Higher learning institutions gather at Education Fair
Zetech University this past weekend participated in the Higher Education and Career fair that featured private and public universities and recruiters from all over the Country, for a day of learning and interaction. Hosted by the Standard Group Media at the KICC in Nairobi, the University opened its door to participants, educating them on opportunities available in university as well as courses on offer.
Open to the public, the event focused on challenges students face when selecting courses to pursue in university as well as securing employment after graduation.
The fair incorporated an interactive panel which was aired live in KTN News, which featured Standard Media Group Human Resource Manager Joy Kafuri who challenged the visiting students to consider going beyond education and discover how best to bring out their potential and use this to stand out in the job market. She said, “A person is shortlisted for an opportunity based on skills, experience and academics. Many lack experience and HR officers look out for the applicants’ potential for mentorship and growth when conducting interviews.”
Alluding to this sentiment, Ekrah Ndugu, Secretary General, Kenya National Association of Private Colleges urged students to be tactical in choosing career choices, and consider careers that are rare but in high demand. She further commended the effort offered by the private sector to expose students to the field, which not only offers them the chance to grow their knowledge and skill but also gives them experience.
Commenting on the initiative, Zetech University Executive Director Corporate Affairs Moses Maina highlighted the impact of institutions collaborating with the public and private sectors, “Employability is an area of focus at Zetech and through partnerships with the industry, with firms like Samchi Group, IBM and Huawei, we have been able to secure internship and employment opportunities for a large number of students.” said Moses. He took time within the day to talk to guests on the most marketable courses in Kenya and why they should join Zetech.
Exhibition Committee Chairperson University of Nairobi Dr. Fred Otieno, on his part, elaborated on the need to have frequent interaction with industry for the benefit of students from the over 40 higher learning institutions that participated in the fair. Charging the students to make their career choices at a young age, he noted that a great way to start a career is through volunteering.
With a powerful conclusion from KTN presenter and moderator Jesse Rodgers, the rallying call was on institutions, government and the corporate sector to work together to boost employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the country.
Compiled by Felix Ochwal