This is Why Kenyan Graduates struggle to Get Jobs

Lack of training on critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills in the Kenyan education is hurting graduates as they get into the job market .

This is according to Human Resource officials who feel  that the country has concentrated more on traditional education of imparting the technical knowledge and in return failed to take in stock the survival skills in the work place.

They insist that there is need for graduates taken through their schooling period to produce wholesome people ready to serve the nation in whatever capacity.

“Today, the work place has changed, there are three critical competencies that insightful thinking, emotional intelligence and creativity that are needed in the work place so as to exhaust high productivity in the work place,” said Emily Kamunde President of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Kenya Chapter and Director of Rise & Learn Limited, a Human Resource Consulting Firm.

Ms Kamunde said that employers absorbing their employees were going through their competencies on the soft skills much more as a priority unlike in the past. She said that the lack of capacity had shown itself in the graduates inability to market themselves.

“Many graduates today are finding it difficult to even write their curriculum vitae or audibly explain themselves, and the school system was partly to blame. We hope the ongoing curriculum change will address this issues,” said Ms Kamunde.


According to Jussi Hinkkanen Chief Executive officer, Fuzu Limited, a Pan-African recruiting company working with several local companies said a HR report in Kenya had indicated that fifty percent of those employed the skills that were hands on. “There is a huge gap between professional skills and emotional intelligence and the disconnect between the two has had an impact of the work environment,” said Hinkkanen.

He explained that soft skills in today’s world was the biggest requirement by employers because it influenced how one plans including their days and hours at work, efficiency and how they collaborate with other employees.

“In Finland most of the graduates’ lives are spend on training and internship and this helps those out of school to be completely hands on,” he said.

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