I got my first job before graduation – Sandra Kavaya

 

As I came towards the end of my studies in 2016, I began looking for opportunities to kick start my accounting career, just like any other job seeker.

After several unsuccessful attempts in my job search, I approached the Career Development Services (CDS) office for CV review and assistance through their placement service. Later on I received an email alert from the CDS team that my CV had been forwarded to Pathologist Lancet Kenya (PLK) for an internship position. PLK got in touch and invited me for an interview for the position of a Credit Controller. The interview was successful and I braced myself for the real world. This was one month before my graduation and for me that was an amazing opportunity.

I started off as an intern in May 2016, though in reality, I worked just like any other employee and was confirmed for employment after successfully completing the probation period.

My job entails preparation of client statements of Account, invoicing clients, handling their queries and complaints and debt collection once service is rendered. Due to the nature of the job where I frequently meet different clients, I have learnt the value of punctuality, how to interact with people of different personalities, business communication skills, attention to details especially with emails, listening and problem solving skills. As an employee, there is a great sense of responsibility both on myself and the Strathmore brand I represent out here.

Nothing is without challenges. The job is very demanding and calls for a lot of self discipline, resilience and patients especially in debt recovery. Due to poor financial management, collecting debts can be a challenging journey but as I learnt the tactics, I have been able to manage.

To my fellow alumni and students, I encourage you to get in touch with Careers Development services for your career related issues. The office play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between us and employers and is a great resource uniquely found in our University. Take advantage of the career fairs organized, CV review and interview skills training offered as time moves so fast and before long you realize you are out here looking for employment, but with poor job search skills.

Albert Einstein once said ”In the middle of every difficulty lays opportunity.” Look for the opportunity in your difficulty and leverage on it. Your first job might not be your dream job (which is the case for most people) but be positive, stay focused, start small, build your portfolio, explore opportunities at hand and keep your dreams alive. You will surely get there.

Sandra Kavaya  Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting option 2016 graduate | CPA finalist  Strathmore University

*Placement Service – Your qualifications are matched to a client’s job requirement request and your CV forwarded to the client who then shortlists and calls candidates for interviewing.