The burden of unemployment that is currently facing the country was one of the concerns raised by the guest speakers during this year’s JKUAT Career Fair, with statistics indicating that unemployment in Kenya has been on the rise with 61% of employable Kenyan unable to find jobs.
Chief Guest, Mr. Linus Kaikai, Managing Editor and General Manager for Television, Nation Media Group, while addressing students at JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Tuesday, September 27, said, the economy, growing at the rate of 5.8%, has not produced opportunities to match the number of graduates being released into the job market.
“I do not intend to ruin your Career Fair with depressing projections. My desire is to candidly paint a clear picture of our country’s context today,” said Mr. Kaikai.
Mr. Kaikai urged students to apply themselves vibrantly and have the mental agility to embrace new and innovative ways of doing things especially in this era of the technological boom.
While supporting speakers who advised students to be job creators and not job seekers, Mr. Kaikai urged the government in conjunction with industry to create a conducive environment where the youth could enjoy the choices of a well-functioning economy.
“Our youth must wake up with the hope that they too, have a better tomorrow and the government and private sector must be the peddlers of this hope,” intoned the Managing Editor.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, in a speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo acknowledged that the demand for higher education has tremendously increased with about 50,000 graduates being released to the job market.
She urged all the stakeholders to work in harmony in tackling unemployment in the country.
“As we witness the student population in our country grow, it is our mandate, as industry and academia, to do all we can to ensure that quality is not compromised even as the universities expand,” noted Prof. Imbuga.
Prof. Imbuga urged students to seek mentors who would guide them in their careers adding that they require them if they intend to reach the highest pinnacle in their fields.
Mr. Olufeyisan Olugbenga, Regional Head of Recruitment at PZ Cusson, told the students to always have a positive attitude, quest for more knowledge, and above all, be passionate in what they do.
“Your skills might get you somewhere but it is your attitude that takes you far,” advised Mr. Olugbenga.
During the first day of the Career Fair’s which is themed: Unveiling a World of Opportunities, others who also addressed the participants included: Suhayl Esmailjee, Vice President Business Development-Africa, Centum Learning Limited, Dr. Emma Theuri from IIHT, Mr. Reuben Mbindu, Chief Officer of Human Capital and Administration, Equity Bank and the Dean of Student, Mrs. Emma Omulokoli.
The three-day event organised by the Dean of Students office has attracted over 20 organisations from the private and public sectors and will end, September 29, 2016. The organisations will educate, motivate, mentor and create awareness to the students on the available and appropriate career options, choices, development and industrial linkages.