Career Advice for 404s (Part 2/2)

Today, picking up from where we left off in part 1/2, we’ll look into research and planning 📌 📝


Looking into specific industries can be a good starting point for your career research. Then, make a list of all the careers that you thought about when reflecting on your options. The next step is to dig a little deeper into each of these career areas and find out what qualifications and experience you’ll need to gain in order to work in these areas. The best way to do this is by typing the careers you have written down into For example, for a nurse, you can type: “Qualifications for being a nurse in Kenya”

When exploring specific careers as a teenager, there are some essential pieces of information that you need to know. Use the following list as a checklist for your research to make sure that you’ve fully explored what each specific career requires:

  • What qualifications do I need for this type of career?
  • Do I need any particular skills to work in this industry?
  • What personal qualities would this job require me to have?
  • What is a typical salary in this career?
  • Is this a popular industry/is competition for jobs high?
  • Is there a specific location for this career (some jobs are more in demand in certain areas)

After having a rough idea of what you like, collect your research findings and talk to a career counsellor in your school. It is also always helpful to share your thoughts with your friends to find out what they are thinking. Other great people to talk to about your career research are your parents.

planThe next step, after having a good idea of what you want to do in life, is planning for it. The path to a successful career starts with a plan. Not all plans work out in the end, but a sure way to fail is to fail to plan. So, here is how to plan for a great career:

First steps after school

Are you able to apply for jobs straight after school or do you need more qualifications and training? Planning what you need to do ahead of time will help you prepare for making the transition from leaving school to actively pursuing your career.

Further training and qualifications

Does your career require you to have further qualifications or training? If you’ve just completed your KCSE and the jobs that you’re interested in require you to have a university degree, then you know that you should be looking into what degrees will be the most useful for you in the future.

You should also consider alternative routes into your career. For example, can you secure a job that typically requires a degree by any other means? Like an internship or attachments, for example? Knowing what your alternatives are can help you keep your options open when pursuing your chosen career path.

Gaining experience

Depending on what type of jobs you’re considering, some employers value experience more than qualifications. If the job that you’re looking at doesn’t have a set path to entry, then you may want to consider gaining experience in your chosen field. Careers like journalism, photography and media don’t always require you to have specific qualifications, so taking on some work experience placements may be the best route for you to go down.

What stage are you at in your career planning? Do you have any questions on any of these stages above? Do you have any of your own careers advice to share with others? Please get in touch with us with your questions and your suggestions through our WhatsApp number.

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