The workforce is an animal constantly on the move and having a degree is a great asset. It changes as the technology and skills needed to succeed in the world of business evolve, slowly and sometimes rapidly, over time.
With that in mind, young people entering college inevitably contemplate how the degree they earn might help them in the jobs market. Do their interests and the majors they gravitate towards provide a higher probability of a job after graduation?
To help you avoid graduating with a degree course that will make you tarmac for years looking for a job, I have listed some of the courses that will always be on high demand both in Kenya and throughout the world to help you make an informed decision when deciding which course to enroll for:
1. Degree in Information Technology
With technological growth, comes IT experts. Companies will always require someone to handle all their IT work making a degree or diploma in IT very marketable and highly demanded course in Kenya . If you have always had a thing for sciences, this is the best course you can pursue.
The course is offered in many Kenyan Universities and colleges e.g. Maseno University, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta Universities etc.
2. Finance and Accounting
The corporate world will always need accountants and financial experts. It is no wonder that these courses are the most sought after marketable and highly demanded courses in Kenya.
3. Degree in Health Sciences
These includes Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Clinical sciences etc. These courses are always on demand not only in Kenya but throughout the world. Although ranked among the toughest courses in Kenya, its demand still keeps rising, yet the number of students enrolled for such programs is still quite low.
4. Degree in Architecture
With an increase in the number of Kenyans investing in real estate, and the rise in the number of real estate firms in the country, services of Architects are on a higher demand. A degree in Architecture takes 7 years in Kenyan Universities.
5. Bachelor of Commerce and Statistics
The Bachelor of Commerce program and Statistics is a highly demanded course which prepares you for a career in accounting, banking, financial management, information systems and management.
Compulsory courses in the degree build a solid foundation of business skills that you will apply to many decisions and issues in the contemporary business environment. These core skills are then further developed in your second and third years as you specialize by undertaking one or two majors. Commerce majors are in accounting, business information systems and finance.
Though it is considered one of the hardest courses to pursue in Kenya, it is also among the courses that will always be in demand in Kenya. A degree in Engineering takes 5 years to complete the course
7. Journalism and Communication
The field has been ‘infiltrated’ as some media practitioners term it, by non-holders of communication qualifications but the truth is, this sector has become more of personal branding. Personalities with the ability to draw viewership or mass audiences have found a home in the media. Journalism is a field with a broad and highly demanded opportunities e.g anchors, editors, presenters, hosts, reporters etc.
8. Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations
Engaging effectively with customers, partners and the wider community is a vital part of business for most organisations. Public relations and social media experts research, design and implement campaigns, help drive the strategic direction of organisations and ensure that messages reach their intended audience by using the most appropriate communications channel.
9. Software Engineering and Web Design
Many people confuse a web development with a software engineering. The two may be related, but they are different professions. Soft engineer is the professional who programs and designs computer system software. They develop program such as embedded system, database system, and operating system and so on. Sometimes they are known as system engineers or system programmers. A web designer develops and designs websites using different programming languages and programs. They often deploy coding and programming in building websites. In this tech-savvy generation, both these courses are highly demanded in Kenya and throughout the world.
10. Bachelor of Law
Law plays an important part in all areas of life. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) offers an education that leads to a wide range of careers both inside and outside the legal profession. Through the study of law, you will gain a skill set that meets the high demands of many legal careers, including analytical and research skills, knowledge of the law and its implications, social appreciation, public responsibility and communication skills.