Well, it's difficult to give someone a job in Kenya, at least that's the hard way I learnt it. Everybody has their own bitter story when it comes to job searching especially on the third world countries where attaining a degree is a useless as finishing a fourth grade.
In Kenya, we all have that uncle who encouraged us to hard hard in school and promised to help on the job market. In fact they really had sweet words, "Jobs are just phone calls aaway, it should not worry you or ensure you get good grades, the rest leave unto me or you won't tarmack, I'll hold your hand untill you get a welll paying job." The statements make your heart melt, go to school assuming you've already made it. You love to hear the stories more and more. Whenever you're home you want to pay them a visit the just to be re-assured the sweet lulllabies.
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Then. Then! Comes the day you graduate, there are all showers praises, everyone sending the congratualatory messages and you feel flattered. But one thing you don't ralize at this moment is that the good uncles are not sending the messages. They are either too busy or have been away for sometime. You still understand. Right? Yes, that's how it happened to me, I understood. I promise you the dissapointment won't come yet because the day you'll realize their conspicous absense and decide to ask them, it will be soothing still. Unfortunately the answer is never a 'NO' so you should start sorting your self early. It is always, I am working on it. And you believe that? Yes, what option do you have at now because you've otherwise sent over a thousand CVs but the email back is always we are sorry but we cannot even tell you why we won't give you the job.
You feel gutted, dejected, disapointed and wasted when it is only time passing by the uncle is yet to come with good news. It is one year down the line. Yes, you heard me right, it is one year and there is no job yet; even though the jobs were just phone calls away. By now, if you're in my shoes you've sent a thousand resumes to companies. You know nobody in these companies but you've been trying your luck in vain. Well, it's time you stopped living in a dream. My time came and I said to hell with my uncles and the let my reign begins. Solo. Yes you know how the economy maybe fierce; there are ferocious lions ready to engulf you to death. I am telling you the next thing you're going to see in your life is how much is rat poison or some kitchen knife to take your life away. Depression they call it, it's the last stage to death. If you asked me what percent of Kenyans are employed. Well they say its about 47% and what about the youths, now that is the headache, it is a massive 80% and the leaders know it but they can do nothing. The unemployed figures translate to a 90% of depressed people. I mean, if 10m (ten million) youths are not engaged then 9m (nine million) of them are depressed.
Well, the obvious asnwer is you to go and see a doctor - or a psychiatist coz you're insane, funny huh? And they follow their processes. But is that a lasting solution? If the doctor doesn't give you a job, how sure is the doctor that depression won't recur. In fact, people who have been treated of depression, the next time it attacts, they commit suicide straight. Now a part from the doctor the next cure for depression is drugs. Stressed people will turn to abusing hard drugs just to take away the feeling of joblessness and lack of money. If they use these drugs, then next thing you can guess. If they don't drink to death, they will turn to crime like robbery or prositution without any guilt. That makes sense, if you're not the type to commit suicide, would you accept to die while you can slip something from your neighbour without paying a dime. The next time you'll be on the street carrying guns and you'll be rich at the end. Perhaps richer than your uncle. Doing night shift jobs without sweating. A really well paying job in Kenya. You will be targeting the rich and grabbing their gold and silver or iPhones and then selling mercilessly at prices you don't care about as long as you get your energy paid back. Well, now what is the best way to avoid depression or stress? It is by getting a well paying job! But again how do you get a legitimate job without someone holding your hand or the so called God-Fathers.
We all know these people are to be worshipped. I mean at least if they gave you Kes 200 for a meal while in campus. You pay them back by singing their song every morning. But it's now time to show them your back and your own-self:
1. Identify your talent: You and I agree that talent pays more than any other career. Look at olympic winners, marathon runners or the lucrative football. Look at soccer players like Messi, Carlos Tevez, Cristiano. But the reality is you might not be able to reach their levels but at least if you can a reach a bare minimum you will be ok. Or be a mucisian.
2. Polish your weakness: if it's a carelessly written CV, then try to be serious with it at least for once. Get your friend go through it and correct any mistakes that might be in it.
3. Try to prove your abilities in the job market or to the employers: When in interview sessions or in front of an employer, get them understand your abilities and not your past problems or situtation. They might consider your based on that.
4. Avoid a life you cannot afford. That is self-explanatory. Avoid your best friend if he tries to make you look like the sons of the rich people who have grown in wealth.
5. Volunteer to internships or community projects; you never know. You will have a chance to prove yourself to employers that you can do a decent job.
6. Search for jobs and apply: Don't tire up. Don't be the one that leaves before the midnight only to realize it was your turn but now it's spilt milk.