CAREER/WORK LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE

What next after University/College?

You have successfully finished university and it’s time for graduation and all the celebration that comes with it. So what’s next for you?

As a university graduate or young professional in Kenya, you might forget that having a certificate is not enough to actually get you a job. Ultimately, you are fresh out of University/college with zero experience and that puts you at a disadvantage in the competitive job market. But, that shouldn’t make you worried. There are plenty of options available you as a graduates or young professionals in Kenya.

 

After completing university, the next step is that you will go directly from school into job hunting in your chosen fields. However, most employers continue to protest that they cannot find skilled candidates to fill available positions.

University completion is a big achievement. Congratulations on that! But you should always keep in mind that today’s higher education institutions are not adequate to fill the ‘skills gap” that most employers complain about. It is, therefore, important for you to consider getting the practical skills that would complement your degree and kick-start your career.

 

Skills that you should work on after completing your degree

Employers have highlighted the need for you as a graduate to develop a range of transferable skills, often referred to as ‘soft skills’ to enable you to better meet the demands of the world of work.

“1 in 6 employers have difficulty finding candidates with the skills they require”

“54% of companies say that skills shortages impact their ability to serve their customers”

“1 in 3 skills in a job posting is a soft skill”

Transferable skills gap demonstrate that students require more than just knowledge to be successful. It’s about skills as well as knowledge to be successful.

These are skills that you need to have besides your degree certificate.

Critical Thinking-Problem Solving, Analysis, Reasoning/Argumentation, Creativity, Innovation

Adaptability. Personal And Social Responsibility, Continious Learning, Intellectual Interest and Curiosity, Interpretation, Decision Making, Adaptive Learning, Executive Function, Initiative, Self-Direction, Responsibility, Perserverance, Productivity, Self-Regulation, Ethics, Integrity, Self-Monitoring, Self-Evaluation,Self-Reinforcement

Communication, Collaboration, Teamwork,Co-Operation, Interpersonal Skills, Empathy/Perspective Taking, Negotiation, Leadership, Responsibility, Assertive Communication,Self-Presentation.

Strive to be excellent at your work.

Suppose you don’t get a job after University/College, what should you do?

Volunteer.

Consider volunteering. If nobody is willing to employ you then consider to offer to work without pay as long as your skills are being put into good use. That way your mind will remain engaged, keeping you on the cutting edge and making you ready for employment when the opportunity comes. It’s okay to volunteer and work without pay.

 

Suppose you don’t get a job after University/College, what should you do?

Consider Entrepreneurship.

Consider starting your own business/Company.

How many of you have registered their own companies while at the university? Very few. I registered my company after University and I wished I knew I would have registered while I was still at the university by now I would be very far than where I am currently. Although am still not complaining because the companies I started has still generated more income than I expected and I don’t regret going that route since I graduated from campus.  For more details concerning company registration CLICK HERE. 

For those of you who would like to register a LTD COMPANY either while still at the University or once you finish. But I would encourage you to register while still at the University. You can cut some costs,  some expenses and save for this noble course. If you are serious about registering a LTD COMPANY, Kindly call me on this number 0706359585.

Now, Great businesses are not solely defined by their size, industry or popularity but by: (BY CENTONOMY

  • The Impact they have on the founder, team, customers, and community.
  • The Culture they create- where people work because they want to, not because they have to.
  • How they Create Wealth substantially by having the correct Structures.
  • How they constantly translate ideas into great Opportunities, products/services.

As you consider entrepreneurship, consider your business in these dimensions: (BY CENTONOMY

  • Creating Structures  (making your business run without you)
  • Vision & Strategy ( Identifying where you are going & how to get there)
  • Evaluating Opportunities in your business & Marketing/Selling those opportunities
  • Creating the right Culture in your business.
  • Marketing (including the use of digital media & data)
  • Managing Money in business (paying yourself, understanding income, cash flow & profit etc.)
  • Raising Capital & Attracting Investors
  • Tax
  • Legal structures (intellectual property, business contracts etc.)

For further personal online lessons on entrepreneurship, wealth creation, financial freedom classes, budgeting your money, savings, investment ideas visit CENTONOMY LTD CLICK HERE

 

Suppose you don’t get a job after University/College, what should you do?

Consider Doing Online Jobs. You can start doing online jobs while at the University

Yes Online jobs exist. Those who are already aware of it are making a kill. I started here after finishing University and I still do online jobs though on part time basis and I earn upto Kshs 50,000 per month on this and I am even aiming higher figures in this niche. You can also venture into this niche. Get intouch with me on 0706359585.

Lastly we cant forget Branding yourself as you prepare to look for a job. Your Cv: Very Important Document.

You should also brand yourself as you prepare to job hunt/seek after university/College.

You should also brand yourself as you prepare to job hunt/seek after university/College.

CV WRITING as a fresh graduate

 

Summary for you job experience, it should have previous experience,
and qualification of the job. Before you begin writing your Cv understand
what the job is looking for first. If you are applying for project
management, tailor your Cv according to the project management. Any
experience should be relevant to the job you are applying for.
Something else employers are looking for is how long you have stayed
in a particular position. Employers are not looking for people who who
have stayed in a position for 3months. Gaps in your Cv communicates
sth. If you are leaving every job after every 6 months. There is a
problem.
Employers also want to understand where you took your professional
training.
Another thing is organization. How organized is your Cv? You could have
all these but information is scattered everywhere. You need to have a
well organized Cv.
Most important in contact is email and telephone number
Whatever position, employers are looking for a person who is mature,
they can tell your personality from the small details you are presenting,
so come up with something professional.
Profile: short summary of the kind of experience and expertise you have
Education background: Start from most recent to the last one
At this level if you have relevant training you can indicate here: just
include year if it is 3months/s days
Competencies: basic skills employers are looking for which is different in
organizations eg Knowledgeable in…expert in…..skilled in
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P.O.BOX 15873-00100
NAIROBI, KENYA
Work history (most important part in a cv); Title, name of organization,
duration(6yrs to 5yrs), basically to understand where you have worked
(is it an SME, International)
Duties and responsibilities: What was it that you are handing and see
whether you are able to work at what we want here
Achievements; You have been in an organization, there are things you
have changed/achieved that was not there when you joined, you need
to include them here/ they need to come out here.
A Cv is important because this is the only thing we have about you. A Cv
is a marketing document.
Pick the top 5 duties/responsibilities.
Keep editing depending on the job you are applying
Look at the job description and focus on the top 5 duty requirements
Jan to March 2016
March 2016….in case you worked one year
Before you get to referees……..there is also awards


Common Cv writing mistakes


1. Presentation & formatting..eg caps, alots of underlining
A Cv is a marketing document, it should be appealing, its not you who
sent the application
It must be visually appealing
Have one font and let it be consistent
2. Presentation…email is not professional using slang language…John
Kamau but email reads johnyslay@gmail.com……you will slay
DELIVERANCE CHURCH KIKUYU ROAD (KWANGANGA)
P.O.BOX 15873-00100
NAIROBI, KENYA
female employees at workplace. Others shiro….who you may thing
is a young woman only to turn up in the interview and realize she is
48. This does not bring professional side of you
3. Lack of so much information/omission of so much
information…..someone has outlined an administration manager as
the title only but has not indicated what they do
4. Not indicating references…some say references available upon
request.they are important
5. Less important information…eg kikuyu..religion
6. Image….Avoid attaching a photo unless requested it justs lengthen
your Cv
7. Not giving up to date contact information. You changes your
number but forgot to change thus we call you but the phone
cannot go through or someone picks hence you loose the chance
8. Career statement people write are not unique….am
enthusiastic/hardworking…be very specific, write sth to do with skills
or what you can achieve for the employer
9. Kind of hobbies…some of this hobbies do not inspire making
friends…how do they bring out your professionalism
Just edit your Cv to come out tops

Aspects/elements of a good Cv
Now what are elements of a good Cv? When it comes to Cv
writing, a good Cv entails


1. Personal information…full names…contact details …..emails
2. The other aspect of a good Cv is career profile or career
objective…I want to see a summary of who you are what you have
done…..skills what you want for a job…3 to 2 sentences. Keep it
brief and short. Some personal details Date of birth……marital
status
3. Professional qualification…and education….problems you give
outline of grades breakdown of each units you took…wrong makes
your Cv too long. For example Accounting don’t put at every
DELIVERANCE CHURCH KIKUYU ROAD (KWANGANGA)
P.O.BOX 15873-00100
NAIROBI, KENYA
stage…just put your highest grade…e.g CPA Part 2 don’t give a
breakdown
4. Education background …Do you put KCSE and KCPE for fresh
graduate you can put KCSE….but if you have experience say 3yrs
and above stop at KCSE just indicate grade year ad a school we
don’t need to know specific grades in maths, English,
5. Then we have Key skills and competencies ….Pimping your
Cv….here you give general overview of skills you
gathered….through training or on job experience ……some maybe
specific/ video editing, communication, IT
6. After you are done with that you come to work experience. A good
work experience outline is where you indicate Job title, employer
details, duration, duties and responsibilities, let me say at this
stage you need to include achievement, under each job you put
achievement, then structure wordings of different jobs you have
done …eg if it is your current job put it in present tense if past job
describe in past tense then it make a difference how you structure.
7. Then after work experience we also want to see other trainings
and seminars attended then after that you put awards you have
received at workplace or professional level or company level.
8. Membership details…nowadays it is common for employers to ask
membership details.. if you are a member of a certain organization
9. Then after that you come to interests..what are your professional
interests. I have seen people writing socializing,reading
newspaper,Tv…for me this does not count as a professional
interests
10. Lastly we need to see referees…employees still expect you to
send Cv with referees. Whichever format you use
Now there is no specific format you are to us when drafting your
Cv…However whichever format you use it should include all these
details.

Suppose you send your Cv and you are called for an interview
what are some of the questions you expect
Tell me about yourself?
Why should we hire you?
Do you have any questions for us?
How much should we pay you?
How soon are you available for this job?
What are your achievements?
What are your weakness?
What new ideas are you bringing on board?
Why are you looking for another job?
What are your strengths?
What do you know about us?
Tell us about yourself?
What would your former employer indicate about you?
What salary are you looking for?

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Bob runs Mentorship, Coaching, Training, Counseling, Relationships, Entrepreneurship, Ministry and Career programs for University/College/High School students, teens, youths, young adults thus equipping everyone of them to get deeper and do more in every phase of life. For more information get in touch with him through bob@nairobihomeschooling.co.ke/ Facebook-Bob Ondijo

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