UoN Office of Career Services (OCS)

Huawei Certified Internet Associate Training for UoN Students

Through the partnership between Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and the UoN Office of Career Services, 40 Students have been trained for the HCIA Routing and Switching Course and are yet to sit for their final certification examinations.

The training commenced on 20th of May, 2019 and ended on 14 of June 2019 after which the students sat for a mock examination on 17th of June 2019.

HCIA-Routing & Switching certification validates the knowledge and skills required for basic configuration and maintenance of small to medium-sized networks.

HCIA-Routing & Switching curriculum includes, but is not limited to the following:
Network fundamentals;
Basic connection methods of popular networks;
Basic network construction;
Troubleshooting of common network faults;
Installation and commissioning of Huawei routing and switching devices.

The students await the final exam which will be done on the 24th of June 2019.

RADA App Officially Launched During Nairobi Innovation week 2019

The Mobile health application developed by students and praised by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Julius Ogeng’o as “an application that addresses reality among the youth”,  was officially launched during the Nairobi Innovation Week 2019 on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Taifa Hall.

According to research undertaken by UNESCO and the university through the Centre for HIV Prevention and Research (CHIVPR) on issues affecting the youth and how the issues could be tackled, students spend more time on Smartphones more than any other thing, reaching them through a Mobile application would be the best way to capture their attention so as to tackle the issues of mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual and reproductive health.

UNESCO Regional Director, Ms. Anne Theresa hailed the University of Nairobi and the students that took part in this initiative. She also charged the University with a mandate to bring change through this innovation not only at the UoN but to all the other institutions of higher learning in Africa.

UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi appreciated the support that all partners offered (UNESCO, Ministry of health, NASCOP, NACADA, Sexual and Reproductive Health,  I choose Life ) in seeing the success of this innovation.

 

Silmak Agencies scoops an award of Kshs. 700,000 at NIW 2019

Taking up position one in the Growth stage startups, Silmak Agencies won a Cash Prize of KSh 700,000 from the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA), Mentorship by Chandaria Capital, 100% Scholarship to the Sinapis’ Entrepreneur Academy’s 4 month programme, Purchase and hosting of domain name (.co.ke) for a period of one year from the Kenya Network Innovation Centre (KeNIC).

Kencoco and Bentos Energy came in second and third respectively.

UoN Staff And Students tap into Online Jobs!

The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of ICT launched the Ajira Digital Program at the University of Nairobi on August 04, 2018. The program aims to train youth and equip them with the necessary technical skills to enable them to tap into the huge potential of online jobs.

During the first and second cohort of the Ajira Digital program training in 2018, over 300 students were trained. The third cohort training at the University of Nairobi was held from 20th May to 14th June 2019 with 505 students going through the training (287 male, 218 female). A hundred staff was also taken through a briefing session on online work.

Different students were trained each week for the four weeks and the content covered during the training gave them technical skills on how to register accounts in the top online jobs websites such as Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, and Gotranscript. The students were trained on how to tap into various online jobs such as Virtual Assistant, Transcription, Content writing, Transcription, Software Development, and Digital Marketing among others.

The Ajira Digital Training Program seeks to place Kenya choice for skilled labor for other multinational companies. The program also promotes local companies to create digital jobs. It is believed that as more youth and middle-class citizens access digital jobs, this will translate to increase online opportunities and growth of Kenya’s GDP.

The University of Nairobi through the Office of Career Services is proud to partner with the Ministry of ICT in delivering the Ajira Digital Training Program. The future is in online work.

Elimika Youth Summit at Nairobi Innovation Week

The summit was a special mentorship session for youth drawn from various counties including Makueni, Kwale, Homabay, Nairobi, Garissa, Embu and Mombasa among others.

Speaking during the event, chief guest, Prof. Githu Muigai called upon the youth to continuously educate themselves in order to stay relevant in the modern world. “Top 5 biggest companies in the world like Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb and Spotify were created by young people which is proof enough that knowledge is key.”  Said Prof Muigai. The former Attorney General of Kenya also urged young people to be aggressive and innovative. “You have to take yourself seriously because there is never an invitation to the table rather you storm to the table with an innovation and skills that cannot be taken for granted.”

Prof. Githu Muigai addressing the youth

Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi on his part asked the youth to believe in the endless possibilities of the Kenyan dream.  The VC represented by Prof Bernard Aduda said, “Kuwajibika means taking responsibility as a citizen of this country by providing solutions to issues affecting society.”

Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof Enos Njeru asked the youth to take up risks without fear of failure because failure provided useful lessons for successful ventures.

Mr. Raymond Ochieng, Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs urged youth to take advantage of opportunities provided by the government. “The government has set up numerous funds and resources for the youth yet just a few are taking advantage of them.”

Prof Judith Bahemuka, UNESCO/UNITWIN chairperson expressed her pride over the achievements of the program which started five years ago. “We will not stop until our youth are empowered to stand up on their own, we will build capacity for them, we shall mentor them to start and prosper in their business ventures and we shall also make sure that our youth are actively involved in decision-making processes,” she remarked.

Other speakers during the event included Dr. Lamin Abdulrahman, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, Ms. Jacqueline Njeru, Deputy Director KNATCOM, Prof. Winnie Mitullah, Prof. Timothy Waema and Ms. Ntenya Mule from Antara Health among others.

Industrial Site Visit To Davis And Shirtliff

Students drawn from the School of Engineering (Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering disciplines) visited the Davis and Shirtliff (D&S) workshop in Industrial area on Wednesday 13th June 2019 for an industrial site visit.

The Office of Career Services has been mandated to link students to the industry and such visits are organized for the students to experience the industry work environment and how the theory they learn in class is translated to practical work.

Davis and Shirtliff is a water and energy solutions provider focusing on offering products and services such as water pumps, borehole services, generators, Solar panels, swimming pools, water treatment, and irrigation accessories.

The students had a two-hour tour of the workshops and sales shop led by Lena Muturi, an Engineer at D & S and a one-hour presentation on what it takes to work with Davis & Shirtliff. Apart from the Technical skills which most of the students pose, Charles Kebaso, the Engineering Manager at D & S emphasized on the need for Social and Interpersonal Skills and a positive attitude for the students to excel in their career. In addition, Charles emphasized the need for every engineer to be outgoing, confident and assertive for them to be able to communicate on the work they do. As Charles put is an engineer’s income increases with an increase in the prosperity of citizens and the nations he/she is working for.

The Office of Career Services looks forward to partnering with Davis and Shirtliff in more Industrial Visits, Attachments, Internships, and Jobs for UoN students.

UoN Students at Davis and Shirtliff Plant.

The 21st Century Graduate

The demand for skilled workers is on an upward trend. The Manpower reports indicate that 31 percent of employers throughout the world struggled to find qualified workers because of “a talent mismatch between workers’ qualifications and the specific skill sets and combinations of skills employers want.”

The 21st Century graduate needs to have a skill set that will make them globally competitive.  Some the 21st-century skills that graduates need to learn for the modern job market includes digital literacy skills,  collaboration and communication skills, entrepreneurial skills, networking skills, ability to analyze and utilize information, think creatively and learn constantly, flexibility and problem-solving skills.

Once graduates acquire these valuable skills, they will have an edge over other graduates; they will possess the ability to learn quickly, accurately process information and use the information to make objective decisions.

The 21st-century skills are indeed the future for students’ academic and career success.

Johnson Ireri Kinyua

Director of Career Services

The Office of Career Services applauds the Chief Champion of Career Services, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi for her generous and Philanthropic Spirit

The University Of Nairobi Office Of Career Services applauds the Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi for her generous and philanthropic spirit of enhancing students’ welfare through a number of initiatives;

  1. Rattansi Educational Trust – Bursaries and scholarships to the needy students amounting to Kshs 12 million per year
  2. Donation of equipment and books – in Mombasa and Parklands Campus libraries worth 5 million
  3. UoN Skills Centre – donated furniture for the newly established skills center worth Kshs 8.9 million
  4. Ajira Kazi Connect Container – at the gate for enrolling, training and refreshing graduates on Ajira Digital program worth Kshs 750,000.00
  5. Chancellor’s Career Fair – sponsoring the 1st CCF in 2018 worth Kshs 1.4m and mobilizing over 100 Industrial Partners who employed over 100 graduates.
  6. Care as Core Value – the Chancellor has been a crusader of the “Care” as a core value in the university system by demonstrating through deeds.
  7. Rotary Scholarships – Chancellor through her friendship with Rotary Club has initiated several programs such as scholarships and tree planting in the University.

Long live Chancellor for the kind heart of generosity to humanity!

UoN Students graduate with an Advanced Agriculture Diploma from the Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training (AICAT)

Following the Jerusalem Declaration, an MoU signed between President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel signed on 23rd February 2016,   the University of Nairobi among other Agricultural, Water and Irrigation Training related institutions sent top students to the Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training (AICAT) to study an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture and Agribusiness.

Ten students from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Agriculture were among the 120 students flagged off by the former Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa on July 21, 2017, for 11-month advanced agriculture & irrigation training in Israel.

The ten students started their training on 1st August 2017 for an 11 months program on Advanced Agriculture and Irrigation at Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training (AICAT) in Israel where they were attached to work with farmers in Kibbutz and Moshav Jewish forms of settlement. The students lived in farms in the Arava region where and were exposed to the high technologies and the advanced agriculture in Israel.

The UoN students successfully completed their one-year practical internship in Israel and graduated on June 5, 2018. The gender composition of the ten (10) pioneer students for this program was 7 males and 4 females.

The program has impacted on the graduates’ life in different aspects including socially, academically, and economically. The students have gained leadership skills and can now become community leaders and agricultural mentors; they have both practical and theoretical tools in food safety and security and knowledge on how to successfully establish agribusinesses and model farms. When they return home, the graduates will easily integrate professionally in both the public and private sector.

The next batch of 15 students for the 2018/2019 cohort left for Israel during the week of July 23-28, 2018. The University is proud to partner with AICAT in this hands-on training initiative in Agriculture and Agribusiness.

CS Amina opens ‘UoN Office of Career Services’

On 13th August 2018, the CS for Education Amb (Dr) Amina Mohammed officially launched the University Of Nairobi Office Of Career Services (UoNOCS). The Office under four pillars will offer the following services:

 

SOCIAL SERVICES PLACEMENT SERVICES
·         Academic & Career guidance

·         Counseling, Chaplaincy, Special needs

·         High School Recruitment

·         Career Testing & Assessment

·         Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards, Prizes

·         Work-Study-Program

·         Internships

·         Job placement

·         Apprenticeships

·         Recruitment drives

·         Students Mentorship

·         Career Fairs

 

 

STUDENTS LIAISON STUDENTS-INDUSTRY LINKAGE
·         Student Ambassadors

·         Students Exchange

·         Students Industry Interaction

·         Soft Skills enhancement

·         Students Talents Show

·         Graduate Tracker Services

·         Alumni Networks

·         Entrepreneur Incubators

·         Venture Capital Fairs

·         Skills Development