About twenty years ago, one would be guaranteed of a job if they had just set their foot in campus.
In some instances, it is the employers themselves that came to the Campuses to recruit fresh graduates. However, this is not the trend anymore. Where there have been graduates that have been successful in securing jobs right after graduation, many others contribute to while away at home for lack of jobs. Some more are underemployed, hardly utilizing the skills that they were taught.
There has been a raging debate over the years on which are the most lucrative courses. Former higher education minister William Ruto caused a stir a few months ago when he said that the funding for the Arts courses should be reduced.
This prompted angry reactions from the students and lecturers in the arts courses, and needless to say they staged a demonstration up the Ministry headquarters in Jogoo house. And the perceptions in campus of the various courses are in deed glaring. For instance, medical students are likely to refer to themselves as the best and brightest. Those doing engineering will brag that they deal not in theories but facts while those doing the Commerce degree will brag that they are future managers.
However, going by the job advertisements in newspapers and in job websites, many employers are also looking for Art degree holders. Such degrees as Sociology, social work, International relations etc are being sought after by organizations; especially NGOs. In fact, one is likely to find that the advertisements for such jobs is at least twice as much as the advertisement for the science courses. Sometimes, even the science graduates find that there is a large disconnect between what they learned in class and what is practiced in the field. In addition, the number of decent science jobs is simply low and this is probably one of the reasons why many of them choose to look for greener pastures elsewhere; in effect increasing the brain drain from the country.