Students of UoN, Kenyatta and Moi universities have the highest chances of being employed after graduating, a British Council report suggests.
The Universities Employability, and Inclusive Development Survey shows that 25.6 per cent of University of Nairobi students, 19 per cent from Kenyatta University, 10.3 per cent from Moi University and 8.6 per cent from KCA are likely to enter the job market. Maseno, Catholic, JKUAT, Egerton and Masinde Muliro universities faired with 5 per cent each.
“The three universities are perceived to provide more graduates to the job market, and may have some historical prestige,” Tristan McCowan from the Institute of Education, University College London, said as quoted in the Star.
Also according to the study, More than 50 per cent of university graduates believe they cannot be employed despite having a degree.
20 per cent believed job scarcity was as a result of economic climate, their university not being well regarded by employers, the shrinking number of jobs, and their degrees being too general or too specialised as the main reasons why they wouldn’t get a job.
On the other hand, 34 per cent of the graduates who were questioned said they are unable to get a job because they do not have social networks, while another 34 per cent blamed it on lack of family connections. “It is about who you know that will get you employed. Without networks, students said they were certain they cannot be employed,” McCowan said. The report revealed that 65 per cent of students said they would seek self-employment “because of the dwindling prospects in the job market”.
According to them, self-employment is a better alternative to formal employment because of the qualifications required.
“Universities are not preparing students for this reality,” the paper quoted Ibrahim Oanda from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
Via the Star