Students from the College of Engineering and Technology (CoETEC), Thursday July 24, were tipped on engineering careers available in the hospitality sector; and how to prepare for the industry while on campus.
Peter Magara, Director of Engineering at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, urged the students to move beyond theory and apply learned knowledge in their everyday environments.
Magara, who delivered a guest lecture titled: Role of Engineering in Hospitality, noted that the sector is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in Africa, enlivening the hope of gainful employment for engineering graduates. He however, cautioned the students against waiting for the grand breakthrough, instead urging them to take advantage of any opportunity to join the industry, however humble.
“Learn to interact with other people instead of just concentrating on equipment. You are going to join multidisciplinary teams where people skills are critical,” exhorted Magara.
CoETEC Principal, Prof. Bernard Ikua who received Magara at JKUAT thanked the official for sharing with the students, saying that the college had lined up additional talks. Ikua also said the lecture by Magara was part of partnership between the University and Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi even as the two institutions move towards formalizing cooperation through a memorandum of understanding.
While thanking the College for organizing the session, David Chemonges, who spoke on behalf of the students, appreciated the lecture, reiterating its central place in preparing the students for the engineering industry.
Magara was accompanied by the Hotel’s Assistant Training Manager, Ms. Doreen Mwangi. The lecture was also attended by Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu and his Mechatronic Engineering counterpart, Ms. Rehema Ndeda.