Final year students from the School of Business had an opportunity to interact with professionals from the Kenya Institute of Bankers who tipped them on how to re-position themselves through professional training in order to have a competitive edge over their peers in the job market.
Speaking to mainly fourth year students pursuing various business related courses such as Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Information Technology, the Senior Registrar of the Kenya Bankers Institute Mr. Gilbert Alela, said the Institute in collaboration with member banks and other financial institutions had developed the Bank Graduate Induction Program for graduate and undergraduate students “to equip them with the necessary professional skills and attitudes that will enhance their potential to secure employment in the banking and finance sector, while at the same time giving the opportunity to recruit young graduates with the right attitudes and skills.”
According to the Bankers Institute, the program will serve to bridge the gap between the employers and prospective employees, whereby banks will be able to identify talent for recruitment, while prospective employees on the other hand, will get an opportunity to showcase their potential before employers.
Acting Academic Affairs Registrar Dr. Esther Muoria, urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and register in the program so as to get ahead of their peers in the ever competitive job market. Drawing from her own past experience as a student, she informed the students that those who finally “acquire professional qualifications will have an advantage over their peers when it comes to securing employment opportunities.”
Principal of College of Human Resource Development Prof. Elegwa Mukulu who was accompanied by the Dean of School of Business Dr. Margaret Oloko, appreciated the officials from the Institute for according JKUAT students an opportunity to interact with the banking industry.
Prof. Mukulu reiterated that the utilitarian program would go a long way in preparing the students for the world of work upon graduating.
The banking officials will be available to engage and address students on wide range of issues relating to the professional courses and the prospects available to them in the banking and finance sector.