UoN Office of Career Services (OCS)

Chancellors Career Fair 2018

Career Fair 2018

The Chancellor and the entire University of Nairobi fraternity is seeking to forge strong symbiotic collaborations with Government and Industry that will in the future guide and nurture students and graduates towards a better and more fulfilling future thus positively impacting the socio-economic growth of our country. Areas of potential collaborations include: Industrial research, Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Infrastructural Development and Human Resource Training and Transfer (retooling industry employees, adjunct lecturers and students/ alumni recruitment).

To realize this vision, a biannual Chancellor’s Career Fair has been established.

Other recent related events that the University has had are:

  1. The Industry, Academia partnership to promote ethical and legal business practices
  2. The launching of Ajira Digital Program

THE EVENT

The Chancellor’s Career Fair is scheduled for 13th-14th August at the University of Nairobi Main Campus.  It has been structured to include:- Recruitment Drive, Industry Showcase (Exhibitions throughout the day)

Morning sessions:- Panel Discussions, Roundtable Discussions, Keynote Presentations

Afternoon sessions:-Breakaway Sessions

For more information, please Click to find  CONCEPT NOTE and EVENT PROGRAM

 ACTIVITY

On 13th and 14th we shall have Panel discussions in the auditorium from 10.30 am to 12.30pm and 9.00 am to 1.00 pm respectively and we need students to fill up the auditorium hence the need for raising awareness and mobilization.

The Theme for 13th August (Day 1) is Academia-Industry Partnership for the future

The theme for 14th August (Day 2) is Entrepreneurship

The expected Guest for the auditorium panel session for Day 1 (13th August) is CS Education, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed and for Day 2(14th August) is CS PS, Youth and Gender Affairs Prof. Margaret Kobia

The  Training sessions for the two days include:

13th August 

  1. Branding for Employment – 00 -3.00pm- Seminar Room 401
  2. Cyber Security – 00 -3.00pm- Seminar Room 402
  3. Talent and Image Management – 00 -3.00pm- Seminar Room 403
  4. Technology Trends – 00 – 4.00pm- Seminar Room 404
  5. Skills for tomorrow-  00 – 4.00pm – Seminar Room 401
  6. CV writing and interview etiquette –  00 – 4.00pm- Seminar Room 405
  7. Award of outstanding student innovations – 00 – 4.30 pm- Great Court

14th August

  1. Startups management – 00 -3.00pm- Seminar Room 401
  2. Negotiations –  00 -3.00pm- Seminar Room 402
  3. Creativity and innovation – 00 – 4.00pm  – Seminar Room 403
  4. Business Models –  00 – 4.00pm – Seminar Room 404
  5. Award of outstanding student innovations – 00 – 4.30 pm-  Great Court

HASHTAG TO USE:  #UoNCareerfair

 

“Attendance is free of charge.”

Appointment of Johnson Kinyua as Director of Office of Career Services 

Johnson Ireri Kinyua was appointed as the Director, Office of Career Services from January 14, 2019, to oversee the operationalization of the University of Nairobi Office of Career Services (UoNOCS) and ensure targets outlined in the OCS Handbook are achieved. The Director of Career Services will work with existing establishments such as Students Affairs, Special Students and work on a strategy on how to decentralize UNOCS to campuses and colleges through the support of Assistant Dean of Students based in colleges and campuses.

The Director’s first assignment in the office is to automate the students’ career services through user-friendly and customized Career Information Management System (CIMS) and Students Career Passport. This will enable students to register online, upload their CVs and access job opportunities where employers will upload online job opportunities. By use of Artificial Intelligence, the system will be able to match students’ skills and available opportunities and send alerts to either students or employers after matchmaking.

UoN Skills Centre enhances Graduates Employability

The University top management led by Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi (2nd Right) and Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi (Left) receives Jack Ma (middle with white shirt) Chairman of Ali Baba Group together with Cabinet Secretary of ICT Kenya, Joe Mucheru (right).

The UoN Skills Centre has been established on the 11th floor of the UoN Towers and will be offering ongoing training to students and staff in a wide range of skills development programs. Some of the already ongoing training includes the Ajira Digital Training that seeks to impart knowledge and skills on how to tap into online jobs and the Huawei Certification Training programs that seek to build skills and knowledge that networking professionals require.

The Skills Centre aims to upgrade the graduates’ skills, competencies and attitude to enhance their graduates’ employability and entrepreneurship capacity. The goal is to produce skilled, empowered, competitive, employable, enterprising and innovative graduates ready for the job and entrepreneurship market.

 The UoN Skills Centre partners with Industry Partners to offer Technical, Leadership and Soft Skills Training programs for students/staff skills. Students, as well as graduates, will be provided with the avenue to gain “Skills for the Future” through a series of training programs that will aid them in developing their careers and also make them more marketable in the job market.

Among the skills that will be offered at the Skills Centre include: technical skills such as computer skills, programming, data analytics, marketing and data mining, soft skills like CV writing, interview techniques, communication skills, cross-cultural skills and job hunting skills, entrepreneurship skills including ideation to commercialization, patenting and licensing, start-up and incubation and business development and leadership skills.

 “Low skills perpetuate poverty and inequality. Skills development can reduce unemployment, raise incomes, and improve standards of living. Helping young people develop skills makes economic sense”

World Bank

Universities to establish Offices of Career Services

The launch of the handbook on the establishment of the Offices of Career Services all universities and tertiary institutions must set up the office which should be up and running by the end of the year,” announced Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed.

The CS presided over the launch of the handbook on the establishment of Offices of Career Services ceremony University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall on June 21, 2018. The Offices of Career Services (OCS) will empower students to make right career choices by offering academic advising, career and counseling services and graduate tracker services. In addition, OCS will facilitate linkages between the industry and students, intra-institutional exchanges, apprenticeship services and engage recruitment of prospective high school students, among others.

“As a country, we have devoted a lot of resources in education from primary level to high schools to higher education institutions. It can be a great loss for us and bad economics if we do not commit ourselves to realize any returns,” she said. “I call on all of us to be committed to this initiative because it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our students get gainful employment and even engage in entrepreneurship.”

While welcoming the guests to the University of Nairobi, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that the OCS will have transformative effects in the universities and tertiary institutions.

“We have, for many years, been yearning for support to bridge the skills gap in the job market and lamenting on the need to work closely with the industry to produce market ready graduates,” he said. “The launch of the handbook on careers and mentorship programme is therefore a timely intervention that will go a long way in addressing the problem.”

At the event, two UoN students Bilal Muhamud and Sylivia Mumbi were given an opportunity to speak on behalf of students. They focused on their experience and opportunities in mentorship.

Over 118 Students Flagged Off to Israel for ‘Advanced Agriculture Training’

On July 28, 2018, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Dr. Andrew Tuimur, Principal Secretary of State Department of Agriculture and Irrigation, Prof. Fred Segor and the Ambassador or Israel to Kenya H.E. Noah Gal Gendler flagged off 118 students from five public Universities and Institutes (UoN, JKUAT, Egerton, Kenya Water Institute and Karen Institute of Agriculture). This is an implementation plan of MoU signed in February 2016 between H.E. President Kenyatta and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Israel’s support to Kenya through 11 months Advanced Agriculture and Irrigation Training program in Israel. So far over 358 students have been trained and will be part of the President’s Big 4 Agenda on Agriculture transformative leaders in alleviating the food insecurity in Kenya. The students from UoN were 15.

           UoN Students flagged off to Israel for “Advanced Agriculture Training”