UoN Office of Career Services (OCS)


Jijali is a virtual training and mentorship program that will enable you to find your first job or start your own business. It is running from September to November 2019. Through online content, virtual mentorship and practical tasks you will get to learn about one of the below two topics:

Start or Improve your Business

In the Entrepreneurship training module, you will get the tools and knowledge to take your idea and make it a real business.

You will learn how to ensure it is a product/service that people want, how to make it sustainable and build the steps to start creating it.

If you already have a business, you will learn how to solve problems within your business, how to manage different aspects such as sales and finances, and how to plan for the future.

Get into employment

In the Career Start training module, we will train you on how to grow competitive skill sets that employers are looking for that will make you stand out.

You will learn more about the skills that you need for your career and how to build them; how to make yourself stand out to employers through interview and CV writing skills; how to search for jobs and how to start your career on the right track.

Jijali is a fully funded Career Start or Entrepreneurship training. UoN students are invited to register online for free and tap onto this part-time online learning with practical tasks. Mentors will be assigned to walk with you through this journey. Students are requested to take advantage of this opportunity and build their Entrepreneurship Skills.

Apply here https://www.yusudi.co/jijali

19 UoN students posted in Israel for an 11 months Diploma Training

The Office of Career Services hosted a Pre-Departure Training session for 96 students drawn from the University of Nairobi, JKUAT, Egerton, Kenya Water Institute, Strathmore University, and Karen Institute of Science and Technology on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at the UoN Towers.

The students will be in Israel for an 11 months diploma training in advanced mechanized agriculture at the Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training (AICAT) from August 2019 to June 2020.

AICAT’s goal is to impart professional, theoretical and practical know-how and skills in advanced agricultural studies, based on “Learning by Doing”. The program takes place in the Arava region, in the south of Israel, in the desert.

Agriculture in the Arava is the spearhead of modern and sophisticated agriculture in Israel, using modern high technologies in the most inhospitable conditions of the desert.

The students will earn a modest salary to pay for their tuition, accommodation and make a saving to invest when they return home. This program seeks to address the Big 4 agenda on food security and the University is looking to create opportunities and link the students to projects both nationally and at the county level for them to improve on agricultural processes in the country and boost food security.

The UoN Office of Career Services appreciates the partnership between the Kenyan Government and the Israeli Government that led to the birth of this program. To date, 45 UoN students have benefited from the program.





The Office of Career Services participated in the USIU Career Fair for 2019 themed Anticipate, Create, Actualize Career Opportunities on Thursday 25th July, 2019. 35 Student Career Ambassadors attended the symposium a

The event was aimed at enabling knowledge sharing as well as to expose students to the changing trends in the world of work. As part of the career Fair activities, USIU held a symposium for students to challenge their thinking as they plan their transition into the world of work.

In her opening remarks, the USIU-Africa DVC Student Affairs, Prof. Wangari Mwai emphasized on nurturing careers, creating opportunities to learn more and actualizing of a career.

The keynote speech for the symposium was delivered by Ms. Stella Atela, the Senior HR Business Partner at the World Food Program. Stella spoke about students transitioning to the world of work which is evolving rapidly. Technology is a key force of change that has re-shaped every job and work is now increasingly augmented by technology. From her Keynote address, Ms. Atela indicated that according to a 2019 LinkedIn report, the top 5 employability skills employers look out for include Creativity, Persuasion, Adaptability, Time Management and Collaboration. Students were encouraged to apply for the WFP Internship and UN Volunteer program six months before or after graduation.

A panel discussion moderated by Michael Oyier discussed the topic ‘Decoding the future of work: Exploring the Gig-Economy’; self-employment and traditional career pathways’.  The panelists were Lorna Kanyuga (Gig Economy), Tei Mukunya (Azuri Health), Roy Gitahi (Art at Work), Adams Tuva and Victor Mulindi. A common factor of all the panelists is that they are all entrepreneurs and gave real life practical skills and experiences to the students on how to begin and run their businesses.

From the panel discussions, students were encouraged to plan their career lives, know their passion and strive to become experts in their areas of interest. Despite the fact that it is tough getting a job in Kenya today, if one is prepared for the world of work, is open minded and works smart, they are likely to secure an opportunity in the job market.

This opportunity to participate in the USIU-Africa Career Fair and symposium opened up the minds of the students and it is hoped they will tap into the advice given to focus on building their skills to secure a job or begin their own businesses.


100% online learning to explore emerging technologies, build innovative solutions, learn new skills and find a job

The Office of Career Services in partnership with IBM has launched the Digital – Nation Africa program to enable staff and students to learn and earn digital badges on new emerging technologies such as;

  • Blockchain,
  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Design Thinking
  • Java
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Web Development, &
  • Cloud Computing for free and find jobs with IBM

Registration is open on the links below. This program will enable staff and students learn the skills for the future. With Digital – Nation Africa (D – NA), one will access knowledge & tools to innovate & launch your own digital solutions and find jobs that fit your skills for free!


This is a great opportunity to learn new emerging technologies that are revolutionizing the world.

The UoN Skill Centre hosts the Google Digital Marketing Skills Training

The UoN Office of Career Services in partnership with eMobilis and Google hosted the Google Digital Marketing Skills Program training at the UoN main campus tower on 15 July 2019. The training aimed at imparting youth and job seekers with digital skills in preparation for the job market.

Google Digital Skills for Africa are designed to help improve employability and business growth. The training is offered in-person and online in English, French and Portuguese with highly tailored content for job seekers and Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs).

Students were taught on a few topics including an Introduction to the internet, Search Engine Optimization, safe surfing, opportunities in digital careers and how to be safe online.

Students were also enlightened on the digital space career opportunities which include Customer Acquisition & Retension, SEO Manager, SEM Manager, E-Commerce Manager Social Network Manager, Graphics & Media Developer, Online Content Writer and Data Analyst among many others

The eMobilis team also shared a few tips on what companies look for when hiring such as Knowledge (skills), Experience, Tools and Attitude (Adaptable, Attitude, Optimistic).

The UoN Office of Career Services is grateful to Google and eMobilis for this training and will plan more future training to equip students with digital marketing skills.


The Office of Career Services on Wednesday July 17, 2019 visited the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) top management staff including the Principal Prof. Rose Nyikal, Dean for Veterinary Medicine and Prof. Ndichu Maingi among other Chairman and lecturers attended the briefing session.

The purpose of the session was to brief the CAVs top management about the mandate of the Office of Career Services and to explore on areas of joint effort to de-centralize the activities of the career office to the college level.

The proposal from the Career Office was for the College to offer the following information in order to plan for activities at the college level;

  1. CAVs Academic Calendar;
  2. Database of agricultural companies and partners;
  3. Proposals on alumni to engage to improve students’ life in campus.

The Career office also proposed the following student activities to be done in collaboration with the college.

  1. Career Fairs and Exhibitions at CAVS;
  2. Career talks and Mentorship programs;
  3. Skills Development; and
  4. Student Talent Shows;

The Career Office is looking forward to partner with CAVS to bring activities right to the college level for the betterment of the students. The purpose is to develop student skills and groom them for employability


The University of Nairobi hosted the inaugural Presidential Digital Program Job Fair on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the University’s Great Court. Through the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) launched on February 10, 2015, fresh and qualified ICT graduates have gotten an opportunity to get mentorship, career guidance and recruited by host of technology companies present here today.

With the World in dire need of technical skills in ICT, the PDTP program is for sure imparting technical skills to young ICT graduates to make them competitive for the job market. Skills development is now our University’s main focus in order to enhance the graduates’ market value as a degree alone is not enough to secure them a stable job.

The University is proud of the continued partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Huawei Technologies Ltd. So far, over 2,000 UoN students have been trained on online work through the Ajira Digital program. Through the partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, the University has trained over 100 Students on the Huawei Certified Internet Associate (HCIA) Routing and Switching course giving them technical skills ready for the job market in the ICT sector.

In order to expand the Digital Space for young people to exploit the Digital Economy, the University has partnered with Global Technology Companies such as Huawei, Microsoft, IBM, Google and recently African Development Bank (AfDB) in Partnership with Microsoft and Facebook to implement the Coding for Employment Program.

These programs have trained and will continue to offer our students and staff the necessary technical skills to enable them tap into the job market both locally and internationally.

The University was happy to host the Presidential DigiTalent Job Fair.  Through the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP), fresh and qualified ICT graduates will have an opportunity to get mentorship, career guidance and recruited by host of technology companies present here today.

We believe that our students and alumni of the Presidential Digital Talent Program, Huawei ICT Academy, AfDB Coding for Employment, Google Digital Skills for Africa Program, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Andela Learning Centre and Moringa School graduates benefited from the one-day job fair and were linked to internship and job opportunities in the ICT sector.




The Office of Career Services hosted Janet Rangi, a Kenyan immigrant living in the US helping Kenyans to chase their America dream on Friday 12th July, 2019 at UoN main Campus.

Janet has a new acquired passion for blogging and giving advice to Kenyans who wish to migrate to the US like her. She recently launched a book titled ‘The American Success Pathways” that offers great counsel on how to prepare and go through the visa application process, travel and settling down in America.

In her talk to the UoN Student Career Brand Ambassadors, she highlighted the need for the student leaders to be practical, consistent, hold high standards and be effective time managers.

Ms. Rangi also got an opportunity to talk to students who are in search of internship and job opportunities. She urged any student planning to go to the US in pursuit of opportunities to ensure they excel in their degrees and obtain the necessary certification and registration to relevant professional bodies before travelling to the US.

With her advice through YouTube videos, web articles and blogs, Ms. Rangi offers a different pathway to success for those wishing to migrate to the US. It is hoped that UoN students planning to travel to the US will benefit greatly from Ms. Rangi’s advice.

MbeleNaBiz Business Competition

With support from the World Bank ,  the Government of Kenya through the Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Program has initiated a Business Plan Competition for youth to present their Winning Business Plan for funding.

Over 750 youth will be granted with a sum of cash not less than of Kshs 900,000 and not exceeding Kshs 3.6 million to start their businesses as well as be trained for business from Dec 2019 to Feb 2020.

The competition is scheduled to commence on 24th  of June 2019 and end on 2nd  of September 2019 and KPMG Advisory Services has been contracted to oversee the competition.

The UoN Office of Career Services urges every UoN student to participate in this career-shaping opportunity.

For more information, please visit MbeleNaBiz Business Competition website http://mbelenabiz.go.ke/

To apply online click here


The UoN Office of Career Services will roll out the Google Digital Marketing Skills Program at UoN on 15th July, 2019. The program is aimed at training youth and job seekers digital skills to prepare them for the job market.

Google Digital skills for Africa are designed to help improve employability and business growth. The trainings are offered in-person and online in English, French and Portuguese with highly tailored content for job seekers and Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs).

The training will focus on youth, job seekers and SMBs to impart in them relevant digital skills for the job market. It will help help SMBs to grow their career or business at their own pace, with flexible and personalised training courses designed to build confidence and help entrepreneurs thrive.

This basic Digital Marketing Skills training will be carried out in partnership with Google and eMobilis at the University of Nairobi.

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