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The dark side of a Kenyan graduate

By Allan Katana | October 7th 2019

The day when they are crowned to be degree graduates in different fields of study is the best day of their educational journey. Parents and friends send them congratulatory messages, something that makes them feel loved.

People who spend on them, especially on the expensive fee structures, feel their cash did not go to waste out of the excellent job done by the graduate. The community around the graduate feels the pressure of doing the same, and they emulate the graduate's steps believing that they are now mentors.

What the outside world fails to understand is that there are many ways to become successful when it comes to books during the four years of study on campus; it's a graduate's secret. What matters is the degree in hand. Pressure comes after all celebrations are done, and now the graduate is left with his/ her papers, not knowing where to start.

We have the lucky ones whose parents take it in hand to ensure that they provide the necessary connections so that their kids may land themselves a job. The majority, are left to wonder which office they will step in to provide their papers having in mind nepotism, corruption, lack of jobs, and favoritism have deepened their roots in the job markets.

To add salt into their fresh wounds, back home, their parents keep on pressuring them to go and look for jobs so that they may support their siblings. The community also adds more pressure as it always asks if the graduate has secured a job.

Lots of CV's and education transcripts keep flooding various offices as graduates never tire to apply when they see adverts either in social or print media. Many curse the day they were born when they spend two years of joblessness after graduating while the available jobs require 15 years of experience, and they end up landing on old individuals who have businesses and head various parastatals. It's one thing to graduate and another to earn yourself a job.

We might be in a 3rd world country where jobs are rare despite the government promising voters it will secure them jobs, but that should not be a reason to bring youth funds which are given based on a tribal basis.

Most graduates come with ideas, take them to the required authorities, but get disappointed after finding out that the money meant to support the youth in self-employment is not yet disbursed. Thinking of farming, most find it unnecessary due to the change of weather and corruption in the country.

Furthermore, starting a business requires hefty capital, which most graduates don't have. With little or no options left, graduates now think of easy ways to making money, thus indulging themselves in looking for sponsors and betting, which are games of luck with very harsh outcomes like death and depression.

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