Students Tipped on Key Construction Industry Insights

Ms. Esther Mwangi from the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya making her presentation

JKUAT’s Department of Construction Management (CONMAN) in the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) in collaboration with the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) conducted a career talk for Bachelor of Real Estate students on Thursday, November 23, 2023.

The talk sought to provide the students with a comprehensive grasp of the sector, assist them in acquiring necessary skills, and present networking opportunities that would be vital to their success in the profession going forward.

The event came at an opportune time, as the Central Bank of Kenya reported that the construction industry grew rapidly in the second half of the year, from 6.4 percent to 6.8 percent in the same quarter of 2021. This has been made possible by the government’s ongoing investment in infrastructural projects.

Speaking during the event, the Chair of Department, CONMAN, Dr. James Okaka, encouraged students to seize the chances in the industry since there are numerous and there is a demand for the labor force.

A section of the students keenly following proceedings during the event

“Despite the fact that the real estate market is influenced by various factors, including economic conditions, government policies, infrastructure development, and global trends, in Kenya, the real estate sector has experienced growth in recent years, driven by factors such as urbanization, a growing middle class, and increased demand for housing and commercial properties,” Dr. Okaka said. “Which means, improved infrastructure often leads to increased property values and development opportunities,” he added.

On her part, the ISK chair of Estate Agency Chapter, Ms. Esther Mwangi encouraged students to join ISK so that they could learn about various professional development options like certificates, workshops, and training programs. She further added that the knowledge gained will enhance their competitiveness in the job market and contribute to their long-term career success.

“Take time and listen to Professionals as they will provide information on industry standards and regulations that you need to be aware of as future construction managers. Understanding these standards is crucial for ensuring the quality and safety of construction projects,” she observed.

Chair of Department Construct Management advising the students

While lauding the Department for organizing the event, Mr. David Bosire a fourth-year student pursuing BSc. Real Estate said the event was insightful noting he had learnt a lot, particularly in identifying areas for skill development.

He further said that based on the essential talents that industry experts have identified, the knowledge he had gained from the event would help him better comprehend the abilities that employers in the construction management sector greatly appreciate.

Additionally, in support of the government’s goal to increase the nation’s forest cover in order to reduce the impacts of climate change, the organizers planted trees around the Technology House during the event.

A commemorative photo of some of the Construction Management and Institute of Surveyors of Kenya members.

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