Optimism as Career Fair ends

It was the first time for the students to organize a Career day, and the aim was to provide a platform for  students to interact with their potential employers. And the event did not disappoint,  at least going by the large number of students who for three days swarmed from booth to booth to talk to industry professionals invited by the University to help students to relate their academic programmes to their future careers.

A section of students packed the Assembly Hall during the closing ceremony of Career day

The Career fair that ended, Friday July 13, 2012 brought over 35 companies to the University with their representatives who had a common message to the students;  that  career development was a lifelong process through which individuals come to understand themselves as they relate to the world of work and their role in it. At the end of the event attended by Mr. Mwatata Mwangala, CEO, Youth Development Fund, and Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor , there was general consensus that students should recognize career development  as part of their total life style that includes their occupation, education, social responsibilities and leisure time activities.

Prof. Imbuga (centre) with Mr. Mwangala (right) and Mr. Wandabusi, student leader

Mr. Mwatata Mwangala had very good news for the students. He  urged them to come forward and take advantage of the Youth Development Fund that extended  affordable loans  to individual youths and youth groups at 8 and 5 percent interest.   The fund he said that was established in 2007 to address the youth unemployment menace in the country had for the last five years – disbursed  Kshs. 5.9 billion to 158, 000 youth enterprises, provided entrepreneurship   training to  over 200,000 youths and assisted 1800 youth to market their products and services.

Prof. Imbuga with a section of media students after Career day closing ceremony

Prof. Imbuga on her part castigated the concept of white collar jobs where students hoped to secure easy jobs in the public sector saying the notion was now outdated. Prof. Imbuga instead made a passionate appeal to student to employ their entrepreneurial creativity that was now the hallmark of JKUAT training to create their own enterprises that she said would help alleviate the country’s unemployment dilemma.  Prof. Imbuga advised students, her administration had now put in place mechanisms to finance the development of student’s promising innovations ‘ to the stage of expanding the novelties to possible SME’s ‘ to support the culture of wealth creation in the country.

The vice chancellor used the occasion to warn students to be wary of the increased insecurity in the country  urging them ‘to be always their brothers keepers’. The new ultra-modern Thika superhighway she cautioned had also come with a number of security challenges advising students to ensure they used available footbridges to avoid  imminent accidents.

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