By Selipha Kihagi
If you recently graduated with a degree, your next move is either to get a job or start on additional short courses. For most people, I bet the former is most common as everyone looks forward to the day they start earning and living life. But even when you get that job, to survive and advance in the job market you will need to learn an added course. This is because employers are looking for that extra detail about you when hiring.
When it comes to an additional course, we are not talking masters but those short courses that add value to your career and qualifications for a particular job. They are very crucial and are sometimes the reason most people do not get jobs.
So, which are these short courses to pursue?
1. Professional Certifications
These ones are dependent on a job seeker’s profession as well as the area of specialization, and are very necessary when it comes to finding jobs among top employers such as multinationals, the government and NGOs. Carry out research on the various common professional courses that are available in your area of study and begin on it.
Accounting professionals, for example, will need to pursue CPA or ACCA if they want a job fast. Then there is the required certifications to demonstrate knowledge of various Accounting packages, including, Quickbooks,
HR professions on the other hand should pursue a professional Diploma in Human Resource Management, while Procurement Professionals will need to take up CIPS courses if they are to get good jobs and salary alike. Then there is CIM for Marketers, with IT professionals having a range to choose from; Cisco CCNA and CCNP, Microsoft MCSA, MCSE or MTA for entry levels, Oracle, Linux, CompTIA, etc. PR professionals can take up Event Management courses and Project Management professionals can do well with an M&E certification.
Professional certifications are becoming more and more of a requirement as the job market progresses so find one that appeals to your profession and take it up. Companies are now hiring with preference to professional courses instead of a Masters or MBA,” says Melody Mwendwa, a CV Writing Expert and Interview Coach at Corporate Staffing Services
2. A Foreign Language
If you are thinking of taking up a job in the NGO sector, knowledge in a foreign language will surely put you at an advantage over other job seekers. Most NGOs operate in a multicultural environment and require frequent travel; this then makes it necessary for professionals in the sector to have knowledge of other languages.
It can be French, Spanish, German or even the Somali language. Most NGOs are looking for these qualities. The same applies for multinationals with operations across different countries. Think of where you want your career to be in the next years and if a foreign language may be required, start on it now.
It might appear not so important to you if you are not looking to become a driver but most companies today are adding possession of a Driving License to the list of requirements in various jobs. For example, sales jobs may require you to move around and this will require you to drive.
Other positions provide a car as part of the employment package and may use the Driving expertise as a selecting factor when you are suitably qualified in equal measure to other candidates. So, do not ask what you should be doing, take up a driving class.
4. Computer packages
This is for every fresh graduate out there. If you did not take up these after high school, it is high time you do so now because computer knowledge is required for every job out there. No one will want to hire a graduate who does not have knowledge on how to use a computer or send an email. Use this time to take up the package course, even if you have to do it one by one.
Short courses are becoming very important in the selection process for open jobs in Kenya, so take up one in your area of specialization and you will not be sorry. You can also take up those on skills such as leadership, management and development. These will put you at a better advantage.
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