Which are the most marketable diploma courses in Kenya?
By Lilian Wamaitha
There are over 100 diploma courses being offered in Kenyan Universities and colleges.
Most Kenyans rush to pursue degree courses thinking that it’s the only way they can stay ahead in the competitive job market. However what most people don’t know is that there are diploma courses that are more marketable than even degrees.
I have a friend who owns a constructions company and only hires diploma graduates. There are a lot of other employers in other industries who prefer diploma graduates according to Ms. Muthoni Ndegwa, a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services.
Most Marketable Diploma Courses in Kenya
There are so many diploma programs in Kenya that are very marketable the in Kenya today. Here is a list of the top 10.
1. Diploma in Accounting and Finance
The corporate world will always need accountants and financial experts. It is no wonder that these courses are the most sought after diploma courses in Kenya.
Colleges like the Kenya Institute of Management offer excellent diploma courses in Accounting and Finance.
2. Diploma in Nursing
This is a course that is in high demand since there is a huge demand of nurses in Kenya and around the world.
There has always been a shortage of nurses in public hospitals as the government looks for measure to cub this.
Kenya Medical Training College is known for the best diploma courses in Nursing in Kenya.
3. Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain
Have you ever dreamt of being a key decision maker in an organization? Welcome to the field of procurement.
It is one of the fastest growing professions thus making it to the top marketable diploma courses in Kenya.
4. Diploma in Communication and Journalism
The world will never run out of communication specialists. These are the real drivers of the economy and growth in industries. Decisions they make are vital to the survival of any company.
In this digital era, many companies are recruiting social media experts and people who have a grasp of online marketing. The mantle goes to communication guys.
You can study a communication diploma at Daystar University, Kenya Institute of Management, USIU or University of Nairobi among others.
5. Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation/ Project Management
This is among the top marketable diploma courses in Kenya as it prepares individuals who can manipulate data and analyze it, conduct research and design projects.
Most people who study this diploma course end up working for NGOs.
You can study Project Management at Kenya Institute of Management, Moi University, AMREF, JKUAT and Maseno University.
6. Diploma in Quantity Survey
This is one of the most marketable diploma courses that Kenyans are yet to embrace. And you only require a C or C- to enroll.
With the real estate indistry growing at a fast rate in Kenya, the demand for quantity surveyors continues to grown. You can be assured that you will land a job after you are done with your diploma course.
The best places to study a diploma in quantity survey are University of Nairobi, JKUAT and Moi University.
7. Diploma in Information Technology (IT)
With technological growth, comes IT experts. Companies will always require someone to handle all their IT work making a diploma in IT very marketable in Kenya .
If you have always had a thing for sciences, this is the best course you can pursue.
You can study a diploma in IT at Moi University, UoN, JKUAT and Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT).
8. Diploma in Customer Service/ Front Office
Though it is considered the most flooded profession, the truth is that there will always be a demand for customer care agents and people who can man the front office.
Companies like Safaricom, Star Times among others are always hiring customer service people.
The best colleges to enroll for a diploma in Customer Service/ Front Office include NIBS, Daystar University, KIMC, USIU and Technical University of Mombasa.
9. Diploma in Engineering
Though it is considered one of the hardest courses to pursue in Kenya, it is also among the top marketable.
According to Ms. Ndegwa, the most marketable diploma courses in engineering are mechanical, electrical and civil.
The best universities that offer diplomas in Engineering are JKUA, Uon, Moi University and Technical University of Kenya.
10. Diploma in Business Management
Finally one of the most marketable diploma courses. Like customer service it is considered flooded but this is far from the truth. It still remains a marketable course that anyone can pursue.
You can study a diploma in business management at Kenya Institute of Management, Moi University among others.
It may not be as glamorous as pursuing a degree, but diploma courses still hold a lot of weight in the Kenyan job market. I f you are torn between what to study why don’t you pick one of the top marketable diploma courses in Kenya highlighted in this article.