The Office of Career Services of Machakos University, under the Division of Academic and Student Affairs in conjunction with Corporate Career Academy organized a professional career day for students of Machakos University whose theme was “Leveraging on Technology for Career Advancement”.
The chief guest for the day was Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha who is the chairman of Commission for University Education (CUE), Kenya and a Member of the Board of Trustees for Wanafunzi Investment Trust Fund. Prof. Chacha, was cordially welcomed to Machakos University by the Vice Chancellor –Prof. Lucy Irungu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Academic and Student Affairs – Prof. Joyce Agalo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Research, Innovation and Linkages – Prof. Peter Mwita among others.
The day was also graced by FA Diana Muriuki-Maina (CEO, The Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts; ICIFA), Faith Wawira Nyaga (Director – ISACA Kenya Chapter), Bob Mwiti (Programs Director, Appstec America; Co-Founder, The Kenya Airlift Program; IT consultant on Robotics & Data Science; Consultant on master’s studies in USA), Hon. Kiogora DMK (MCA’ Abogeta West; Patron, the Airlift Sacco; Co-founder, The Kenya Airlift Program), Eleen Montet Shollei (Talent Acquisition Executive, Brighter Monday Kenya), Regina Njima (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kizo Africa) and Livingstone Makori (Head of Bancassurance, Jubilee Health Insurance; Founder, Corporate career Academy).
The topics that were deliberated were the Airlift Program & Post Graduate Financing masters and PhDs, The Modern Workplace, Leadership & Career/Saving for Postgraduate, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Student Chapters, Branding & Career Readiness, Data Science, Artificial intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning, Corporate opportunities for Students among others.
Listening to the various speakers, one thing became clear to the audience, that technology is taking over in all fields of work and those who will not adapt to this new norm will be rendered irrelevant. The students were challenged to learn and use new technologies, to cultivate a passion for technology and showcase that interest in the various aspects of career growth. They were told to take maximum advantage of technology to advance in their careers, to move from mediocrity to exceptionality and excellence which requires the development of soft skills such as flexibility, adaptability and eagerness to learn new ways of doing things.