I never really expected outstanding KCSE results but a D+ was lower than what I expected. I always scored a C+ and above. So I was never worried about getting into university. However, with the results out it is clear that no university will take me in.
I am in a dilemma about which course to pursue with the grade I got. Are there any marketable courses for people who got grades like mine? Kindly advise me” This is an email I received this week.
First of all, if you are in the same situation as this reader, then you should remember that this is not the end. You can still go on to study and have a successful career. You just have to be smart about the choices you make.
Sure, with such grades, there is a limit to courses you can pursue but there are still a lot of marketable courses to pick from.
Here are a few marketable courses you can pursue this year
1. Hospitality courses
According to a recent survey, the hospitality industry accounts for 9% of the formal employment in the country and the numbers will keep growing as the industry grows.
This means that hospitality is one of the most marketable courses you can pursue this year.
There are various fields you can choose to focus on when it comes to hospitality such as tours and travel, food and beverage and more.
2. Administration courses
Just like in hospitality, there are various career directions you can take when you study business administration.
You can either become a customer service representative, a receptionist, a personal assistant among many other things.
3. Sales and Marketing
Sales and marketing is one of the popular career choices in Kenya today, this is because companies will always need sales and marketing people in order to grow the business.
Not only that; but sales and marketing jobs offer some of the best benefits such as huge commissions, travel allowance and more.
Marketing is often viewed as the most important function of any organization making it a marketable course.
4. Human Resource Management
Most successful organizations know that their employees are important assets, so many of them understand the importance of a good human resource department.
This means that there has been an increase in human resource management (HRM) jobs both in Kenya and abroad.
5. Information Technology
We live in an era where technology has become a big part of our daily lives. This can clearly be seen by the rise and growth of technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and more. Meaning, a career in IT is a great choice.
What you need to do is find out which courses you can pursue depending on the subjects you studied. Then you need to choose a course among those that you are interested in. After figuring out what course you can pursue, you then need to find an institution where you can study that course.
When it comes to choosing what to study, no one should decide for you, it should be a decision you make on your own after considering your strengths and your interests.
Remember that just because you didn’t get an A doesn’t mean that you cannot succeed; after all, there are numerous examples of people who didn’t get such grades but ended up being successful.