In Summary
  • Your integrity is the only thing you will ever truly own, so do not let anyone take it away from you.
  • The workforce is like a marathon; we all have kilometres to run.
  • Getting to the finish line and how long it will take you is entirely a personal decision.

When a job comes, no matter how small, take it. Don’t look at the modest salary and throw a fit

The graduation season is here.

Today I am taking one for the team to break down the reality for the newly-minted graduates who, come January, will be hitting the tarmac looking for the elusive six-figure-salary jobs.

Dear graduands,

Your degree means nothing.

I hate to break this to you, but in the real world, your papers are just that — papers.

When you get into the workforce, your degree becomes obsolete because you will be judged by the quality of your work and the frequency with which you use your brain. It is not about what papers you have, it is about what you can do with the knowledge you gathered in those years.

In a country where we are obsessed with academic credentialism — that over-emphasis on degrees and papers — you will find that some of the sharpest people in your industry will not have those papers. What am I trying to say? It is good that you have a degree, but do not look down on those who do not have one because out here, your skills will matter more than your papers.

Manage your expectations

In a world where millennials — my age group — have demonised the idea of free labour and frowned on the idea of paid with “exposure”, working for free seems like an alien concept. But I will tell you one secret.

When a job comes, no matter how small, take it. Do not look at the modest salary and throw a fit suggesting you are too clever or too educated for that salary. Take it from a city girl who worked for free her entire first year because it not only gives you great experience, but it also builds your mettle.

Mettle is your capacity to withstand difficult situations, I am getting into that shortly.

Manage your expectations because unless you have a very powerful godfather your chances of getting that Sh100,000-a-month job are very slim.

Short-cuts actually wor…

…but only for a short while. I will be a little boring and tell you to take the high road.

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