The 3rd Annual Career Fair opened Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the JKUAT Main Campus where students from diverse academic backgrounds had a rare opportunity to interact with local and international industry players to share worthwhile experiences in the world of work and academia.
Speaker after speaker tipped students on what they need to do to re-position themselves strategically in order to reap from available and emerging opportunities in varied but competitive job market.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day event which is themed: Nurturing Careers for Sustainable Economic Development, Director of Oil & Gas, KK Services Mr. Bill Lay, gave a panoramic view and forecast of the status and growth prospects in the oil and gas industry for graduates.
Mr. Lay revealed that “a local and qualified workforce was very critical for the oil and gas sector.” This he explained, was the reason his company had ventured into training to prepare the human capacity expertise that would tap and exploit the opportunities in the oil and gas industry. He thus challenged students to prepare to take up the anticipated openings as a result of the ongoing oil and gas prospection in the country and the entire East African region.
The CEO, Kuza Biashara, Mr. Sriram Bharatam gave an insightful presentation on the Key factors on the inception of sustainable SMEs. He tipped and engaged students on: “the traits of entrepreneurs; why students make good entrepreneurs and, Why not so good students make better entrepreneurs, “and challenged them to be passionate and apply learning in their entrepreneurial endeavours.
Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga, who was represented by the Principal of College of Engineering Technology Prof. Bernard Ikua, said the event was a good platform for the students and industry and other stakeholders to share their experiences with a view of enriching the training and career choices and opportunities available in the highly competitive labour market, and encouraged students to “visit every stand, ask questions and understand specific industry needs so that upon graduation, you will all be ready for the industry.”
JKUAT Alumnus Eric Ngondi, shared his inspiring personal life experience having been raised in a humble and challenging family background and later his loss of eye sight. “When misfortunes come, there are other positive things that you can do in life,” said, Ngondi.
Mr. Ngondi, who has won a USAID Young African Leadership fellowship to study in the USA, urged students to focus on “the creator, winning attitude and accommodation,” and further asked them to be “a challenge to challenges.”
Dean of Students Ms. Emma Omulokoli appreciated the key note speakers for their enriching exposition on their particular industries, and thanked students for turning up in large numbers and appealed to them to engage with their potential employers on specific fields and employment opportunities