When my aspiration and fate synced

By Bonface Gitaua I stand here today in a graduation gown thankful for the years in this university. I am honored by the presence of my family here not only today but throughout those years. I cannot forget some strangers I met as a freshman whom I didn’t know would become part of my life’s story. I am indebted to them for filling up the holes in my soul and spirit that I couldn’t have on my own. I see happiness and enthusiasm in all of you that I didn’t know I would share on my graduation...
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The memories of a school boy’s journey to misery

You are 13-years-old seated on a threadbare desk in a cold classroom. It is 7:00a.m but your checked school shirt is half drenched in sweat from the upper right shoulder right up to the left armpit. If it were any other day you would not have cared about it. But it is your last day in primary school. The shirt will not matter after today. The invigilator’s high heels make their presence known and stop next to you. Her hand stretches and places a paper on the desk. The feeling is unreal. Eight...
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Sorry state of students taking wrong courses

John is a form four student in a national school. In about three months, he will be seated in the school hall with his 200 fellow classmates doing the final national high school examination. It will take three weeks to complete all 16 exams. Two months after completing the examination, he will be staring at a text message from the Kenya National Examination Council briefly informing him of his performance. He will have scored a mean grade of ‘A’ securing him a slot at the University of Nairob...
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How to pick a career you will love!

Most career problems stem from the fact that we are almost naturally pre-disposed to pick terrible first jobs! We initially think we are picking a grand great job then it turns out to be the wrong choice. It is almost impossible to pick a good job on the first try, especially if making the choice when not well informed. So get informed or don’t expect to be the exception! According to Economist Neil Howe, only a mere 5% of people are able to find the right job at their first time of asking. T...
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What are Career Goals?

This is a frequently asked question among adults & youths alike. Just like there is no journey without a destination, there is nothing worse than having sight but no vision! Success in your career involves more than earning a monthly salary. There is alignment, satisfaction, productivity, innovation and all that comes with a correct career pathway. Career goals are realistic targets that help you get to that rewarding success we all crave! Clear career goals are needed to map out the dire...
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What is Career Guidance?

Career guidance is the activity and service carried out with the intention of assisting individuals across the age spectrum to make informed educational, training and professional choices. These services and activities ideally should be found in the school set-up i.e. schools, colleges and universities. However, they can also be found in the workplace, both in the public and private sectors. Every school should have a fully fledged Career Guidance office and a trained career teacher! Caree...
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How do I choose a career?

This is a crucial question that every young adult must answer. However, studies have shown that it is the least addressed! Worrisome!  This is because there are far-reaching consequences the answer has on an individual’s life. What are the factors that dictate the choice of career? Frequently money, peer pressure, imagined status, family tradition and influence by films and radio dictate the answer. What many young people forget is that the future belongs to ‘me’ not ‘us.’ That whatever you a...
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What career is best for me?

Every year, when Kenya Certificate Secondary Education results are out, we get mixed reactions. Some are celebrating. Others are miserable. Others are not sure where they truly stand. Heart-moving stories of learners who overcame great personal odds and emerged victorious splash the media. Last year, part of the media reports said that one out of every four candidates who sat Form Four national examination did not get grades to qualify them to enter a ‘professional course’. It went on to say ...
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What is career guidance?

Career guidance is the activity and service carried out with the intention of assisting individuals across the age spectrum to make informed educational, training and professional choices. These services and activities ideally should be found in the school set-up i.e. schools, colleges and universities. However, they can also be found in the workplace, both in the public and private sectors. These activities may take place on an individual or group basis. It could be traditionally face-to-fac...
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Demotivated? Align your passion with your true career

We all know workers that are extremely disengaged and demoralized; workers who spend half their time chatting on Facebook, sending job applications and gossiping about last night’s soap opera. Probably you are one of them or have employed some. These are employees whose mood only improves as evening draws near and won’t hesitate to call in sick at the slightest of headaches. Employees who hate job targets or any measures put in place to measure efficacy, yet are most eager to receive their p...
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