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Careerpedia to be launched in Kenya

20 May 2015, 09:07 Mike Munga

Nyeri - Young adults in Kenya who experience difficulties while choosing a career should not worry any more as Storymoja Africa has stepped in to solve their worries.

The publisher says most students in the country leave secondary schools without job skills that increasingly make the difference between getting and holding onto a job, resulting to the high levels of youth unemployment.

After over four years of research and engagement with stakeholders, Storymoja Africa has developed a revolutionary career resource book named 'Careerpedia', which will offer the youth insights regarding the most appropriate career direction for their skill sets.

The career encyclopedia which has already been vetted and approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), aims to create more employable youth by providing them with comprehensive yet accessible information about careers while they are still in school.

The career resource has 120 career descriptions, all designed with secondary school students in mind. It also includes a directory of the institutions that offer the academic programmes for each career, and essays by career experts.

"There is a huge demand for career information because in many schools, students never learn about the various careers existing, both the white and blue-collar careers, and also what those careers entail. Tertiary education is also not preparing students enough for the job market. These are some of the gaps the career guidebook, Careerpedia will address," Careerpedia Brand Manager, Dorcas Kinyua says.

Education CS, Jacob Kaimenyi said the launch of Careerpedia is timely considering that it has come at a time when the job market is rapidly changing and anybody venturing into it requires a clear understanding of job opportunities and relevant courses required to meet the available offers.

The government has over years acknowledged that the biggest challenge facing the youth is unemployment. In his Labour Day speech on May 1, 2013 President Uhuru Kenyatta noted that the country is struggling with a 21 percent national underemployment, 40 percent total unemployment and 70 percent unemployment among the youth.

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