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Tue, 2018-06-26 18:24

Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor University of Nairobi gives his remarks during the launch of the first ever Office of Career Services to be established in universities, colleges and  tertiary institutions

Employment gap between skilled university students and corporates has high hopes to be bridged.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohammed officially launched the Office of Career Services across all universities and colleges in Kenya. 

Being an impactful milestone achieved by the CS, Education, the office will enhance short courses required in different careers and in the job market. Students will also receive guidelines on their academic choices.

The launch which was hosted by University of Nairobi at its main campus, Taifa Hall on Thursday, June 21, 2018, will assist students develop education plans consistent with their life goals.  

Over and above this, the Office of Career Services will provide students with accurate information about academic progression and degree requirements. This will enable students properly plan their academic goals.

In addition, the office will help students understand academic policies and procedures. Last, but not least, students will be assisted to access campus resources that will enhance their success in academics.

Amb. Mohammed expressed her great desire to see that the employment gap between skilled university students and the corporate world greatly reduce.

Research shows that about 1 million people enter the job market every year but only 1 out of 5 are likely to get a job in the formal sector; which is a very worrying trend. Although the University of Nairobi already has a Placement office within the office of the Dean of students, this move by the government is going to provide a much-needed boost to the Office of Career Services, hence offering more opportunities for students.

Cabinet Secretary Education , Amb. Amina Mohammed, Vice Chancellor UoN , Prof. Peter Mbithi (L) during the Career Service Launch

 

The office of career services will offer academic advice which will include but not limited to;

  1. Assisting students in developing educational plans consistent with their life goals,
  2. Providing students with accurate information about academic progression and degree requirement, thus allowing students to properly plan their progress.
  3. Assisting students in understanding academic policies and procedures
  4. Helping students access campus resources that will enhance their ability to be academically successful, among others.

The CS was flagged by several stakeholders in the Ministry education, among them the Permanent Secretary for University Education and Research, Professor Ntiba who is also an alumnus of College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) also known as Chiromo Campus.

Professor Ntiba added to this conversation by describing the trouble that students go through after graduation in the search for jobs. He expressed great positivity in this new project and encouraged students to plug into the services that will be offered by this office. Some of these services will include training in short courses that supplement different careers and are important in the job market but are not necessarily taught in the University curriculum.

After the launch, the CS was then engaged in an open discussion forum moderated by Julie Gichuru, a media personality, where she further discussed a number of ministry policies and issues affecting the education system in Kenya. The students and faculty members who were drawn from different universities and colleges around the country were allowed to allowed to voice their concerns and ask direct questions which were answered by the CS.

Ms. Julie Gichuru also promised to hold more university dialogue conversations around the country in the coming weeks to keep this conversation going and help influence more policies and legislation in the education ministry.

All universities, colleges and other tertiary institutions were therefore directed to start working on opening their offices of Career Services, from July 2018.

Clive Lupao (left) a Computer Science student from College of Biological and Physical Sciences and Secretary-general of University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA) gives his view on the newly launched Office of Career Service (article written by Clive Lupao)

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