Networks are crucial both in academic and career growth; students attending a mentorship event convened by the University’s Department of Construction Management have been told. The event was organized to help the students gain insights into trends as well as information on job openings.
Addressing first year students at the University, the Chairman of the Interactive Construction Management Student Organization (ICOMSO) Mr. Gilbert Gituku said practical courses such as Qualitative Analysis would boost the chances of students securing employment as it was one of the lucrative careers. He further urged the student to join professional bodies as well as attend career fairs organized by their college in order to establish networking forums.
“Networking is resourceful both in academics and later on in life. It helps develop soft skills required in the field and assist in interaction,” emphasized Mr. Gituku.
The event held on Friday March 19, 2021 was also graced by officials from the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK).
Addressing the gathering, the former Dean of Students, Dr. Rev James Wakaba urged the students to be disciplined in order to increase their chances of employment.
“Don’t get distracted by people who discourage others, if you want to end up where you want, maintain discipline,” he said.
Speaking during the event Ms. Charity Maanthi a JKUAT alumna and the Youth representative at Institute of Quantity Survey of Kenya (IQSK), urged the students to interact more with people and build on their interpersonal skills which she said, would make them attractive to prospective employers. She, however, urged them to work on time management skills to enable them beat their deadlines.
“As a student, you need to be disciplined. How you package yourself as a product equally matters”, stated Maanthi. “This will help you interact with others and perform your due diligence first, knowing what you want, what you can offer and what skills you are trying to develop that will lead you to the right attachment,” she opined.
Ms. Maanthi advised the students to join IQSK, stating that it was beneficial to them as it linked them with industry, as well as provided attachment, facilitated internships and placements, career talks and industrial visits among others.
“I am honored to be back here to encourage you to join the IQSK because its membership propelled me to a great start with my career”, said Mr. Boaz Komen, a QS alumnus and the 2020 IQSK graduate of the year. Mr. Komen is also the first ever winner of the prestigious Africa Graduate Gold Medal Award. The awards were based on his stellar academic performance, leadership and impeccable character.