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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.

You want good pay, you learn to negotiate well.


There is a sense of accomplishment with the getting of the first job. Often, it implies an end of many months, sometimes years, of searching for employment after graduation from college or university. By the time one gets invited for an interview, there will have been quite a number of job applications and follow ups.

With that in mind, and when faced with the task of negotiating the salary, it is easy to end up making wrong and miscalculated decisions. Many have accepted salaries beneath their worth, or at least the value of the job they are being recruited for. Generally, fresh job seekers tread carefully when it comes to asking for better salaries.

Copy Writer and Journalist Jobs

Job Title: Copy Writer 

Company background
 

Habari consulting is a group of experts with experience in most market sectors, channels and marketing disciplines. We pride ourselves in insight driven marketing solutions both on and off-line.
 

We have extensive and varied experience, both locally and internationally. Our experience in the forefront of marketing initiatives, allows us to find relevant and innovative solutions for our clients.
 

Job Description

Driver Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:
 

Job title:
 Driver 

Job Location:
 Garissa 

Job Type:
 Field 

Job Duration: 9 months (possible extension)
 

Language (s):
 English, Swahili, Somali 

Field Coordinator Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:
 

Job title:
 Nutrition Program Field Coordinator 

Job Location:
 Garissa 

Job Type:
 Field 

Job Duration:
 9 months (possible extension) 

Language (S):
 English, Swahili, Somali 

Logistician Job in Garissa Kenya

Magna Children at Risk is international humanitarian organization whose objective is to provide medical aid to populations in crisis, active in Kenya since 2006. 

Magna is seeking to recruit a:
 

Job title:
 Logistician

Place in the organisation:
 Directly under Field project Coordinator

Job Location:
 Garissa 

Job Type:
 Field 

Job Duration:
 9 months (possible extension) 

Research Technician – Agriculture Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: RT/AE/PGI/09/11 

Department: Poverty Gender and Impact
 

Location:
 Nairobi, Kenya 

Duration:
 2-year term with possibility of renewal 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality livestock science, communications and capacity building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development.
 

ILRI is one of 15 centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI has campuses in Kenya (headquarters) and Ethiopia, with other offices located in other regions of Africa (Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria) as well as in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Vietnam) and East Asia (China).
 

Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: TL/SAE/MK01/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package circa USD 130,000 (tax free*)
 

Base salary from USD 75,000 per annum plus benefits.
 

(dependent on qualifications and experience)
 

The Team Leader / Senior Agricultural Economist will lead a group of economists and other scientists within the Improving Markets Opportunities research team researching issues related to changing demand and market institutions in livestock products in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
 

The research utilizes multi-disciplinary tools from agricultural economics, agribusiness, innovation systems, and new institutional economics to elucidate the role of markets in promoting pro-poor growth.
 

Agricultural Economist (Value Chains and Development) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/VCD/MK02/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package circa USD 105,000 (tax free*)
 

Base salary from USD 60,000 per annum plus benefit
 

(dependent on qualifications and experience)
 

Reporting to the Team Leader, the
 Agricultural Economist (Value Chains and Development) will contribute to on-going and new pro-poor livestock development research in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. 

S/he will develop and use value chain Analysis in the context of smallholder livestock production, and small scale and informal sector processing, trading and retailing.
 

Agricultural Economist (Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/BTWS/MK04/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package:
 circa USD 90,000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum plus benefits 

The Agricultural Economist will be part of the team leading the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) program for Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), reporting to the ReSAKSS Coordinator.
 

The objective of ReSAKSS is to provide analysis, data, and tools to promote evidence-based decision making, improve awareness of the role of agriculture for development in Africa, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate the implementation of the CAADP of the NEPAD programme of the African Union Commission and other regional agricultural development initiatives in Africa.
 

Economist, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Number: AE/PGI/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package: circa USD 100,000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 55,000 per annum plus benefits (dependent on qualifications and experience)
 

Under the leadership of the team leader and in coordination with other research staff within the Poverty Gender and Impact team, the Economist will develop and implement research on the multiple roles of livestock in rural livelihoods and how livestock’s contribution to poverty alleviation can be enhanced.
 

Main responsibilities will include developing and leading implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies for the CGIAR research program of Livestock and Fish and other large ILRI programs.
 

Post Doctoral Fellow Career Opportunity in Kampala Uganda

Vacancy Number: PD/UG/MK05/08/11 

Total salary & benefit package: circa USD 65000 (tax free*) Base salary from USD 35,000-USD 40,000 per annum plus benefits
 

The Post Doctoral Fellow will work in a project to develop smallholder pig production systems and their associated value chains in Uganda and will report to the Project Manager.
 

The Fellow will be part of a team designing and evaluating a pilot intervention to improve livelihoods, incomes and assets of smallholder households by raising productivity of their pig enterprises based on a package of technical and organizational strategies.
 

S/he will contribute to designing and working closely with national research and development partners to implement the research, with specific responsibility for assessing the financial, economic and social feasibility and appropriateness of the models being piloted, including monitoring of gender dimensions, farmer business and organizational strategies and potential constraints to adoption.

Agricultural Economist Job in Gaborone Botswana

Vacancy Number: AE/BTS/MK03/08/11 

Total salary & benefits package: circa USD 90,000(tax free*) Base salary from USD 45,000 per annum plus benefits
 

ILRI is to implement a research project in Botswana, supporting the enhanced competitiveness of that country’s smallholder livestock sector.
 

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Agricultural Economist will lead major components of the research from design through to implementation, analysis and communication.
 

S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of project activities in-country, including support to national stakeholders and project partners, in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture’s nominated project coordinator.
 

6 Mistakes to avoid when answering, ‘Where will you be in…….?’


What were your childhood fantasies? What did you want to be when you grow up? In our era, we used to adore those careers that were revered by the society. If anyone asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’d smile, and without batting an eye, answer doctor, pilot, teacher, or whatever profession had recently stirred your curiosity: Easy question, easy answer. That is till the day I entered the HR practice and realized that even a DJ can make more money than a doctor and pilot combined. All in all, let us go to the second part of answering the question in hand.

Like I said yesterday when an interviewer asks, “Where do you see yourself in five or more years?” a worthy answer is often hard to muster. Problem is, these days your whimsical desire to be an astronaut won’t be so well received. To prepare for this go-to question in the interviewer arsenal, you need to think about potential responses way before stepping foot in the recruiter’s office. And just like a resume, you’ll need to tailor your answer to the employer you’re interviewing with: For example don’t say you see yourself climbing the corporate ladder when interviewing with a small NGO.

Marketing yourself in the job hunting exercise: Be unique


Thousands of fresh graduates are looking for employment against limited opportunities. Why would an employer who is already overwhelmed with job applications select you over other candidates? Can you be distinguishable from the rest of the pack? Companies have long known the importance of making a name for their products and services to set themselves apart from their competitors. They brand and market themselves aggressively.

And just like those companies, individuals face competition every day, whether they are aware of it or not. This makes it essential for us all to think we must brand and market ourselves. Consider Heidi Klum, who although shorter than the standard model, has managed to take her career to heights higher than previously imaginable. She is now an actress, a television host and a fashion designer all rolled into one.

Customer Service Executive Job Vacancy in Kenya

Job Title: Customer Service Executive 

Main Responsibilities 
  • Process sales orders, forms, applications and quotation requests
  • Deal directly with customers either by telephone, electronically or face to face
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal departments
  • Manage customers' accounts
  • Perform customer verifications
  • Respond promptly to customer inquiries
  • Direct requests and unresolved issues to the designated resource
  • Record details of inquiries, comments and complaints
  • Handle and resolve customer complaints
  • Keep records of customer interactions and transactions

PA / Office Administrator Job in Kenya (KShs 60K)

Position Required: PA / Office Administrator 

Location: Nairobi 

Key Responsibilities: General PA role to include experience of Accounts, Human Resources and Logistics 

Key Qualifications: Above said experience plus a certificate of proficiency from the college of Insurance (to include the module on Health Insurance) 

Personal Attributes: Excellent communications skills, written and verbal, strong computer skills – mainly MS Office, team leader, detailed, highly organized 

Salary & Benefits: KSh60, 000 Neg 

Electronic Supply Chain Management Technical Assistant Job in Nairobi Kenya

The primary objective of the USAID / Kenya Pharma project is to establish and operate a reliable, sustainable pharmaceutical supply chain management system. 

The project aims to forecast, procure, store, and distribute drugs, supplies, and equipment needed for the care and treatment of persons with HIV / AIDS in Kenya. 

The project is currently seeking to fill the following vacancy: 

Position Title: 
Electronic Supply Chain Management Technical Assistant 

Reports to: Electronic Supply chain Manager. 

Location: Nairobi. 

The Overall Role of the position 

Printing Machine Operator Jobs in Kenya

Job Title: Printing Machine Operator 

Job Code: TTP/PMO 

Number of Positions Open: 2 

Reports To: Process Manager 

Location: Kenya 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Summary 

Our client is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. 

Wireless Technician Job Vacancy in Kenya

Due to fast and sustained growth, our client, an ICT company, requires a suitable candidate to fill in the following position 

Job Title: 
Wireless Technician 

Reports to: Network Solutions Manager 

Summary 
  • Specialize in site survey, design, installation, configure and support wireless solutions
Key Tasks

Regional Finance Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

PDM (Kenya) Limited is a property development and management company, with interests across East Africa. 

The company is seeking to fill a vacant position of
Regional Finance Manager (RFM), based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the RFM will be responsible for overseeing the company’s finance operations across the region. This role is amongst the most senior management positions in the company. 

The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the overall strategic development of the company, working together with other members of the management team. 

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer Job in Kenya

Funded by United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), RTI International is providing strategic, technical, management, and operational support to the Department of Malaria Control (DOMC) under the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS) to expand the use of Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) as an intervention for malaria prevention and control in Kenya. 

RTI International is recruiting for an 
M&E Officer for the IRS Kenya Project to be based in Nairobi with frequent travel to field offices in Nyanza. 

Specific Responsibilities:

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Job in Kampala, Uganda

Our client, Nakasero Hospital Limited (“NHL”) opened its doors in 2009; with its main objective being the provision of quality medical care and to fill a gap which was created by the lack of adequate medical facilities in the country. 

NHL is now looking to recruit a 
Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for the provision of visionary leadership and direction and ensuring that the hospital’s mandate and policies are implemented fully and effectively, in line with the hospital’s strategic plan. 

The CEO will be based in Kampala, Uganda. 

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Job in Kenya

Phoenix Publishers Ltd was incorporated in Kenya in 1987 and is owned by a broad base of local shareholders. 

The Company is the leading supplier of children’s readers in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region.

It also publishes general books and textbooks. 

It has firm linkages with several leading publishers in the rest of East Africa. 

Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Board the C.E.O. will be responsible for continuously initiating, reviewing, coordinating, managing and implementing the strategies and operations of the Company to increase sales and profits and add value for the benefit of the stakeholders. 

PwC Senior Consultant and Consultant, People and Change Jobs in Kenya

Recruitment of a Senior Consultant and Consultant, People and Change 

PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders. 

The PricewaterhouseCoopers network in Africa has member firms in over 30 countries with over 7,360 professional staff. We have the largest footprint of all the professional services firms on the African continent. We are proud that all our firms are locally-owned and that we are committed to the development and prosperity of the African people and economies. 

In Kenya, our local capability comprises over 350 professionals who are able to combine their in-depth understanding of local business, social, cultural and economic issues with their deep functional and industry knowledge. 

Operations Manager Tanzania Job Vacancy

Real People is a growing Multinational Company in Africa dealing with Micro Enterprise Finance. 

In East Africa we are specializing in offering Business Finance solutions through lending to Micro Enterprises, Working Capital and Fixed Asset Loans. 

Main Purpose of the Job: 
  • Managing the profitability and operational efficiency of a Branch operation by achieving and exceeding production targets on a regular basis.

NGO Jobs - World vision Somalia

World vision Somalia an international Christian Relief and Development organization, working to promote the wellbeing of all people – especially children, wishes to invite applications from highly competent dynamic, self driven and results oriented candidates to fill the following vacancies in the organization. 

Design Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator 

Successful candidate will be expected to contribute towards DME and report on WVS Programme / Projects covering health, nutrition, livelihood, water and sanitation, education, advocacy and humanitarian emergency affairs. 

WASH Officer Job in Lodwar, Turkana

Position: WASH Officer 

Functionally Responsible To: Project Coordinator (PC) 

Technically Responsible To: Project Health Coordinator (PHC) 

Working With: Kenyan Ministry of Health authorities at district level and Health Facility Staff, Merlin field team, CHW’s 

Location: Lodwar, Turkana 

The Purpose of the Job 

The overall objective of the position is to develop, implement, monitor and report on all WASH technical aspects of Merlin’s projects in assigned areas of Turkana. S/he will ensure that field staff and partners adhere to technical and standard protocols in WASH. Train and mentor staff as well as participate in WASH assessments, surveys and proposal design processes. 

Airtel Latest Jobs in Kenya

Exciting Career Opportunities with Airtel Africa Head Office 

About Airtel 

Affordability, innovation and community engagement are the three pillars of success for Airtel International which owns and operations mobile communications networks across 16 markets in Africa. 

Airtel International is part of Bharti Airtel which has more than 200 million customers globally and, since it acquired Zains African businesses in June 2011, has become the fifth largest telecoms company in the world. 

NGO Jobs in Kenya - CHF International

CHF International is an international development organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. 

CHF International is seeking candidates for several short term (3-5 month) positions to support its drought response efforts. 

Persons interested must be able to start immediately and work under tight deadlines and difficult situations. The anticipated start date would be September or October 2011. 

Program Coordinator, Tharaka 

Overview: The Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and coordinating all operational facets of the program. 

Warehouse & C& F, Shipping Clerks Job in Mombasa Kenya

A Company based ¡n Mombasa ¡s looking for Warehouse & C& F, Shipping Clerks. 

Principal Accountabilities: 
  • Receipt of teas & Delivery of teas, Blending & Weighing
  • Documentation & Record Keeping, Housekeeping & Daily stock count
  • Safety Induction & Monitoring
  • Process and executing all shipping & customs documentation for export and import.
The Ideal Candidates should have the following qualifications and experience:

Deputy Finance Manager, Senior Administration Officer and HR Officer Jobs in Dadaab

Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relief and development overseas. CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners. 

We are seeking suitable persons to fill the following positions in response to the drought crisis in 
the country. 

All candidates require technical competencies in the respective areas, experience in emergency programming, willingness to travel and live in field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions. 

1) Deputy Finance Manager 

Ref. 2011/27 

Senior Registrars Jobs in Kenya

The Nairobi Hospital, a leading health care institution in Eastern Africa has excellent career opportunities for recently qualified Senior Registrars leading to recognition by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board in the following fields: 

Peadiatrics 

Internal Medicine 

Obstetrics/Gynaecology 

Radiology 

Pathology 

Sales Executives and Customer Relations Executive Jobs in Kenya

We Furniture Palace Ltd., a leading furniture retailer in Kenya growing in dynamic dimensions, hence we are looking for people who will enable us to continue our success. 

We are looking for people who are passionate, adaptable, self motivated and team players to help us achieve our goal. 

We believe in an open door policy and direct communication with employees. We believe ¡n offering much more than just a job, we strive to give you a full fledged career. 

So to enhance this we provide superior training and the opportunity to work in different aspects of Retail and Service practices. Our training programmes will help you to improve on both Personal Excellence and Leadership Excellence. 

Chief Training Coordinators Jobs in Kenya (Kshs 74,575)

Chief Training Coordinators 

6 Posts 

The Kenya Education Staff Institute is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following positions to be based in the regional centers at Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nyeri, Embu and Garissa. 

Overall responsibility: To setup, manage and supervise the regional centre. 

Detailed responsibilities include: 
  • Coordinating training programs
  • Design, develop, deliver capacity development programs in management
  • Maintain standards and participate in monitoring and evaluation of capacity development programs

Deputy Human Resources Manager Job in Kenya

Our client a large manufacturing organization involved in manufacturer and marketing of fast moving consumer goods ¡s seeking to recruit a result oriented individual to fill the following key position in Kenya 

Deputy Human Resources Manager 

Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following among other duties: 
  • Assist in implementing all Human Resources programmes, activities and plans for the company and the subsidiaries ¡n and outside the country.
  • Developing and maintaining sound Human Resources policies, systems and procedures.

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