The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results were released with more than 90 thousand candidates set to join both private and public universities.
As January kicks in, both parents and the students will be jostling to select courses that they think are good for them and their families.
Before selecting that university or college course, it is important to note that the unemployment rate in Kenya is the highest in East Africa. Although there are conflicting figures on where it actually stands, many sources quote it at 39.1 percent.
There are hundreds of thousands of graduates roaming the streets in search of jobs. The truth is, there are no jobs.
The teaching profession
Many candidates would want to be teachers but the truth is, this field is saturated. There are still teachers who graduated ten years ago and they are still looking for an employment. Unless you want to go and work in Northern Kenya, because that is where it is easy to be employed as a teacher, avoid the profession.
This is a good course. Take nursing and if possible major into midwifery. There are lots of opportunities in midwifery and you will not be on the streets for long without a job.
A good course that will give you the opportunity to employ yourself. Take the course and upon completion, start your own chemist.
If you want to be a doctor and you have what it takes, go for it. The procession still has amazing opportunities, not just in Kenya but beyond too. You can also start your own clinic.
Any course on business is a good one. It is even better if you focus on manufacturing, processing and major into the SME sector. You will not be disappointed.
Any course of agriculture is good. The sector is ailing but has lots of opportunities that haven’t been explored. Take the course and maneuver around to make a living.
Other courses include Art and Design, Artisan, engineering (mechanical) and some social science.