Generation Y Job Seekers

5 Things You Must Do To Get Your First Job After Uni

Next week we will hold our bi-annual Career Preparedness Bootcamp. We believe that building the kind of career that you would like to have, takes being very intentional, as early as even high school. The earlier you start, the higher the likelihood of getting a job straight out of uni. Unfortunately, the majority of uni students are not doing this.

In this blog, we highlight some of the things that students should be doing to set themselves up for jobs when they graduate. During the Career Preparedness Bootcamp, we will cover this in more depth. (more…)

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Why collaboration matters now more than ever

A few weeks ago World Bank released a report that raised concern on the quality of Kenya’s graduates. They indicated that the graduates that were being churned out of the institutions of higher learning, lacked the skills that would enable them be part of the delivery of Vision 2030. While this report received the usual uproar, it only confirmed the phenomena that many employers have come to term as ‘half-baked graduates’. Unfortunately, this is not an issue that is affecting Kenya only. According to the Inter-University Council of East Africa, over 50% of the graduates leaving universities in East Africa are ill-prepared for the marketplace. (more…)

How To Stand Out In Your First 3 Months On The Job

Written by Grace Ussenga, a Lapid Leader

Last week I shared the story of how I attended an interview for an internship position in an organisation that was not in line with my passion, and how my interviewers were so impressed by my passion to help society that they set me up for a different interview at KCCL. I will continue from there but you can read the previous post here

An interview with KCCL is set for January 7th, 2015 and I definitely show up looking intelligent and sophisticated (as you would expect haha). The interview took less than 5 minutes and I got a bit worried because I have always heard that the shorter the interview, the higher the probability that you were a total disappointment and a waste of time (It’s true by the way, only that my case was different). My CV spoke on my behalf.  I am told to go back on Monday, sign a contract and begin working, as an INTERN for 3 months, PRO BONO. (more…)

Why You Should Think About Interning Or Volunteering

You have completed your undergraduate studies. You are armed for the marketplace, ready to place your mark in the world. At the back of your mind is the advice to ‘follow your passion’. Unfortunately, you quickly realise that a job that drives you towards what you are passionate about and which at the same time meets your financial needs is a combination that is not easy to come about. What should you do? Do you give up on your passion? Do you take any job that comes your way? (more…)

How my internship opportunity was disguised in obstacles

Written by Grace Ussenge, a Lapid Leader

It is Friday December 19th 2014 at around 3pm and I’m traversing the streets of Kisumu when I hear my phone ring and aha! It is ‘Esther Lapid’ as she appears in my contact list.  I obviously pick and she tells me something I have been waiting to hear for some time – she says there is an internship opportunity for an administrator at a real estate company in Loresho, Nairobi, that she thinks I should apply for and that they are interviewing in four days time, i.e. Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 therefore I should apply as soon as possible. (more…)

Creativity and Innovation: Why it Matters at the workplace

In a study that Lapid Leaders Africa conducted last year, HR Managers indicated that the most valuable contribution that young people bring to an organization is creativity and innovation. Young people have the ability to provide a fresh, new perspective to the issues at the workplace.

I previously worked as the Head of Risk and Compliance for Guaranty Trust Bank, a leading financial institution. One of the bank’s products that has been very popular especially in Nigeria, and has won the bank several awards, is its social banking. The service (social banking) was the first offering of its kind by any Nigerian bank. The service allowed people to open GTBank accounts and perform various financial transactions while on Facebook. The idea to roll out this product was formed by a group of young fresh graduates in the bank. It has been said that the initial reaction to this idea was lukewarm, to say the least. However, years later, it not only is a very popular product but continues to be recognized the world over. (more…)