By Kibet Tobias
Have you ever wanted to change your career and get into a totally different one?
You are not alone.
There are people who have gone far with their jobs only to get to a point where they get no satisfaction at all. They chose to move to a completely different career.
You may decide to stay but others take a step of faith and sail through the waters successfully. Remember jumping into something you are not sure about it needs a lot of determination and passion to learn.
In this article, find some of the successful Kenyans who changed their careers and are now enjoying the fruits. Be inspired!
1. Biko Zulu
Biko is well known for his famous blog, Biko Zulu. He is one of the most successful writers in Kenya.
Looking at his past life, Biko was laboratory technician. He says his duty was ridding the world of diseases and pathogens.
According to him, he always had a burning desire for writing over the years. This made him drop his lab technician career and pursued his passion. Over the years, he nurtured his talent to become the brand he is today.
Today, he is one of the most sought-after writers in the industry. He is also a correspondent with the Nation Media Group and has a weekly commentary column ‘Man Talk’ in the Saturday Nation. He has two columns in the Business Daily newspaper, one which he has established a reputation for his quirky and illuminating business profiles.
2. Walter Akolo
What he studied in Campus is very much different from the work he does today.
He dropped out of JKUAT University because he couldn’t get along with Architecture course he was admitted to. Initially, he wanted to be a lawyer by profession.
But after school, he did transcription jobs for some startup companies, data entry for an NGO, and church, sales for a textile company and administration for a car hire company. He resigned from his job to do online work on fulltime basis.
Today, he is an established freelance writer and internet marketer earning over 200K in a month.
3. Mutua Matheka
You may have seen his amazing portfolio of great photographs and his beautiful pictures of Nairobi.
He describes himself as an artist born and bred in Machakos and fine-tuned by Nairobi.
But, despite being a great photographer, Mutua never attended any photography class. He pursued Architecture in JKUAT.
He would later go to Germany for an internship and that is where his love for photography grew. He started pursued this passion actively, alongside his career in architecture.
He has since blossomed into a talented artist and architect.
It is evident that passion and creativity can take you far if you are willing to take up the challenge and ready to work for it.
4. Angela Ndambuki
Angela is an inspiration to many girls. She started out the all-girls’ Tatuu Band as a mellow vocalist. She is the real meaning of both ‘beauty and brains’.
After being a singer for while, she decided to settle on a career on Law. She holds a bachelor of Law from the University of Nairobi and also has a Masters of Law Degree in Intellectual Property Law from University of Edinburg (England). Last year, she was appointed as the CEO of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce.
Angela is a true testament that you can explore all your talents and possibilities to excel in everything you do.
Changing your career is not a walk in the park. But you can easily do it if you can learn from these successful Kenyans. Just ensure you put in the work, get professional mentorship programs and extra effort.
Do you have other successful people you know who have changed careers? What did you learn from them? Leave a comment below.