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Get a job! It is embarrassing to move in with your parents after college
I want to quote Mwalimu Dida and see if he is making sense or not. Again, these are my views. I cannot stand on the same platform with the great man both in career and education terms. I think his advice to university students made sense although again, we cannot just compare ourselves with the developed world.
This is one of his quotes: “In the US, University students drive Uber, work in convenience stores, work as waiters and make money to sustain themselves. In Kenya, boys smoke weed and play FIFA 24/7 (would have added betting) while girls just watch movies and wait for Juja’s bedsitter parties.”
I know some would argue that the Uber drivers are aged 24 years and above. But I support him here. He was just giving an example. Look at what Covid has brought - delivery as a big industry. I really like it when I see young people on motorbikes, bicycles and others on skates doing delivery jobs.
I have also seen ladies doing this and some are university students. I tend to think ladies in universities try to do more maybe because they have more opportunities than the boys. But most of the boys are also lazy and wont do much. When I was studying pharmacy in college, I was also a body builder weighing 120kg, mostly thanks to my muscle builds, so I decided to be a club bouncer.
I joined my friends, Dick Tiger and Mr Patello, in doing the hustle. By then, Dick was also in university doing double maths. I remember young people who used to come to clubs mocking us that we were just big bodied with no education but that did not matter. We were there to get that extra cash.
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I have a good friend who was doing architecture but was also businessman and actually saw the opportunity to transport Toivo and Kantata drinks from Naivasha, which he sold to the students. He qualified with high grades and now owns a big mall and other businesses because he had disciplined himself from a young age.
Bwana Dida continues by saying: “Kenyan university students are used to kubembelezwa. After graduating, you MUST NEVER go back to your parent’s house. Start looking for something immediately you land at the university. We are not your parents; don’t expect us to “create job/opportunities”. It won’t happen.
The good teacher then wonders why some Kenyan entrepreneurs have build business empires without seeing the inside of a university lecture room yet those with proper schooling appear helpless.
“How are Chinese doing it? A class 2 drop out is working as a Uber driver. A supermarket attendant is a form four leaver. Then an idiot in university is asking how to get a car or bike to sign up for Uber or where to get supermarket jobs. Ask the class 2 and form four how they did it.”
Here, I agree with him that most of our graduates have a sense of entitlement and think it is their right to sit at home and wait for the government to get them jobs.
Most don’t tarmac. Some after graduating, they go back home to their parent’s houses and sleep waiting for opportunities to knock at their doors. It is not a must you that practice what you have trained for if an opportunity for another career path comes knocking.
I often see university girls doing market activation and with this, they get work discipline at an early age, which most of the newly employed graduates lack. In Europe, the culture of students working during holidays and weekends has been entrenched in them.
That is why most of them really value money and are disciplined at work as this is something they start at an early age when in college.
I will advice our graduates to take any job, intern or even go for volunteer jobs where you will get experience and when an opportunity for employment comes, you will get the first chance.
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