List Of 15 Worst Courses In Kenya: Think Before Taking Them

By Getrude Mathayo / Published June 2, 2023 | 12:35 pm



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When you are choosing a career path, your first consideration should be the state of the economy and trends in employment. While it is important to go by your passion, in Kenya the economic climate demands that you pursue a marketable diploma to land you a job within a short time.

With the ever-growing unemployment rates in the country, it is not advisable to pursue the least marketable courses. This is because they have little to no job openings in the current employment market. Besides, their demand is predicted to go down in the future.

At some time before joining the university, you might have wondered what the best degree or diplomas to pursue in Kenya are. While you desire to enroll in a sought-after program, you possibly might want to consider the flooded courses in Kenya to be practical when choosing your career path.

Some useless fields in the current and future employment market are not worth pursuing. They might be considered as valueless as graduates from such programs end up doing some odd jobs.

More than often, there is insufficient knowledge in regard to which courses to take and the ones to drop. If someone offers to guide you, they have to seek compensation, which is without the reach of most Kenyans

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  1. Chemical Engineering

A Chemical Engineering degree is as good as useless in the country. However, there are lots of opportunities available beyond borders in developed states such as Russia and America. What’s worse is that these countries possibly might not regard your Kenyan degree.

  1. Diploma in Social Work

The problem with this diploma is its low absorption. The market has low use for social workers because of low follow up of social issues such as sexual health, and child protection. A lot of social institutions are also not developed and therefore there is a low capacity to absorb social workers.

  1. Diploma in Business Administration

With the flooding of the market with business courses, it is advisable to avoid taking up general business administration at a diploma level. Niche down to an area of business that you want and only take a diploma if there are no professional courses in the field.

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  1. Mass Media

Most employers consider your skills more than a degree in this field. It is even not surprising that talented individuals such as Mulamwa, MC Tricky, and the rest are in the media, yet this is not their profession. If you are not artistic and gifted, you should never think of taking Mass Media.

  1. Political Science

Many graduates from this discipline have not had the chance to air their political views and showcase critical thinking skills. Most of the graduates end up settling for some odd jobs.

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  1. Sport Science

Upon graduation, you will end up being a gym instructor and a personal trainer. We all agree that only a few people are interested in such a lifestyle. The majority cannot even afford to cater to the services of a graduate.

  1. Psychology and Counselling

It is one of the great courses in the country as it involves impacting and changing people’s lives positively. However, getting employed in such a field is next to impossible today. You can also not start your counseling center as many Kenyans prefer not to share their problems with anyone. A good number of them are not even aware of the services offered by a psychologist and a counselor.

  1. Theology

Theology is one of the most useless degrees in the country. Unless you have plans of becoming a chaplain or a religious leader, you should never undertake this program. Even so, you don’t need any certificates to become a pastor nowadays. Anyone can wake up today and claim that God has called him/her to spread the gospel.

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  1. Criminology

With the rising insecurity cases in the country, one would think that experts in this field have lots of opportunities. Security firms and chiefs no longer need the services of such experts. With this degree, you will end up settling for something you did not train for.

  1. Art courses

Ranging from drama, acting, music, and so on, some art courses are considered to be less serious degrees that only require cramming exam answers and a little creativity. With this in mind, anyone can do them quickly hence, the reason why such fields are usually crowded.

  1. Physical Education

Physical Education is also among the least marketable degrees in the country. The program equips learners with psychomotor knowledge that is aimed at promoting play in secondary and primary education. Today, not many schools are very keen on having the services of such experts.

  1. Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind in a broad comparative approach. Graduates here know how societies are formed. With many people opting to pursue the course, it is next to impossible to get hired as there are few to no job openings. Many employers do not need services provided by anthropologists.

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  1. Environmental Science

Environmental Science is one of the least marketable diploma courses in Kenya. At the moment, there are few prospects for diploma holders. Companies need high-level, experienced individuals. Securing an excellent job will mean getting a lot of experience from paid or unpaid internships.

  1. Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM)

Nearly everyone in the university is taking up BCOM. Although the degree is quite sought-after by employers today, it is one of the least marketable courses. It is predicted that the field will soon be flooded as thousands of people graduate with such certificates every year.

  1. Meteorology

As you might be aware, this field involves weather and climate change on the Earth. Well, we have many weather apps in the country, so your services might not be needed. Many companies have replaced their meteorology departments with computer systems and apps which are relatively accurate.

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