Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s School of Computing and Information Technology(SCIT) organized a student mentorship programme to analyze the current trends in the ICT sector both locally and globally. The students were also taken through the technical and relevant soft skills that are in high demand within the ICT sector.
Addressing the students at the Main Campus in Juja, Tuesday February 12, 2018, Software Development Manager, Techno Brain, Mr. Augustine Alwanga, urged the students to identify their specific strengths in their fields of expertise and master it, citing that potential employers were interested in specific skills set in the modern job market.
“In order to be more marketable, you should concentrate on training and certification in a specific area of coding in order to understand yourself as a brand,” said Mr. Alwanga.
To be relevant in the profession for a prolonged period, Mr. Alwanga urged the students to be innovative in order to effectively decode emerging issues and provide inventive solutions.
Human Resource Manager, Techno Brain, Mr. Joe Mwangi, challenged the students to grasp the basic skills of self-marketing such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills and numeracy saying, it will enhance their stature from other graduates in different universities who are equally employable with equally good skills.
Mr. Mwangi stressed the need to have an active social media presence for SCIT students such as an updated LinkedIn saying it was an essential personal branding tool for all the potential employers and employees.
While noting the writing of a professional CV was a problem for many graduates, Mr. Mwangi advised that a marketable CV should be “specific and quantitative with all the skills indicated correctly”
Deputy Director, SCIT, Dr. Michael Kimwele, urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity and position themselves within the provided principles in order to advance their careers to the next stage.