The University of Nairobi’s Office of the Dean of Students and Career Services is one that has blazed the trail in its mandate to achieve the holistic growth, development and wellbeing of students. A reputation that has seen the office attract numerous accolades both within and without the University’s body. Emerging position two of twenty six within the university’s Central Administration Units for the financial year 2021/2022. At the Uongozi Career Awards the office was also recognized as winners in the category of the best Office of Career Services and Mr. Johnson Kinyua as the best Dean of Students, while Naomi Nyaboga emerged first runners up in the category of Head of Career services. The able team led by Mr. Johnson Kinyua the Dean of Students, Lucy Gikundi, Assistant Dean of Students and Naomi Nyaboga Head of Career Services has devoted itself to improving the welfare of students not only those of the University of Nairobi but also high school students and students from the various universities in Nairobi and across the country.
Also awarded was main campus UNSA Governor, Peter Nguka, awarded for the best governor of the year. Peter Nguka was recognized for his exceptional role as student Governor at the University of Nairobi’s main campus where he has demonstrated over and over that it is only when one attains humility and realizes the importance of servitude does one become an exemplary leader. He has won the hearts of many students across the different campuses of the University of Nairobi and Kenya as a whole.
The office of Career Services was launched and inaugurated at the University of Nairobi on the 21st of June, 2019, in response to a government decree to establish a department in universities that can ease the transition of students into the job market. The office of Career Services is tasked with equipping students with the necessary skills and competencies through trainings and partnerships with professional bodies. Led by Naomi Nyaboga, the Office of Career Services has risen to the challenge transforming thousands of students and facilitating their transition into the job market since its inception. With programs such as the Arava Centre of Agricultural Training (AICAT) 11 month internship program in Israel, annual and quarterly Job Fairs, Employability Trainings and sessions across the various faculties, career guidance sessions for high schools, apprenticeships and job shadow programs with Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), Jubilee etc, one on one career guidance sessions, industrial visits just to mention a few, the office of career services has transformed many students that have interacted with its services into qualified and competitive candidates for various opportunities.
Collectively the Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Career Services through its various departments offers the following services to students:
- Counseling and Guidance Services
- Career and Placement Services
- Financial Aid Services
- University Chaplaincy Services
- Student Organizations Liaison Services
- Disability Liaison Services
- Skills and Talents Development Services
- Work-Study Program Services
Mr. Johnson Kinyua reiterates his mission and vision for all students that interact with the aforementioned programs through his and his team’s hard work and devotion to students. He aims to guide students to becoming ‘World Class Graduates that are adaptable and dependable in the outside world’.
By Mary Oloo
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