The University of Nairobi Mombasa Campus in partnership with the Office of Career Services (OCS) held a Career Week in Mombasa from October 7-12, 2019 at the Uniplaza buidling.
The Career Week themed “Skilling Graduates for the Job Market” brought together students and industry partners who exhibited and offered career guidance to the students. The Career Week integrated Public Forums alongside the exhibitions by partners. The partners that participated in the career Fair include the Mombasa County Government, Britam, KRA, Base Titanium, Central Bank of Africa, Jubilee Insurance, Safaricom, NIC Bank and Mombasa Cement.
The Public Forums also featured talks and panel discussions from the partner companies’ representatives. The Forums focused on topics such as Employability in a changing market, Entrepreneurship, Personal Financial Management, Youth Development, and Mentorship. The topical issues discussed during the public forums generally related to employment, entrepreneurship and careers.
Dr. Sarah Kinyanjui, the Director Mombasa Campus welcomed all the partners during her opening remarks and called upon the students to learn from the employers and entrepreneurs on their experiences in the job market and how students should prepare for the job market and the life after campus.
The Key Speaker, Patrick Wameyo, a Financial Literacy Advocate and Financial coach gave students tips on successful financial management. He said that it is a widely documented fact that money is a thorn in most people’s flesh. Wealth creation is an art that calls for a mental shift for one to attain financial goals and freedom that comes with it. Mr. Wameyo emphasized on students to learn to save because personal financial planning is a personal choice.
The event was informed by the need to bring together job seekers and students to engage with potential employers, Government & support agencies and professionals to equip them with knowledge and practical skills that will guide their decision making about careers.
It is hoped that the skills the students learnt from the Career Week Forums will go a long way in transforming the career paths and choices of the students. From this career Fair, students received Technical and soft skills for working online through the Ajira Digital Training program, Entrepreneurship skills from the Entrepreneurship forum, Financial Literacy skills through the Personal Finance Management forum and Life Skills through the mentorship sessions.