University graduates should ‘add value’ to their respective fields of study to better the chances of being absorbed into the dynamic job market environment, CUE Chairman advises
The Commission Chairman, Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha has urged university graduates to fully exploit their potential by infusing the knowledge acquired at university with market-oriented skills training, in a bid to increase their chances of absorption into the job market.
Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha was a guest panelist during a live televised career fair organized by the Nation Media Group at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi on 26th January 2019.
He called on parents and guardians to play a leading role in guiding their children in career choices both during and after their university studies in order for them to be better positioned for the job market.
The career fair, dubbed getting it right and hosted by the Daily Nation pull-out magazine My Network, brought together diverse providers of higher education who showcased courses and career options available to prospective students, parents/guardians and the general public. It gave university students a valuable opportunity to network with potential employers, explore careers and courses, discover internships and job opportunities. The interactions were enhanced through exhibitions, career talks and talent shows.
“I think it is erroneous for parents and students to assume that certain degrees were a panacea for employment. In addition to pursuing their areas of specialization, graduates should explore other marketable orientations to better their chances in the competitive job market either as employees or self-employed”, Prof. Nyaigotti- Chacha said.
The Chairman said this in response to the recurring debate on whether graduates were adequately equipped for the job market. The career event brought on board higher educational institutions, career counselors and human resource practitioners.
Commission Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha addresses delegates during a past event
The Chairman said that it was critical for universities to ensure that they have adequate and appropriate academic resources for their graduates to be globally competitive.
The Principal Secretary, State Department for Post-Training and Skills Development, Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot, said higher education institutions should ensure that their curricula are aligned to national development needs.
Other panelists were Dr. Kipkurui Langat, Director-General, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA); Mr. Charles Ringera, the CEO, HELB; Prof. Michael Kiptoo, Director, Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC); and Mr. Joel Okwemba, a young entrepreneur and founder of Centre for International Security Affairs.