One of the reasons why job seekers will get shunned by Kenyan employers is lack of work experience. With a big number of graduates in the job market, employers will only look for those who have specific skills for the job
According to Kenyan employers, most graduates do not have the necessary experience to work. To counter this, the government has intervened by introducing a new internship policy released by the Public Service Commission.
According to the daily nation, the new policy will provide graduates with internships experience which will make them more competitive in the workplace. It also says those who will be absorbed will be given a stipend to encourage many candidates to apply for the programme.
The programme is also open to degree and diploma holders, for whom internship is a requirement for registration with their professional organisations.
Opinion By Kenyan Graduates
Since this is an issue affecting graduates, we had to seek their opinion on the matter
Martha Okello, who is a graduate a private university, is not too sure about the move.
“Not to sound negative here but the initiative is a bit too little too late. How many job seekers have numerous internship experiences but have not been lucky to secure a job?” she poses
“For a government to offer internship instead of jobs is hypocrisy of the highest order. As graduates we are looking for internships which will in turn translate into job in the near future,” she says.
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Felix Malomba who holds a diploma also shares the same sentiments, arguing the high rate of youth unemployment is a result of poor government structures to ensure that all graduates are employed.
“If they knew this was the reason why we are not getting jobs, what were they doing all that time? Why intervene now? Now is not the time because more than half of Kenyan youth are unemployed. “We get the internships, then what. How are we supposed to get the jobs and who is going to employ us?” he asks.
Japheth Mburu, an Administration Assistant at a manufacturing firm thinks that is a very good initiative considering there are many graduates out there who need the experience.
“The move will also help them improve their competitiveness in the Kenyan job market which is becoming tough,” he opines.
We would like to know your view. Do you think this situation will help the Kenyan graduates?
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