Strathmore hosts parents and prospective students to an Open Day
Strathmore University hosted an Open Day on January 11, 2020 for parents and prospective students. The Open Day was a chance to interact and discover various programmes offered at the University by meeting representatives from the various schools and institutes. Deans of schools and faculties highlighted the importance of studying in the different disciplines at Strathmore. Strathmore alumni, Laban-Cliff Onserio, Director of Communications – President’s Delivery Unit (PDU), James Muhia, Partner, Human Capital, PwC Kenya, and Wangari Thiong’o, UNEP, shared their Strathmore experience.
Choice of career
Other sessions ranged from how to choose a career to keys to succeed in the professional world. Ian Wairua, Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Strathmore, encouraged the prospective students to consider what their interests and abilities are when choosing a career. “When you’re thinking about your career, think beyond your grade. Avoid the temptation to look only at your grades. Keep current: Remember that there are new jobs, that don’t exist yet, which will emerge. There are jobs that will disappear with new ones will replacing them. Learn to interact with others who are already in the field that you seek to be in. Find out – what are the skills required for that particular profession?”
Current students also narrated their Strathmore experience. Ayan Keynan, a fourth-year student at pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Informatics and Computer Science degree, highlighted her experience in Strathmore as an institution and community. Ayan has been an active member of the Strathmore University Information Technology Students Association (SUITSA) where she has had the opportunity to interact and work with household brand names such as Microsoft, Huawei and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) just to name a few. She has represented Strathmore regionally and internationally, and in doing has gained a lot of insight through this platform.
At the end of the Open Day, the top 2019 KCSE students nationwide were awarded Strathmore scholarships to study courses of their choice. Maryann Njeri Barasa, the top female student in the 2019 KCSE, was present at the open day and was among the top students who received a scholarship.
This article was written by Wambui Gachari and Raymond Sagini (4th year, Bachelor of Business Information Technology student).
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