Category Archives: Youth Resource Center

Our Youth Resource Center is geared towards providing important information to young Kenyans to further their careers, innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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You are a BRAND!

We all know how hard it is to land that first job. So when that job opportunity is in sight, put your best foot forward by having a CV that impresses for both substance and style.

It is important to always have a copy of your CV ready since a CV is your personal marketing brochure spelling out your career history, skills and experience. Therefore, you should never wait for the last minute to prepare your CV.

Thankfully the web now has a lot of tips on how to prepare a great CV.

But in preparing your CV you should always view yourself as a brand. By you being a brand, you are trying to sell your services to a potential employer by stating what you nave to offer to them over all the other candidates.

Therefore it is important that your CV is not a duplication of another person’s CV or a generic CV that does not really reflect your specific strengths and your career story.

Writing a good CV is probably one of the hardest thing to do since you have to dig deep to see how your experience and skills match the requirements of a specific position. In addition, since your CV is an evolving document you will need to update it regularly as you change jobs or gain more experience and skills.

Remember, when you are writing a CV you should always be careful about overstating your experience but at the same time you should come through as confident in your skills and experience. Employers appreciate a well-thought out, confident and detailed resume but at the same time hate unsubstantiated and hanging statements. For example, if you state you have a certain skill, then make sure that somewhere in the CV you demonstrate that particular skill in your experience.

When it is all said and done, it is not impossible to create a good CV, it just takes time. You will be glad you did it since your CV will be always be the one that stands out.

As a starting point to having that outstanding CV, we have prepared editable Microsoft Word CV templates for you to modify as you see fit.

To avoid Microsoft Word formatting issues, it is always advisable to convert your final CV draft into a PDF file (that is if you are submitting your CV online and PDF is one of the formats accepted by the employer). Since the employer will be getting multiple CVs, do not forget to add your name to your CV filename.

FOUNDERS OF AKIRACHIX – INSPIRING GIRLS TO PURSUE CAREERS IN ICT

When you have world leaders streaming through your doors to learn more about your work then you know you are doing a great job. AkiraChix is inspiring and instilling confidence in young women to pursue careers and entrepreneurship opportunities in the male-dominated ICT sector through their training programs.

Visits by important dignitaries such as the UN Secretary General and President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing the stage with President Barack Obama at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is clear validation that AkiraChix is taking seriously the all-important work of creating the next generation of Kenyan women ICT innovators.

Every year AkiraChix recruits 30 young women mainly from low income areas and inserts them into a year-long intensive program that hones their programming, design and  entrepreneurship skills. With this wholesome approach to training, these young women are well prepared not only for employment but also pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities and therefore increasing the chances of improving their financial position.

In addition to their training programs, AkiraChix also runs high school, community and kids outreach programs.

AkiraChix was founded by Marie Githinji, Angela O. Lungati, Judith Owigar and Linda Kamau. They have been widely recognized together and individually for their work at AkiraChix. Read more about the founders on Akirachix’s official website.

Learn more about AkiraChix from the video below or by visiting them at their website or on their Facebook page.


Hear Marie speak about AkiraChix,


Hear Judith participate in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit alongside Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Barack Obama.


Linda speaks about her work at AkiraChix


Hear Angela talk more about AkiraChix

Photo By Willowbl00 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE (YALI)

YALI is a US Department of State initiative that was launched by President Barack Obama in 2010. The initiative’s main goal is to provide resources to nurture leadership skills, promote entrepreneurship and connect young leaders all over Africa.

Learn more from the video below about YALI East Africa and opportunities available to young leaders through their programs. (Towards the end of the video, information on how to contact YALI, join their network or apply for one their leadership training programs is provided)

More information is also available by visiting the YALI East Africa website. The YALI East Africa program has graduated over 1000 emerging young leaders.

Hear these young leaders tell in their own words the impact of YALI on their lives.

On the main YALI website, free online courses on leadership, entrepreneurship and other topics are available to all and one can enroll at any time.

Also see whether you could benefit from YALI East Africa mentorship program.

Be sure to check out their very active Facebook Page (@YALINETWORK)

Photo: By U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

MORINGA SCHOOL: TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ICT INNOVATORS

Emerging schools in Africa such as Moringa School are working hard to create the next generation of  web and mobile developers and innovators. The school is now considered to be one of the premier coding schools in the African continent. It was co-founded in 2014 by Frank Tamre and Audrey Cheng.

Due to their rigorous curriculum that is focused on producing quality developers, their top-notch graduates are readily finding great jobs (nearly 99% placement) and a large boost in their earnings (by as high as 350% of their previous earnings).

Moringa School works in partnership with the Hack Reactor, a top Silicon valley coding school based in San Francisco. They also follow Hack Reactor’s curriculum model.

For her work at the school, Cheng was one of the winners of the Africa Top Women Innovators Challenge 2016 by  World Economic Forum. She was also named in the 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 list. Cheng is also a blogger at Huffington Post and a graduate of NorthWestern University. She previously worked with the Nairobi based venture capital firm Savannah Fund hence her connection with Kenya.

It is noted in many articles that Tamre, a self-taught developer, dropped out of both the Nairobi University and the Strathmore Business School. In 2015, he was listed in the Top 40 under 40 list by Business Daily Africa.

(Photocourtesy: Photocourtesy: CC Image courtesy of World Economic Forum on Flickr)

DESIGN 2 TRANSFORM: COMBINING TRAINING WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE

Design 2 Transform (D2T) is a training initiative for young developers in web/app development, social media management and digital storytelling but with a community service component.

D2T Hackathons and training events involve developing websites for Community Based Organisations (CBOs) such Children homes. In this way, in a very short period of time, the trainees receive skills in different facets of web and app development while the CBO’s receive much-needed online visibility to aid their fundraising efforts.

Hear the Steven Machua and Nelson Kwaje talk to Ebru TV Kenya about the Design 2 Transform initiative. Also read more about the initiative at their iHub blogpost.

It is great to see young people want to be part of changing our communities for the better as they pursue their career and entrepreneurship goals.

Photocourtesy: Design 2 Transform