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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.

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,

How marketable is bachelor of agribusiness management?

Question: Hi,wanted to know how marketable is agribusiness management,can one tamark 4 long in search of a job assuming u hav pasd wel.and wea cn one get a joa and if so,roughly how much is the salary.plz

Answer:  Hi, I will lump all the above six questions into one. Both BSC Civil engineering and BEng civil engineering have the same job prospects. It depends on what you want. In Kenya, the job market is the same for both sets of graduates. In abroad, the BSC Civil engineering will continue into careers in research and academia, while BEng Civil Engineering will most likely go to practice in the field.

The market for agribusiness management is almost the same as that of Business administration/ Bachelor of Commerce or Business Management.Save for a few agricultural units, you will deal with same aspects of managing and running a company. Such common aspects will be finance and accounting, strategic

What is the difference between food science and nutrition and food nutrition and dietetics?

Question: hello.was asking about the difference between food science and nutrition and food nutrition and dietetics and which one is more marketable?

 Answer: Food Science and Nutrition and Food Science and Dietetics are almost the same courses, related in almost every way. I suppose different universities would name the course differently. The marketability,

What is the cost of parallel degree in engineering at JKUAT University?

The cost of electrical and electronics engineering at JKUAT University, It costs between kshs.200,000 and kshs.250,000 per academic year for parallel/self sponsored students, regular/government sponsored students

Friday, 18 October 2013

In Bachelor of Education, which subjects are in demand?

Question: Lately, I've thought about being a teacher. Sort of a way to help our country... My questions is what subjects are in demand? Just math and science? I'm not good in either of those subjects...

Answer:  First of all, make sure you want to be a teacher before you start. Most schools have a very strict program that lasts all four years, so you may want to look into observing classrooms or helping out before setting out on this long path.

Now if you want to teach high school you may pick one subject or two depending on your school. Initially, Math, and science subjects were the most in demand subjects. In recent years, Arts subjects have also been

What is the job market for Bachelor of Commerce graduates?

Question: I'm in Third Year in Campus, doing Bachelor of Commerce- Accounting option.I have decided that I really do not enjoy accounting to the point where I would want to do it for the rest of my life. I don't even feel like business is really my thing anymore. What is the job market for those with BCOM degrees?

Answer: You could specialize in any of the other related fields, like Finance, marketing, administration, entrepreneurship, or human resources. The pay will vary, but many top managers in Kenya have a BCOM or

Do I need to know programming to be good in Computer Science?

Question: I am a First Year in Campus, majoring in Computer Science. I am 3-4 weeks in campus and would appreciate some help. I didn't do any programming before, but liked computers and math. I did pretty good in high school in almost all the subjects. However, now at campus, some students in my class have done some sort of programming before which makes me feel a bit stressed. I talked to my professor about it, and he said I would be at a little disadvantage, but should be fine after couple of chapters. So far I didn't have any big issues with the course, but its only been 3-4 weeks.

So what advice would Computer Science and and Software engineers give me in general?

Also I wanted to ask about how the career outlook is of Computer Science degree holders. I have done some research of my own and I know that some programming jobs tend to get outsourced (though not as much as some people make it sound). I also know that Computer Science is growing as a career, and jobs

What are the job prospects for thsoe who want to study Computer Science + Economics?

Question: What are the job prospects for a Bachelors in Computer Science + Bachelors in Economics?

Answer: What is your post-graduation goal?

If you want to go into computing with economics and finance applications, taking some economics courses like intermediate micro and macro economics, econometrics, and financial economics may be helpful, but you would not necessarily need a full economics degree. Indeed, even for Postgraduate programs in

I'm taking a first course in programming. What should I do to excel?

Question: I have just finished high school and I'm good in math, but I haven't done any courses in programming, what is the best unit to start with? This would be for a student who might consider a computer science degree depending on whether they end up enjoying programming.

Answer:  There are many useful resources on the internet. For a beginner with no prior programming experience I'd consider learning about HTML/CSS/JavaScript first before doing any object-oriented programming or server-side scripting. The Computer Science  course is not challenging at all, considering

What kind of Jobs are available for those with degree in Mathematics?

Question: Other than being an actuary or being a teacher/ lecturer, what are the main types of entry level jobs for a bachelor's or master's in Mathematics? Mathematics is in my top two degrees I'm considering, but I'd like to know what opportunities it would give me.

Answer:  A Statistics/Computer Science emphasis can be used for the "big data" industry that is currently huge, which could see you work in government parastatals, in banks and financial institutions, as well as

Is a Masters in Computer Science Worth It?

Question: I'd only be doing it for financial gains and better job opportunities. However I've heard that many companies are becoming skeptical as to whether cs masters are better hires than cs bachelors. However this probably only applies to people who didn't get a bachelors in cs in the first place. If I do get a bachelors in cs are the benefits of a masters worth staying in school and delaying industry experience? This would be important for me so I can decide whether to focus on co-op/internships or research in undergrad.

Answer.  It's typically not if you are graduating with a Bachelors in Computer Science. Industry experience will be much more valuable right out of school. Perhaps later down the road it may make sense to go for a

Thursday, 17 October 2013

I'm not feeling too good about my degree- Should I choose electrical engineering or Computer engineering?

It must be a very tough decision for you choosing between computer engineering and Electrical engineering.

If you love programming just as much as you like circuitry, digital design, etc. Then Ultimately it comes down to EE ( electrical engineering) because it seems to me that most Computer engineers end up working in some sort of computer science/software-oriented type of job, seeing as how software jobs seem to have MUCH more job opportunities compared to hardware (from what I've seen, there's at least 5 internship//full-time postings for software for every 1 hardware). I feel like in a lot of cases with Computer engineering, you would end up being a code expert, and which means you would be staring a hundreds/thousands of lines of

Environmental engineers, what do they actually do?

Question: Hello, I am currently a first year engineering student just seeking some information on what an environmental engineer really does. I started engineering with the idea of fixing the environment and doing such things as air pollution control, waste water management, bio remediation etc. I've started to read up on what engineers generally do on a daily basis and it seems its far from what I thought it would be. From what I've read, most engineers work in offices doing paperwork rarely ever leaving to do work in the field or the lab. This is a huge issue for me, the whole reason I want to go into environmental engineering is to be able to work in the lab or in the field and actually see the impact I have. I would like to be able to actually develop solutions to environmental issues through the creation of systems and applications of science. So, if anybody has any information on what an environmental engineer actually does on a daily basis, it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:  There are lots of ways to divide up the various job descriptions, but it usually breaks down along the lines of permitting and compliance, remediation, and due diligence. Obviously if you work in heavy industry you do more of the first, if you work for a remediation company more of the second, and if you

Is Petroleum Engineering a good major to get into now?? HELP

Question: I just cleared my high school and will be graduating and going to college soon , and since I was in high school I always wanted to be a petro engineer. But as I'm doing more research I'm seeing that the job market has dropped. I just really need some opinions to see if when I graduated university in 2018 I would be able to get a job let alone a good paying one. And please help soon I need as much info asap I will be sending out applications soon and I need to know if I should change the degree I picked.

Answer: The job market is going to be impossible to predicted in 5 years but I do believe the petroleum engineering market is going to be lucrative, especially with the discovery of oil in Turkana and Northern Kenya, as well as the geothermal drilling projects taking place in Kenya. If you are passionate about

5 Career Tips for the Campus Fresher.

Attending a huge school can be very hard to grasp. With thousands of students, it’s hard to imagine making such an immaculate campus your new home. These tips are a sure way to guarantee a smooth and lasting transition into a university!

  1. Don’t freak out! You will meet TONS of people freshman year and feel overwhelmed. There will be people you immediately connect with and end up being your best friends twenty years later. Do not feel obligated to stay in touch with everyone you meet. Keep those you want to see and forget those you don’t “click” with. Learning to let go of people sooner rather than later will save you so much energy and unnecessary stress.
  2. Don’t put up with pointless drama. Some people thrive on it (hence why high school will always be their favorite time),but luckily most people hate it. There’s enough room at a big school to not be

2 Career Tips for Today's Campus Students.

Here are 3 tips to help you create a productive and memorable campus experience… and most of all, to deeply enjoy this time in your life.

1. Answer the question, “Why am I going to campus/ college?”

Many campus students really don’t have a clear reason for being there other than the fact that they don’t know what else to do yet.  They inherit goals from family and peers which aren’t truly their own.  That was how many people started college.  Is this you as well?

Your goals for college will likely be different than from your friend.  What are they?  Why are you there?  If you don’t know — and I mean really know it in your gut — then you have no focal point for your

3 ways to improve your online Career profile.

In today’s competitive job market, it’s not enough just to know things. To get a recruiter’s attention, you must be able to demonstrate what you can do and do better than your career competition.

But will anyone want to see your career portfolio?

Get Organized

Spend a little time thinking about how you want to structure your portfolio. This will help you decide what should be included.

Choose a Platform

You don’t have to be a web developer or programmer to create a professional looking online portfolio. You can choose from countless user-friendly platforms and tools that help you craft your presentation. Some are

How to make Freelancing to be The Perfect “Second Career”.

Sometimes the start of your career can be tough. You’re trying your hardest to move up in your job, and an entry-level income often just doesn’t cut it. To supplement their incomes, many Generation Y take on second, part-time jobs as freelancers.

Freelancing part-time requires good time management skills. You need to be willing to devote an appropriate amount of time to both jobs for them to be worthwhile. Deciding to freelance in your spare time means you’ll

10 ways to stand out in your job search.

1. Those who view the job search as a period of life to learn, share, grow and help others succeed more quickly, with greater fulfillment, and with more value… gain from the experience.

2. Without exception, people help people they like. Be likable. Help others without asking for anything in return. Say thank you. Follow up. Actively listen. Be present.

3. Own your weaknesses and failures as a leader and as a professional. All leaders have them, too.

Top 5 Job Search Mistakes to avoid when looking for your first job.

As a university career counselor, I’ve begun keeping a record of the most common job mistakes I see students make during their search for their first professional job.

Do yourself a huge favor: avoid these unfortunate job search blunders!

1.Being Desperate
With graduation (and student loan repayment) looming, it can be difficult not to take the first job—any job!—that is offered. However, accepting a job that doesn’t align with your interests, or working in an office

5 reasons why part time jobs could burn you out.

Yesterday, we talked about why you should take up part time jobs. However, here is the dowwnside to taking up many part time jobs.

1. You may overwork yourself. If you’ve ever worked multiple jobs before, you know that 20 hours at one job and 20 hours at another rarely equal 40 hours. Travel time, lunch breaks, and the expectation to be available after hours all add time to your day.

2. Both jobs (and your personal life) may suffer. Employers want to have workers they can turn to in a pinch for extra help on special projects or other tasks. If they know you’re working multiple jobs, they may not even consider you as an option, believing you’ll be too busy with or too tired from your other part-time

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Why Working in Multiple Part-Time Jobs could be your key to happiness.

Many Kenyan celebrities work many jobs at the same time. TV anchor, producer, running their own small companies and many other roles. For example, Inspekta Mwala presents in Citizen's morning radio show, but also acts in the Citizen TV show 'Inspeta Mwala'. Other Kenyans are catching up too. If there’s a silver lining to today’s job market, it’s the increase in temporary jobs. And though many of those temporary workers were part-timers working fewer than 40 hours per week, as most job seekers will tell you, part-time work is exponentially superior to no work at all.

In our competitive job market, full-time positions are increasingly difficult to come by, but more and more employers are offering job seekers part-time temporary positions. Job seekers who carefully tailor their

4 ways to stay in touch after the end of an internship.

I know most of you are finishing up your internships. Here are some tips on how to stay in touch with your summer internship coordinator or supervisor after the internship ends:

1. Find out his or her birthday. Put this on your calendar and remember it every year for the rest of your life! Make sure to put in a personal call or email or send a card on their birthday. Everyone loves when the

8 Reasons Why You Didn't Get that Internship.

You've been doing a ton of interviewing lately and nothing seems to stick. You are interviewing for fall internships, jobs -- you'll take what you can get. You keep messing up the interview and you don't know why. Here are 8 reasons (compiled from employers) why you didn't get the job or internship.

1. You didn't sound excited or passionate about the brand, the company, the day-to-day or the interview. Overall, you sounded like you could fall asleep at any moment.

2. You hadn't been to the company website and you didn't know very much about the company.

4 Things you'll be responsible for as an intern.

As an intern,here are four things you are likely to be responsible for, especially if you are in business, arts, or IT fields.

1. Go with your boss to several meetings and take notes.
Quick Tip: You can easily practice becoming an A+ note-taker! Start today in your classes, are your notes clear and articulate? Will you be able to explain them to other people after this meeting?

2. Set meetings/travel arrangements for your boss.
Quick Tip: You'd better learn to be detail oriented. When planning meetings and making travel arrangements,

8 Ways to keep your grades up in Campus.

I got a few emails from students expressing how determined they were to keep their grades high during their four years of college. I was so impressed by their determination and wanted to help them out with some tips on how to maintain a solid grade while in campus. Here are some tips:

Balance Your Unit Load. "My admissions counselor always told me for every 2 hard classes, always take one easy class."

Stay Busy and Prioritize. "The easiest way that I do it is to stay busy and prioritize. Last year I wasn't as busy and I was just sitting on the couch and being lazy, so my grades were down. This semester I have loaded up my schedule with lots of classes and lots of activities and internships so that everything I do is

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Top 5 emerging careers of the future.

There are many careers one could puirsue, but in our opinion, here are the top five careers that you could never go wrong with in years to come.

1. Security/conflict/ terrorism studies.
As the world gets ever more insecure, security professionals will be highly sought after.

2. Cyber Security.
Our lives are shifting online,a nd we conduct more business online. This will mean that professionals who are good in safeguarding our online information will be highly sought after.

3. Data analyst/ Statistician.
Data analysts and staticians will be highly sought after as more and more information will be channeled out.

The 3 best Kenyan companies to work for.

Courtesy: Standard.
Technology provider Craft Silicon has been rated the best company to work for in Kenya.

The ranking, further demonstrates Kenya’s  growing stature as information, communication and technology hub in the region.

According to the survey Deloitte Best Company to Work For Survey 2013, Proctor and Gamble, was rated second with Kenya Finance Women Trust coming third.
Craft Silicon, is a financial solution provider in banking and micro-finance software, mobile and switch solutions.

Grand prize
Founded and headed by Kamal Budhabatti, the company won an Sh8.54 million ($100,000) grand prize at the 2010 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.
The survey analysed input of employees from 17 companies to ascertain which company they consider to be

Kenyan ICC Cases poses challenge for the West- Experts note.

THE African Union’s (AU) demand for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defer trials against Kenya’s leadership is unlikely to get United Nations (UN) Security Council support but poses a dilemma for western powers, analysts say.

An AU summit last Saturday stopped short of withdrawing from The Hague-based ICC, but it urgently asked for the deferral of the cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, so they can fulfil their duties to run the country.

"There is no chance that immunity would be granted. It is a core principle of the court: everyone must answer for his actions and especially those who are the most responsible," says Herman van der Wilt, an international

ICC- The International Controversy Court: Why its selective justice is failing Africa and the world

At the just-concluded extraordinary session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, allegations flew thick and fast about the alleged bias of the International Criminal Court.
Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and currently African Union chairman, read out the union’s collective complaint against the ICC’s “unfair treatment” of Africans, and trashed the ICC as “a condescending political instrument targeting Africa and Africans.” 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is resisting a summons to appear before the ICC for his suspected hand in organizing ethnic pogroms in his country in 2007-08, said the ICC was a racist “toy of declining imperial powers.” The summit ended with a joint recommendation that President Kenyatta skip his trial at

Eric Wainaina Lands a Leading Role on TPF6

Celebrated Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina has just had another feather added to his sombrero. Last night, after a period of long speculation, the 40 year old singer-songwriter was unveiled as the new Tusker Project Fame 6 academy principal.

Eric takes over from Hellen Akoth Mtawali who had been the reality show’s academy principal in the previous seasons. Eric shot into the limelight in 2001 when he launched his debut album, Sawa Sawa.

7 Things About Papa Shirandula's Kawira You Did Not Know, but you should know.


1.She is not as inexperienced as her character Kawira though she is as determined and chatty as her character.

2.She is very religious and attends the Jubilee Christian church which belongs to the famous televangelist Kathy Kiuna and her husband.

3.She actually has some mad deejaying skills but had to quit due to her spiritual nature.
4.She is a sucker for movies.
5.Her mum is her number one fan and her pillar of support.

6.She is the last born of three girls and was raised by her mother after her dad passed way when she was

Shocking details of abortion in Kenyan Universities.

A month after a reckless night of fun, her periods go missing and the young man responsible gets a chilling ‘baby, we need to talk’ text message.
Courtesy Standard

This is when reality and deep regret check in. That is the time the two lovebirds realise they are barely 20 years old, unemployed and with a baby on the way. What will they tell their parents? Never mind that college students treat pregnancy tests like STDs, such that when the result is positive, then it is a negative — bad. With all this factors at play, only one solution remains — abortion.

So far, one rural university has the dubious honor of being the national leader in rampant cases of abortion. Instances of multiple abortions by the same students are no longer worthy of the spotlight.

Once again, no winner for $5m African leader prize.

A foundation that offers a $5m prize to leaders of African countries who excel in office and then step down when they are supposed to has declined to give the award for the second straight year.
Salim Ahmed Salim, who chaired the prize committee for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said the committee considered every African head of state or government who retired in the last three years. Committee member

Top Kenyan Companies to attend Africa innovation summit.

Industry giants HP, Google, Oracle and IBM are just some of the high profile global organisations attending Innovation Africa 2013 in Botswana this month.

The summit, being held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre from 15-17 October, will also be hosting a record number of ministers and officials from various African ministries of education, ICT and science & technology.

It has been organised by AfricanBrains, part of The Brains Network, and is being held under the Patronage of The Botswana Ministry of Education & Skills Development. It will feature a welcome address by Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The purpose of the summit is to connect industry to government and civil society whilst continuing the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research in sub-Saharan

Kenya's security ranked among worst in Africa.

Kenya’s national security is among the worst in Africa, a new report says.
The latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) report released in London Monday groups Kenya with failed nations like Somalia and others facing unmanageable security situations at the bottom of the list ranking 52 African nations.
The IIAG was set up in 2007 by Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim (right) to promote good governance in Africa.
Kenya is in position 42 and ranks as poorly in personal security for its citizens and visitors as in the safety and rule of law indexes at 36 and 33, respectively.
Speaking to the Nation shortly after releasing the report, the founding executive director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Ms Hadeel Ibrahim, said Kenya’s performance was largely affected by its unstable neighbours

Kenya, Rwanda, to partner on laptop project.

Kenyan parliamentarians will continue working closely with their Rwandan counterparts to ensure the proper development of policies and strategies that will promote the sector within the two sister countries.
The pledge was made by a visiting delegation of Kenyan legislators currently in Kigali on a one-week study tour to gain knowledge on different government policies that would help inform their legislative work.
While visiting Mount Kenya University, Kigali Campus on Wednesday, the lawmakers said that for the

Monday, 14 October 2013

Senator Naisula Lesuuda talks of her journey to the top.

The 29 years old is a nominated senator and a peace ambassador with Peace Caravana and Naisula Lesuuda Foundation is one young woman who is doing amazing things in Kenya.

Naisula Lesuuda
She was a journalist before she became a politician. A news anchor and a morning show host at KBC, during which time she was assigned stories in Samburu and other marginalized areas where she saw all sorts of problems on the ground and felt she had to do something about it.

Kenyans Reactions After Dr. Matsanga's One Man Show on NTV Last Night

Last night, NTV's Larry Madowo hosted Ugandan peace negotiator, Dr. David Matsanga. This came just a few days after Jeff Koinange hosted him on his show.

Matsanga is very vocal in matters Anti-ICC. He believes President Uhuru should not make an appearance at the Hague based court, because the evidence against him is fake. He says witnesses were coached and paid

Are you looking for a scholarship?

Do you know anyone who is looking for a scholarship. Then KTN Business Focus host, Joy Doreen Biira, is looking to sponsor two students in school. In her facebook page she says, " I'd like to pay school fees for two young children of the ages of 4 and above in remote areas anywhere in East Africa and from families that cannot afford to take their children to school."

Those who want to submit names can do so through her Facebook Page. 

Billionaire Chris Kirubi Advice On Starting A Business

Chris Kirubi
If someone should be giving advice to young people on how to make it in the world of business, then it should be from none other than multi billionaire Chris Kirubi. The man has had immense success in real

UK newspaper reports ICC may suspend Kenyan cases.

A UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reports that the UN security council is considering suspending the Kenyan cases at The Hague.
Western diplomats are preparing a UN Security Council resolution that would put the International Criminal Court (ICC) case on hold after the African Union lodged objections to the trial.Sources said the resolution was to avoid a damaging stand-off between the court and African states over charges faced by Mr Kenyatta

MKU sponsors House Team to Rwandan Laptop schools.

The Parlimentary Committee on Education is on a three-day familiarization tour of Rwanda's primary schools laptop project.

Headed by its chairperson Sabina Chege, the committee seeks to with best practices, insights on the practicality of the project, and challenges, as the Kenyan government prepares to issue laptops to Standard One pupils beginning January, 2014.

The tour is sponsored by Mount Kenya University's Institute of Capacity Building. Rwanda applies the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) method of bringing digitization to schools, invented by Massachusetts Institute of

Africa's richest live in South Africa, and Nigeria- New report shows.

According to The Ventures magazine,  Africa has 55 dollar billionaires — more than previously thought — with most of them living in Nigeria and South Africa.
The Forbes list put the fortune of Africa’s billionaires at nearly $145bn.

The list of African billionaires now rivals that of Latin America, which Forbes said was home to 51 super-rich. Asia, which includes fast-growing China, has 399 dollar billionaires.
The Financial Times said the surge in energy prices helped drive the increase in Africa’s super wealthy.

Kenyan Company Develops Virtual Office Software For Chamas.

Digital Vision EA, a Kenyan technology company, has developed a web application that enables investment groups to automate their financial records and systems, from collection to investment, allowing for more transparency and efficiency in operational activities.

Dubbed Chamasoft, the product enables groups, popularly referred to in Swahili as ‘Chamas’, to monitor collection and investment of funds and track group income and expenditure. Through the cloud based software, chama members are also able to view group accounts on a dashboard such as their group

Desmond Tutu criticises AU summit bid to withdraw from ICC.

In an opinion column in The New York Times, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has criticized the AU summit for its bid to have the African states pull out of the ICC.

"MEMBERS of the African Union will met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss recent calls by some African leaders to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. These calls must be resisted. The continent has suffered the consequences of unaccountable governance for too long to disown the protections offered by the I.C.C.

Those leaders seeking to skirt the court are effectively looking for a license to kill, maim and oppress their

Microsoft kicks off training for Kenyan developers.

Microsoft's 4Afrika Initiative is delivering a week of immersion training sessions for over 40 Developers from innovation hubs and universities namely: Mlab in Kenya, HiveColab , Microsoft Innovation Centre among other innovation centres.

The first set of trainings involves a full week of exciting, deep dive technical trainings on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Azure platform. These trainings will be delivered by experienced technical specialists as we value the importance of the App Stars and the role they will play in our ecosystem. We will

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Top 10 Kenyan Parastatals to work for.

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Parastatals and many commissions are paying salaries that we in the private sector can only dream of. For instance KRA pays its graduate trainees a cool Sh 68,000 where as many private sectors will start at Sh 25 – 35K

From a survey on employees working in different parastatals, we found out the Best paying Parastatals in Kenya organized in no order.

1. Parliamentary Service Commission

2. Kenya Revenue Authority

3. Kenya Pipeline Company

Top 20 best paid Kenyan lawyers.

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Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Senior Council Kenya
There are many legal minds in Kenya who we admire for their prowess, expertise and demeanor in handling their cases. Although there is no formal ranking of lawyers in Kenya, there are those who have successfully handled various cases and are experts in various areas of law and perhaps role models to many.

So who are they? Truly Kenyan polled more than 1000 law students from various universities  and below is a list of 20 brilliant legal minds in Kenya surveyed.

1. GEORGE ORARO – Senior Counsel) (SC)
He is the founder and Senior Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates. In the span of his 35 years of service

Kenyan among the shortlisted for CNN Hero Awards.

A Kenyan is one of the ten shortlisted candidates for this year’s CNN Hero of the Year Award. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya from Enoosaen in Transmara, Narok County has been shortlisted because of what has been described as 'inspiring change in her native Kenyan village.' After becoming the first woman in the village to attend college in the US, she returned to open the village’s first primary school for girls. Today, Ms Ntaiya helps provide an education - and much more - to 155 girls.

Ntaiya and Mr George Bwelle from Cameroon are the only contestants from Africa. Bwelle, for decades, watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor himself, Bwelle

The rise and rise of KRA Commissioner John Njiraini.

Mr. Njiraini was born on 20th December 1957 in Kirinyaga District.
He is awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) for his role in national development.
In an interview for the Controller of Budget, Njiraini got the highest scores for but failed to get the post which went to Agnes Nangira Odhiambo for purposes of regional balnce.

In 2012, Njiraini applied for Commissioner General’s post and guess what he still scored the highest 86.7

How Teacher Wanjiku made 6 million from the Airtel deal.

Caroline Wanjiku Tharau only needed one season at Churchill Show to change her life forever. Using the stage name Wanjiku the Teacher, the comedian has become one of the pillars at the current season of Churchill Show.

Appearing every fortnight, Wanjiku is always worth the two weeks wait.

Riding on her popularity, mobile service provider, Airtel, made her the face of one of their campaigns. Appearing on TV, newspaper, radio and billboards, Wanjiku has done a splendid job promoting Airtel's 2

Safaricom Foundation and M-farm team up to help farmers.

Safaricom has incorporated M-farm app into its applications. MFarm is an app that helps farmers know the price of their produce, and find buyers. Mfarm will benefit from Safaricom's large subscriber base, while Safaricom will Foundation hopes to help farmers improve their livelihoods.

Malkiat Singh to make a million dollars from book royalties.

Courtesy Business Daily.
Renowned publisher Malkiat Singh is set to make close to one million dollars, following an acquisition by Longhorn publishers.

Longhorn on Wednesday said that it has concluded a deal that will see Mr Singh receive Sh83 million in cash and royalties from the sale of his books—which are expected to generate about Sh200 million annually or

Meet Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote.

The richest person in Africa, according to African Ventures, is Nigerian Aliko Dangote, who made his estimated $20.2 billion through manufacturing. African Ventures reports that Dangote, 56, started building his fortune 30 years ago by trading in commodities such as flour, sugar, rice and cement. Early this century, he moved into manufacturing and the Dangote Group is now the largest manufacturing conglomerate in west

Strathmore partners with softlock for security courses.

Strathmore University's iLab has launched a security academy in partnership with Egyptian Security solutions provider, Softlock. The courses to be offered are targeted at students, software developers, security specialists and business executives. The length of the courses will range from 1 day to 10 days, with varying intensity and focus on each of the courses.

The shortest course will be the 1 day course targeted at business executives, which skips the finer details and aims at providing security knowledge and guiding them on how to manage IT risks. A 4 day course is

African states in bid to withdraw from ICC.

Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court faces an acid test today (Saturday), with 54 heads of state and government holding an unprecedented summit on the global body.

On the table for the continent on the ICC — which has been accused of targeting African leaders — are three key proposals, according to sources.
The most drastic — mass withdrawal from the Rome Statute — is expected to feature, though Kenya’s

Friday, 11 October 2013

How you can make your career more meaningful?

How many people truly experience their work as meaningful? Large numbers of people do not. Across all manner of occupations, from petrol station attendants to bankers, surveys reveal large numbers of people failing to find meaning in what they do.

So what do you do if you’re not in a setting where meaning is obvious — because your organization, for example, exists to provide life-saving technology or to raise people out of poverty? What if you work in place where management is unaware or unconcerned that it could do more to infuse the daily grind with a

African Inventor builds a 3D printer from scratch.

Kodjo Afate Gnikou has imagination, talent and ambition.
Using rails and belts from old scanners, the case of a discarded desktop computer and even bits of a diskette drive, he has created what is believed to be the first 3D printer made from e-waste.
It has taken him several months to put together his experimental device. Lifting designs off a computer, the 3D printer produces physical objects. He shows us by “printing” a small round container.

And it doesn’t stop there – the 33-year old says he believes this model is only the prototype for something much larger. His aim is to one day transport e-waste to Mars to create homes for mankind.

Intel treats Kenyan girls to a tech date

Intel, an American chipmaker, has launched a countrywide initiative that will see more girls delve into developing apps.

The initiative, otherwise dubbed Akarachix, will take girls interested in coding through a two-day free training workshop in Nairobi, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa.
Ms Agatha Gikunda, Lead for Intel Software and Services Group in East Africa said through the initiative, the firm hopes to combine the power of technology and education as an agent of social and economic

Opinion: Why Africa's leadership needs to change.

'Book Knowledge’ alone not enough to overcome leadership gap in Africa'

African countries have made strides in producing educated people with the ability to run businesses and organizations but more needs to be done to equip them with the leadership skills needed to run major corporations and entities that have a global reach, participants at the 9th biennial of the U.S.-Africa Business Summit were told in the second day of the summit that has attracted over 1,000 business and government leaders from the US and Africa.

Speaking to a capacity crowd in what turned out to be one of the most popular sessions of the conference, a

Uhuru in push to have ICC cases stopped.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to have the ICC case against him stopped citing “serious, sustained and wide-ranging abuse on the process of the court carried out by” three witnesses against him in collaboration with the court’s investigators.
He alleges that his witnesses have been intimidated or interfered with to change their testimony “for reward”.
In an application made late Thursday, his defence team wants the judges to either stop the case permanently

Will Kenya be Africa's next big oil exporter?

Kenya has moved a step closer to becoming an oil exporter after a new discovery in the north of the country.
British company Tullow Oil announced in late September that drilling work had revealed the presence of oil in the Auwerwer and Upper Lokone sandstone reservoirs. The company will now carry out further tests.
For the company, which began drilling in Kenya last year, this is the fourth consecutive discovery of oil there. Earlier this year, the firm decided there was enough oil for commercial exploitation of reserves in the country’s Turkana area.

In a statement, Angus McCoss, Tullow’s exploration director, said: “This success is further evidence of the

Konza City listed among Africa's 5 next big projects.

Konza City is a $9.2 billion dollar ( Kshs. 750 billion) technology and financial metropolis project located southeast of Nairobi.
Dubbed the "African Silicon Savannah" the project is part of "Vision 2030," the Kenyan government's plan to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

The government expects the city to provide 100,000 jobs and will include a business district, a university,

Knut elections to split teachers.

Campaigns for the teachers union boss intensified Thursday, with officials in Rift Valley endorsing Mr Wilson Sossion while those in Nyanza backing Mr Mudzo Nzili.
The two Kenya National Union of Teachers chiefs are locked in a fierce battle for the secretary-general seat that fell vacant after the death of Mr David Okuta.
Mr Sossion (the chairman) is eyeing the post while Mr Nzili (the acting secretary-general) is seeking

Kenyan students win scholarships to UK Universities.

Nine Kenyans have won prestigious scholarships to study Masters Degrees in the United Kingdom, under the British Government funded Chevening Scholarship Scheme.
The British High Commissioner, Dr. Christian Turner announced the awards, to the value of over £171,000 (23m shillings) when he hosted the youth of Kenya event at his Muthaiga Residence on Thursday evening. The event, which was sponsored by Chase Bank, was attended by Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Art, Dr. Hassan Wario, a former Chevening scholar himself, Buuri Member of Parliament Kinoti Gitobu, other former Chevening scholars, and various young Kenyan leaders.

Masinde Muliro, Utalii compete for Miss Tourism.

It has been a busy week as the search for the fairest from each county was sought. The winners from each county will be representatives at the Miss Tourism Kenya 2013 finals.
Mombasa county held their finals at scenic Fort Jesus where Habiba Aisha, 23, a sales executive at Toyota Kenya was crowned Miss Tourism Mombasa County.
Meanwhile in a celebration of its own, 16 models competed for the Miss Tourism Elgeyo-Marakwet title. Rachel Ruto, a second year student at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) was crowned fairest of them all.
Ruto couldn't hide her excitement and promised she will use her position to market the county as one of the

Kenyan tech firms accuse government of favouring multinationals.

Kenya’s local technology firms have expressed fears of being overlooked in favour of multinationals by newly formed county governments in tenders and contracts for revenue collection.

Kenya’s counties are currently looking for companies that will develop back-end systems to plug the rising incidents of revenue leaks after the establishment of the Public Finance Management Act, which mandates them to establish systems that manage funds effectively.

The Standard reports local tech companies claim the framing of the expression of interests (EOIs) to develop

Thursday, 10 October 2013

How to construct your Career castle.

Building a successful career is arduous. No matter what you bring to the undertaking, you need a vision: not just a destination but an inspiration. Direction and drive will serve you well but you’ve got to see where you’re headed to push forward and progress toward your goal.

Start by defining your dream. Consider these questions: What place would feel magical? With whom would you like to share that space? What sort of conversation would you like to have with them? What sort of

Maseno University denies student hostel shortage.

Maseno University has said it has enough accomodation for its students. Director of Communication Jasper Otieno dismissed allegation of acute shortage of accommodation and lecture halls.
"There is no student in Maseno University who sleep in tent. All the students who secured University accommodation reside in the University hostels," he said.
Otieno was reacting to claims that the shortage has forces some students to use tents for group discussions,

President Kenyatta unlikely to appear at ICC.

Even as African heads of state prepare to gather for an African Union summit on Saturday, where they could debate the possible exit of some African countries from the International Criminal Court, Kenyan officials are warning that President Uhuru Kenyatta may not appear in person at The Hague next month for his trial.
"He has cooperated fully with the court up until now," Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told a news conference held in front of the president's downtown Nairobi office on Wednesday. She was referring to past

Cabinet secretary urges Kenyan Universities to raise their own funds.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said public universities should look for alternative sources of money. He said they should stop relying on government funds for development.
Kaimenyi said that the government will not be able to meet the institutions' demands because the university education budget is limited. He said chancellors should work with various university councils' to explore

Africa billionares increase to 55- new report shows.

Africa Ventures magazine estimates that there are 55 African billionaires, contrary to an earlier report by Forbes that had put the number at 40. The ventures magazine editor in chief continued that the 55 was on the conservative side, and there more hidden billionaires in Africa. put the average net worth of Africa's billionaires at $2.6 billion and their average age at 65. The magazine reports that Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote is the richest African worth $20.2 billion. 2o Nigerians are listed as billionaires in the list. The oldest billionaires are Kenyan industrialist Manu

Kenya urged to set up diaspora bond.

The ratings agency, Moodys, has urged Kenya to set up a diaspora bond, in order to take advantage of the large number of Kenyans abroad. According to the Central bank, remittances from abroad are nearly 80 billion shillings, but most of the money goes to consumption, rather than to production. A diaspora bond

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Private Universities compete for lucrative parallel students.

Competition for students among private universities in Kenya is intensifying, with institutions taking to both the electronic and print media to advertise programmes and display achievements. The private higher education sector is thriving, and now enrols 20% of all students.

Some universities are going a step further, buying expensive airtime on television and in print media, showcasing prominent alumni they consider role models – mostly successful media and corporate personalities – to prove that they have produced world-class professionals, in the hope that such displays will

130 groups call for African countries to back ICC.

130 groups from across Africa called on African members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a letter made public today to affirm their support for the court at an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU). The meeting is scheduled for October 11 and 12, 2013, in Addis Ababa.

The groups, from 34 countries, said African countries should support the ICC as a crucial court of last resort, including for its current cases on crimes committed during Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007-2008. The relationship between the ICC and some African governments has faced renewed challenges

6 ways to develop humility as a leader.

How can you as a leader develop humility, and be a better leader? Here are six ways you can do it;

1. Know what you don’t know.
Resist “master of the universe” impulses. You may yourself excel in an area, but as a leader you are, by definition, a generalist. Rely on those who have relevant qualification and expertise. Know when to defer and

Strathmore University to stir solar revolution in Kenya.

Kenya is a leader in eastern and central Africa region when it comes to the adoption of solar power. In fact, only South Africa has more installed solar capacity on the continent.
What is not mentioned, though, is that almost all of the solar power installations in the country are stand alone - such as home solar systems – rather than connected to the national grid.
The Kenyan government has been trying to encourage more solar power use by making it easier for investors

Old KU Students become fresher's landlords.

Some Kenyatta University students are now renting out their rooms to freshers as accommodation crisis continues to bite.
The September intake has seen many first year students struggle to get rooms within the campus.
Campus Vibe correspondent says some students are now making a kill by charging higher rental fees.

UK firm develops mobile payments solution for Africa content.

A UK firm, Bango, is set to improve navigation through the complex mobile payment market in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Bango, based in Cambridge in the UK and Africa-based MMIT have joined forces to launch M- Iflọ, a safe payment solution that enables online transactions for digital content.
Bango CEO Ray Anderson said M-Iflọ was tailored to the needs of industry leaders in mobile content.
Anderson said: “There’s a smartphone boom in Africa and a frustrated demand for digital content. App stores and other merchants have been waiting for the reassurance of M-Iflọ, which limits the risk of doing

Mount Kenya University to build first Research centre.

Mount Kenya University plans to establish a research centre for students. Speaking during the closure of the first international research conference at Safari Park Hotel, MKU Pro-chancellor Prof Chacha Nyaigoti said the research centre will be the first of its kind in Kenya and East Africa.
Chacha said no university can do without research. He said in the modern society, publications alone cannot

Broken MKU elevator causes panic among students.

Five students escaped unhurt after their lift jammed.
However, the students of Mt Kenya University’s school of business, Annex branch, were left in shock.
Sources told The Standard Campus Vibe that the students were on the lift to the seventh floor but on reaching the sixth, the elevator suddenly slid back to the basement.

Kenyatta University to Build a state of the art Business Centre

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY will construct a multimillion shilling business centre dubbed Uni-City at the main campus.
The project will be implemented in three major phases.
The first phase will see the construction of a hyper market͵retail shops͵banks and Atms͵ a petrol station and a spacious car park.
A convention centre͵ a hotel and a recreation park will be built in the second phase while an office block and an apartment will be constructed in the third phase.
The Uni-City will be next to three major transport networks including a railwayline, Thika Superhighway and

Internet access still low in Public universities- Vice Chancellor says.

Only 13% of students in public universities have e an access to the internet. This is according to the vice chancellor at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology JKUAT Prof Mabel Imbuga.
Speaking during the presentation of laptops to the first year students at the university, Imbuga said public

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

What next after you've been fired?

You’ve just received word that you’ve been fired. Or perhaps the company has gone through a re-structuring and eliminated your job — and you’ve been told that none of the managers you’ve worked with over the years have a position for you on their team. This comes as a shock to your system, especially if you’ve enjoyed a record of success up to this point in your career.
 While there are some practical things to attend to — negotiating your severance, signing up references, and agreeing with the company on a storyline about the reason for your exit — your most important action item is

Samsung partners with JKUAT to bring laptops to schools.

Electronic giant, Samsung has come into agreement with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to subsidize the cost of laptops for its student.
Samsung, at the signing ceremony held in JKUAT revealed that it reduced the rates of computers by 27 percent to encourage the use of computers among students of the institution, adding however that only first

How women can rise faster in their careers.

According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an authority figure on talent and humen resource, here are three things that women can do to rise faster in their careers;

1. Always project professionalism. Take notice of your appearance. Appear polished, but not provocative; 73% of leaders surveyed for the Center for Talent Innovation’s research on executive presence cite provocative clothing as the number one appearance blunder for a woman attempting to climb the career ladder. This is not to suggest that you lose your personal style in the workplace. But it’s imperative that your clothing, makeup, hairstyle, body language, and communication style don’t give the wrong impression. 

2. Meet your Career sponsor in public. Coffee in the conference room, lunch on campus, or a restaurant well-trafficked by office personnel where you can take the opportunity to wave to colleagues and

Kenya's first Wi-fi matatu increases fortunes for owner.

Matatus - the ramshackle public mini-buses seating between 14 and 24 people that zip along the streets of Kenya's capital Nairobi - carry a third of the city's residents to and from work each day.
The journey from the city centre to the working-class suburb of Rongai takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Yet inside the "Ferguson" matatu - named for its colourful images of the former Manchester United manager - half a dozen passengers seem oblivious to the length of their commute.

Monday, 7 October 2013

How to build your personal brand as an introvert.

Despite the common misperception that all introverts are shy, and vice versa, they’re two very different phenomena. (Author and introversion expert Susan Cain defines shyness as “the fear of negative judgment,” while introversion is “a preference for quiet, minimally stimulating environments.”). 

It’s true that many of the best ways to establish your brand in the professional world are still weighted toward extroverts: taking leadership positions in professional associations, starting your own conference or networking group, or — indeed — embracing public speaking (all of which frequently entail extended social contact).
Over time, I’ve learned “when to say when” and graciously call it an evening. But for many introverts, it’s a

Kenyatta, Manu Chandaria, make it to Africa's billionaire rich list.

The combined fortune of Africa’s 55 billionaires is about 150 billion dollars. The average net worth of the members of this exclusive club is $2.6 billion, while the median age of the richest people in Africa is 65 years. The oldest billionaires are Kenyan industrialist, Manu Chandaria, and Egyptian property tycoon, Mohammed Al-Fayed, both aged 84. The youngest billionaires are Mohammed Dewji of Tanzania and Igho Sanomi, a Nigerian oil trader. They are both 38 years old.

Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt lead the pack with the highest number of billionaires at 20, nine and eight

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

In today’s resource-constrained environment, many of us are delivering 120% on the current demands of our job—but devoting little time to developing ourselves further or positioning ourselves for a future move. The business environment changes quickly and sometimes unpredictably and, if we don’t shift along with it, we risk becoming irrelevant.

If you’re ambitious but your job offers you limited opportunities for exploration and growth, what can you do to develop new skills? Below are six tips that can help you.

1. Stay alert and attuned to your environment. Those who want to develop themselves must create opportunities. That means coming to understand how your organization works, how it makes money, and who its key people are. This is an obvious prerequisite to figuring out how you might shift your own work in the direction of what really matters. We mostly don’t do it because of habit and inertia.  Tuning in to the