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Sometimes I Think There’s Zero Unemployment Rate, Here’s Why

Noel Tasha

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Being unemployed can drain you physically, emotionally, psychologically and end up making you depressed.

But I sometimes think there’s zero unemployment rate.  This because at one end, I come across people looking to hire skills and sometimes they end up not being able get them meanwhile on the other end, I come across so many job seekers who have been in the job market for close to 5years.

Believe me that if unemployment rate was not at zero percent, then job hunting would have been more aggressive with young people investing their careers by improving their job searching strategy by;

  1. Improving their job searching skills (by attending training and workshops on job hunting).
  2. Investment in capacity building.
  3. Up skilling themselves: Acquiring new skills that will enable them remain relevant in the job market.
  4. Leveraging technology (social media in particular) to get what they want (connecting with the right people, search for job and other opportunities)
  5. Making use of job searching platforms like njork.com, akwajobs.com, LinkedIn.com, indeed.com, cameroonjobs.net etc and even job search on Facebook and Google.
  6. Contacting employers and hiring managers directly to ask if they have a job for you. It is time to sell your value.  There’s nothing to be shameful about.
  7. Becoming a person of value: This is the most important one. Value is irresistible.  Every company out there wants value.  They want to hire someone that will add value.  So, if you focus on becoming a person of value, then believe me they will look for you.  This comes through discovering who you are, what you can do and then learning, training and development come in.

Above all.  Do know wait for opportunities. Many people are waiting for opportunities, they may have to wait for long time and unfortunately as the case of many, their opportunities would never come.  And they’re those who cannot wait for opportunities, so they begin creating it and to their delight and surprise many doors begin to open.

So do not wait for job opportunities. Better make things happen.

All of these will take time.  So, you need to be focused and a little bit patient.  Trust the process.

I will soon be in the job market too🤣🤣🤣.

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Reuben Kimani Crowned the African Business Personality

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Reuben Kimani CEO, Username Investment Ltd was crowned the 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Award gala dinner recently held at Louis Leakey Memorial Hall in National Museums of Kenya. Reuben was awarded alongside His Excellency Raila Odinga, Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Prof. PLO Lumumba, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Hon Ababu Namwamba, Arch Bishop Arthur Kitonga among other distinguished leaders. The Deputy President William Ruto was also in attendance where he witnessed the winners receive their awards.

The Voice Achievers Awards was established in the Netherlands by The Voice Magazine and seeks to recognize outstanding men and women who have made positive impact on Africa and its people. The award is held yearly and is on its 10th Anniversary and this was the first edition of the awards in Kenya. The winners ranged from Africans and friends of Africa who in pursuit of their businesses and services to humanity, have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavor across the African continent.

I thank God, my family, Username Investments Team, our clients and stakeholders for believing in me. I am humbled by this recognition of our efforts in making property ownership inclusive for everyone regardless of their income. Our desire as Username Investments has always been to provide Kenyans living locally and abroad with a place they can call home at affordable prices. We have been in the industry for over 6 years and I am proud that we have impacted thousands of clients across the formal and informal sectors and especially the youth”, Reuben Kimani said as he received his trophy.

Reuben Kimani was accompanied by Username staff members who cheered him for his outstanding leadership.

The proportion of Kenyan youth to the population stands at 20.3%, the highest in Africa and among the highest globally according to the US-based Population Reference Bureau. This population has been faced with unemployment and I am glad that Username Investments has created employment to over 50 directly and 500 indirectly employed in our three offices; two in Nairobi and one in Nakuru”, Reuben continued.

Reuben Kimani, CEO, Username Investment Ltd. receiving his award as The 2019 African Business Personality at the 2019 Voice Achievers Award Ceremony

As the co-founder and CEO of Username Investments, Reuben believes in being impactful in the society by focusing on ideas and work that radically transform people’s lives. His mantra is to get important things done and done fast. Housing being a basic necessity of every human being alongside food and water, he has led the Company to make properties deliberately affordable with prices as low Ksh 199,000 which are also value-added with a perimeter fence, estate gate, graded access roads, water and electricity making them ready for immediate development. This has made great contribution in the Affordable Housing Agenda, one of the 4 key pillars of the government development agenda that aims at providing affordable homes to Kenyans who have been experiencing prolonged renting periods especially in the urban areas.

To all young people in Africa, take action and do something. Talent, knowledge and big talk is useless without action”, Reuben concluded by encouraging young people to do something that will have an impact in their lives.

Username Investment Limited Team together with the CEO, Reuben Kimani, after he won The 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Awards

Through his leadership, the Company has accomplished over 37 projects, issued over 6,000 title deeds to clients living both in Kenya and the diaspora. His efforts have seen the Company bag accolades across the industry for outstanding performance including; Top 100 Midsized Company Award, Real Estate SME of the Year, Best Land and Investment Company among others. As an individual he has bagged Diversity and Inclusion Business Executive Champion Award, Entrepreneur of the Year by Kenya Professional Realtors Association (KPRA) and JKUAT Alumni Achievement Award for his achievements post-graduation.

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George Wachiuri-The ten ‘P’s of success

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For a young graduate to make it in the job market, he must have a set of qualities that set him apart from the rest, in this video George Wachiuri shares with you the ten’P’s that will make you soar like an eagle and achieve greatness and create a difference.

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Education Is No Longer A Key To Success In Kenya.

Walter Kiongozi

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Growing up in my rural village many years ago, I remember clearly my primary headteacher telling us every Monday to study so hard so that we can be able to a join good secondary schools which was like a breakthrough of pursuing good courses at the university. An entry to the university was every parent’s prayer as it was a sign of success and to be specific wealth. It was the most precious thing that joining the university could make a headline in the village.

There was value in education with every graduate receiving the respect he or she deserves as appreciation of hard work. What happened to Education as a key to success is a puzzle that everyone is trying to solve. In a country where the primary schools drop outs, KCSE grade ‘D’ graduates, sorry to say are advising and lecturing First class honors graduates on how to cope up, survive and succeed in real world is an indication that things are changing and the norm is no longer normal.

As an engineering student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s premier University, I have spent 5 years in class and engineering labs acquiring skills which I believe are relevant in the corporate world and necessary in the job market. Unfortunately, my work is being offered to a diploma or certificate graduate who is not only believed to be affordable but also easy to handle, demote and fire anytime without an explanation.

Any graduate has a prize on his head which employers don’t like. There is no longer respect and honor in education. The degrees and academic papers are only admired by those who do not have them and the majority who have the qualification are a disappointed lot because the papers they are holding are not adding value to their life. In a country where without a ‘god father ‘you will walk around with your degree or masters until social media or a good Samaritan comes to your rescue is a society which does not value education.

Ever asked yourself why a son of an engineer will pursue engineering, a daughter of a lawyer with pursue law and an economist will make sure his child goes in the same field? It is called maintaining the roots and strengthening the plant. What of that poor son or daughter who hails from a rural village somewhere with no god father or no one in the field he or she studied. Will that poor child ever be employed? Is there hope? What happened to the respect of the mighty degrees?

Having a tall relative has not only killed the basic foundation of employment criteria but also weakened the educational systems of the country. That is why it is no longer a surprise to find an engineer working in a hospital as a nurse, a theologian owning an engineering consultant firm and an anthropologist advising people on what they should do with their money. It is not your qualification anymore it is who you know.

What now?

I think it is a high time our lovely teachers stop feeding children at a young age that Education is opens the door to success. It no longer the key to the door; it is a key to the gate of success; more is needed to get to the door of success and who knows maybe that padlock got lost. Having a lot of knowledge in class is not a guarantee of success in life. Passing all your exams and getting a first-class honor is not a surety of securing a job in Kenya. Our children should be advised and nurtured to be smart both in class and outside class. Let a student not got to games with a C.R.E test book pretending to be reading for exam, let a student not go to drama, environmental or journalism clubs with a physics encyclopedia pretending to be the most hardworking person. the society we are living in does not require hardworking and bright people, it needs intelligent and smart people fully of diversity who can discovered what is not taught in school.

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