Kenyan First class honours student busts degree myth!

  • PublishedJune 9, 2017

I graduated with a 1st Class Honors degree in Chemistry. I got a job at a well-known company …earning Ksh 12,000 bob a month

Looking to education to achieve your Kenyan dream? Well, that is all it might be just a dream…that is if you’ve been following a post by Mark Maish On a post he wrote on his page on 8th of June, despite being a first class honours student, the highest amount his employers paid him was Kshs.18, 000.

Mark Maish story is one in a million stories in Kenya, where the bulk of the population is young people.

According to a 2016 report by recruitment hiring agency, Brighter Monday, youths between the ages of 20-24 years had an unemployment rate of 25% compared to other demography who had 12.7%. In an already competitive environment with no guarantees, here are a couple of options that can give you a head start

Social media management: Got internet? Then get paid to actually do what you already do everyday. Surf the net! The digital explosion has hit Kenya and corporates and celebrities alike are scrambling for people who can align their product personality, branding and identity online. Build on your online presence and competence and you’re good to go.

Freelance writing: There are a lot of opportunities lurking especially on the digital platform especially writing sites, which pay per article meaning the more, the merrier. If you don’t have a laptop or a desktop, you can work from a cyber café near you.

Private home tutor: As you wait to put your education to good use in the labour force, yu can still pass on some of that message to your peers. Private tutoring, especially if you were a stellar student should come easy. Some private schools will even take you in depending on how good a grasp of a subject you can give.

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House cleaning: Many people find cleaning their homes a daunting task. Why not offer your services and do this at a reasonable cost? For young men, if washing clothes and cleaning the house is not your kind of thing, you can offer gardening services to your neighbours or institutions near you..

Start a business: There are so many businesses that require little to no capital that you can engage in. Examples of affordable businesses include selling fruits. You can also offer your services as an errand person for individuals and various offices.

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