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16/12/2011

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.

14/12/2011

Career tip: Extra language qualifications the way to go.

Hi! Does doing any language certifications really help, or is just a waste of
time?
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

13/12/2011

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

12/12/2011

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?
Anonymous;
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?
Anonymous;
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

11/12/2011

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?
Anonymous.
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

09/12/2011

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.
Anonymous;
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

08/12/2011

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.
Anonymous.

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

07/12/2011

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.
Anonymous.
Answer;
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.
Anonymous;
Answer:
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

06/12/2011

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?
Anonymous:
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

05/12/2011

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?
Anonymous:
Answer:
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?
Anonymous
Answer
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

04/12/2011

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?
Dave
Answer:
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.
Anonymous
Answer:
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

03/12/2011

Your career and course questions answered.

Question:
Hi! How what about b.com ,how much does it pay?
Answer:
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?
Answer:
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.

Question:
Is mechanical engineering a marketable course in Kenya?? What fields will one work after graduation?
 Answer:
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.
 Answer:
 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

02/12/2011

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

01/12/2011

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.
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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

KCPE

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

11/10/2011

Do KCSE candidates really know which career is best for them?

This is the time of the year when students are nervous.
The KNEC national exams, KCSE and KCPE are just a few weeks away and the students are doing their last preparations before they can tackle the all important exams. The exams will open and shut doors for many, depending on how the students will perform. A few students that excel in KCSE will get their dream course, while a lucky few will get scholarships to study outside the country. The rest of the students will either join the parallel degree programs, or join the middle level colleges.

It is true that many of the KCSE candidates will choose courses that are deemed prestigious. Few students, if any, ever choose courses due to their personality traits and talents. The societal pressure is such that the brightest of the students will choose such courses as Law, medicine, engineering and business courses. However, it need not be so. Some of the students are definitely talented more in the Arts than in the Sciences, and it would seem appropriate for them to select the courses. It is also true that many of the KCSE candidates have no idea about the course they are selecting. In effect, some universities elsewhere in the world allow the students to select a variety of units in their First Year in campus so that the students discover where their talents are. This way, the students will have a much wider knowledge of the courses they are about to select.  Alternatively, the universities would have allowed the students to major in dual degree so that they may then practice whichever course they deem necessary.

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14/09/2011

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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12/09/2011

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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09/09/2011

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

08/09/2011

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

07/09/2011

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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06/09/2011

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

04/09/2011

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

03/09/2011

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

02/09/2011

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

01/09/2011

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

31/08/2011

How long should one stay in one job?

These days, many young job seekers hop from one job to another fairly quickly.
The young professionals, also known as generation Y (born between 1979 and 1992), seem very reluctant to stay for a long time in one job. Whereas our parents stayed on one job and usually retired in the same company that the joined, this is not the trend anymore. In fact, to

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology- The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology is a medical science degree course that trains one to be able to identify the causes of diseases and develop the prevention and cure of the diseases.
  The very nature of the course demands that one will need to work in laboratories most of the time. Some of the major employers of Micro Biology graduates include the public hospitals, Ministry of health, Kemri, other medical related NGOs, Community health NGOs and some private hospitals. The curse is offered in may Kenyan public and private Universities.


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30/08/2011

Bachelor of Science in Lab Technology

Bachelor of Science in Lab technology is a degree in medicals sciences.
One will be testing samples to look for traces of diseases and other ailments. One will work with a doctor, clinical officer or other medical practitioner to help diagnose

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

Bachelor of Science in biochemistry is a four year course that is in the medical field.
One will learn the essential skills needed in biomedical research, research into the causes of diseases, research into the development of drugs and diagnosis of

29/08/2011

Female students being admitted in Public Universities with two points lower- Is it right?

This year, as is the case with many years before, the Joint admissions board announced that male students will be admitted with 63 points while female students will be admitted with 61 points. This reverse discrimination, also known as Affirmative action, has long existed in order to give a chance to those who were previously marginalized to catch up with the rest of the society.
The Joint Admissions Board as well as national schools are some of the institutions that use affirmative action.A difference of just two points represents a couple thousand students.

28/08/2011

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

Bachelor of Science in software engineering is a course hived out of computer engineering.
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As the name of the course suggests, one will be involved in the development of programs. A program is just a code that enables one to perform simple and complex applications. In fact, a simple code would ordinarily replace thousands of electronic circuits. Contrary to

Work experience- How can fresh graduates get work without it?

Work experience is a thorn in the flesh for many first time job seekers.
These days, employers want someone who has been trained and tested, and found to be ok. The employers don’t want to spend time training someone only for the

Bachelor of science Computer engineering- The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Science in computer engineering is a course that encompasses various aspects.
In this course, you will learn both the hardware aspects and the software aspects of computing. Hardware in computing includes such things as networking, how  a computer works, parts of computers such as CPU, mouse, keyboard, microprocessors etc. This is an area closely related to electrical and electronics engineering.

On the other hand, software engineering is an area that encompasses programming. In this course, you will basically learn how to write code for various simple and complex applications. In fact, a software program is just a code that replaces thousands of electronic codes. Programming languages that one will learn includes java, C++, C, XHTML and other basic and dynamic languages.

Graduates of a program in Bachelor of Science computer engineering can work in mobile /telecommunication companies, internets service providers, media companies as well as any large organization that makes use of networks and systems to achieve its goals. 

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health/Public Health- The course and where you can work.

The bachelor Science in Environmental/public health is a course mainly concerned with the public sanitation.
This is important so as to maintain the health in the community and therefore prevent diseases and the loss of lives. By its very nature, the course aims at preventive measures to help in the outbreak of diseases, and in the general well being of the populace in a community. As usual, there will be units in microbiology, biochemistry, community health, sociology, first aid, medicine, pediatrics among other core units.

The major employer is the ministry of health through the district and county hospitals. One can also work for NGOs such as Red Cross, save a Child, Oxfam, among other relevant NGOs.

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27/08/2011

Staying in Campus halls of residence versus hostels- Which is better?

Some students prefer to stay in campus halls of residence, since it offers them an opportunity to be close to their friends and classmates.
This allows them to share work, get to assist each in assignments, and do many things

Bachelor of Science in environmental science-The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Science in environmental science is a curse offered by many public as well as private Universities.
You will basically learn how to keep the environment safe and be free from pollution. As there are many wastes being emitted into the environment, the demand for environment science professionals has increased. For instance, every manufacturing company/factory needs to know if the waste emitted to the environment exceeds the safe levels. As global warming has increased, the

26/08/2011

Financial engineering- The course and where you can work.

Financial engineering is a fairly new course in Kenya. As the name suggests, the course mainly deals with finance.
One will use complex mathematical formulas needed to make good investment decisions. Such terms as derivatives, investment portfolios, mutual funds, etc are likely to be taught in the course. Computer science and programming, a key tool used to make complex decisions,

Bachelor of Hospitality management- The course and where you can work.

The hospitality sector in the country is one of the major earners of foreign exchange for the country.
The hospitality sector comprises of areas such as Tourism, hotels and leisure. Even though the tourism sector has been hit by a few draw backs in some past years, it has recovered quickly and has reached the levels before the post election violence. As the name of the course indicates, you will be taught in such diverse areas as hotel management, leisure management, catering,

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations- The course and where you can expect to work.

International Relations, as the name suggests, is a course that deals with relations between countries.
As countries become more interdependent, the countries will have to learn how to be dependent on each other. Learning of different cultures in the world, some bit of history, the strategic interests of various countries are some of the things that one will learn. Units in sociology,

Bachelor degree in Counseling- The course and where you can expect to work.

Previously, not many Kenyans would go to counselors.
However, this trend is changing as more and more people are more open to be counseled. The rise in counseling services is partly as a result of the increase in the stress levels, as life becomes harder. With the economy plummeting, families breaking down, marriages ending in

Bachelor of Science in Biomechanical and Biosystems engineering- The course and where you can work.

This is a course that is closely related to Agricultural engineering.
It is a five year course. Due to the advances n computer technology, some of the Kenyan Universities decided to introduce this course. One will be taught skills in Agricultural engineering, such as farm mechanization, manufacturing of agricultural produce, how to generate

25/08/2011

Bachelor of Arts Linguistics- The course and where you can work.

Language is an important tool of communication and it can make or break you.
Bachelor of Arts Linguistics program is a good one especially if you want to get acquainted with the many languages used for global commerce. Some of the languages that one can specialize in include English, Kiswahili, German, French, and

Bachelor of Biostatistics/ Bioinformatics.

Bachelor of Biostatistics/bachelor of Bioinformatics is one of the recently introduced degree programs in Kenyan Universities.
It combines elements of Biology, biochemistry, chemistry, statistics and some computer programming to come up with data on various issues in biology. For instance, if one wanted to investigate the

Bachelor of Science Construction Management- The course and where you can expect to work.

Construction management is a fairly new course in the country, and so far, it offered by just about two Universities.
Some of the Universities that offer the course include JKUAT, University of Nairobi (UON) amongst other Universities. The course is a five year course at JKUAT and a four year course at UON. Some

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

Civil engineering is a five year course offered in many public Universities.
In essence, one will learn the necessary skills needed to design buildings, roads, bridges, manage engineering projects, design water and sewerage systems and any other related skills. By the very nature of the course, one will need to have a very high aptitude for Math,

Bachelor of Science in Geomatic/Geospatial engineering- The course and where you can work.

Geomatic engineering, or rather geospatial engineering that deals with satellite communication and global positioning.
You will deal with maps, and how to locate positions, how to use satellite communication and use it to map areas. Since maps are nowadays more electronic, you will learn some computer skills even as you learn about the maps. Previously, the course was related to surveying,

Bachelor of Science Food Science- The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science is a course that is offered in some of the Public Universities.
It should not be confused with nutrition. At its core, the course deals mainly with processed foods, the manufacture and processing of food products, beverages and its storage. Some people are bound to think that the course deals with cooked food, but this is not true at all.

Agribusiness Management- The course and where you can work.

Agribusiness Management is a course that was primarily introduced to help the better management of the agricultural based companies.
In a nutshell, all you will be studying is management, with some few units on agriculture such as co-operatives. To be sure, you won’t be any different from a person studying Bachelor of commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Business Management.

You will be taught basic concepts in management. Such concepts will span through a variety of areas. Some of these areas include accounting and Finance, marketing, branding, human resources, strategic management etc. As for the employers, you can pretty much work anywhere that a BCOM graduate can work, so you shouldn’t restrict yourself to an agricultural company only.

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Bachelor of Economics- The course and where you can expect to work.

The economics degree can be said to be the mother of the business courses.
You will learn the important principles in economics, such as supply and demand, scarcity, investment, why some countries are richer than others amongst other economic

Computer and electronics engineering- The course and where you can expect to work.

This is a course that was carved out of electrical and electronics engineering.
As the world gets more digitized, professionals in the computer and electronics sector are likely to be in high demand. It is often said that we now live in the

Bachelor of Arts degree (General).

The Bachelor of Arts degree (general) is a course that encompasses many areas in the Arts.
Such areas that one is likely to train in include sociology, anthropology, social work, international relations, economics, Maths, culture, languages etc. It will be up to you to select an area in which you wish to specialize. Sociology and anthropology mainly deal with how society’s are organized, how societies function and what have you. International relations on the other hand deals with how countries relate to each other.

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24/08/2011

Bachelor of Education- The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Education is a course that can be pursued in many of the Kenyan Universities.
Though Kenyatta University used to be the default training for the bachelor of education degree, this is no longer the case. University of Nairobi, Moi, daystar, Egerton and nearly all the Universities have introduced the bachelor of Education degree course. Given the high

Bachelor of Mass Communication The course and where one can work.

As the media space in the country keeps increasing, those with degrees in mass communication have been on demand.
Mass communication is taught in many Universities in the country; in both Public and Private Ones. One can work within the radio, print, TV (electronic media), and

Bachelor of Journalism- The course and where you can work.

Bachelor of Journalism, as the name suggests, is a course that will lead to a career in Journalism.
Journalism is a career that one pursues when they want to work in the media sector. There are several specializations that one can pursue when training for the degree course. One can specialize in print, radio, TV (or broadcast in general). One however needs to distinguish