People believe a good higher institutions can help transition students from full-time students to full-fledged adults in the working world, and that a good institution produces nothing less, could it be entirely true?
Well, every graduate while in school anticipates the kind of job his or her qualification and ability would fetch not the university attended. Even before students completed their studies, their focus will have shifted to proving what makes them shine above their peers in the job market, aside from their qualifications. Knowing that employers need to know why they may be a good fit for their particular company or organisation. Little did they know that the school in which they obtained their qualifications may someday matter more than the qualification itself. A report by Corporate Staffing Services, a local human resources company reveals that employers rarely go for job seekers who schooled in certain schools.
In as much as I congratulate all the Kenyan university graduates. After all, their studies and efforts have brought them somewhere, even if it hasn’t fetched them a job but at least it has gotten them somewhere around the next phase of their life. But the report shows some schools are preferred more than others while others are never remembered.
On this list, the most preferred schools by employers are stated first before the least preferred according to the report.
University of Nairobi:
Based on report, 85% of employers choose graduates from the University of Nairobi when hiring from public universities over any other university graduates. The university which is a collegiate research university based in Nairobi is one of the largest universities in Kenya.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
According to the report graduates of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are the second most desirable people to hire. The school is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres North East of Nairobi, along Nairobi-Thika Highway. The school provides accessible quality training, research and innovation in order to produce leaders in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Enterprise Development, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and other Applied Sciences to suit the needs of a dynamic world.
Kenyatta University and Moi University
JKUAT is followed by Kenyatta and Moi University — though at distant percentages. Kenyatta University is a multi-campus public university with its main campus in Kiambu County’s Ruiru Constituency, Kahawa area. The school is one of the leading universities in Kenya judging by the quality of our graduates. While Moi University a public university located in the town of Eldoret in western Kenya. It was the second public university to be created in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi.
When it comes to employing people who schooled in private universities, Strathmore University boasts of the highest preference under private Universities at 78 percent. The university is a private university based in Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore College offers science and arts subjects . It provides an all-round quality education in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility; excellence in teaching, research and scholarship; ethical and social development; and service to society.
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Following Strathmore University are Daystar and United States University International University (USIU).
Maasai Mara University was least at 0.6 percent while Multimedia University is just above it at 1.3 per cent.
The least preferred is Presbyterian University and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton.
The report reads:
“The main reasons why the respondents prefer graduates from the selected public universities is technical expertise and knowledge of industry displayed by both the staff and students…”
The report further stated that: “…Graduates from the said private universities are preferred due to the reputation of the university in terms of specialization, years of existence and society involvement…”.
The report also suggests that university students concentrate on obtaining specialized work experience and job knowledge as possible.