Many young Kenyans pursue degrees in different professions only to find themselves on the list of unemployed graduates.
This is due to the fact that many people pursue jobs that are not marketable. The wrong professional path is expected to increase the number of unemployed graduates in the country, emphasizing the importance of career guidance.
While artisan courses are often associated with students who have failed their KCSE examinations, they are among the greatest courses in Kenya to pursue. This is due to the fact that there are very few artisans in the country, despite the fact that they are in high demand in the industrial sectors. Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) provides artisan courses to KCSE graduates with D- and E grades.
The courses are structured into clusters, and each cluster offers a particular artisan training, such as plumbing, welding, electrical installation, masonry, carpentry, hairdressing, and beauty therapy.
The following clusters of courses are offered:
Business: storekeeping, secretarial, supply chain management, office aid
Building and Construction: Building Technology, Building Construction Technology, Masonry, Trade Test Masonry, Masonry Level 4, Masonry Grade 3, Plumbing, plumbing work, plumbing and building services, Plumbing level 4, Plumbing Technology, NVCET in plumbing, welding, and fabrication Manual arc welding level four, motor vehicle mechanics trade test grade three.
Engineering and technology include electrical installation, electrical and electronics technology, automotive engineering, and motor vehicle mechanics.
Information Technology:Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Technical Courses:Carpentry, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, plumbing and building services, welding and fabrication, trade testing in beauty therapy, NVCET in hairdressing and beauty therapy technology, NVCET hairdressing, and beauty therapy.
Guidelines on How to Select the Best Course
Here are some guidelines to help you narrow down your options and find a course that best fits your career goals:
Pick a course that interests you since it will help you enjoy your future profession. It will also drive you to work hard because you enjoy doing it.
The rate of employment
As previously said, many graduates are unemployed as a result of taking less marketable courses. Examine the market first before deciding which path to take.
Students may enroll in courses only to drop them in the second semester as the going gets tougher. To avoid this, investigate the course material modules. Understand the course’s requirements.
Choose a course that you can afford. It’s really humiliating to enroll in a course just to drop out due to financial difficulties.
Evaluate your abilities and capabilities. You may know what you want, but do you know what you are good at? Select a course that allows you to explore both your interests and your talents.