By Evah Kamau,
Students from Machakos School attended a Career mentorship forum at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Thursday 20th of April, fashioned to enlighten the students about the different programs offered by the University. The mentorship forum which was held at the Assembly Hall will see more High School students choose the right subjects for their desired career path.
Addressing the students, Mr. Denis Wambua from the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) took the students through the various degree programs offered in the five colleges at JKUAT. “JKUAT students are more marketable in various industries because of the quality of education that we offer. We have produced professionals and have received positive feedback from many employers who often prefer JKUAT graduates,” reiterated Mr. Wambua.
During the mentorship forum, the students from Machakos School were taken through the various degree programs offered at JKUAT and guided on the subjects one should select depending on which cluster of subjects one excels in. In most instances, students are not aware of the subjects they should select to do a particular course.
He further encouraged the students to work hard in their exams so that they not only excel and get to pursue their preferred courses but also join JKUAT, which is one of the best public universities.
On the other hand, Ms. Beatrice Nyandia, a career coach at the Dean of Students office in JKUAT also gave the young men a few tips on how to maintain high levels of discipline and advised them to go outside their comfort zone and also embrace their talents if they want to go far in life.
“As an institution, JKUAT is geared towards providing quality training while encouraging our students to venture into research, innovation, and entrepreneurship for personal and global development,” she highlighted. She also urged the students to work hard and identify their specific strengths in their field of expertise, saying that potential employers are interested in specific skill sets in the job market today.
Aside from having an interactive Q&A session, the students were given a tour of the different sections of the University as a means of exhibiting the facilities of the University like the Research Productions and Extension division and the Engineering workshops.
The teachers who accompanied the students lauded the University for hosting such forums that will see more students choose the right subjects, a factor that plays a key role in their overall performance and career choices.