Karatina University 5th Annual Career Week
Karatina University hosted the 5th Annual Career Week from Wednesday 7th March to Friday 9th March 2018. Career Week is one of the annual events in Karatina University’s almanac under the theme: ‘Enhancing Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Diversity for Career Development’.
A series of activities were lined up in the three-day forum starting with mentorship talks for the Fourth year students on soft skills that will give them an edge as they explore the world after their university life.
The Chief Guest during 2018 Annual Career Week was Prof. P.L.O Lumumba, the Director, Kenya School of Law. In his speech, Prof. P.L.O Lumumba urged the students to appreciate the women, bearing that the day was 8th March which is commemorated as the International Day for the Women. He recognized that the youth constitute over 70% of the Africa’s population hence a great force to reckon with in all spheres of life and therefore African countries and Kenya in particular should strive to improve the lives of the young people. Noting that our forefathers like Kwame Nkuruma and Jomo Kenyatta had great vision for their people and nationalism, he urged students in Kenya’s universities to avoid the traps of tribalism through forming tribal/county alliances but should have professional associations such as the ‘The Economics Society’ and ‘The Sociology Society of Karatina University’. Participants were also encouraged to celebrate their diversities and cultures for national cohesion.
The Karatina University students were challenged to harness their potentials through exploiting existing technologies that focus on aspirational visions like SDG’s and Africa Agenda 2063 and Vision 2030. Universities should be incubators for change generations and in this regard appreciated that Karatina University has fronted for an innovation culture coupled with entrepreneurial spirit among her students.
During the same week, there was mentorship talks from other guests such as Ms Mary Muthoni from the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Two state institutions, HELB and KUCCPS also that provided guidance to students. Over 300 students from local secondary schools attended and had then opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Joseph Maitaria, HoD Languages, Karatina University on Kiswahili literature among others.
During the official opening talks, Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics, Research and Students Affairs) underscored that the Career Week in the University has continued to provide a forum for life skills to our students. The fact that many students have gained tremendous skills from the Career Week is a testimony that the University is focused on the welfare of the students. She added that Karatina University is committed to the mentorship of students as part of the fulfilment of our motto which is Inspiring Innovation and Leadership.