Official Launch: Offices of Career Services

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Fri, 2018-06-22 08:27

 

The University of Nairobi played host to the launch of the Offices of Career Services on Thursday, 21st June 2018 at Taifa Hall; Main Campus. The Ministry of Education has given a directive to all Universities and Tertiary Institutions to set up Career Services Offices by the end of 2018.

 

During the Launch; the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed presented invited guests from Universities and Tertiary Institutions across the country with a Handbook on the establishment of the Offices of Career Services. Speaking during the launch, Amb. Amina Mohammed, observed that there has been a ‘disconnect between university training and the industry requirements’. The aim of Career Services Office will be to retool graduates so that they can easily fit in the job market. Graduates will as well be assisted in establishing their startups and launch their businesses as they venture into the business world. Further; 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. Reforms in the education sector have resulted in many students graduating and entering the job market. We need one million jobs yearly. According to World Bank research, most graduates are not ready for the job market and hence the reason we have decided to help them”, said the Cabinet Secretary. In closing the Cabinet Secretary called upon all stakeholders to commit fully to this initiative to ensure that our students get gainful employment and even engage in entrepreneurship.”

Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Higher Education Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, said that Career Services Office will provide a platform for internal and external feedback between the education sector and the industry. He encouraged students to be ready to be retrained to fit in any industry.

Governor Simon Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education, observed that the students need to be mentored and the career mismatch between university training and market requirements corrected.

University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, hailed the launch of Career saying that the launch is timely and  will have a transformative effect on the university. “We have yearned for support to produce market ready graduate with skills.

The Ministry of Education assured support to all universities and technical institutions in the country in establishment and running of the newly created Career Services Office.

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Tue, 2020-08-25 08:27

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