Junior Achievement (JA) Kenya in partnership with Corporate Moves Africa, has launched a Work Readiness Program at the University Nairobi Skills Center
JA gives an opportunity for youths in Kenya to be ready for the job market through hands-on, experiential, and mentorship programs.
Through the program, JA will ensure that the beneficiaries are work-ready and make them stand out from any other youth in the world.
The work readiness program is crafted to aid students in University to stand out while looking for jobs and preparing for the market.
The program was established and broken into 4 sessions; CV Writing & Job Applications, Job Interviews, Work Readiness, and Thriving in the Workplace.
Mr. Anthony Kariuki, the Senior Client Partner at Corporate Moves Africa, took the students through the session. He works closely with executives at the C-suite, consulting in strategy development & execution, executive search, and executive coaching. His experience and the deep understanding of leadership and business management gained over 30 years have helped the organizations he worked with achieve great results.
The first session which was on CV Writing and Job Applications explained to the students the purpose of a CV, the Content, Packaging, Do’s & Don’ts, and FAQs. In this session, the main objective is to open the minds of all participants to understand how best they can fit their CVs for various job applications.
The session on Job Applications gave an overview of how best the students can plan for their next job applications and the different approaches to online and offline applications. Some tips that were highlighted are targeting your next application, tailoring your CV to that specific job, and networking.
The different university students were taken through detailed training to enable them better understand what a CV is and what they should do to make theirs better than the rest. One main outcome that the students learned from the session was to be ready with technical and soft skills that will make them top of mind while applying for jobs.
Through the program students engaged with a series of questions that enabled them to brainstorm and remember what they had just been taught. There was also an aspect of learning from each other students. Testimonials from the students speak highly of how they enjoyed the training and how it impacted them. The Dean of Students of the University of Nairobi shared the importance of Work Readiness to the students.
The JA Work Readiness program had 36 students from various universities, who attended and represented their schools.
The students were aged 18 – 30 and are currently going through the Google Scholarship Certificate which is offered to students who are willing to earn a certificate in IT and Project Management. The Dean of Students of the University of Nairobi shared the importance of Work Readiness to the students and shed light on the skills gained. In addition to the Scholarship, this training will enable them to be ranked higher than other students.
The aim of this program is to help grow certain skills among the students such as Problem-solving and learnability, Communication, interpersonal and social skills, Hard work, dependability, teamwork, and Self-Motivation. JA Kenya who is a member of Nairobi Garage, through this program will now be able to accomplish its mission of inspiring and preparing the youths in the country.