Many Kenyan graduates
have experienced joblessness for a year or two yet their friend, whose uncle is
the Finance Manager in a multi-national company, already has a well-paying job
with no experience. The job market in Kenya is merciless to those who have no
godfather or are less aggressive. This fact makes it easy for a job seeker to
quickly take any job that comes their way only to regret later.
Before you take up any
job, here are few questions to ask yourself:
Does this job give me professional
satisfaction?Taking up a sales job for
example while you really want to be a Human Resource professional will leave
you dissatisfied. Unless you are not focused on your career goals, taking up
any job will do more harm.
I’m I comfortable with
the company culture?Company culture is
important and it affects your personal life. For example you might be SDA and
company requires you to come to work on Saturday for meetings yet you need to
go to church. Or the company requires ladies to wear knee-length skirts yet you
are conservative and prefer ankle-length skirts. Finding out about the company
culture makes you weight if the offer is worth it or not.
Is this what I want to
do?Your CV spoke for you,
the interview went well and you have a job offer but you may feel that this is
not what you want to do. Look at your job description and review your
responsibilities. Is there anything that you would cross out on the list fast? Are
there some responsibilities that would pose no challenge to you? Monotony and
simple tasks will cause boredom especially if you appreciate challenges.
My expectations for this
role are … This is a question you
could ask your interviewer during the final interview. A company with clear
goals and has an understanding of how your role is important is good. However,
if a clear answer is not given regarding the same it is wise to turn down the
Do not be too desperate
to take up a job offer only to live miserably afterwards.