The recently merged Schools of Mathematics and Physical Sciences held their inaugural Career Fair on Monday, March 15, 2021 at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in a bid to enlighten the students on the current market trends.
Speaking during the event, the Production Executive Manager Osho Chemicals Mr. Amal Shah, called on the students to remain focused and be ready to take risks if they were to succeed in life.
“Dreams are going to be dreams if you don’t attach any goals to them,” he retorted. “Once you fall, stand up and move on,” he added.
The Career Fair was held in collaboration with Kenya Chemical Society (KCS), and attracted various stake holders from the industry. It also featured presentations on the various dimensions of career paths and entrepreneurship.
In his remarks, the Dean School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Prof. George Thiong’o urged the students to volunteer in the various industries scattered all over the country since the experience would enrich their Curriculum Vitae, and therefore attract prospective employers.
“Jobs are not as few as you think. There are fresh graduates every year and they get jobs. All that is required is self-repackaging and volunteering,” Prof. Thiongo said.
“Working experience is key in ensuring you are attractive to the employers and without which the work industry becomes difficult. This industry is a broad field with many opportunities,” he stated.
Also present at the event was the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) President Mr. Abdullahi Somo who urged the University management to support the students in furthering their careers by awarding them tenders so as to encourage them become entrepreneurs even after campus.
“The Society of Chemists has done a good job to ensure that the students are committed to their careers,” said Mr. Abdullahi. “Anything produced by the society should be used by the University instead of getting similar products from outside,” he pleaded.
Dr. Leonard Gitu, the national Chairman KCS, enlightened the students on the skills needed to succeed in the job market. He encouraged them to embrace teamwork as the success of any organization depends on the integral sum of each member’s contribution.
On the impact of the career fair, Society of Chemists vice chairlady Lindah Kariuki was appreciative of the gathering. She urged the various stakeholders to create more attachment opportunities for students to tap and improve their skills.
In Kenya, chemicals contribute a significant percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in their application in agriculture, manufacturing, energy, extractive industries (petroleum and mining), and health among others. This makes them constitute important part in our today’s society as there is hardly any economic sector where they do not play a role.