The Office of Career Services (OCS) launched the Ajira Digital Training for the UoN Mombasa Campus students on October 7, 2019. The training was conducted by officers from the Ajira Digital Program for a week October 7-11, 2019.
Over 70 students underwent the training and acquired skills in account registration on platforms like Upwork, Guru, QA World Fiverr and Go transcribe among others.
It is hoped that the technical skills that the students acquired will go a long way in giving them a competitive edge over others in working and earning online. With the rapid technological changes in this 21st Century, the work market has also changed. There is now a shift from the traditional old office set-up for work to online space.
This therefore calls for re-skilling of employees and potential employees to equip them with the necessary skills to survive in the 21st century’s evolving job market.
The Ajira training introduces students/workers to online space by offering training, mentorship, awareness on the program and infrastructure for the youth to learn about online work.
Besides learning the technical skills, the importance of soft skills can also not be overemphasized. In order to be able to work with clients online, workers must possess soft skills such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, negotiation skills, time management, research skills and organization skills. The Ajira Digital Team trained students on these soft skills that they require alongside the technical skills.
Additional skills that the students learnt include Content and Article Writing, Virtual Assistant, Transcription and Digital Marketing.
Naomi Nyaboga represented the Office of Career Services and gave a brief to the students about the Office of Career Services. The OCS has been cultivating the relationship with the Ministry of ICT through the Ajira Digital Program to equip students with the technical and soft skills they require to work and earn online.
Kenya is currently number two in Africa in the online work/job market and the aim of the training is to make Kenya a one-stop shop for online workers and freelancers and empower the youth to tap into the massive opportunities available online.