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Getting a job the hard way when you can’t get one.


There is very little in life more discouraging than spending thousands and thousands of shillings (even if it’s your parents’) on an education only to find no one willing to give you a job and a chance. At a time in your life when the bills start pouring in, your home is in limbo, your relationships and friendships are askew, and your excitement to get your life “started” is at its peak, there really is nothing more crushing. It takes patience, faith, and hard work to press on, maintain your confidence, and relax.

As a graduate who has gone through it all, I can relate to the suffocating, depressing, never-ending job searches that make you question every choice you’ve ever made – especially choosing to go to college in the first place. I know what it’s like to have bills outnumbering and outweighing your meager income. To have to accept an unrelated job where you are treated like shit and you’re not so schooled co-workers are paid the same as you. Or to work in an environment where everyone is miserable and work sucks out your will to go on.

Inspiring story about paths to a dream career for graduates.


By Richard Branson

In 1967, when I quit high school at age 17, I knew what my next project would be: founding Student magazine. But I did not know what I wanted to do in the long term. The headmaster’s parting words to me were, ‘Congratulations, Branson, I predict that you will either go to prison or be a millionaire.’ I am not sure whether that could be classed as career advice or not, but it did give me the impetus to prove him wrong on the first point.

When I set up Student magazine, I wanted to work as a journalist; however we needed to keep the magazine afloat financially and soon I had to stop reporting and focus on production and financing instead. I stayed involved in the editorial side by landing some of our most important interviews, but for the most part, during Student’s early days I honed my skills at business, negotiating and management – all of which would later prove useful as we built the Virgin group.

What is a Management Trainee?

From first-line supervisors to top executives, managers plan and direct the work of the organization. They set policy, establish channels of communication and evaluate the work that is done. These functions require knowledge, skills and judgment, which are most effectively developed on the job.

To prepare graduates for management responsibilities, come companies recruit management trainees. These positions are often found in finance, trade, manufacturing and government agencies. Depending on the business, the position may also be referred to as marketing trainee, purchasing trainee, accounting trainee and management intern.

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Lessons from the Eagle: Dynamism through tides.


Not too long ago, I shared a platform with a friend on transformational leadership. He recalled the inspirational story that has often been told about the life cycle of an eagle. The eagle can live quite comfortably for up to 40 years. At this age, natural attrition sets in. However the lifespan of an eagle can be extended to 70 years. But it is not that simple. The eagle must undergo a most painful transformational process.

At the age of 40, the eagle is frail and vulnerable. Its talons are weak and useless. They cannot grab prey. Its beak is frail, bent and useless. The feathers are overgrown and heavy. They make it difficult for the bird to soar. The predatory king of the skies must now choose between dying and living.
To live it must retreat to the mountains for 150 days. Here, it will painfully beat its bent beak against a hard place until the thing drops off. The hopeless talons are likewise hit against the same hard place and shed off. Now the bird must wait patiently for a new beak and talons to grow. These, it will use to pluck off its heavy feathers and allow fresh ones to grow. At last the bird is reborn. It is time for it to soar and rule the skies again.

Ranch Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

Teita Estate Ltd Requires the services of a Fully Qualified Ranch Manager, who must be a Kenyan Citizen. 

Applicants should forward a detailed CV latest by 30th August 2011 to: 


Program Manager / Senior Program Manager - Elections Job in Kenya

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is an International nonprofit, Non partisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. 

Program Manager / Senior Program Manager - Elections 

NDI is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program Manager / Senior Program Manager (depending on experience) to work with the Institute's civil society partners to support electoral integrity and implement election monitoring programs. 

Program duties will include contribution to the design, implementation and monitoring of NDI Kenya election support programs. 

Managing Director Job Vacancy - KEBS

Ref: CEO-KEBS/08/2011 

The Organization 

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is the National Standards Body established under the Standards Act, Cap 496 of the Laws of Kenya. 

KEBS mandate is to safeguard the reputation of Kenya's products and services as well as the imports brought into the country by ensuring the quality, reliability and reputation of these products and services, facilitating industrial efficiency and development in order to improve public and industrial welfare. 

KEBS vision is to be a global leader in standards based solutions that deliver quality and confidence. 

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate Job in Nairobi, Kenya

ICF Macro Health, Education and Social Programs 

Position: 
Monitoring and Evaluation Associate 

Nairobi, Kenya 

About ICF International 

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. 

The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement 

HIS Technical Advisor Job in Nairobi, Kenya

ICF Macro Health, Education and Social Programs. 

Position: 
HIS Technical Advisor 

Nairobi, Kenya 

About ICF International 

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. 

Procurement Officers Jobs in Kenya

University of Nairobi 

Applications are invited for the following positions:- 

Procurement Officer
Grade EF 

Procurement Department 
AD /8/382/11 

5 Posts 
R&T 

Applicants must be holders of a Bachelors degree in Commerce, Economics or Business Administration (At least 2nd Class Honours, Lower Division). 

Assistant Marketing Manager Job Vacancy in Limuru Kenya

Job title: Assistant Marketing Manager 

Job holder: reports to Marketing Manager

Travel involved: 30% within Limuru and occasionally outside Nairobi 

Job location: Limuru 

Age: 25 - 35yrs 

Gender: Female / Male 

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Cashier Job Opportunity in Kenya

Job title: Cashier 

Job holder: reports to Shop Manager and Assistant Shop Manager 

Age: 19- 35 years 

Gender: Male / Female 

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities 
  • Handles customer queries on prices and discounts offered
  • Receive and process cash, check and charge/credit payments
  • Provide change and receipts
  • Bag or package purchases

Assistant Marketing Manager Job Opportunity in Nairobi Kenya

Job title: Assistant Marketing Manager 

Job holder: reports to Marketing Manager

Travel involved: 30% within Nairobi and occasionally outside Nairobi 

Job location: Nairobi 

Age: 25 - 35yrs 

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities 
  • Planning, implementing and coordinating of marketing activities.

Office Receptionist and Graphic Designer Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

A company based in Nairobi (upper hill) 

1) Office Receptionist 

We are looking for a dynamic Lady that is capable of the following duties and has at least experience of one year 

Duties:- 
  • Manage incoming and outgoing telephone calls.
  • Manage the reception.
  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail including courier.
  • Create and maintain an effective filing system.

Electrical Engineer Job Opportunity in Kenya

Job Responsibilities for an Electrical Engineer Position: 
  • Develop projects from concept to completion
  • Maintain control of project expenditures to avoid cost overruns
  • Supervision of contractors and vendors to maintain control of project schedules and costs
  • Conducts field investigations and prepares reports for problems or issues
  • Mentor and evaluate electrical engineering staff and design team
  • Works with project managers to assure work meets business needs, applicable codes and standards of quality
Skills for an Electrical Engineer Position:

Security Manager Job Vacancy in Mombasa Kenya

Position: Security Manager 

Location: Mombasa 

Required: Immediately 

Salary: Competitive. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Responsible for conducting site reviews, writing audit/review reports, reviewing findings, and making recommendations line management and /or their security coordinators.

Telephone Operator Job Opportunity in Kenya

Job title: Telephone Operator 

Job holder: reports to Shop Manager and Assistant Manager 

Age: 19 – 35years 

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities 

Handling of calls 
  • Interrupt busy lines if an emergency warrants.
  • Keep records of calls placed and received, and of related toll charges.
  • Observe signal lights on switchboards, and dial or press buttons to make connections.

Supply Chain Head / Operations Manager Job Opportunity in Kenya

Job Title: Supply Chain Head / Operations Manager 

Based At: Head Office 

Position Reports To:Chief Executive Director 

Job Purpose / Summary: oversee the operations activities of the company mainly by good stock projections, warehousing and distribution. 

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities: 

I. Procurement / Importation / Reception

Site Engineers, General Foremen, Engineer Foremen, Construction Gangerman, Construction Mechanic and Camp Manager Jobs

Generally: 

All candidates must have construction industry experience relevant to the job position 

All candidates must be willing to relocate on a contract basis. 

There job location can be anywhere in the East African region. 

All must attend an interview, 

All candidates must provide us with 3 Work references, not conduct references. No reference from Teachers, Lecturers, Church leaders, Relatives or Family. 

Customer Relationship Analyst Job in Kenya

Computech Limited is a seasoned IT company that promotes Technology for business. 

It is looking for a vibrant, aggressive and competent Customer Relationship professional to fill in the position of Customer Relationship Analyst. 

Position:
 Customer Relationship Analyst 

Deadline: August 19, 2011 

Location: Nairobi 

Reports to: Service Delivery Manager 

Stores Supervisor Job in Nairobi Kenya (KShs 60K)

Job Vacancy: Stores Supervisor 

Location: Nairobi 

Start Date: Immediately 

Nature of Job: 

Store Supervisor is responsible in overseeing the storage, inventory and distribution of materials, supplies, parts, components, and tools in the stores department and any other related warehouse. 

He/She will also oversee the work of other store crew/employees and assist them where necessary to ensure that they understand their job and are performing as required. 

General Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

Our client is a fast growing business in the Finances and Insurance sector. 

Our client is focused on professionalism and integrity; providing quality customer care in service provision whilst having social responsibility and team spirit in all our operations. 

They are looking for an ambitious, self-driven candidate to fill the position of: 

General Manager 

Reporting to the Managing Director, the General Manager will be responsible for the growth and development of the Company and will be charged with the following accountabilities:-

Business Development Executive Career Nairobi Kenya

Job Title: Business Development Executive 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Our client is a hardware (tools, building materials, industrial equipment) and home-ware (garden and home accessories) super store. 

The job will be to source for business from a particular segment of contractors. 

Process / Project Manager Career in Kenya

Job Title: Process / Project Manager 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Location: Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Our client is specializes in brand strategy, brand innovation, brand identity and brand alignment. 


Head of Communications Career in Kenya

Job Title: Head of Communications 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Reports To: CEO 

Location: Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Our client is one of the largest law firms in Kenya with a high degree of specialization in and an outstanding reputation for matters relating to banking, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, civil and commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law and private client work. 

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs Career in Nairobi Kenya

Job Title: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs 

Job Code: DVC/USIU 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Reports To: Vice Chancellor 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Dean, School of Business Career in Nairobi Kenya

Job Title: Dean, School of Business 

Job Code: DSB/USIU 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Reports To: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Finance and Administrative Manager Career in Nairobi Kenya

Job Title: Finance and Administrative Manager 

Number of Positions Open: 1 

Reports To: CEO 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Our client specializes in Brand Strategy, Brand Innovation, Brand Identity and Brand Alignment. 

Regional Dealer Manager / Field Officer Job Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

Regional Dealer Manager / Field Officer 

M-Kopa, a new company investing in using mobile payments for energy services, is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial and experienced agent/dealer manager to support the launch and expansion of a new product. This product uses mobile payments as a way to pay slowly for renewable energy such as solar lighting. 

The successful applicant for this role will be a commercially focused individual with a proven ability to manage local networks of businesses in financial services, mobile money, airtime or other commission-based goods and services across Kenya. 

Head of Distribution and Sales Job Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

M-Kopa, a new company investing in using mobile payments for energy services, is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial and experienced agent manager to support the launch and expansion of a new product. This product uses mobile payments as a way to pay slowly for renewable energy such as solar lighting. 

The successful applicant for this role will be a commercially experienced individual with a proven ability to establish and manage networks of regional offices engaged in the recruitment and management of local agents, for distribution and sales in financial services, mobile money, airtime or other commission-based goods and services at a local level across Kenya. 

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Technical, Engineering and Project Management Jobs in Rwanda

Our client is an international Independent power Producer that develops, acquires and operates electric power and heating businesses around the globe. The company intends to expand their operations to Rwanda and has the following 5 positions to be filled. 

Title: 
Senior Mechanical Engineer 

Location: Rwanda 

Reports to: Engineering Manager 

Purpose: 

Plant and Equipment Assistant Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position Title: Plant and Equipment Assistant 

Location: Nairobi 

Background 

Lee Construction Limited is a fully Kenyan owned Company involved in a wide variety of development projects and has successfully completed Civil Engineering and Environmental Services including: water supply and reticulation, dams, sewerage and drainage, building works, road construction, telecommunications and power works. 

The Position 

Sales Manager Job Opportunity in Kenya

Sales Manager 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30
45 years 
Education: Bachelors degree from recognized university 

Specialization: Diploma or PGDBA in sales / Marketing & Economics. 

Marital Status: Married. 

Residential Location: Nairobi, 

Working Experience :

Managing Director Job Vacancy in Kenya

University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services (UNES) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University of Nairobi. 

Among other things, UNES was formed to: harness the resources of the University of Nairobi with a view to enhancing the University’s core functions which include teaching and research capabilities and community service; promote, co-ordinate, and provide managerial services for income-generating activities within the University; undertake consultancy, research, production; and provide managerial services for the same; and register patents of any inventions innovation.
 

UNES is now seeking the services of an outstanding person to be the
 Managing Director, responsible to the board of directors. 

Program Manager Job in Kuajok, South Sudan

World Concern Development Organization, a Christian relief and development organization, wishes to recruit an experienced Program Manager to manage a new community economic development program in South Sudan. 

The Sustainable Economic and Agricultural Recovery (SEAR) Program aims at developing at least three value chains to enhance the economic wellbeing of the residents of the larger Gogrial in Warrap State.
 

The program has components of economic assets development, market infrastructure development, community managed microfinance, fishery development, and vocational training.
 

The person will be based in Kuajok, S.Sudan with travel to other locations within the Gogrial East and Gogrial West Counties.
 

Latest Government Jobs in Kenya – National Housing Corporation

National Housing Corporation (NHC) is a State Corporation established under the Housing Act (Cap 117) Laws of Kenya and whose mission is to play a leading role in the efficient provision of adequate and affordable housing and related services. 

The Corporation invites applications from suitably qualified Kenyan citizens to fill the following vacant positions.
 

Senior Architect 

Reporting to the Chief Architect the Senior Architect will be responsible for matters related to architectural designs, management of the construction contract and supervision of Corporation initiated projects from design to completion stage.
 

Database Administrator Job in Kenya

The Nairobi Stock Exchange is seeking to recruit an exceptional professional to fill the position of 

Database Administrator 

Roles and Responsibilities
 

Reporting to the Manager, Information Technology, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
 
  • Custody of NSE enterprise databases both on the primary sites as well as the Disaster Recovery site and overseeing operational functions of mission critical systems.

Health Systems Advisor and Research Monitoring & Evaluation Associate Jobs in Kenya

Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global non - governmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. 

Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive reproductive health services.
 

Ipas has a number of vacant positions to be based in Nairobi but working regionally in a number of countries in Africa:
 

Position:
 Health Systems Advisor 

Full-time, high level technical position
 

Senior Security Officer and Deputy Education Officer Jobs in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

The Lutheran World Federation / Department for World Service, Kakuma Refugee Assistance Project, is seeking to recruit qualified Kenyan nationals to the following positions to be based in Kakuma refugee camp. 

1. Senior Security Officer 

He/She shall be responsible for coordinating and overseeing security operational plans in the Security Department.
 

He/She will work to improve the operations of the security department and strengthen coordination, information sharing and surveillance activities.
 

The incumbent will report directly to the Area Coordinator or his /her designate, while working closely on a daily basis in collaboration with other sectors of the Lutheran World Federation
 

Kenya Shippers’ Council (KSC) Call for Proposals

The Kenya Shippers’ Council (KSC) is a business membership organization that advocates for the interests of cargo owners (importers and exporters) in the region, on policy, regulatory and operational issues in transport and logistics. 

The Council aims to address four key issues that characterize trade facilitation in Kenya and the region:-
 
  • High and uncompetitive transport and logistics costs despite the global demands for rapid and timely delivery of goods.
  • The lack of a unified voice of the shippers and the enormous gains that can be achieved.
  • Recognition that trade liberalization and regional integration can only be realized if trade facilitation logistics and related challenges are effectively addressed.
  • Integrity and reliability of supply chain systems and cargo interventions.

Sales Administrator Job Vacancy

Business Introduction 

Cadbury Kenya & East Africa (CKL) is a dynamic, diverse and growing business that participates in four core categories, namely Food Beverages, Chocolate, Candy and Gum confectionery.
 

We are proud market leaders in Chocolate and Food Beverages and continue to innovate and excite our consumers. At Cadbury we work together to create brands people love.
 

With over 200 employees based at our manufacturing plant in Nairobi and 60 years of great success, we can continue to count on and look to a promising future.
 

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