find a job.” He, Like many other graduates, assumed that academic papers would guarantee him a white-collar career. He was wrong.

We invest in our graduate hires to ensure that they have the right start to a great career.

With this in mind, below are 5 places where scholars should apply for jobs as rated by graduates, employees and employers alike:

1. Your Alma Mater

College graduates expect to find jobs outside of campus. Little do they know that colleges do more than educate; they also offer employment opportunities. Graduate, Rita Njiru applied for a Graduate Assistant’s job advertised by the Strathmore University. The job came with an offer to pursue a 90 per cent sponsored Master’s Degree.

“It’s basically being trained to become a lecturer as you do your Masters,” she elaborates. “Since most classes are three hours, I’d be in for one hour and the senior lecturer would teach for the other two hours.”

The University of Nairobi (UON) and USIU has a similar work-study programme that can eventually lead to a career. “I wish I knew,” says UON graduate, Marvin Kipruto. “Students think that the jobs are out there when some are closer to home.”

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2. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC)

PWC is one of the few companies that hires graduates fresh out of college. There is no barricade of requirements to stop you from applying. “We invest in our graduate hires to ensure that they have the right start to a great career,” says one of their recruiters. “This is a place that will take your further in your career and development.”

You don’t need two years of experience in order to try your luck. You simply need a Diploma or a Degree that PWC can put to good use. The only thing that will stand in your way is competition from other graduates.

3. Deloitte

According to the AISEC Employer Choice Awards, Deloitte is one of the best places to work. They also note that it is one of the most famous recruiters of local graduates. Every year, the firm holds a recruitment programme. In 2013, it was held at the Kenyatta University Amphitheatre. The programme calls for applications from recent graduates and final year students, an opportunity that only a fool would pass up. “We plan to hire many fresh graduates across various service lines of audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory,” says Deloitte Partner, Doreen Mbogho. “Our primary focus is Audit. The people we recruit will take up the position of Audit Associate based in our Nairobi and Mombasa offices. They will be taken through formal job training as they carry out audits as part of a larger team.”

4. KPMG

To be honest, not everyone who applies for a job at KPMG will get it. However, the audit and tax firm does give final year students and recent graduates a chance to try their luck. Like Deloitte, the company looks for candidates who majored in finance. “We once recruited almost 300 graduates in one year,” says Evelyn from their recruitment office. It is important to note that  there are thousands of graduates leaving college every year. In order to get a step ahead of your peers, send an application before you buy your ceremonial hat and robe.

5. Resolution Insurance

“This company is notorious for its Sales jobs,” says graduate Agnes Wamai, who responded to one of their job offers. “Earn 30K per month,” she muses. “In case you didn’t know, those Ads are theirs.” The company hasn’t denied posting these job offers both online and in local newspapers. In fact, their recruitment office says that they are always looking for recent graduates. They say that some jobs are for Micro Credit Officers. “We offer training and support,” says one of their recruiters. They say that commissions are guaranteed as long as the graduates make monthly sales. “You also have the potential to earn as much as you want.”

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