With the ever-increasing unemployment rate in the country, landing a job today is a daunting task for most graduates.
However, having additional short courses on top of your degree can give you an edge in the competitive job market.
Kenyans.co.ke looks at some of the short courses university students can take to boost their employability.
Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
CPA is a popular course in Kenya. The course is offered in six modules by the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB).
Some CPA(K) professionals end up becoming financial managers, tax consultants, practicing auditors, and professional accountants.
The course also offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of self-employment as tax advisers.
With technology driving most sectors of the economy, digital skills have become an asset.
Digital Marketing is a great course for anyone considering running an online business. The course covers areas such as social media marketing, search engine optimization, Google Ads, and email marketing.
Like many spoken languages, sign language is a language with its own unique set of grammar and syntax rules. This is an ideal course for students or graduates who have taken courses in education, media, linguistics and international relations.
In Kenya today, there are opportunities in different government departments for language interpreters including courts. TV stations also hire sign language experts.
A second language can also increase your chances of getting a job. You could work as a translator or language tutor with an organization or independently.
A foreign language also gives you a competitive edge over your peers when it comes to careers in the international market.
Employers are always looking for professionals who can communicate with customers or potential customers from different markets in expanding foreign markets.
Having basic computer skills is a requirement in most fields. Many institutions offer a range of packages, including Microsoft Office.
Today, computer literacy is necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing digital world.
Kenyans.co.ke digital journalist John Mbati at work