In today’s article, I’ll take you through the most marketable short courses in 2023. In a nutshell, all the 2022 KCSE candidates with any grade can take a close look at all the listed courses, choose one they have passion for, and work with it.
(1) Design and development of websites
Web development skills are in high demand as more people turn to the internet. Web designers and developers create user-friendly websites that are visually appealing and responsive.
Web development courses are easily available on the internet for free; basic training courses typically last for two weeks, although there are levels of advancement that can take up to two years.
You can work independently or as an in-house web developer once you have the competence and certification to construct websites for individuals and companies.
This skill is applicable to anyone who is interested in the internet, regardless of academic degrees or training.
Programming courses are important because they provide you with a skill that is in great demand and is expected to be the future of the digital economy. Programming entails inserting codes that a computer understands and uses to perform a certain purpose.
Programmers are in high demand globally and across all professional fields as the world relies on more automated and digitized systems.
Anyone may learn to code and become a programmer; you do not need to have studied computer science. There are numerous free online courses for beginners, most of which last approximately a month. Java and Python are two of the most popular programming languages.
The growing housing industry has increased demand for people who can help design creative, artistic, and functional living environments.
This course is suitable for those who are passionate about physical art. Hotels, Airbnb operators, event organizers, and even individual homeowners are willing to pay hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of shillings for stunning designs.
A short course in interior design lasts 3-6 months, whereas specialization normally demands a four-year bachelor’s degree.
Digital marketing is a skill that is in high demand as businesses strive to sell and market their products on digital channels.
More individuals in Kenya and throughout the world are getting their news, training, social interaction, and even shopping online. This course teaches you the fundamentals of digital marketing, such as social media marketing, online advertising, Google Awords, and how different platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Tiktok, employ different algorithms to push out content.
This training is applicable to all professionals working in the digital economy, not only those who have studied and practiced marketing as a vocation. Having these basics can give you an advantage at work and even individually when you choose to explore entrepreneurship.
Project management is a comprehensive course that can be used by a variety of professions. Project managers are in high demand in Kenya and other worldwide economies because they have the abilities to assure end-to-end project implementation.
Project managers often enable the collaboration of various skills and resources inside a firm in order to achieve a common goal.
A hospital, for example, will have doctors, nurses, finance, and human resources departments all collaborating to improve patient care. Doctors, on the other hand, may not grasp financial decisions such as costs, and finance may not understand the necessity of some medical measures recommended by doctors.
A project manager understands all of these departments and supports their collaboration in order to achieve the larger goal.
Project managers often specialize and can work in education, construction, healthcare, information technology, and other fields.
Accounting is a age-old profession that is essential to the current economy. Accountants are typically responsible for the preparation and maintenance of financial records.
Accountants with experience also perform more complex tasks like audits and management consulting. However, regardless of whether you do accounting professionally or not, having a fundamental understanding of accounting is a crucial ability for everyone.
With a solid understanding of accounting, you can run your own business by handling your own bookkeeping and tax returns without the assistance of a hired professional. For a fee, you can also file your own taxes as well as those of relatives and friends. If you work in information technology, you may leverage your accounting knowledge to create software that automates mundane activities like reconciliation.
(7).Search Engine Optimization(SEO)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a skill that allows web content to be found quickly on search engines like Google. SEO is a valuable skill for publishers, marketers, and web developers, but it also applies to everyone.
A teacher, for example, may decide to have a side business putting out instructional content on their blog; having an understanding of SEO enhances the website’s success by making it more apparent on search engines and drawing more visitors.
The same is true for doctors, e-commerce entrepreneurs, lawyers, and anybody else who uses the internet for professional purposes.
Kenya’s beauty sector is estimated to be worth Ksh100 billion. Kenyans from all walks of life spend a considerable portion of their earnings on looking nice, and part of that includes having fantastic hair.
Hairdressers assist their clients in improving the appearance, style, or health of their hair. This career is ideal for those who are creative, personable, and passionate about beauty.
What else is there to say? This profession has a low entry level. A six-month certificate course in hairdressing is standard. It is a hands-on education, and an online course may be ineffective for these professionals.
After receiving training, you can work as an in-home hairdresser, which is one of the zero-capital enterprises, or you can work in an established salon or barbershop.
(9).Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Kenya is currently undergoing a development boom as developers try to meet the huge demand for housing.
Every building project, however, required an environmental impact assessment report to be prepared by a professional officer and submitted to the National Environment Management Authority of Kenya (NEMA) for permission.
A certificate program in EIA lasts three months, whereas a diploma program lasts one year. The course is especially beneficial for professionals in the building and construction business, as it can help them become more employable by expanding their professional reach, but it can also be studied independently as a full-time job.
(10).Dietetics and nutrition
Because of the prevalence of lifestyle diseases, the globe has become more concerned about dieting. Every day, people all over the world look for the best way to maintain a healthy weight.
Schools, sports clubs, hotels, and hospitals invest a lot of money to guarantee that the food given to patients, guests, and patients is nutritious.
Individuals, particularly those in the middle and higher classes, are devoting a portion of their earnings to learning about and accessing the best diets.
Understanding nutrition and dietetics is not only advantageous on a personal level, but it is also marketable as food manufacturers strive to align with the global awareness of healthy foods.