Last Updated on 9 May 2020 by Gertrude
Even if you spend 20 years studying for the finest unique degree in Kenya, there’s no job that comes easily.
I spent years studying but got no job. I ‘tarmacked’ until I borrowed shoes from my sister whose feet are three sizes mine, I’d drag the shoes. I felt useless because the degree didn’t help me, I felt cornered.
The worst part, I was never allowed by the degree to be who I wanted to be … explore my creative genius. It was books after books after books which didn’t make sense.
I later learnt that there are some easy degrees in Kenya which you can take to ensure you a job placement if a job is something you want.
Don’t be deceived though no matter how easy these degrees sound, don’t do them if they aren’t your passion. You will feel trapped as I did.
It’s better to pursue a degree that allows you to dive into your strengths than do it for the sake of how easy it is to get a job.
Best Degrees to Pursue as a Kenyan Ensuring You a Job
The following are the best degrees to pursue as a Kenyan ensuring you a job and they include the following:
If you love motivating people or are naturally empathetic, then the field of Psychology is for you. You don’t need to stop there though, you will understand why people behave the way they do.
Psychology helps predict behaviour. You will know what gets people motivated to behave, work, act, react.
I love Psychology because I have studied it in my bachelor days and my Forensic Psychology classes and keep studying Psychology when it comes to marketing.
With this degree, you are going to work as a counsellor, social worker, project manager, human resources director/manager, a registered nurse.
All these careers are in high demand in Kenya and in need of qualified professionals. You need to have experience in your field because the fields are highly competitive.
So, I’d advise to have a combination of digital skills like digital marketing or acquire as many certificates as possible to set you apart.
Remember, to set up your practice as a psychologist, you need to have a Masters or PhD in Psychology.
Though I love the English language it gets confusing for the speakers of English as a second or third language.
I love English and studied for it in the uni. But it gets complicated if not hard when you get into the Origins of Language and English Syntax, Grammar and Morphology.
You have to learn the best construction of sentences. Over the years, I learnt I like to play around a bit, I mean, flexibility is mine. English is rigid like any language.
After you finish your degree you will become either an English Professor or high school teacher. But teaching is flexible so you can get work faster as a marketing manager/executive, technical writer.
Teachers are forever in demand not only in Kenya but in the world.
Teachers teaching the sciences like Physics, Chemistry or Biology and Maths are always on demand.
You can also work as a special education teacher, which pays even more. Or work as an executive director in an NGO or charity organisation.
4. Social Work
Social workers are volunteers, they serve the community for the greater good.
They say whatever you do as a social worker it’s for the goodness of the victim.
Social workers work in family trauma centres, NGOs, They listen to stories of violence and dysfunction all day. It’s not a miracle to a social worker to hear about a father raping a daughter.
Social workers can also work as mental health specialists, therapists, nursing, home administration, community service manager and probation officers.
We love a piece of the past, don’t we all?
Now, Historians in Kenya can get jobs as museum technicians, research analysts, attorney/lawyers, teachers of history, director of operations.
Historians have excellent critical and research skills, they are always digging up the past or finding out more information.
When in the university, you have to study Sociology and Psychology no matter your field of study.
It’s important to understand the societies where people come from so you can make informed decisions about their patterns of behaviour.
For example, after identifying Ted Bundy as a serial killer, they had to do a bit of background on him to determine if the environment he was brought up in contributed to his lynching of women and girls.
As a sociologist, you can also work in the fields of an executive assistant, marketing research analyst, project manager or management analysis.
7. Criminal Justice
As a forensic psychology graduate, you are taught the same topics as those studying for criminal justice.
I wanted to know how investigations are done in Kenya, to my shock, they’re rarely done unless you’re prominent.
Most murders in Kenya are considered suicide, accidents or overdoses, a secret I’m revealing to you.
Now, as a criminal justice graduate, you can work in the police force or as a private investigator, or a C.I.D. I have seen criminal justice graduates becoming pastors, maybe because they know and understand human behaviour.
8. Creative Writing
Are there creative writers in Kenya? Well, those who have mastered the English language to carve out New York or Amazon Best Sellers?
Well, you don’t have to master. Let’s be honest, how many crime books written by Kenyans do you enjoy reading? You’d rather pick up a series by an American? I know I’d rather.
As a creative writer, you can become a poet, write essays, do technical writing, become a copywriter, after all, words, juicy words flow through your mouth always.
You can work as a journalist too. Remember Wahome Mutahi, he wasn’t only a comic creator but a creative writer, you can agree to disagree.
9. Religious Studies
Kenyans are religious in the continent of Africa. Churches sprout every day in every street corner.
We like to be lied to by religion. You can become a counsellor, I have seen lots of counsellors who didn’t do any psychology.
Most religious leaders study theology and philosophy. You can also become an advisor for the government or a chaplain.
We need more health practitioners in Kenya, we hear the cry every single day. You can choose to become a rehab director, physical therapist, healthcare consultant.
Anthropology like psychology is the study of humans and their behaviour but in the past.
It’s almost like sociology where anthropologists try to determine behaviour looking at genealogy or origin.
You can work as a researcher, advocate or in the public service, in education and business.
Have you realised how some stories get capped in Kenya?
We need impartial journalists and reporters who go to the depth of the matter.
You can work as a journalist, correspondent, marketing director, author, PR specialist and broadcast news analyst.
Though musicians don’t go to school in Kenya, it’s important to go to help develop business acumen towards handling the successes of music/a performing artist.
You can work as a sound engineer, technician, music composer and an organ teacher like teaching piano, saxophone to kids in school or online.
I loved the humanities in high school more than the sciences.
The only science I loved was Chemistry, it felt logical, I could try a few concepts.
The humanities field is a field too easy to conquer but many in the universities fail because of the tough exams. You can work in any ‘soft’ or the above-mentioned fields.
Tips for Getting a Job Faster After Studying for an Easy Degree in Kenya
- Advance your studies
Just because you have acquired an easy degree to get a job within Kenya doesn’t mean that you will get a job. I cannot insist that enough. Remember to acquire as many relevant certificates.
2. Don’t focus on getting work, focus on self-employment
After Kenyan kids complete high school, they only think of getting a job. No, focus on employing yourself.
Don’t acquire a degree and believe you have arrived and will get a job because it’s easy to get a job. After all, I failed to get a job in 2009 yet I had very strong recommendations.
3. Know how to write your resume
Your resume is your story and so is your cover letter. Learn how to narrate the perfect flowing story that doesn’t look doctored or borrowed.
Focus on you as an individual and your strengths and how your skills benefit the employer.
Employers are looking for the best and you must always address why you are the best in your resume.
4. Don’t think like every graduate
If you think along the lines of graduating and getting a job, you’re thinking like everyone else.
Every year a lot of young Kenyans graduate, yet 95per per cent of them miss out on jobs.
Know why? The same mentality of not knowing and living rehearsed book life. As Napoleon Hill would say in Think and Grow Rich, Learn to package your learned.
5. Network with people in your industry
My father told me this before joining the university, ‘network with important people’.
I didn’t know back then what he meant, now I do.
Find people in your industry, who are higher-ups than you, who you admire and want to be like then, connect with them.
Study what makes them stand out. After all, they would want to join a beginner who knows what they want.
Nobody wants a weak network, so, better yourself. Get better in your field by acquiring as many certificates as possible.
Be in the know, the trends happening in your industry so that when you form a connection, they feel you’re worth it and can introduce you to even more connections.
6. Have a focus
This all boils down to what do you want with your life for the next decade? Be patient with yourself as you try to find your way.
But remember, to stay focused. We all know what we want to become, it’s always somewhere in us but we are afraid of facing it.
7. It’s okay to not know
I didn’t know what I wanted until 2018 when I knew I wanted to write for the rest of my life.
Sometimes, it’s fine to not know.
Try as many career paths as I did, acquire as many skills as possible and one day, you will come to the realisation of your dreams. As long as you’re patient, it all comes together.
In conclusion, you can settle for the easy university degree but fail to get a job.
Allow passion to take the course. It’s fine to not know what you want as long as you better yourself by acquiring new skills.
One day, it’ll all come together. We all have greatness in us.
Which of the easy university degrees in Kenya are you tempted to pursue and why?