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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Monday, 2 December 2013

If I have passed well, can I take up a course I like instead of taking medicine?

It is true that many A stduents face the pressure of taking the so called glamorous courses like medicine, law, engineeirng, or commerce. However, you should only take take a course if you believe that you have the talents, and the passion to pursue it. Many people have actuaually trained in the glamorous courses and then gone ahead to pruse their dream courses, wasting valuable time and resources in the process. But even more

Is it really good to take up an unpaid internship or attachment position?

Typically, many students, or recent graduates, take up an internship for one of these reasons:
-To get experience in their field, which could open up many networks and contacts for fture professional growth.
- To get some pay.
- To get a mentor that could prove invaluable in giving you the skills you would need for future proessional

Saturday, 30 November 2013

What points are most important to capture in a CV?

The one thing you need to use more often in your CV are the action words, showing your achievemnts and accomplishments, preferably if they can be quantified. For example, if you took over as achairman of a club in campus and increased the membership from 50 to 200 members, a recruiter could look that as evidence of your leadership skills, persuasuion abilities, or community organising skills, all of which are important in

How can I write a perfect cover letter for my first job?

A cover letter is a summary of yourself, beyond taht which you have not written in the CV. In short, don't merely repeat the contents of your CV and put them in the cover letter. An ideal cover letter should just be one page in length, and should probe the HR recruiter to want to enquire furtehr about you. As always, avoid

Friday, 29 November 2013

What are the common mistakes to avoid when applying for a job online?

There are many mistakes one could make, but the most common are;

- Using crazy or inappropriate sounding email addresses. If possible, you could choose just a single professional email address for your official functions, probably containing an initial or an abbreviation of your names.

- Putting too many attachments. Job seekers usually put too many attachments, some of them totally unasked for. If possible, limit the number of attachments to just two, one a CV, and the other for the supporting documents- in PDF form, if asked for. You could copy paste the cover letter in the body of the email. A

Can I study for two degrees at the undergraduate level?

In public universities, you certainly can't, but in private universities, you could double major- take two degrees, or even triple major- take three degrees. However, I believe public universities may soon offer such creative courses, especially in the parallel or module II program. There are however some programs that cut across discipliens and could be thought of as dual degree e.g biostatistics, combining elements of biology and

Where can one study chinese language in Kenya?

Many universities are beginning to offer Chinese studies, but more as a unit than a degree program. University of Nairobi, Kenyyatta University are some of the universities that have full fledged Chinese

Is a degree in development studies and sociology marketable? Where can one work?

Witha degree in development stduies or sociology, one would work mainly for local and international NGOs, as well as work for the govenrment- though the govenrment has partially freezed employent of new workers at least for part of this year. You can also work for microfinance and banking instituions, as well as in the

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Can I transfer to a private university from a public university in my second year? Are private universities better than public universities?

You can, although private universities and public universities have some distinct differenecs, which may make the transfer harder, or will force your to start afresh. Many private universities use the GPA system, which which is quite different from public universities that sue the numeric system to grade candidates.. Secdonly, private universities accept stduents froma wide range of educational systems, as opposed to public univesities that mainly attract those who pass the KCSE exam. Having said that, many private university stduents have been shown to be great in communication skills, a bit more confident, and are more likely to pursue a career in the media, arts,. business or information technology. Public university students on the other hand, though

Which careers are best suited for extroverts?

Generally, extroverts prefer careers and jobs inw hcih they want to talk to people a lot, and as such, careers in the media, marketing, or being in the field meeting with people. Generally, these are just assumptions or general rules, as really, there is no evidnece to show that an extrovert cannot become a great accountant or

Which careers are best for an introverted personality?

Generally, introveretd personalities tend to like careers that are more detail oriented,and which require long hours of concentration. Even though there is no difinite line that draws careers for extroverts and introverts, we think that intorveretd individuals may excel in careers as accounting, finance, engineering ( to some extent), and generally, all careers that don't require talking too much to people, as this tends to pull energy

What are some of the leading careers that are set to grow in the next few years?

The careers that are most likely to grow in the enxt five to ten years will be careers in the following areas ( my opinion):

1. Security,. defence and terrorism studies.
2. Early childhood and kindargaten teaching.
3. Foreign languages especially Chinese- mandarin, and French and Kiswahili.
4. Data sciences and analysis as more and more of our lives depend on numbers and data.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

If I get a pass or second lower degree, are my job chances less?

If you get a pass degree or Second lower, then you might have a harder time looking for your first job at least, unless you compesate that by having some special extracurricuar or leadership skills, or be practically talented in the field you are applying jobs in. However, after that, then your work experience speaks for itself, and academci credentials make less and less of an impact as you climb higher up the corporate and

What are my job chances as a female engineering student?

If you are a female engineering student, then no doubt you have great career prospects, as many companies are actively looking for female engineers to fill up job vacancies that were previously only male dominated. Howeevr, most female engieering stduents aspire for careers in the electrical/ electronics/ computer

Can I be expelled in case I fail a unit two times in campus?

If you are in a public university and fail a unit twice, then you will be asked to repeat the whole year, and I also sspect, that you will automatically get a pass degree, whcih seems a bit harsh , if you ask me. A stduent in the engineering department at University of Nairobi is in court alleging that the university rescind its decision to make her repeat the third year of her studies after she ahd failed in a unit twice. If  however you

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Which certifications are most marketable as an IT or Computer Sceince graduate?

As an IT or computer scinece student, there are certainyl so many certifications that you can enroll for. You can chosoe to enroll for the oracle based certifications, Microsoft certifications, database certifcations, engineeirng certifications, or the accounting and business computing certifications. The thing to note is that egnerally, the technology in the IT field really does run out fast, and what is fahsionable today may be

Which certifications are most marketable as a BCOM graduate?

As a BCOM, the most marketable certification is the certified Public Accountant- CPa or the ACCA. They are basically the same only that ACCA is more expenseive and is also recognsied internationally. CPA is administered by Kasneb and is usually doen twice a year, in June and in December. It is is in three parts, I, II, and III of two sections each, making a total of six sections. You can choose to study the course on your

Monday, 25 November 2013

Should I enroll for a masters degree or take up a job that is not in my profession?

You have quite some tough choices to make. It depends in whcih field you are in. If you are in a field where practical experience is more valuable, let's say in the business, IT or media fields, then taking up the job to gain experience would be the most prudent thing to do. If however you are in a science or an arts field, then you might as well pursue your masters degree first before looking for a job. I assume that even as you take

Now that the government has freezed hiring, does it mean I cannot apply for jobs in parastatals like Kenya Power or Kengen?

You can still apply for jobs within those parastatls, but the vacancies are going to be limited, and the salry scales won't be adjusted for sometime to come. In recent years, salaries in the parastatals have paced to amtch, or even surpass the salaries in leading private companies, and in the govenrment's view, this is simply unsustainable in the long run. However, if you are a health practitioner, or want to apply for josb within the

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Should I take up a job in a bank even though I have a Biotechnology degree?

I think you must be in a very deep dilemma. To be sure, it depends on what is your most important priority right now. If you are just out of campus and have no money to pay your bills, then taking the job would be the most prudent thing to do. You would then apply for jobs in Biotech field even as you continue with your banking job. However, if you have some income and are sure you want  a career in Biotechnology straight

Friday, 22 November 2013

I'm in a dilemma as to which career to select. Is BCOM better than engineering?

It depends on what you want, and what you are good at. Bachelor of commerce- BCOM can open great careers in accountign, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and related disciplines. On the other hand engineering can also open great careers in fields as energy, telcommunications, and the computer scinece and IT fields. While previously the engineering josbw ere not as high paying, these days the parastatals, and private companies like safaricom and Airtel have matche dtheir rates to be almost the same as fiance and

Friday, 15 November 2013

Is a degree in social work really marketable?

In social work, you can work in the NGO fields, in the UN, and in community projects. many of the entry level jobs are not that high paying, but with time, you can rise through the ranks to get lucrative jobs in this

Is a degree in entrepreneurship marketable?

A degree in entrepreneurship is marketable, but let's face it, it doesn't make you become an entrepreneur. It enables you to study for what makes a successful entrepreneur, and how they succeed. For you to become a successful entrepreneur or businessman, you have to plunge deep into the waters, and learn the ropes of the

Is a clinical medicine degree graduate the same as a clinical officer?

A clinical medicine degree graduate has in many ways the same skills as former clinical officers. previously, many clinical officers used to study in universities, but increasingly, this is not the case, as more and more universities are offering the course. The course can be studied in the many universities in the country, or at the

After how long should I change from one job to another?

The days when one would spend all their life working for one employer are usually long gone. In fact, if you have stayed for 10+ years with one employers, some prospective employer might even question your initiative, unless of course you had expanding roles within your company. ideally, you should stick to a job for at least two years before changing it, because again, if you keep on job hopping too frequently, you will come across someone who can's settle or cultivate meaningful relationships to work with one company. It

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Can I study a different postgraduate degree from the one I did in my undergraduate?

Yes, it's perfectly possible. However, it will need to be in a related field. Only in certain circumstances can you study in a field that's completely different. The masters of business administration- MBA, is easily the most popular
postgraduate course, for no other reason than that anyone person with an undergraduate degree in whatever discipline can undertake in. However, if you are to make full experience of the MBA program, then you need to work at least for two to four years before going back to school. However, for the

How can I set my foot in the media and journalism industry?

It depends on which areas of the media you want to specialize in. Do you want to be a producer, a presenter, anchor, show host, editor, or just a  contributor? There is no one way to get to the media, but if you are going to work in the frontline, that is an anchor or a show host or a presenter, then you must at least be able to pull in audiences,
which is why many media houses are comfortable with hiring someone who also

Is a degree in supplies and purchasing management marketable in Kenya?

Initially, the degree was offered under the bachelor of commerce or business administration program, but increasingly many universities are offering it as a degree on its own. It is related to procurement in many ways, and one can be
employed in many companies or in government departments. However, you could also

Is a degree in Procurement marketable in Kenya?

Procurement is one of the fastest rising careers in Kenya. Initially, many universities used to offer it under the bachelor of commerce program, but many are now offering ti as a stand alone degree. The opportunities are in virtuallyevery industry. You can also do it as a postgraduate degree, so that you still have expertise in your

Are there positions for university graduates in the Kenya Defence Forces- KDF?

The Kenya Defence Forecs usually advertises for positions to join its ranks every year in the country's main newspaper publications. There are opportunities for both general servciement- thsoe who have a Form Fource certificate, and also opportunities for cadets and professionals, those who typically have a degree or even a masters degree- in any field.
Because of patriotism, and the security of the job tenure many graduates

Which are the top career career choices for women in campus?

While there is no doubt a representation women in all the career fields in Kenya, there numbers are disproportionately high in the business, communication, language, and the Arts fields. Their numbers are lowest in engineering, followed by medicine. However, as more and more women gain access to opportunities in our universities, and the affirmative action in place in university admissions of regular students, there numbers will match that of men soon. Already, the number of  women getting First Class

Is a career in Fashion Design marketable in Kenya?

Fashion design is one of the fastest growing fields in Kenya. Typically, many people start out as a hobby, where they they practice designs on clothes and friends clothes, before they turn it into a career or a business venture. You can also study it in school, although you must have a knack for coming up with new and creative designs every now and so. African Fashion is getting increasing prominence in western and other

Which interview questions can I ask in an interview to know whether the job is right for me?

While an interview is often thought as an opportunity for the employer to know more about you, many people also forget that it is also an opportunity for you to gauge the company, and know whether you are good fit for the jobs, and the company. This will prove helpful as you assess whether or not to take up the job, especially if you've gotten the job offer.

Some of the questions you can ask include;

- Your roles in the new job.
- Your direct reports and supervisor, because a good boss can make your job memorable, while a bad one

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Which are some of the fastest growing careers in the Bachelor of Arts fields?

Some of the best careers that are set to grow in the Bachelor of Arts fields includes;

1. Security, conflict resolution, and counter-terrorism studies.
Due to the increasing insecurity in the country and around the region.

2. Foreign languages. 
Study of French- and Chinese- Mandarin, as Chinese companies set up shop in the country. French because if you want to work within the wider African region, you would need some French to be able to

Should I be a christian to enroll at catholic, Africa Nazarene, St.Paul's or any of the church affiliated Private Universities?

Even though most Private universities are grounded in the church and christian values, they do not discriminate based on religion on the students that want to enroll in their institutions. I believe the universities have active programs to encourage students from minority programs to be able to fit in within the larger

Which universities in kenya are the best according to the world university rankings?

Kenyan universities are nearly all the same in terms of the quality of education. Your degree specialization is actually much more important than the university you attended. However, small differences remain in quality. According to the webometrics world ranking of universities, the University Of Nairobi has consistently been rated top, followed by either Strathmore, Kenyatta University, JKUAT, Moi, Egerton, USIU, in one way or the other. However, the rankings mainly measure a universities presence on the web, so, it may be

Should I enroll for a parallel degree program or go to a Private University.

In recent years, Parallel degree programs have proved to be real competition to the undergraduate programs offered at Private universities. There are some courses where you will definitely have to enroll in a public university parallel program, that is courses in engineering, and medicine. However, in the other courses, it will really depend on what you want. Do you want to be a day scholar, and study in the evenings- then a parallel program would be the best fit. If you want to stay outside campus, then also a parallel program would be a

Do parallel degree students attend the same classes as the regular students?

It depends on which university you have been admitted. For the Arts, Science and professional courses like medicine, law, and engineering or architecture, then the parallel students will attend the same classes as the regular students. However, for the business and IT courses, most parallel students will attend their own classes, and have their own exams, which sometimes has led to an accusation by regular students that the

Which are the best universities that offer Bachelor of Arts Courses?

Bachelor of Arts courses are offered in a  great deal of many universities, and the quality shouldn't differ much. However, private universities have had an upper hand in the training of these sets of graduates, mainly because of the small class sizes, and the influential networks and connections that such students draw from,

Apart from my degree, which other skills can put me ahead of the pack in applying for a job?

Apart form the etchnical skills that your degree enables you to get, the importance of soft skills cannot be gainsaid. Skills such as communication , empathy, and the inter personal skills are playing a much more dignified role in the life of a successful office worker. Managers usually administer an emotional intelligence

Do Kenyan employers favour graduates from universities abroad?

Based on many employment surveys, it is true that many foreign university degree holders get many jobs in the middle to top management in Kenyan companies. One reason is that the employers think that a person who schooled abroad has had more exposure, and possibly, will bring new insights to the company. However, the other, and perhaps main reason, is that those who tend to school abroad primarily tend to

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Is it better to take up a job in the civil service or in the private companies?

A job in the civil service comes with job security, an average but at least a reasonable wage, and a very flexible working life balance, sometimes even you can take a leave of absence to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Also, you will almost instantly get a loan from any bank, and if you are development conscious, then you get ahead. On the other hand,  sadly there is the negative connotation of civil servants being being 'lazy', which is not entirely true, but on the whole, those in private companies are more hardworking than civil servants. On the other hand, in a private company job, you will likely work for long

Are Math and Computer Science graduates marketable. What is their start pay?

Math and Computer Science graduates can work in many industries; Fiance and banking, data and statistics field, in telecommunications sector, as well as in economics. Because the fields are complementary, most Math students tend to do well in Computer Science and vice versa. However, on the downside, there are thousands graduates in these fields, and so, you really have to stand out to get noticed. Perhaps practicing

How can I apply to South African Universities and get a scholarship?

South African universities offer nearly the same quality of education as many Western universities, but just at a fraction of the cost. In the webometrics ranking of universities, South African universities usually take eight of the top ten slots in Africa. Leading universities in South Africa include University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University amongst other universities. Some of the universities may require that you sit for a foundational course of a six or eight months, because the Kenyan education system is slightly different form the South African one. Also, since Kenya is not a member of the Southern African development Co-operation- SADC, Kenyan students have to pay a higher fee than

Which are some of the best paying companies in the mobile and telecommunication sector?

While looking for a great employer, many of us might be mistaken to look at the profits the company usually makes. However, it is not always so that a company making great profits so easily turns out to the best employer. In fact, according to a recent survey by Deloitte, Craft Silicon, a company that makes software, was voted the best employer, and it gets just a fraction of revenues that Safaricom does get. Other

Which careers are most suitable for shy and introverted people?

There are many careers in Kenya in which shy and introverted people could excel in. Most of such careers are detail oriented, and probably require someone to be accurate and to follow order, something that many extroverts avow. Such careers that are suited for the introverted people would include:

1. Accounting, Economics, and Finance.
2. Actuarial Science and Statisctics.
3. Engineering ( All branches).
 However, we all have attributes of both an introvert and an extrovert, but what matters is the blend of these

I'm shy but I want to take up a marketing career. Will I succeed in the profession?

When choosing a career, one of the things to pay attention to is your personality. Needless to say, some personalities are well suited to some careers, and not others. For example, a successful marketer is almost always an extrovert. However, there is a growing field like internet marketing and social media awareness

What are the 3 most important things to pay attention to as I start my own small company while still a student?

As a stduent, when you want to start yur own company, it would be better to have these three things in order.

1. Get the right partners.
The success of your new venture will hinge not just on your talents and skills you bring to the table, but on the partners and employees taht you work with. Choose partners that are complementary rather than uniform or competitive. For example, if you are great in technical programming skills, find someone who is great in marketing that will hep you sell the product and create its awareness.

2. Raise capital. 

You can raise capital from friends, families, or from the many incubation funds sprining up, or your own

I want to study in a Ugandan University. How is the quality and cost compared to Kenyan universities?

Ugandan Universities are cheaper than Kenyan universities, especially if you compare the costs with the costs of enrolling in parallel degree programs, or in the leading private universities. Makerere university is no doubt the most well known of the Ugandan universities, and it also has a parallel program for international students. There are also other leading private universities, the most well known being the Kampala International University- KIU. Make sure though that whichever Ugandan University you enroll in is

Monday, 11 November 2013

Is it true that most of the students that get First Class and Second Upper are from district schools?

While initially that was the case, this not the same anymore. More and more students that are being admitted to study the top courses in our public universities are form national and leading provincial schools, which means that these days more of the students that perform well in campus are also from leading national, provincial, and private schools. In fact, it is even more worrying that also, those students that are getting a

Is it true that national school students do not perform well in campus?

Although it is a popular myth, there is no evidence whatsoever that students from national schools do nto perform well in universities. Students from such schools as Alliance, Mang'u, Starehe, Loreto Limuru, Nairobi School, Lenana and others, do perform as well as the students from the district and provincial schools. However, what is indisputable is that it takes less effort to get an A at say Alliance, than to get a B+

As a bachelor of education graduate, can I still teach at the international schools in Kenya?

Most international schools in Kenya, such as ISK, Brookhouse, Braeburn, hire bachelor of education graduates, but most of the graduates also have one or two skills that they bring to the table. They could be good in drama, or music lessons, personal fitness and gym instruction, or have a knowledge of some foreign language such as French or increasingly- Chinese- mandarin. So, in addition to the education degree you

Are jobs in the banking and finance industry really safe?

Careers in banking and finance are really a double edged sword. While one could rise fast, and even get a top management position in their early thirties, the careers are also the most prone to redundancy, and layoffs, especially as technology is increasingly used by banks. Sure, banking and finance jobs are very high

Which are the 2 Career myths that you shouldn't fall for as a fresh graduate in Kenya?

There are of course many carere myths, some which comes from well meaning paraents, guardians and teachers. However, here are the three that you will find most surprisng:

1. Your degree will lead to your career.
This is especially true if you are pursuing a a bachelors degree. Nowadays, many engineers work as bankers, many scientists work as teachers and so on. You will find that transferable skills like communication, problem solving, creativity, are much more useful than the expertise itself in many work places.

2. Getting a masters degree will automatically open job opportunities.
Sure, on the overall, masters degree recipients out earn those with bachelors degrees. But if the masters degree did not help you gain any skills at all, then you might want to work for a few years before going back

Is it better to enroll for a media studies course at KIMC, or join a university?

If you are going for a diploma program in media studies or communications, then Kenya Institute of Mass Communication- KIMC, has a better reputation than a diploma program from the country's universities. There are many journalists, radio presenters and news anchors, editors and sub-editors that are KIMC graduates and many would hire- or at least offer a helping hand to a former KIMC graduate. Just as with

Is a degree in energy engineering really marketable?

Energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in Kenya. The energy companies like Kenya power, KenGen, Geothermal Development co-operation- GDC, Ketraco, energy regulatory commission, Kenya Pipeline, are just some of the highest paying employers in Kenya. You can get a career in energy through mechanical

Is it better to enroll for a pharamacy diploma at KMTC or in a public university?

Kenya medical training college- KMTC, has certainly built a reputation as a leading medical training college not just in Kenya, but in the region as well. I would therefore advise that you consider enrolling for the pharmacy diploma at KMTC, and then for the degree in a university that has registered the program, and is also recognized. When you are applying for the government jobs in the health sector, I actually think a

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Is it better to go for a masters degree or look for a job first?

In some fields, work experience is more valued than the degree. For example, in the business and corporate world, work experience carries the day, so, it would be better if you at least acquired two to three years of experience before starting a postgraduate business degree like an MBA for instance. However, in many science, and arts courses, a postgraduate degree is more valuable than the work experience. So, in such

I want to set up an IT company while still a stdunet. Will it affect my performance in class?

If you want to set up an IT start-up company while still a student, and believe you have the idea, and the necessary resources to do so, then you should start right ahead. However, you should start first as a hobby in your spare time, let's say in the evenings and in the weekends, or in the days when you have long sessions before you have another lecture. Even as you work on your idea, don't quit school just yet, better still, you could ask for assistance from the many incubation centers in Nairobi, or around the country. It is better to start the enterprise while still young because, first, you can make use of the cheap resources around campus, the

Is it true that lecturers frustrate masters and postgraduate studnets in general?

In the years past, a masters degree students could take even four or five years to graduate, but that has now been shortened for most students, as they take three years on the maximum. Obviously, some lecturers may be out to frustrate the students under them, but such cases are becoming rarer by the day. Equally, some masters students are also working, and they may not concentrate fully on their studies, and therefore break

Can I defer my degree course for more than a year?

Most universities will allow you to defer for only up to a year. So, if you wanted more than that, you are gonna have a lot of rough time explaining your case. However, you can take up to three deferrals most universities, so, whatever it is you wanted to do, you could split up the time and take one year offs, as you pursue your other goals. Alternatively, you could choose to switch to the parallel degree program mode, and

Is it true that in many public universities it is teaching asistants who conduct lectures and not full lecturers?

In normal circumstances, the teaching assistants are there to conduct remedial lessons, and assist students in areas where they did not understand. Most teaching assistants normally happen to be students who have just cleared campus, and are mostly starting their masters degrees. While initially many teaching assistants doubled up as lecturers, many universities have moved quickly to tighten up the teaching standards, and only PhD holders are being allowed to teach. At Kenyatta and JKUAT universities for assistance, there has been

Is it true that most lecture halls in public universities are usually overcrowded?

As the number of students in public universities has risen, so too has been the admission rates of universities. For example, while just about six years ago an average of just 10,000 students were admitted through the Joint admissions board- JAB, the intake for last year was in the region of 50,000. If you add the number of students that have enrolled in the parallel degree programs, then the student population is quite high. True, some universities have built facilities and more lecture halls, but more needs to be done so that the quality of

What percentage does the First Year grades account for in the final degree class or GPA?

It depends in the university in which you have enrolled in. In some universities, grades in First Year account for only 5 percent of the total grade. In others, First years grades account for much the same weight as any other year. In other universities, First Year and Second year grades are weighted together, and then reduced to a smaller proportion as to the third, fourth, and fifth or sixth year grades for engineering, and architecture

Which County Jobs are most open to fresh graduates?

There are many county jobs in Kenya in which you can apply for ready jobs as a fresh graduate. Asa start, you could begin by applying for administrative jobs in your home county, since they are likely to be more sympathetic to graduates that are from there, and have schooled in local schools in the area. In fact, more

Friday, 8 November 2013

What are the three most important things that I should learn in an internship or attachment program?

There are many things that you could learn from an attachment or internship job in Kenya. However, here are the three things I think will be the most valuable lessons you could draw from the internship experience.

1. Leaning in the class is very different from practical work.
While in class there is a right or wrong answer to every question, in most work places, the probelsm are very open ended. You could try one thing and fail, still try anotehr, and another, until you find a way that eventually works out.

2. Learn how to network.
It is often said that organization don't hire people, but people hire people. This means that you will have to cultivate meaningful relationships throughout your working life, in order to get ahead in the corporate field.

What is the job market for bachelor of psychology graduates?

The psychology graduates work in the health and medical related jobs, and some do take up careers in counseling, or in the business world especially in marketing and advertising fields, helping promote brands and products in our minds. Some also do take up HR jobs, especially when they do add a HR qualification

What are the best courses to study if I want to get a mining job in Kenya?

If you want to work in the mining sector in Kenya, a sector that is experiencing many gains in recent years, then you can opt to study for any of the engineering courses, all three, civil, mechanical, or electrical, environmental science, mining or minerals processing, geology, sociology degree perhaps to assess the impact of the projects to the local residents. However, for the administration jobs, the qualifications would

What is the difference between Bachelor of Mechancial engineering and Bachelor of Mechatronic engineering?

Mechanical engineering graduates work in fields as production engineering, energy engineering, processing engineering, and fabrication, as well as in the automotive sector. The mechatronics engineers use the same mechanical engineering skills, but also incorporate a lot of computer programming and robotics into their work. The field is however only picking up in Kenya recently, as most factories have not reached that high

What is the job market for the bachelor of Geology graduates?

As with many careers in Kenya, there are many geology graduates, but few job opportunities. Previously, many geology experts were employed by the government in the mining and minerals department, and some few other mines in the country. However, as oil exploration, titanium exploration, exploration of geothermal energy, and a general interest in the capacity of mineral resources in Kenya picks up, geology experts are

What is the cost of the Bachelor of medicine parallel degree program?

The cost of the Bachelors degree in medicine and surgery, for parallel students is usually between Kshs. 500,000 and Kshs. 650,000 at the University of Nairobi. At Moi University the fees for medicine degree courses is likely to be between Kshs. 450,000 and Kshs. 550,000 per academic year. This costs exclude the costs of accommodation, as well as living expenses fees. For the regular students- government

Between Public Universities and Private ones, which ones produce better graduates?

Even though nearly all the universities in Kenya have more or else the same standards of education, there are some distinct differences that many employers identify in the two sets of graduates. Since public universities are generally much older, and also receive funding from the government, they are likely to offer more science and , medical and engineering courses. Therefore, the proportion of public university graduates in these fields is large. However, private universities have excelled in the areas of business, communications and media, Information Technology and Computer Science, and the Arts.
In general also, Private University students- Strathmore, USIU, Daystar, Africa Nazarene, Catholic University and the likes, tend to have better communication skills, are more confident, and can pass their ideas more clearly than  similar public university students. However, this may have more to do with their

How can I apply and get a scholarship to a Chinese University?

Most scholarships to Chinese Universities are conducted through the ministry of education, as they are government to government arrangements. Most are also about studying in the science and engineering fields. The undergraduate scholarships are usually advertised through the press, and usually require that you get a grade A or A-. However, you can apply individually to other Chinese universities and pay a full amount, usually in the region of Kshs.500,000 per month, excluding living expenses. You will normally need a C+ for that. Once enrolled in a Chinese university, you will spend a few semesters or even a whole year , first

Thursday, 7 November 2013

What is the difference between International Business Administration (IBA), and Business Administration.

Apart from the name designation, there is not much difference in course content for the two degrees. In both sets of degrees, one would study the general facets of business, that is accounting, finance, marketing, sales, insurance, international trade, entrepreneurship , innovation, and information systems. Some universities like

Which are some of the careers that one can get rich quickly while still young?

Most of the jobs one can get a high salary while still young, and even rise to the middle or top management in their early to late thirties are in the commerce, finance and related fields. Two years ago, a salary survey by the Pricewaterhousecoopers- PWC, showed that in general, finance professionals were the highest paid corporate executives in Kenya. IT and programmers who are exceptionally good may also rise fast,and the

Is it true that most jobs in industrial area pay a starting salary of Kshs.15,000?

While 15,000 per month may seem a bit on the low, the jobs in industrial area mostly pay below what you might have expected to be paid as a graduate from college or university. However, many of the industrial area employers argue that they give you skills that many employers would readily hire you. For many graduates, industrial area is a springboard to apply for future jobs, and many are readily absorbed by parastatals, the civil service, and leading private companies. So, we can say that most graduates do take the

How do First Class, Second Upper, Second Lower, and Pass graduates compare in the job market?

For the first,a nd possibly the second job, the grades may affect your chances of getting a job. For example, since many top employers rreceive thousands of applications for any given vacancy, they may put a minimum requiremnt of an upper second class degree for the job. This is in most part not because a graduate with a lower qualification will nto eb able to do well on the job, but because the HR department may simply want to trim the number of applicants to manageable levels, before furtehr trimming the numbers using an aptitude test, personality test, then an interview. For some employers for example, like the big four accountancy firms, PWC, Deloitte, Ernst& Young, and KPMG, without As and Bs on your transcript, it is almost impossible

Are the online job recruitment sites genuine? Are the jobs posted in these sites genuine?

There are leading online job recruitment sites that are genuine, and which do a thorough background check before posting a job. Job recruitment sites such as,, are for the most part genuine. However, even as a job seeker, you should do your own background checks to ensure the jobs you apply for are genuine. For example, if an employer asks for

What makes for a perfect cover letter when applying for an internship position, attachemnt, or your first job.

A cover letter should be short, a maximum of a page, and should bring out your personality that is not captured in the CV. In other words, don't duplicate what you have written in the CV to the cover letter. It should be free of spelling and grammar mistakes, and should flow well when the person is reading it. In other words, make your cover letter as enticing as possible so that the person would want to look at your other

What is the job market for bachelor of international relations graduates?

Many bachelor of international relations graduates usually work in diplomatic jobs,and in key areas such as the Foreign affairs ministry, as attaches into the various Kenyan government initiatives abroad, and in  regional bodies like the East African community, Africa Union, IGAD, United Nations- UN, and related regional missions and non governmental organisations- NGOs. They

If I get a C- in Math, will a bridging course be sufficient for me to enroll in aa parallel degree course?

It depends on what degree course you want to enroll in. If its a degree course in science, business, or engineering field, then the minimum requirement is usually a C in Math and English. For engineering courses, that requirement might be raised to a B. However, for the other courses, say in the arts or a language degree

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

What is the difference between bachelor of commerce (insurance option),and bachelor of actuarial science?

Both Bachelor of commerce (insurance) graduates and bachelor of actuarial science graduates work in nearly the same fields. However, actuarial science is much more quantitative, and relies to a great length on lots of statistics and math. Insurance is just one of the many fields that professional actuaries can work in. However, note that getting that actuarial science degree does not automatically make you an actuary , as you

As a female engineering students, what are the job market opportunities for me?

Since there are fewer female engineering students, many of them tend to get jobs pretty fast. The number of female students engineering is lowest in mechanical, followed by civil and then electrical and computer engineering related fields seem to have the highest number of female engineering students. Many female

If I get a retake or supplementary, will I be able to still graduate with a decent grade?

If you get a  retake, that means you got lower than a  D, so that would mean that definitely your performance will be affected. However, if you pass the retake, some universities will give you a maximum of a D, while others will award you the new grade. If you fail a retake more than once, some universities will give you an

When applying for a job, what exactly does a personality test measure? How can I prepare for it?

Different people have different personalities and temperaments. Some jobs are more suitable to people with certain personalities than others, that's why a company would want to find out if your personality is a fit for the job. Given, all of us have at least a trait that can be attributed to a certain personality, but it is the blend and the mix of the traits that determines our personalities. So, for example, if you are introverted, you may be a detail oriented person, who likes order, and could excel in careers like accounting, or data analysis.

In which degree courses is it most approriate to enroll for an online degree?

Mostly, degrees that do not involve a lot of practical instructions would be most appropriate to enroll for online. So, courses in business and the arts, and languages may be suitable, while courses in health and medical studies, as well as courses in science and engineering may not be so appropriate for you to enroll for them online. However, even with the said courses, you have to have a very high speed internet connectivity

I want to enroll in an online degree course. Is it worth it?

Increasingly, many university students are choosing to enroll for online degree course in Kenya. This is largely because the students are either working or are far from their university of choice. Some also choose online degree courses from foreign universities which they like, but can't travel abroad. Even when you enroll for the online degree course, its important to ensure that the university is accredited, both here in Kenya and internationally. Equally, there are some courses that an online degree would be most appropriate than others.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

How marketable is the bachelor of communications degree course?

The bachelor of communication degree course will lead to careers in the media industry in Kenya, and also in the public relations as well as related communications jobs in Kenya. You can work in company becoming their face to the public, and communicating the company's stand point to the public. Becoming a company

Can I change to another degree course in the second year of my studies?

If you want to change to change to another degree course in the second year, that would be pretty hard. Most degree change is done during the first two weeks of joining campus. The normal procedure is that you apply to the head of the department or the dean of faculty, and also forward a copy of the application to the academic registrar. if you meet the minimum requirements for the degree course you are applying to join, then you will be allowed to change to your desired course. Normally, the deans or the chairmen (chairperson), of the department will distribute a list around campus during which you time you should change.

In the second year, you will also follow the same procedures, but it would be pretty hard and not a guarantee, and even if you succeeded, you have to begin in the first year. Alternatively, if you are in a

Is a degree in agriculture or farming really marketable?

Even though farming is not something many young people don't want to engage in, there are still opportunities within the sector, especially if you choose to practice farming yourself. There are opportunities in greenhouse farming, and in farming of exotic crops such as mushrooms, and even rearing of rabbits. It just depends on

Between becoming a lecturer , and taking up a job in the private sector, which one should I consider?

Becoming a lecturer has many advantages. You will be able to plan your time well in most cases, and you won't feel as much pressure, at least before the marking of exam scripts starts. The salary may be modest at the start, but may increase if you take up other consultancy jobs on the side. On the other hand, being in the private sector allows you to grow quickly professionally, especially if you are highly talented, but that also

In what courses does it make sense to enroll in a specialised college than in a university?

For certain courses, it would be more prudent to enroll in a college. For example, for specialized on the hands job skills on hair and beauty, technician and craft courses, music lessons, and cookery lessons, then you might want to enroll in a college rather than a university. Sadly, almost all the middle level colleges are being wiped out by universities, which means that in future there will be a lot of shortage in these key skills,

Is it true that the Joint admissions board- JAB also considers marks when admitting students to various degree coruses?

In the last year, the Joint admissions board- JAB, kind of introduced marks also as a weighted factor when admitting students, especially for the highly selective courses. Previously, JAB used to rely only on the overall aggregate points,a nd the raw cluster points to determine the weighted cluster points for each degree course. This means that you may have the same grades with say all As with someone else, but if they have a higher overall mark than you, then they will be given first priority if they have applied for the highly selective courses like medicine. However, there have been

To work in the NGO sector, is it a must that one must start as a volunteer?

When applying for many NGO jobs in Kenya, it's true that as a beginner, you may be asked to take up an internship or volunteer role. Most NGOs will at least pay you some allowance, say transport and lunch, but some won't. So, it will be up to you to gauge whether you are gaining any skills, work experience or contacts

Which are the top NGO employers in Kenya.

The NGO is one of the leading and most high paying employers in Kenya. The NGOs do much work in the grassroots, and their work spans many sectors including governance, corruption, rescue operations, food and relief efforts, and rural community empowerment. Some of the leading NGO employers include Red Cross, save the Children, Transparency International- TI, World Vision, Amref, United nations- UN. The important thing is that NGOs give give you an opportunity sometimes at the grassroots,e specially if you join

Monday, 4 November 2013

I got a First Class Honours degree but I'm struggling to get a job. Are employers intimidated by First Class Honours degree graduates?

For the first job at least, the grades do matter, so, I think stellar grades should be a plus on you, rather than a disadvantage. It depends on how you carry yourself. Are you presentable? Do you have the necessary communication skills? Can you start a conversation and explain yourself? Most importantly, do you have the practical skills to translate what's on paper to the real world. In some jobs, the paper grades may not necessarily portray the practical skills of a person, and so, if you look at all these factors, I'm sure you will be

Between obtaining a Masters degree in IT and doing IT certifications, which one is better in terms of career and job development?

If you you want a managerial job within the IT industry, then a masters degree in It or Computer Science would go a long way in helping you get the job. However, if you want to be better in practical IT skills, then the certifications will likely be better in helping you get those skills. Even better, you can enroll for the masters

Is the Bachelor of Tourism degree marketable?

The bachelor of tourism degree has many job opportunities, but only if you look hard enough. You can get jobs in the hotel and hospitality industry, or as tour and guide operators, as a tourism agent. If you are at least familiar with one or two foreign languages, then you will be in demand especially when it comes to serving

How can I apply to UK universities and get a scholarship?

Application to UK universities is fairly straightforward. What will be hard however, is getting a full scholarship to UK universities. The UK uses a different system from Kenya, so you will either have to enroll for A level studies, or enroll for foundation courses conducted by the numerous universities here in Kenya. There are many local agents of the UK universities, so, you shouldn't have trouble contacting or seeking for

Which bachelor of education subjects are the most in demand?

Initially, the science subjects were thought to be the most in demand bachelor of education subjects. However, this has changed as more students enrolled for the scene subjects, leaving a shortfall in the Arts subjects. Language subjects like Kiswahili and English are thought to be high ind demand, as the performance of these subjects in high school continues on a downward trend. Equally, you can also enroll for

Is the masters of business administartion, MBA, a sure route to the top or middle management in companies?

A rise to the middle or the top management in a company will depend more on the skills one shows, than on the paper qualifications. If the Masters of Business Administration- MBA degree, helps you get important leadership skills, then for sure, it would be a good investment to get you into the middle or the top management. If it helps you improve your decision making, your problem solving, and increases your creativity and innovation, then it is a sure investment. The MBA degree usually consists of specializations in the normal business administration disciplines of accounting, marketing, finance, human resource, general management, entrepreneurship and innovation and related fields.

However, it would be advisable to get a few years of experience out of campus, say between two and four years, before you apply for the MBA degree. This way, you would have better known the business and

What is the job market for Bachelor of Sociology graduates?

There are thousands of students who graduate in both the bachelor of sciences programs and the bachelor of arts programs. So, it would all depend on how you stand out from the crowd. Most bachelor of sociology graduates tend to work for Non governmental organizations- NGOs, the government sector in the provincial administration as County commissioners, District commissioners- DC, District officers, DOs, and related

What exactly is the Bachelor of Business Information Technology, BBIT, degree course?

The Bachelor of Business Information Technology, BBIT, is a new course that is about six or seven years old. It combines elements of the bachelor of commerce program, and the computer science and the Information Technology field. Since computers are becoming an essential part of the everyday work life and office life, these programming has many more IT and programming units that would typically find in a

If I have a diploma in IT, how many years will I take to complete and IT degree course?

If you have a diploma in IT, many universities in Kenya will allow you to start in the second year of study, or at the very least, allow you to skip some units. However, the diploma must be from a recognizable college or university, one that would readily be accepted by the university you are applying to. Equally, I'm also

I love both the arts and the sciences, which degree program would be most suitable and make the most use of my talents?

It can be hard to choose a degree program, especially, as in your case, you fall in between the science person and the arts person. You can choose careers careers which have elements of both the sciences as well as the arts. Such degree programs would include the bachelor of economics degree program, bachelor of commerce, bachelor of business administration, or business related programs. Hopefully, if your university

Sunday, 3 November 2013

What is the difference between the BCOM option at Univerisity of Nairobi and the one at Strathmore?

There is no much difference in terms of the curriculum and course structure of the bachelor of commerce program in both universities. You will still be able to learn all the facets of BCOM such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resource development, and some other new fields such as entrepreneurship, information systems, and innovation in both campuses. However, there are certainly differences in the course and teaching approach. For example, Strathmore, USIU, and some other private universities have adopted

Do Kenyan Universities allow for a double degree option?

If you are in a public university, then this option may not be available to you. However, if you are in a private university, then you have the option of selecting two, or sometimes even three degrees- what the private universities like USIU refer to as majors. Sometimes you may concentrate in one field much more than the other, in which case, you will choose a major and a minor. Usually, the universities allow for

What are the three most important things to consider when selecting a career in Kenya?

When seleceting a career not just in kenya but anywhere elese in the world, you basically need to consider the following three things:

1. Job market demand- What is the demand of the caareer that you are gong to select. What is the avarege startng, medium, and managerial salary in the chosen profession? Companies like Barclays, KCB, KRA, or EABL obviously pay higher, so this means that to some extend finance professionals are possibly the highest

Saturday, 2 November 2013

What is the financial engineering degree all about?

Financial engineering degree is a degree that is hived off Fiance. It's just another cool name for Fiance. So, you will be doing lots of Math, economics, and statistics, and computer programming, as essentially most of today's trading activities are computerized. You will work in many of the same fields as a finance graduate will work, but also be able to work in some areas where a Math and Computer science/ programming/ IT

What is the difference between bachelor of commerce ( finance option) and bachelor of financial engineering?

Bachelor of commerce Finance option is course that will delve deep into Math, economics, and statistics. The only point it differs with financial engineering is that financial engineering has lots of computer programming that in many ways simulate trading activities. Otherwise, there job prospects are the same, many finance and finance engineering graduates work in the same fields of  retail banking, investment

Which are the best legal jobs in Kenya?

It depends on which field of law you want to practice, and in paractical all of those fields, there are many legal jobs. Do you want to pursue criminal law, commercial law, family law, human rights law, constitutional law, or environmental law? Certainly, in Kenya, Criminal lawyers are the most well known, but not the only ones. Commercial lawyers, though largely unknown to many in the public, also make good money, when advising companies when entering into business transactions, hiring and firing of employers, and advising companies when they want to buy or be bought by another company. This

How do I check whether an engineering degree is registered by ERB and the commission of university education?

You should ideally ask the dean if the engineers registration board- ERB, has approved the curriculum, and whether the university's past engineering graduates have been registered by the engineers registration board- ERB. About a year ago, the engineers registration board was in dispute with universities after refusing to register graduates from new engineering fields. In the past, the professional body only registered mechanical, electrical, civil, mechatronics engineering, and agricultural engineering, but after talks with universities, new

Where do Bachelor of Food Science graduates work and what is their start pay?

Many people tend to confuse food science graduates with  graduates form the hotel and hospitality industry, but that is not true. many Food Science graduates work in food processing plants, helping process or rather engineer food, so that the the food is stored for long periods of time. As such many are hired by food and juice processing plants such as Del Monte, EABL, Coca-Cola, water, wine, chocolate, cadbury, wheetabix,

Which computer certifications are the most in demand?

Computer certifications keep on changing, and a certification that you have studied today may be obsolete in the next two years. So, in programming and related IT and computer jobs, its always important to stay abreast with the latest trends in the industry. Certifications that are associated with leading IT and tech companies are the most well known. For example, Microsoft based certifications, e.g Certified Microsoft

I'm an IT student and want to launch my own small company or start up. How can I do it successfully?

If you are sure you have a sound idea a business concept, then you might want to try and approach the many business incubation centers in the country. You can approach Ihub, or Nailab, or the Kenyatta University incubation center. Alternatively, you can also seek for funding from a bank- though this may require capital. I'm assuming you are already good in technical skills and programming. Conversely, since someone is never great in all aspects of a business, you might want to partner with people who complement your skills, either in

What makes for a perfect CV when applying for a job straight out of Campus?

When you are out of campus, no one expects your CV to be lengthy. So, an ideal CV of 2 pages or 3 pages maximum is all you have to put your education and work experience in.  For the first job at least, academics will play a much more heavy role in the recruiter assessing your job capabilities, so, you might want to emphasize your education credentials, and the class or grade you have got, or are expecting to get. Then, list the work experience, tailoring it to the particular job you are applying for. At this point, since you may not have held any formal jobs, list the internships, plus any volunteer, or community service projects you have participated in. Be sure to mention any leadership positions you may have held, and the roles you held, and hopefully, the change you brought about while playing those roles.

After that, list your hobbies and interests, and finally, your referees, who should know you very well. You

Friday, 1 November 2013

Is the Actuarial Science degree as marketable as it was five years ago?

Five years ago, there were only about eight actuaries in Kenya, but that number has definitely gone up. There are thousands of actuarial science degree nowadays, and they work in the same fields as statistics, finance, business or insurance graduates work. However, for you to become an actuary, you have to do an actuary professional exam, administered from the UK in partnership with the Kenyan centers. So, whereas there are

I want to pursue biostatiscs- a career that is considered new and growing. Is there any wrong in pursuing a career that many employers still don't know about it?

In the last ten years alone, many new careers have been introduced into our universities. There is Business information technology- BBIT, which combines aspects of both the business and the computer science fields. There is biostatistics which you just talked about, which combines elements of both statistics and biology. Many universities were offering it as a postgraduate course, but they are now offering it as an undergraduate course. Then there is the mechatronics, which companies, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, as well as computer science. So, it really depends on you.

A new course certainly means that there are few graduates in the field, so, you won't have to compete with many people to get the same jobs. In some instances, you will even be saving costs for the company, since

Apart from salary, what else should I look for in an ideal Kenyan employer?

Salary is no doubt the number one yardstick most job seekrs use to asses whetehr they should take up a job or not. After the salary issues have been settled, you should look wehetrh you fit into the company work culture and environemnt. Is there too much hardwork, and no play, is there too much gossip for your own good- granted there is at least some form of gossip in every comapny, but a workplace in whcih employees engage almost all their time in gossip may be a place where you may not want to stay for too long.

 Thereafter, look for how long the salaries are adjusted. How many years does it take before the salaries are evaluated again. Is the promotion based on performance and productivity, or the number of years one has stayed in a job, or a combination of both. In the private sector, one tends to get promoted based on results alone, while in the public sector and the civil service, the promotion is usually based on a combination of

How does one get a job as a KRA Graduate trainee?

The KRA graduate trainee job vacancies are usually advertised in the newspapers, and one needs to constantly check the internet job advertisements to get the job vacancies. The applicant is usually required to have a bachelors degree, many times a minimum of upper second is required. They will then be shortlisted, and an aptitude test or a personality test is administered to the applicants, from which the successful applicants will undergo an

Which are the best careers in the real estate and construction industry?

The construction sector and the real estate is one of the most booming sectors of the Kenyan economy. The sheer number of construction projects in the country means that there are many construction and real estate  jobs being created in Kenya. Some of the jobs in this sector are civil engineer jobs, architects jobs, project management jobs, and construction manager jobs. Contractor and foreman jobs are also quite many in this industry, although they are not as highly regulated as the professional ones. Surveyors and land economists

How many years does one study at the Kenya school of law?

The studies at the Kenya school of law should take no more than two years. However, if you have a foreign law degree qualification, you may have to take longer, or take additional units. There were suggestions to make the law degree program a postgraduate course, but the plans were done away with. If such an arrangement would have succeeded, this would have opened the gates for other professionals to study law, but for now, this won't happen. There is only one avenue to being a lawyer in Kenya- that is getting a

Which Computer Science fields are most marketable in Kenya?

By and large, all computer science or IT fields involve some form of programming. So, if you are great in programming, you will definitely be a step ahead of others. However, you must constantly relearn and keep up to date with programming, as as a language that you learn in first year could very well be obsolete by the

How can I apply to a US University and get a scholarship?

If you want to get a scholarship to a US University, then you will have to apply to the individual university. The US universities are divide into public and private, and there are also two year colleges known as community colleges. You will need your KCSE results, a recommendation from two or three high school teachers, high school report cards from Form one, and also sit for the scholastic assessment test, also known as SAT. The maximum score for the SATs is 2400, and for you to get a scholarship, you will need very high

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Should I opt for studying part time and work or study full time and not work?

It depends on the finances you have, how fast you want to finish the course, and your degree or diploma course you want to take. If you opt to study part time, and work, you will still be getting your salary, getting work experience, and also gaining additional academic qualifications, which will likely see you compete for many jobs in Kenya in the future. However, the disadvantage is that by studying and working part time, you may be exhausted and even burn out, as you try to balance the two clearly exhausting tasks. This will be

Can an internship during the semester be included as work experience?

Yes. Especially when applying for the first job, be sure to include the attachments and internship jobs that you did during the semester break. If you also had a campus side hustle, be sure to include it in your CV as work experience, experience, especially if it is related to the job you are applying for. Normally, BCOM and business related students go for two internships, while engineering students go for three internships, one

Are diploma engineering graduates favoured in jobs than degree holders?

Many engineering companies in Kenya would want to prefer diploma holders for certain cadres of work. It is thought that diploma holders are more practical, more disciplined, and more able to understand the general work in the factory like fabrication, welding, pipe fitting, plumbing, or related artisan work. On the other hand, some companies say that engineering graduates have too much theory and no practical. Of course, this is just hearsay, but it one of the perceptions out there. By their very nature, most engineering students in

Are journalism graduates disadvantaged in getting jobs in the media?

The key to getting many jobs in the media- aside from being an editor, is to be able to pull in crowds or audiences. Each media house has its own way of pulling in crowds, which translates to more advertisements and in turn more profits. Some will use comedians- especially for radio presenters, others will use the knowlgeable and savvy anchors that are able to engage with the audience, other media houses would prefer

Which is the best field of specialisation in Bachelor of Science General?

It depends whether your strengths are in the physical sciences or in the biological sciences. If you are good in biological sciences, you can specialize in botany, zoology, animal science, crop science or related field in the third and fourth year. If you are good in the physical sciences, you can specialize in physics, math and

How can I know a medical course I want to enroll in is registered?

You will have to inquire form the respective university that you want to enroll in. For example, if you want to enroll in the medical laboratory course, you will have to seek whether the course is registered by the medical lab and technicians board. There has been an explosion of universities and colleges offering nursing, medicine, clinical medicine, pharmacy, and related medical courses, all of which want to take in a bigger

Can I list my lecturers as referees when applying for a job or internship?

When applying for the first job, or for an internship job in Kenya, yes, you can list your lecturer as a referee. However, you should make sure that your lecturer knows you well, and if possible, inform her that you've included her as one of your referees. Although many job seekers assume that employers don't call referees,

What is the difference between bachelor of agribusiness management and bachelor of commerce?

Bachelor of commerce deals with many aspects of business, and one can specialize in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and the newly emerging fields like entrepreneurship and innovation. So, the course enables you to work in practically any company or industry out there. On the other hand, bachelor of agribusiness management prepares you in the same commerce and business principles as bachelor of

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Can a parallel degree student take two years to graduate from campus?

It depends on which course, and university, you have enrolled in. If you have enrolled in business or IT related courses, then it is perfectly possible to finish your studies after two and a half years. For example, I believe JKUAT university allows the BCOM, BBIT,and It students to continuously study throughout the year, and have breaks of only a week between the semesters. This means that within two and half years, the students shall have completed all the relevant courses. Of course, if you add in attachment time, that might

Which are some of the highest growing careers in Kenya?

To be sure, there is no one right career in kenya that is not in demand, or one that guarantees a job almost instantly. Even for bachelor of medicine, which used to be a sure guarantee of a job in Kenya, many graduates now have to wait for a year or two before they are posted to their repsective hospitals. However, here some ofthe careers in Kenya that I think could stand you in a good place in the job market.

1. Renewable energy.
2. Internet or data security.
3. Data and Computer Science.

What do aptitude tests measure when applying for kenyan job vacancies?

At their heart, the aptitude tests are trying to measure your IQ- at least that is what the test makers would have us believe. The questions are usually in basic Math-High School or Primary School Math, and basic English grammar and spelling, logical reasoning and may also sometimes include an essay. However, the trick is that you have to do many question in a very short time,which is why many people fail the tests. Many

As a bachelor of arts graduate, how can I stand out from the crowd?

With many more bachelor of arts graduates being churned out than ever before, it is becoming increasingly difficult for all of them to get jobs in Kenyan companies. So, just like I have said many times,you need to apply the same tools just as one would look for a job with any other degree. A clear and concise CV, a cover letter, proper networks or 'kujuana' also help a great deal if used appropriately. It is sometimes said

What is the difference between bachelor of Computer Science and IT?

Even though both degrees are used interchangeably in Kenya, there is a slight difference. Computer Science is more technical, and requires a greater aptitude of Math, Statistics, Physics, and programming, while Information Technology is more about the application of the computer technology to enable us to do our jobs

Which foreign languages are most in demand by employers in Kenya?

For a long time, French has been the foreign language that most Kenyans have sought to know. This is because some regions and economies in Africa use French as their medium of communication, and therefore, many hoped that they would be considered for promotional opportunities within the region. Until recently for example, Rwanda and Burundi's official language was French before it was changed to English. However, with the rise of China, many more people are seeking to learn Chinese dialects such as Mandarin, so as to be

Apart from work experience, what can I do to increase my job chances in Kenya?

It is true that work experinece counts for a lot when applying for the first job. It even counts for much more than educationa nd academic qualifications. As a fresh graduate straight out of university however, you may not have the work experience necessary, so you have to rely on some other means to make your CV stand out. You can;

- Include the internship jobs which you held while in campus.
- Include a powerful recomendation, especially if you had doen your inetrnship in a big company.

How can I get an accounting job in the big four accountancy firms?

The recruitment process for accountancy jobs in the big four accountancy firms- Pricewaterhousecoopers-PWC, Deloitte, Ernst&Young, and KPMG is very competitive. The accountancy firms usually go to colleges and universities sometime in January to April. There applications usually start sometime in March or April. However, you need to have really good grades, and have some one or two

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Which are the best paying Kenyan Parastatals?

The Kenyan parastatals no doubt pay better than the civil service. Also, you get to work just enough hours, not as many hours as in the private sector. The holidays and leave times are also guaranteed, and in addition, you might just get a study leave if you probe enough. Naturally, the parastatals that pay the most are in the energy sector. Such would include Kenya Power, KenGen, Geothermal Development Corporation, and Kentracco.

I'm an engineer but have gotten a job in a bank, should I take it?

It depends on what you want out of your career. Increasingly, many engineering graduates are getting jobs in the finance and accounting fields. As engineering is by nature a very quantitative field, many engineers take to numbers like fish to water. Matters are also not helped by the fact that many fiance and banking jobs pay better than engineering jobs. However, in your case, you would have to do career evaluation yourself. Do

Apart from CPA and ACCA, What accounting certifications are most in demand?

The accounting certification that is most in demand is the Certified Public Accountants- CPA, or the ACCA. The CPA is cheaper and is done twice every year, in June and in December, at designated KASNEB centers throughout the country. It has three parts, CPA I, CPA II, and CPA III. Each of the three parts has two sections, which means there are six sections in the exam. Many people love the exam because you can read

What is the difference between BCOM and Business Adminitration?

For many universities, business administration and bachelor of Commerce- BCOM, denote the same thing. For instance, private universities such as Strathmore university, USIU, Daystar, Africa Nazarene and the likes are likely to denote their business programs as Business Administration rather than BCOM. In both courses, there is an emphasis on accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources. In recent years, fields

Which are some of the best paying jobs in the banking, finance, and accounting fields in Kenya?

Some of the best paying jobs in Kenya are in the financial industry. In fact, apart form medicine, the finance industry offers the best salaries, not just in Kenya- but globally. Some of the jobs are in investment banking, risk analysis, management consultants to companies, auditors, financial accountants, managerial accountants, insurance premium calculations, and related jobs. Most finance and accounting fields, by their very nature,

Which careers or courses are the private universities good in?

While private universities offer many courses, they are best when it comes to business, computer science, IT, media studies, and the Arts related courses. This is for no other reason than the fact that offering science, medical and engineering courses requires a heavy investment, which has usually been available only to public universities. However, some private universities have began offering law degree, pharmacy courses, and well

Is a job in the civil service better than a job in the Private companies?

It depends on what you want. A job in the civil service is likely to give you a lower salary- at least in the lower ranks. However, you the job security is assured, and only the biggest of mistakes will get you fired. Now, compare that with private companies where you might arrive tomorrow and be told by the watchman to pack your bags as you've just been fired. Equally, since the civil service job has higher job security, you are likely to get instant loans from banks and financial institutions, and if you are development conscious, then the loans could boost you greatly. However, there are some instances when a job in the private sector is

Monday, 28 October 2013

What is the average starting salary in Kenyan companies?

For a graduate, the average starting salary is usually between Kshs. 30,000 and Kshs.60,000. However, some employers , especially in industrial area have been known to give very meager salaries, even Kshs.10,000 per month to graduates. Some choose such jobs out of desperation as their is nothing else, while others choose such jobs because of the experience they think they can get. Equally,on the higher end, some companies give a starting salary of nearly 100,000, but these are very few, and are mostly with the

Between Accounting/Finance, and Marketing, which field should I takein BCOM?

If you are a numbers person, then accounting/finance is the right choice for you.While accounting and finance are related, they are different in some respects. In finance, you will deal with outside investors, and the company relations with outsiders, while accounting is mostly an inside job, some would also say quite taxing.

How can I get into a media career in Kenya?

Penetrating into the media is a dream for many young Kenyans, so you are not alone. It depends which media career in Kenya you want. If you want to be a presenter, anchor, or show host, then the one thing you need to do is to be able to attract audiences of viewers or listeners. This differs depending on the target audience of the media house. If you are knowledgeable about many things, funny, or a comedian, or a singer,

Apart from grades, which other skills can improve my job chances.

You can acquire skills that could make you indispensable in whichever industry you choose to find a job in. These years, many people are finding jobs in areas where they did not even study in. This shows that many employers are willing to consider you not just on paper alone. Can you show that you have great leadership skills, have strong communications skills, and you are able to take on challenges and solve them? May be

I got a Second Lower degree. Are my chances of getting a job in Kenya lower?

For your first job at least, grades do matter quite a bit. This is because, increasingly, many people have bachelors degrees,and as a minimum requirement, many employers sometimes place a cap of a second upper degree.However, you can make up for a second lower or pass degree by showing other skills or talents that could be of benefit to the employers. For example, if you've been in leadership positions, or volunteered, or been in community development projects, that could give you a huge boost.Networks or a

Kenyan career- Can a cover letter make a difference when applying for a job?

A cover letter invites the HR manager to read your CV, and to get to know you better.It should be complementary to the CV and not a duplicate of it. In other words, you should be saying something more in your cover letter that is not included in your CV. A cover letter can separate between two equally qualified candidate, and most of all, helps the recruiter to have a picture of  your personality. Sure, there are times

Careers in Kenya- What Computer skills will put me ahead of the competition?

Computer literacy is now a must for performing even the most basic of functions. A working knowledge of the Microsoft office suite-Word,excel, spreadsheets would be a minimum requirement. However, depending on your job,you may need some additional skills. If you are an accountant/ statistician/ data analyst, then a data or statistical or accounting computer package would be mandatory. If you are an engineer, then

Saturday, 26 October 2013

I want to volunteer or get an internship, but how do I prevent being used?

It is true that with thousands of graduates from colleges and universities, many companies have taken advantage and are offering minimal or or almost no wages and salaries at all for staff because they are interns or volunteers, and are eager to get experience. In hindsight, a great internship, or volunteer program should help you;

- Get a great experience, which hopefully translates to skills gained.
-Some allowance or pocket money, or lunch and other miscellaneous allowances.

Does the name of the university matter when looking for a job?

In Kenya at least, the name of the university doesn't matter when looking for a job. What matters most is your degree course, and the class or rather, grades you got in campus. Of course, there are some general notion that some universities are good in certain courses, say JKUAT in engineering, or UON in medicine, or

I have an engineering degree but I have got a banking job? Should I take it?

Increasingly, many fresh graduates are having to take jobs outside their field of specialization. Obviously, after school, there are bills to be paid and in many cases, one would usually take the first job that comes along. However, even as you take that banking job, it depends on your future career aspirations. Do you want to change to a banking job or career in the long run? If not, you should view the bank job merely as a stepping stone, and aggressively apply for engineering related jobs. However, if you decide that you want to

Should I pursue a masters degree or look for a job?

Question: I have been tarmacking for the last two years and I'm thinking of enrolling for a masters degree so as not to waste more time. Should I continue looking for a job or pursue the masters degree?

Answer: I wish you would have told me which field of study/ degree you intend to get a degree in. Increasingly, the number of graduates from our universities has increased, and so too has been the minimum requirements for getting that first job. While a bachelors degree used to be the minimum, it is now not enough to guarantee you a job. So, pursuing a masters degree on your part may be understandable. However,

Friday, 25 October 2013

What are the top careers in Kenya that pay well?

It depends on your talents, passion, and ambition. True, careers in Kenya like engineering, medicine, and finance continue to pay highly. However, there are some emerging fields that are also paying high salaries, for example, careers in the media industry is one area that has experienced a boom in salaries, especially for the top news anchors, and presenters and show hosts. Other areas that may grow in future include early

Is it true that NGO Jobs in Kenya pay well?

NGOs are some of the highest paying jobs in Kenya. Organizations like United Nations (UN), oxfam, save the Children, Oxfam, World vision, Red Cross have many sponsors and donors, and thus are able to pay better salaries than the average company. The other advantage is that when working with the established NGOs, at least the genuine ones, your your leadership skills will be enhanced, and you will also get an opportunity to work with marginalized groups in Kenya and the neighboring countries. Most people start out in NGOs as volunteers, before they are absorbed into full time positions. However, there are some NGOs

When choosing a career in kenya, should I consider the salary(money) or passion?

Choosing a career is one of the greatest decisions one will ever make in their life. We spend more time at work than at any other place. A fulfilling career could make the difference between someone who watches the clock tick by, and someone who gets energized, and looks up every morning waiting to go work. However, in the same vein, there are bills to be paid, and passion alone cannot pay those bills and provide a reasonable standard of living for ourselves. It would be fantastic if someone got great money and salary from

Should I take a management trainee job or a job that makes me apply my skills directly?

It is true that many companies in Kenya are introducing a management trainee program for the fresh graduates that are just out of the university. They take in fresh graduates, and then rotate them around the various departments, and after a year or two, post them to the areas where the company deems they are most productive in. The program is great if you are still discovering your strengths, and haven't figured out your career path. It allows you to hone your skills in various areas before finally deciding to settle on one

Apart from helb, which scholarships are available to attend public and private universities?

If you are a regular student, then applying for the Helb loan is the most reasonable form of financial support that you will get. However, Helb also goes a step further by awarding you kshs.8,000 bursary if you prove that you are truly needy. In addition, the CDF could be a good source of funding. If you are going as a parallel student, helb may also fund you, although the competition is extreme, and not as many parallel degree

Is it rue that Bachelor fo Arts graduates tarmac for long ebfore getting jobs?

These days, nearly all courses could be considered 'flooded'. Even medicine graduates have to wait for a year or two before they are posted to respective hospitals. What matters is how you'll stand out from the crowd, and market yourself, over and above what you've learnt in class. This could mean pursuing either an

Is the quality of degrees of university colleges the same as that of universities?

In Kenya at least, the name of the university doesn't much matter as much as the course one studied in campus. However, some universities have only been established recently, which means that they are less well known than the public universities like Moi, UON, JKUAT, maseno, Egerton or Masinde Muliro that were established a while ago. This means that yes, some employers may want to probe more about the quality of

Thursday, 24 October 2013

What role do grades play in getting the first job?

When applying for the first job, grades do really matter. In the absence of work experience, or a powerful recommendation, then grades are the only way to whittle down the number of applicants. It is why the minimum job requirements these days is a degree with a Second upper. Of course, later on, in the second or third jobs, there is absolutely no correlation between your grades in campus and your work output. This is to say that initially, second lower and pass graduates may have a lower job chances, but the prospects level on

Which are the top employers for Kenyan graduates. Which ones offer the best salaries?

It depends on your course,and what you want out of your career. If you are a graduate and want a career track to the top management, then a starting job in the big four accountancy firms, Pricewaterhousecoopers- PWC, Ernst& Young, Deloitte, and KPMG will set you on the correct path. However, if you are an engineering graduate or a specialist in other fields, the best paying jobs, and jobs that guarantee a good life work balance are in the parastatals. The civil service also offers many skilled jobs, although at the start, they may not be as high paying as comparable private companies. Some private companies also offer great

What does one need to get a First Class in Public universities?

It depends on whetehr you attend a public or a private university. In a public university, a mark of over 70 percent is an A, 60-69 a B, 50-59 a C, and 40-49 a D. In the end of the four, five or six year course , all the marks will be added and then divided by the number of units. Your average mark, say, a 71, will guarantee a

What is the difference between Bachelor of commerce at Strathmore and Bachelor of Comemrce at UON?

Bachelor of commerce offered at both public and private universities is the same. However, because Strathmore university is a private university, you may have to pay more for the degree course than at university of Nairobi- UON. In both degree programs, you can specialize in accounting, finance, marketing,

What is the difference between engineeirng offered at Moi, UON, and at JKUAT?

Even though earlier on JKUAT had a head start in engineering programs, the other universities have caught up. What matters is that you make sure that the engineering program is accredited by the engineers registration board- ERB. This happens especially for the old engineering programs of civil, mechanical, electricala nd electronics engineering, but also for new programs like mechatroncis engineering, biosystems

Are parallel students favored than JAB students?

No. The parallel students are taught by the same lecturers as the JAB/ regular students. However, since the parallel students are paying from their pockets, they tend to be more motivated, and sometimes even with low KCSE grades, are able to perform better than their regular students counterparts. Some are also older and mature when return to school, and thus are more focused than the regular students who may attend a lot

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Can I change from Bachelor of biochemistry to bachelor of medicine?

Question: hi,i did kcse in 2012 and got A cut-off 47.1.through jab i have gotten a place at UON for biochemistry but my interest is medicine is there any way i can get a place in med(regular) at uon.

Answer: As as I know, the cut off medicine was somewhere around 47.3. For you to change, you will have to wait until you join campus, in the first two or three weeks, you will get an opportunity to do so, through

If I repeat KCSE, does JAB take my highest cluster points?

Question: During selection,does jab give fair consideration to candidates who improved their previous cluster to a 48 on a re-take of faild kcse papers.

Answer: Your highest score, in this case the grades you got after the retake, will be considered, so, you

What are the raw cluster points for joining bachelor of computer science degree?

Question: Please help me out. What are the raw cluster subjects for joining computer science in a public university? i look forward to your reply, kindly.

Answer: Hallo;as at 2011 the cluster points were:K.U(where am and doing the same course-46.5);UoN-46.8;JKUAT-46.3. You can get a more detailed raw cluster points and weighted points from the official JAB

Is the bachelor of agricultural economics degree marketable?

Question: am a student persuing bsc.agricultural economics,can u tell me more about the course,its marketability,starting salary and where i can work.

Answer: Agricultural economics is more like Economics, so wherever an economics graduate would find work, you will also find work. Agricultural economists tend to find work in various agribusiness sectors, in such parastatals as KCC, KFA, ADC,in agricultural research institutions such as KARI, KEPSA, Agra, in microfinance institutions that work with farmers, in bans and financial institutions especially as advisory to farmers, or assisting the bank lend loan to farmers. A significant majority also find work outside the

Can I change a course after one semester?

Question: I am a JAB student and I have been in campus for one semester now,but i wish to change my course.Can i do so if i apply for a transfer during the forth coming Jab intake to the university,that is say in September.
please assist.

Answer: You simply can't change after that long, if you would have requested for a change within the first two/three weeks, that would have been understandable. I don't know of any public university that grants a change to a different course after a semester. Right now, you can only change to a parallel degree program.

Is the Bachelor of Economics at the University of Nairobi marketable?

Question: Hi, thank you so much for the time you are taking with students...I've learnt through the jab website that i have qualified to study Bachelor of Economics at UON..I'd like to find out how much the course costs and when is the reporting date.

Answer: UON students will report some time much later in the year, around May/June. The costs are the same for regular students, roughly between kshs.35,000 to kshs.52,000 per academic year(both tuition and

Monday, 21 October 2013

Engineers registration board- How do I know if an engineering course is registered by the ERB?

Question: several eng. courses in various universities have not been approved by ERB but are still being taught,is it a risk and does this compromise the quality of the same courses. Does ERB have the mandate to disaprrove these courses? please enlighten me.

Answer: It is true that some engineering courses have not been approved by Engineers Registration Board.(ERB). The Universities affected include Kenyatta University, JKUAT, Egerton and some other Universities.

Kenyatta University is the most affected in this, as many new engineering courses were introduced recently. ERB argues that some courses are subsections of the mainstream engineering degrees, and thus, should not be offered as a full degree. ERB considers that the mainstream engineering courses are mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering and Biosafety (Agricultural engineering). mechatronics engineering was also added to that mix.

Now, ERB argues that such courses as electronics and computer engineering, telecommunication and

Between bachleor of electronics and computer engineering and bachelor of telecommunication and information engineering, which is better?

Question: hi admin,i wud lyk 2 knw which btw electronics &computer Eng. and Telecommunication &information Eng. is a better course based on factors like marketability and employment i.e, acording 2 ur pnt of view.(i hav bn called to Multimedia Univ. College)

Answer:  Based on the cut off points, electronics and computer engineering has one of the higehst cut off points in the country, at just about 47.

The regular student cut off points for Telecommunications and information engineering is between 45 and 46.7 . The cut off grade for parallel students in both courses is a C+. So, it seems that based on that fact

Is bachelor of Statistics marketable?

Question: Hi, is Bsc. Statistics marketable in kenya and where can someone seek employment after doing it. Second, is Bachelor of Quantity survey offered in JKUAT.Hi, is Bsc. Statistics marketable in kenya and where can someone seek employment after doing it. Second, is Bachelor of Quantity survey offered in JKUAT.

Answer:  BSC statistics, as with many courses in the country has as many graduates as there are job opportunities. There are certainly rewarding jobs that are at the top end, but you really have to stand out. Some of the fields that statistics graduates work in include research in market research firms such as synovate, consumer insight, infotrak, strategic PR etc. They also do work in the finance industry where the mathematical and quantitative skills are important. The ones who work in the finance industry do take additional professional qualifications on the side, such as Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified

What is the starting salary of a bachelor of Arts graduate?

The starting salary of bachelor of Arts degree General, it depends which specialisation you did i.e sociology, international relations, math, statistics, linguistics, History, anthropology, literature etc. The starting salary

Is there a difference in quality between universities and university colleges?

Question: Hi! I have been called to narok university college to pursue comp science. please inform me the quality of the course in the university and its marketability.

Answer: About computer science at Narok University, as I said above, what's important is how well you do in the course, not the University you attended. The universities in the country are of largely the same quality. Computer science graduates work as programmers/coders and software developers, developing applications for simple and complex problems. they also work as data analysts, graphic and web designers, animation/cartoon experts,network and system specialists amongst other specializations. Since every

What is the difference in marketability of mass communication studied at Kisii university college and University of Nairobi?

In Kenya, there is not much of a difference between universities. All universities are of largely the same quality. What matters is the course studied, and the grade/overall mark that one graduates with. So, your overall grade is much more important than the University you attended. Mass communication graduates work as print( newspapers and magazines/publications), broadcast (TV and radio), digital journalists. They can

Is control and instrumentation a marketable course to do?

Instrumentation and control engineering is closely related with electrical and electronics engineering. You will get to work in electrical projects that involve power, transmission of electricity and automation. At the moment , the market for control and instrumentation engineering is the same as electrical and electronics

What is the difference between Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Economics?

Question: Pliz tell me what is the difference between bachelor of arts in economics and bachelor of economics and their staring salary.

Answer:  About the difference between Bachelor of Arts in economics and Bachelor of economics, it just depends on the University.

For some universities, bachelor of Arts in Economics is one of the specializations in the bachelor of Arts General course. So, you might also do some other units in sociology, anthropology and other arts related courses. It's more suited if you are looking for a career in such fields as development and community

Is bachelor of Arts Communication and media studies marketable?

Question: Hi,could you pliz explain to me more about bachelor of arts(communication and media )at kisii university college and it's marketability and places of work

Answer: Bachelor Arts communication and media is quite wide. You can specialize in the following areas:
Print media (magazines, newspapers, publications), broadcast media ( radio, TV and video production) and Public relations. You can work in media companies as a writer for newspapers and magazines, a journalist

What can I do to be more marketable as a bachelor of Computer Science graduate?

Question: What can I do to be more marketable as a bachelor of Computer Science graduate?
Answer: Salaries in the computer science field depends to a much extent to the practical and on the job skills that you have. When starting out, you might need to be a more hands person and then with time, you can progress to the managerial roles.Since, let's face it, it's very hard for an employer to trust you with a very sensitive systems and Computing networking for the company. In addition, many employers are reluctant to train a person from scratch since the person would look for greener pastures as soon as they get the necessary training.

So in addition to the computer science degree, certifications such as A+, N+, Microsoft certified systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Cisco Network Analyst (CCNA), Oracle Database management systems analyst, etc.

If you are starting out, you will need to be good in the following areas, Get good grades, from where the company might train you for a more managerial role. Alternatively, you can be exceptionally good in any of the skills in computer science, for instance, deep knowledge of such programming languages as Java, C++

Is Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism management marketable?

Question: Hi could you please explain to me what hospitality and tourism management is all about?

Answer: Hospitality and tourism management has all to do about management of hotels and conferences,recreational parks, tourist attractions, national parks and game reserves, tour guides and tour companies etc. The sector has been expanding widely, especially as tourist numbers have kept on increasing after the dark moments of the post election violence.

Is Bachelor of Computer Science the same as Bachelor of Inromation technology (IT)?

Question: Is Bachelor of Computer Science the same as Bachelor of Inromation technology (IT)? 
Answer: Computer Science is in some ways related to IT. However,Computer science is more in depth, that's why, someone needs to have done Physics in order to study it. Apart from the applications such as programming, system analysis and design, animations, web design and other application skill areas, you will

Does Multimedia university offer engineering courses?

Question: Is Mulitimedia uni.v college currently offering a degree course in electrical & electronic Eng? If so which is it a better course compared with telecommunication and information Eng. based on factors like employment/job opportunities and marketability in Kenya. Where is one likely to be employed? Thanks.

Answer:  Multimedia University should be offering a course in electrical and electronics engineering. Both electrical and electronics engineering are related, although it is fair to say that telecommunications engineering is a new spin off from electrical and electronics engineering. Therefore electrical and electronics engineering has a much wider market than telecommunication engineering.

With electrical and electronics engineering, you can work in both the traditional electrical fields, such as in heavy power in manufacturing companies, as well as the emergent fields in the telecommunications industry.;

What are the job prospects for Bachelor of Geology graduates?

Question: What are the job prospects for Bachelor of Geology graduates?  Can I get a job without experience?

Answer: The question of experience is not unique to geology alone, many fresh Kenyan graduates in varied professions are facing the same problem of experience. From computer science, engineering, to business management to Geology and other courses, the problem of experience is there. You can leverage that problem by:

- Treating the attachments you for as some sort of experience. You can form networks at the place where you will get attachment and you can hopefully return there to seek for a job. ( I suppose every course has a requirement for one to go for an attachment in the third year or so) and get industry skills. That is not hard to get, and many companies are actually willing to offer students attachments.

How can I change from one university to another.

Question: please tell me, is there a way in which a person can change to another university from the one you are admitted to for regular students!!? Wat is the effect of deffering a course wen one is a jab studentWat is the effect of deffering a course wen one is a jab student

 Answer: Changing to a course that is offered outside your university is quite lengthy and tedious.

-You will have to write a letter to the registrar of academic affairs at your current University, the dean of the faculty you are in ; I'd assume it is Maths/computer science and/or the chairman/chairperson of the department seeking a transfer to your preferred University. The reasons should be explicit and well explained.

- It would also be safe to write a copy of the same three letters to your preferred university, seeking a transfer there. ( The academic registrar, the dean and the chairman/chairperson of the department you wish to transfer to.
-The nature of the transfer process is such that you will have to follow up frequently, and possibly do some

How do I effect a faculty transfer? What is your advice on Bachelor of Mathematics and Economics.

Question: will it be possible for one to realy alter the course that you have been assigned to...? and please briefly comment on bachelor of arts(mathematics and economics) and the various universities where it is offered.

Answer: It may be possible to change your course, although it is by no means easy. Changing to a course that is offered within the University you have been admitted to is fairly straightforward. You will be given the opportunity to change the course within the first two years of joining . You will state the course which you want to change to, attach a copy of the results slip and if you meet the cut off points and the other requirements, you will be accepted.

On the other hand, changing to a course that is offered outside your University is a bit complex, and you are never guaranteed of its success. You will write a letter to the academic registrar stating that you wish to change the course. The academic registrar of your university and the university to which you wish to transfer

Between bachelor of Mechancial Engineering and Bachelor of Civil Engineering, whcih is better?

Question: I'v been selected to pursue B.Eng(Mechanical Eng) at Kenya Poly but plz advice between Mechanical and Civil Eng which is better so that I can maintain or change to civil Eng as soon as I get there.PLZ advc.

Answer: Both courses require one to be good in Math, In Civil engineering, you have to be good in drawing, Math and structures to excel in the profession. In mechanical engineering, you will have to be good in Math, some bit of basic drawing and be good in design, carrying out maintenance,fabrication of parts from metals and other materials. Due to ongoing construction and infrastructure projects in the country, there is a

How can I change a degree course, as in seek an Inter faculty or Inter University transfer in Public Universities?

Question: I have bin admitd at karatina 2 tek applied statistics with computin,plz mr mabinda guide me thru the interuniversity transfer procedure,i had 42.1 as cut off pts for engineering and i would seek transfer to mombasa poly to tek either electrical or civil eng, how am i goin to go about it and wat r the requirements 4 u to b sure,..plz help

Answer: -You will have to write a letter to the registrar of academic affairs at Karatina, the dean of the faculty you are in ; I'd assume it is Maths/computer science and/or the chairman/chairperson of the department seeking a transfer to Mombasa polytechnic. The reasons should be explicit and well explained.

- It would also be safe to write a copy of the same three letters to Mombasa polytechnic, seeking a transfer there. ( The academic registrar, the dean and the chairman/chairperson of the department you wish to

Is Bachelor of Environmental Science marketable?

Question: I kindly wanted to ask is bachelor of science(environmental science ) marketable?&where to get employed?

Answer: As people get increasingly weary of the environment being polluted , one can expect to work in a variety of areas. For instance,one can expect to work In NEMA ( National environmental authority), in manufacturing companies, helping the company be environmentally compliant. AS the fear of global warming

What is the difference between Beng in Electrical and alectrical engineering and BSC in electrical and electronics engineering?

Question: Which course is more marketable btwn BSC(electrical and electronic Eng ) and BEng (electrical and electronic Eng ) ? And are these students share the same units during learning?

Answer: BSC electrical engineering is more grounded in the science and theory behind electrical engineering. The students re more grounded in design and are suited for careers in research and careers in teaching universities and academia in general.

On the other hand BEng is more grounded in the application of the engineering knowledge to practical problems in the field. One is more skilled as an electrical engineer.

To tell you the truth, the market for the two courses in the country is largely the same. Both sets of graduates

How marketable is the Bachelor of IT in terms of salary?

In IT, it depends on how good your practical skills are. If you extremely talented in IT areas such as programming in Java, C++, and other languages, graphics and web design, systems and network analysis,data analysis then your eranings are comparatively higher. The starting salary is generally between kshs.25,000 and kshs.75,000. IT careers in telecommunication and satellite companies usally pay the highest. IT graduates can work in almost any industry, as vitually every company uses IT nowadays to

What is the best field to specialise in Computer Science?

Question:  What is the best field to specialise in Computer Sceince?
Answer: That depends a lot on your talents and abilities. If you are a good coder/programmer, one who is good in logic, then programming is a good specialization.
If you are a creative person, then you graphic design/animation and web design are good fits.

What is the difference between BSC civil engineering and Bng civil engineering?

Question: 1.Btn B.Scie.(civil engineering) and B.Eng.(civil engineering) which is better rewarding in terms of pay locally and abroad?

Answer: BSC Civil Eng and BEng Civil Eng are similar in almost all respects. The only minor difference is BSC Civil Eng is more geared towards academia and research, whereas BEng is geared more towards the practical engineering field. In many cases, the courses can serve the same purpose, both locally and abroad.

Where can one work with a bachelor of science general degree?

Bachelor of science degree general has many specializations. In First and second year, you will choose either the Physical or the Biological Sciences. In third year you will get to specialize in Math, Physics, Math and Computer Science, Zoology, Botany, and Chemistry and Biology. The marketability will depend on what you choose,