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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.

Friday, 31 May 2013

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Soft Skills.

Who wouldn't want a higher level of emotional intelligence or soft skills? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent, health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness. Here are ways to improve your EQ, aka soft skills.

1. Your level of EQ is firm, but not rigid. Our ability to identify and manage our own and others' emotions is fairly stable over time, influenced by our early childhood experiences and even genetics. That does not mean we cannot change it, but, realistically, long-term improvements will require a great deal of dedication and guidance.
Everyone can change, but few people are seriously willing to try. Think about the worst boss you ever had

Beware of Foreign Degrees: CUE warns.

The Commission for University Education- CUE, has warned students to be wary of foreign degrees. Speaking at Eldoret Polytechnic, CUE secretary, Prof. David Some, said that some students were being duped into enrolling in fake colleges overseas. Cases of fake colleges have been on the increase.

Last year, Daily Nation reported that Kampala International University degrees could not be accepted in Kenya, a matter that the university vehemently disputed.

At around the time of elections, Bishop Dr. Margaret Wanjiru was banned from contesting for the Nairobi

Thursday, 30 May 2013

6 Career Tips that you should pay attention to- But don’t.

Rising to the top of your career is a journey that could take many years. However, for some, they manage to reach the pinnacle of their careers in just a short time. Here are six ways you can do it.

1. Learn from smart people. There is so much to learn. This is true for people just entering the workforce as well as for those closing in on retirement. Great leaders realize they don't know all the answers and are aware of their weaknesses and strengths. Learn from the best peace-keeper, the best negotiator, the best

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

5 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly High Salaries.

We all know that most doctors, lawyers, and CEOs make good money--but you may be surprised to learn that wedding planners, funeral service managers, food vendors, and personal shoppers can also pull in pretty good money, and what’s more, some of these jobs don't require you to sit in an office eight hours a day, five days a week.

Odd jobs can definitely bring in a good income, but often it requires a great deal of creativity, diligence, and a willingness to take risks, Certainly there are high costs to pay for the education and training required to become a doctor or a lawyer, but if you're a bright and hardworking person, either one is a pretty

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

How Generation Ys can succeed at their Careers.

Generation Y- those born in the 1980s and 1990s, have been called all sorts of names; greedy, uncultured, lacks patience, an instant generation and such like terms. However, part of the reason is that the older generation of managers do not know how to manage this new cadre of workers, who want to come to work with jeans, and wear headphones, and be constantly chatting on their smart phones. Here are three ways you can easily manage this generation:

1. Provide meaning for the job. 
Make the work meaningful, beyond the salary. How does the job connect the with Gen Y aspirations, beliefs, and sense of fulfillment? For example, many Gen Ys want work that positively impacts the

Monday, 27 May 2013

4 Top Career Obstacles Women face in the workplace.

A new study shows that less than 10 percent of seats in Kenya’s Companies boards are held by women. There are even fewer women in the top echelons of power in companies. Why are there so few women at the top? Here are four such reasons.

1. Lack of an old boys network.
As the saying goes, it’s not what you know but whom you know. Men have extensive networks which they can tap to, while women have to rely on companies’ generosity to advance their careers. Men almost always recommend men in their circle of friends to take up powerful positions in companies, few women do.

2. Balancing family and Work.
In this day and age, it is extremely hard for women to have both family and also excel in their careers. One tends to be successful in one, and fail in the other. Moreso, some husbands implore on their wives to take a

Huddah Monroe, Annabel, represent Kenya at the BBA.

Huddah Monroe and Annabel will represent Kenya at the Big Brother Africa. Both promise lots of drama, and doing everything it takes to win the coveted $3000, 000 (Kshs. 25 million cash Prize. Hopefully,

Sunday, 26 May 2013

How to choose a great company to work for.

We’ve all heard nice sounding jargons from Human Resource Managers on why their companies are the best to work for. However, here are the tale tell signs that will guide you in choosing a company to work for. Here they are:

1. How does the receptionist look?
Receptionists and secretaries are the window to the soul of the company. Do they look happy with their work? Do they look frustrated? If a company is truly committed to its employees, then receptionists and other junior workers must be treated with ultimate respect. The reason why receptionists and other

What does Julie Gichuru, Kobi Kihara, Jalang’o, and Janet Mbugua have in common?

Ever heard of celebrities who start their own side hustles? Then some Kenyan Celebs have perfected that art well. Here is a few of the profiles.

1. Julie Gichuru.
Julie Gichuru started a magazine way back in the day. Unfortunately, the magazine business collapsed, and she was back to job searching, ending up at Capital FM. She is back to the business side of things, and currently produces the Africa leadership Program series, which she interviews Africans that are making a mark in the continent. Will be second time lucky?

2. Kobi Kihara.
Kobi Kihara interests in photography are well known. She pulled out of the Citizen morning breakfast program to concentrate on her production company. However, she found the media calling again, and has

Saturday, 25 May 2013

After Graduation, Keep Your Friends First, Career Second.

Adapted from The Harvard Business Review Blog: Community is the heart of university. Students mix with other similarly aged people in an environment ripe with social activity, friendship, ideation, and discussion. It's the most powerful element of college or university— and also the most nostalgic to leave behind.
Social isolation often follows graduation. Many graduates find themselves unfulfilled, lonely, and restless — struggling to rediscover the community and connection they’d taken for granted when they were in college.

A publication recently lamented the difficulties in making new friends as a person enters their mid 20s (the age at which many are leaving college or university), largely because the three essential ingredients to forging friendship are lacking or harder to find post-university — "proximity; repeated, unplanned

Friday, 24 May 2013

A check list for selecting a Great Career.

While we all choose careers for different reasons, here is a check list to help you navigate the difficult process of choosing the right career, and eventually finding the right job. Some guidelines on the checklist will apply to some careers, but we believ all ar worthy to be considered.

1. Salary and Allowances.
What is the median salary of the career you want to select? What is the average salary for those starting out, at the middle of the career, and those in the top ranks of your career?

2. Work Life Balance.
Even though you are likely to work hard in all jobs, some jobs exert too much pressure eon you, thus making you neglect other parts of your career. For example, jobs in the medical profession or in the media are likely to keep you long hours away from your family and friends, and may even make you turn to harmful ways to cope. In a blog post on why he quit the media, former KTN sports news anchor Saddique Shaban says the

High School drop out sells website for one billion dollars.

David Karp, who dropped from high school not too long ago, has sold his website, tumblr, to Yahoo for 1.1 billion dollars. The micro blogging website, which contains millions of blogs, was created by Karp in 2007. Yahoo plans to use the website to enter into the ‘cool’ social media platform, which Facebook, Twitter and to some extent Google have had a field day.

The 26 year old follows in the footsteps of other famous drop outs like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve

Thursday, 23 May 2013

4 Things to Look for in your first job.

It’s that time of the year when many final year college and campus students are clearing campus. Many will be looking for jobs earnestly within this coming few months, and settling into their first job (hopefully). As you put pen to paper on your first job, here are four crucial things you need to pay attention to.

1. Starting Salary.
As a student, there is a way in which money always seems to flow to you. However, those taps run dry immediately one is through school. Will the starting salary enable you to rent a comfortable place (as per standards of someone who has just come out of college?). Will you have enough money to save, pay for transport, and generally live well with a few luxuries if need be?

2. Career Progression.
What is the company’s policy on promotions? Are promotions based on talent, or on the number of years one has served in a job, or a combination of both? If you are going to stay on one job for years on end

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Why You Hate Your Career (And How to hate it Less).

That sick, sinking feeling you have when you have to get up and go to work means that something is wrong. Unfortunately, you're far from alone if you experience some stress every time your weekday alarm clock goes off. In short, there are a lot of office haters out there. If you are one of the office haters, here are some strategies to help you like your job, or at the very least, hate it a lot less.

Mix business and pleasure. Research shows that having even one friend at work greatly increases how happy people report they are about their jobs. So ditch the unrealistic advice not to mix business and friendships and go ahead and make friends.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

5 of the Most Stressful and Dangerous Jobs in Kenya.

When choosing a job, most of us will look at how much it pays, and how prestigious it is. Few will consider just how strenuous the job is, and how dangerous it can even be. Here are some of the six most stressful and dangerous jobs in Kenya. Some might come as a surprise, since they are considered very high paying.

1. Doctor/Nurse/Clinical Officer.
Being a doctor or a nurse, and working in a hospital, can present many challenges. Consider someone who works at Mathari mental hospital for example. The daily stress they encumber could make a doctor become the patient herself, and even result to alcohol or drugs to cope with the stress. Or perhaps more stressing is having to break news of the death of a patient that was under your care. What’s more, you are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning that even if you are having vacation time with your family, you

Monday, 20 May 2013

3 Career Tips for the IT/Business degree student.

While it is true that a degree in IT or a business related discipline can open many doors, you need to be armed with the right tools in order to make it to the top of your industry. Here are three career tips for the budding IT or business student.

1. Stay at the top of your game.
The programming languages change first, and so do the business certifications. What you learn today in school might be out of date in the next few years. You must learn to adapt, which means either enrolling in classes as you work, or being informed about the trends in the software/programming, accountancy, finance, or the marketing field.

2. Be Practical.
A reputable software company would most likely give you a practical test as your interview. A business graduate would also be likely given a test challenge. A programmer is very much like a writer, what you see

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Why Your Degree Choice No Longer Matters.

How much will I earn? What is the starting salary? What will others think of me? How prestigious is the profession? These are just some of the questions that many students ask as they sit down to select a course to study and pursue later on in life. It is often an understated fact that students rarely know what they want to study. Ask any group of teenagers and the list of careers that they want to pursue are likely to be the same. Studying medicine, engineering and law is seen as the apex of the intellectual and academic journey. Of course, this trend is slowly changing, as other role models such as musicians, radio presenters, TV and news anchors enter the picture.

When JAB meets to select students for the regular program, it sets the cut off points for each course. The courses with the highest cut off points are usually Law, medicine and electrical/computer engineering. Even though the admission process is on merit alone, in some instances, at least implicitly, some diversity and

Saturday, 18 May 2013

How Shy and Introverted Job Seekers can compete for Jobs.

Some people believe that the cabinet Secretary for East African affairs, Phyllis Kandie, was not up to the task when she faced the cabinet vetting committee last week. According to a report prepared by the Cabinet vetting committee, she lacked even the minimum knowledge of East African affairs, and failed to communicate clearly. How else would one describe her qualifications and career progression, if she didn’t know any of these things? Would she have been nominated if President Uhuru and his deputy, William Ruto, believed that she was not up to the task? I think not. .  I think she is up to the task, only that she is probably shy and introverted, and wasn’t able to express herself well. So, how do you deal with pertinent career issues if you are shy and introverted?  Even though you may feel pressured to be more outgoing and extroverted, especially during your job search, don’t despair: Introverts possess many strengths, many of which are even admired by employers.

 If you haven't already admitted you're an introvert, you may need to recognize the characteristics of one. Introverts prefer to think before they act. They regain energy by being alone. They need time to formulate ideas in their heads before talking about them. They prefer depth over breadth; this is true of

Friday, 17 May 2013

4 Mistakes you can easily avoid making on your Cover Letter.

A cover letter is one of the most effective ways to make a job application stand out, but it's also the part of the application that job seekers often ignore the most. Cover letters can be crucial because the hiring is about more than the skills and experience on your CV. Other factors matter too—communication skills, intellect, emotional intelligence, enthusiasm, motivation, drive, and just what kind of a person you are. And that's where a cover letter can separate you from the rest.

But all too often, employers find candidates making these four mistakes when it comes their letters:

1. Simply using the cover letter to summarize your CV. The most common mistake job seekers make with their cover letter is using it to just summarize their resume. With such limited initial contact, you do yourself a huge disservice if you use a whole page of your application to merely repeat the contents of the

5 Questions that Job Seekers Should Always Ask in an Interview- But Can't.

When you're interviewing for a job, it's crucial to interview the employer right back, to make sure that this is a job you want and a company you want to be a part of. But here are some questions most job seekers don't feel comfortable asking—even though they'd love to know the answers:

1. Why do most people really leave jobs here? In some offices, it's a poorly kept secret that turnover is high because the company won't give raises or offer opportunities for promotion, or simply because the management makes employees' lives miserable. But as a job seeker, it can be impossible to tell this from the outside.

2. How secure is this job? No one wants to leave a secure job for one that's in danger of disappearing. If the new company is having financial troubles, new hires could be on the top of the list if layoffs happen—but all too often employers don't warn prospective hires that this might be coming. You can always find out from

Thursday, 16 May 2013

5 of the worst Jobs for 2013 and beyond.

Although the unemployment rate in Kenya is still high, workers in certain jobs are still struggling more than others- and will continue to suffer for the remainder of the decade and beyond. Here you'll find five job fields that are projected to lose large numbers of positions at rapid rates in coming years. The pay for these professions is also below average. To lend a hand to workers in these fields, we've also identified viable career alternatives.

Some of the jobs on our worst list might come as a surprise. Others reflect recognizable trends including advances in automated technologies, and shifts to online services.           Take a look.

1. Call Receptionist
Typical education: college certificate or equivalent

Automated answering services are rapidly replacing their human predecessors as call receptionists, and the

How to Get the Salary Raise You Want.

Perhaps it’s that time when you feel that you are not being paid enough, compared to the amount of work that you do, and the range of skills you bring to the table. How do you request for a salary raise, without rubbing your managers and supervisors the wrong way? 

First, check with your HR department to see what their schedule for raises is.  Some companies start the process very early in the year, others wait until later in the year. Some won't be offering raises at all.

Just because the economy has improved doesn't mean that your company's financial status has.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I won’t hire people who use poor grammar- Here’s why.

With today’s social media language on Facebook and twitter, it’s hard to use proper grammar. Words like xaxa, xema, hi, waz up, are all the norm these days. However, using proper grammar might put you ahead of the pack, and indicate that you are more trustworthy.

If you mix up the it’s and its, then you deserve to be passed over for a job — even if you are otherwise qualified for the position.

So, you can’t you distinguish between "to" and "too," then your application may go into the bin.
True, some people write for a living, so, they are expected to be more proficient in words than others; however, there are some simple grammar mistakes you could avoid in your CV and Cover letter.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

JAB lowers universities cut-off points.

The Joint Admissions Board- JAB, has lowered the cut off points for the 2012 KCSE students to 61 points (B grade) for male students and 59 (B- grade) points for female students. For the 2011 candidates, the cut off points were 63 and 61 points for male and female students respectively. Students who have a disability will be admitted, as long as they get a C+ grade. Equally, students from marginalized and arid areas with a C+ and above will also be admitted.

A total of about 53,000 students will find places in Kenya’s public universities, and increase of 11,000 from the previous year. The criteria for selection of courses will be weighted cluster points plus the overall

What not to say after the interview.

It’s that time after the interview; when interviewers give you the opportunity to ask your own questions. While unlikely to make an employer totally reverse an opinion about you, when done well, the questions you ask will help you stand out from a crowd of applicants. Consider that a lot of employers interview numerous candidates, many of whom gave similar answers to a series of basic questions. If you want hiring managers to

Monday, 13 May 2013

9 Career Tips for your first job.

There is plenty of career advice that is being thrown around, especially if you are just clearing college, or are about to start your first job. Not all will be applicable to you, but we believe that a few of them might be insightful to you, and even worthy to be incorporated into your own career journey. Here are the nine career tips, as adapted from the Business Insider Magazine.

1. Find your passion.
"Never give up searching for the job that you’re passionate about". "Try to find the job you’d have if you were independently rich. ... Forget about the pay. When you’re associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

2. Be careful who you look up to.
"If you tell me who your heroes are, I'll tell you how you're gonna turn out. It's really important in life to have the right heroes. I've been very lucky in that I've probably had a dozen or so major heroes. And none of

Isis Nyong’o- Africa’s new power woman.

 Isis Nyong’o is a prolific citizen of the world and a newly engaged woman. Isis Nyong’o has always been known as an achiever. Google her name and what pops up is Forbes, MTV. Stanford, Harvard, the Wall Street Journal, Top 40 under 40, Africa’s 20 youngest power women…the list goes on.

As Vice President of inMobi, the world’s largest mobile advertising company, Isis heads operations for the entire African continent. When she is not doing all of these and saving the world, Isis is pretty much a regular, Kenyan-American chick.

When she arrived at Tribe Hotel for our interview (Drum Magazine), we were pleased to see that Isis was not alone. Named after an Egyptian goddess, it was fitting that her companion was a dark-skinned

Vimal Shah- Bidco CEO and 2012 Forbes Entrepreneur of the year.

Vimal Shah is the 2012 Forbes Entrepreneur of the year, If he were to live his life again, he says he would do things a lot faster.
“Worlds apart” is the best short phrase that differentiates Vimal Shah the employee, from Vimal the entrepreneur.

More than 27 years ago, Vimal was an insurance agent with American Life Insurance Company (now CFG Life). His mission then was to convince people that they were going to die, and insurance would be the only way through which their families would bear the loss.

Most of his prospective clients dreaded that thought as nobody wanted to die, a huge discouragement on hispart as his targets would never be met.

He had to change tact, and with a different approach to life, Vimal now advocates for happy healthy living as spelt out in his company’s mission.
In the book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” John C Maxwell says every person who has achieved

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Top 10 Kenyan employers to work for.

Which Kenyan companies would you give all to work for? Well, you don’t have to travel abroad to find state of the art employers, as some employers in Kenya are really the place to be for workers. They have strived to be the very best, and even expatriate workers have applied to work for them. Before I unveil my list, here is a list of things to look for as you evaluate a prospective employer

- Salary.
Is the salary enough for you to afford a reasonable standard of living?

- Skills acquisition.
Does the company give you opportunities to advance your skills? Does it give you an opportunity to build your career, and have a meaningful impact on people’s lives?

-Promotion and Opportunities for growth.
How often are people promoted in the company? Does the company have an elaborate promotion scheme

5 Ways to Find the Right Career.

For many professionals, it reaches a time in their lives when they feel they are no longer moving in their careers. It becomes dreary to wake up in the morning and go to the same desk or factory floor. So, here’s how you can revitalize a career which is headed downhill.

1. Research the future of your Profession.
The first and perhaps most important step that all workers should take right now is to begin researching trends in their industry.
"Many employees don't realize that industry downsizing will affect their jobs until it's too late. But in this Kenyan economy, you should be on the lookout for telltale signs,". "One key question to ask yourself is if there have been major layoffs or consolidations in companies similar to yours."

Saturday, 11 May 2013

11 Career Tips for Women- Truths for Our Daughters.

Written by Joan Solotar for The Harvard Business Review Blog. As a senior professional in financial services — an industry with comparatively few women in the top managerial  ranks — I've spent a lot of time thinking about why there aren't more women at the top-most levels of companies. I've read the studies and heard the theories that women don't network well; don't have the "vision thing"; communicate too passively; don't ask for bigger jobs and the top clients; and have fewer sponsors who are willing to use political capital to advocate for them the way they do for their male colleagues. There's a lot of agreement and repetition when talking about the problem. It's when discussing solutions that things get quieter.

As a mother watching her 18-year old college freshman daughter contemplate her summer job options and future career, I want her to be exposed to success stories — not to what women lack or haven't done or can't do — because I know these successes exist and we need to share more of them. If young women

Friday, 10 May 2013

How to brand your degree.

This is the season when many Final year college students are completing their final exams, and stepping out into the world of employment. A lucky few students will have jobs even before graduation, but for many, the hard daunting task of looking for a job has just began. So, how do you brand your degree and stand out? What is the value of your degree in the marketplace?

If you've earned a graduate degree that puts you on a less-than-certain professional career path, some naysayers may even term your degree "useless", as a former minister of education once termed a certain set of degrees.

The truth is, your subject matter knowledge may be irrelevant to anything going on in the business world today. That's why you need to emphasize your skills, not your content expertise. In literature, you

4 Career Tips for the Prospective Intern.

The season of internships and attachments is once again with us. If you're planning to be an intern, here are four things to do before you walk through the door to ensure a successful internship period.

Choose one or two specific projects. Interns are great for project-based work. Anything with a clear beginning, middle, and end is a good place to start — and if that project lasts between four and eight weeks, even better. Don’t take up complex projects that will stretch over along period of time, and your role in such a complex project can be vague and intimidating. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

5 Career Myths You Should Ignore.

Did you know that plenty of the career advice that you receive from well meaning friends and relatives could actually not be true? Here are five of the most popular career myths that you should ignore.

1. Your degree in university will lead to your career. Students often come out of school thinking that their degree or major will lead them to their life-long career path directly, but it's very often not the case-especially for degrees in the arts. You might have an English degree but end up in HR, or a sociology degree but end up selling ads. On the other hand, degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and math are more likely to end up pointing you toward a more defined career path.

2. A college degree will get you a job. Many students have been told that if they get a university degree, they'll easily find a job afterward. Unfortunately, it's no longer so clear-cut. Degrees no longer open doors the

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

How frequently should you change jobs?

The era when an employee used to stay with a single employer for twenty or thirty years, and then retire with a handsome retirement package is long gone. The modern employee is all about mobility, chasing new opportunities and jobs even when they already have a secure and well paying job. So, how frequently should you change jobs, and how much job hopping is too much?

1. When your pay is not enough.
Higher pay and salary is the number one reason people change jobs, let’s not even lie about it. If you feel that what you contribute to the company’s bottomline is way beyond the measly pay you get, then by all

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

4 things to consider as you seek to enroll in a foreign university.

Increasingly, many employers are stating that an undergraduate degree is the absolute minimum requirement that job seekers should have when applying for jobs. Since Kenyan universities cannot absorb all the students seeking university education, some students are choosing to enroll in universities abroad. Here’s what you need to know on whether to enroll in a Kenyan university or an abroad university.

1. If you get a full scholarship.
Enrolling in foreign colleges is expensive, and you will need to fork out a lot of money. Some universities charge as much as $50,000 –kshs.4 million per year. Unless you have a full scholarship, you will find life very hard. In addition, there are room and board expenses that will drive your expenses up. However, if you get a full scholarship and free ticket rider, then by all accounts, do take up the opportunity. Minus a scholarship,

Monday, 6 May 2013

How to Choose Your Future Employer Wisely.

Most job-seekers aren't just looking for the right work — they're looking for the right manager, too. To a large extent a manager will control your assignments and your work environment, so it makes sense to try to learn more about her long before you're hired.

But in an hour-long interview with a hiring manager, you will be lucky to get fifteen minutes to ask your own questions. For this reason, as a job candidate you should not only be concerned with your answers to a hiring manager's questions, and but also a potential manager's answers to your questions.

To make an informed judgment about your potential boss, it's important to ask the right questions during the interview:

Even before the Q&A section of the interview, look for repeated patterns of unconscious behavior. This will help you predict future behavior. Notice how the interviewer is saying things, not just what he is

Sunday, 5 May 2013

How to pass the next aptitude test.

Increasingly, many Kenyan employers are using aptitude tests in a bid to get the best candidates to fill the job vacancies in their companies. After initially getting CVs and cover letters from prospective job seekers, and whittling down the list to a manageable number, HR recruiters then give an aptitude test to a sizeable number of job seekers before finally subjecting them to an oral interview. Here’s what you need to know about aptitude tests.

1. Aptitude tests gauge skills you acquired over a long time.
While you might conveniently transnight and pass your CATs or exams, even if you didn’t read for the whole semester, aptitude tests are quite different. It is unlikely that you will get anything by transnighting. However, at the very core, aptitude tests measure your quantitative and verbal skills. Some also believe that aptitude

Saturday, 4 May 2013

8 Career Tips for the newly employed Graduate.

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Adapted from Harvard Business Review Blog: If you want to become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you're still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want. Not only does the planning help you develop the necessary skills and leadership presence, it also increases your chances of getting the promotion because people will already recognize you as a leader. The key is to take on opportunities now, regardless of your tenure or role. Here are several ways to start laying the groundwork.

1. Knock your responsibilities out of the park
No matter how big your ambitions, don't let them distract you from excelling in your current role. Focus on the present as much as — or more than — the future. "You always need to take care of today's business so that nobody — peers, direct reports, or those above you — questions your performance." That's the first step to getting ahead.

2. Help your boss succeed
"You have to execute on your boss's priorities too". "Show her that you're willing to pick up the baton on important projects." "Lean more towards yes than no" whenever your boss asks you to help with something

Friday, 3 May 2013

3 Easy Ways to look for a job.

Looking for a job is hard, even for the most qualified and talented among us. Some use innovative means, others use crude means, all in the name of getting a job. Here are three ways you could try to get a job, they won’t be 100 percent effective, but with some effort, they just might pay off.

1. Seek speaking or writing opportunities. Even if you’re unemployed, you’re likely an expert in some subject, so you should be able to identify organizations interested in hearing you speak. Even if you are in campus, there are likely some professional student clubs that need your expertise, and they would happily

2 Great Movies for this weekend.

The weekend is almost here, and as usual, your two weekend movie reviews of recently released movies. Here they are.

1. Iron Man 3.
Action    Time: 2 hours 10 Mins
Hollywood's famed Chinese Theater forecourt is the scene of what appears to be a bombing but turns out to be something else, an attack by human beings whose eyes begin to glow scarily before their bodies heat to the point of explosion. Stark's security chief is among the badly injured, while the ever-resourceful Tony recognizes a similarity to an attack previously made in Tennessee.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The 7 Highest Paying degrees in Kenya.

Cathy, 26, has wanted to be an engineer since before she can remember.

Her father, a mechanical engineer, encouraged her to attack school projects with a systematic mindset from an early age, and she eventually followed in his footsteps, studying mechanical engineering at the University of Nairobi.

The choice has paid off. After her graduation, she took a few months off before starting a job at a leading

7 Tips Campus Students can use to start their own small business.

As the Kenyan economy shifts and colleges and universities churn out thousands of graduates, employers will have a harder time absorbing all the graduates. How can students prepare to avoid this employment gap? By creating their own opportunities as entrepreneurs. What steps should you take if you think being a business owner is in your future? Here are a few tips to launch your own small business:

1. Find your passion. Entrepreneurs often spend countless hours toiling away before they earn any money. It's important to choose something you enjoy and are willing to commit your time, effort and energy to doing. A small business expert says, "Entrepreneurs should love what they do and be passionate about it. The money will come later."

2. Prepare for a lot of hard work. The difference between a hobby and a successful business is hard work. "Be prepared to make personal sacrifices, take risks and learn from failures". "Some entrepreneurs get

President Kenyatta offers full scholarship to Drama Festival star, Daniel Owira.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has offered full education sponsorship to Daniel Owira, the form two Highway Secondary School student who moved the audience to tears during the Kenya National Drama Festival State concert in Mombasa.

Speaking when he met Daniel at State House Nairobi today, President Kenyatta said he will pay for his school fees up to and including the university level.

The President said he will be monitoring closely the education progress of the Highway Secondary School student.

“You are now one of my sons. Make sure you give me your report form every end of the term,” President

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

3 Career tips for the engineering/IT graduate.

The job market for engineers has gotten somewhat saturated in recent years. While that does not mean that one will lack a job, it does mean that one may spend some months, or even a few years, out in the cold before they get a job. True, some graduates may get six figure pay in companies like Sony Erickson, Nokia, Airtel, Safaricom, KenGen, Geothermal Development Company- GDC, straight out of campus, but that is the exception, not the rule. A majority of engineering graduates will get somewhere between 30k and 50k as starting salaries. For those who get jobs in industrial area, the salaries may even be lower, at between 15k and 35k. So, how do you stand out?

Practical skills matter.
If you get a truly engineering job, then practical skills will matter far above anything. Perfect your skills in technical drawing and drafting, and hands on skills like wiring, welding, or using the lathe machine- for mechanical engineering graduates. The reason why some employers prefer diploma graduates is precisely because the degree holders sometimes look down upon such tasks. Even if you will be leading a team of