In an endeavor towards preparing students for internship and career opportunities, the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) held career talks for students in the Department of Construction Management (CONMAN) on Thursday 14th July, 2022.
The vocational orientation, which was offered to 3rd and 4th-year students pursuing Bachelors of Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Real Estate, brought on board several corporations to provide the students with information on various occupations within the industry. This was an initiative by the Interactive Construction Management Student’s Organization (ICOMSO).
The talks allowed students to make adequate occupational choices and career decisions based on the demand and requirements of the future of work. It also helped them to gain an understanding of what different careers entail while bringing the curriculum to life.
Chairperson of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) Mr. Mwazi Alphage articulated the need for the students to register as members of national and international associations which acts as doorways to professional opportunities and enable them to network with professionals in related fields.
He further provided the students with the requirements and parameters to be met for them to become members of various societies and professional bodies.
On his part, the Organizing Secretary, Institution of Surveyors of Kenya- Valuation Chapter, Mr. Okello Michael thanked the administration for preparing the interactive forum and giving students the opportunity to hear from industry players who equip the students with industry knowledge to make better-informed decisions about their future career paths.
Chairperson AAK, Quantity Surveying Chapter, Mrs. Mary Odhiambo, counseled the students to leverage on attachment and internship opportunities, as they expose them to different challenges and experiences.
Her sentiments were echoed by the Chairperson, Young Surveyors Committee, Ms. Fridah Mwangi who encouraged the students to prepare comprehensive and creative resumes and observe apt etiquette and composure during interviews.
“It is crucial that you acquire new skills that will help you progress your careers. Be advertent and keep up with the trends in your respective industries, that way, you will always be at the top of your game,” postulated Ms. Mwangi.
The Chair of Department, CONMAN, Mr. Marcan Masudi expressed his delight at the success of the career talk, saying the talks will go a long way in paving the way to economic security for the students, a factor that plays a key role in their overall well-being.
In attendance during the talks were; Career Talks Resource Person- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya, Mr. Waweru Kigo, CEO Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya, Mr. Samuel Njoroge, Mr. Molu from the National Construction Authority, the Vice Chairperson, Institution of Construction Projects Management of Kenya, Ms. Claire Anami, Mrs. Jacklyne Lekishon from the National Construction Authority of Kenya, the Chairperson Institution of Surveyors of Kenya- Building Surveyors Chapter, Mr. Mburu Michael Kiarie, Estate Agent, Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, Mr. Dalmat Kisilu and a valuer, Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, Mr. Kariuki Waweru.