The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) family is pleased to have hosted a career talk in collaboration with Standard Group Media PLC. The team comprised of the Human Resource Manager, Ms. Joy Kaguri, Business Manager – Events, Mr. Victor Njeri and News Anchor, George Maringa.
MUST students drew wisdom from an employer’s perspective on what it takes to build a career and maintain longevity in the media industry. Ms. Kaguri dove into the intricacies of what to expect from a career in media, how to prepare for an interview, the skills required to stand out and presented on the evolution and functions of a media house in modern day society.
The talk demystified the media industry and its diverse opportunities for the youth. MUST students were taken through the daily life of a news anchor by Mr. Maringa. He eloquently narrated his story; one of a boy from humble beginnings who beat the odds, believed in himself and now is a constant sight on our TV screens.
The students marveled at the authenticity displayed by both speakers as they shared the reality of working in media in Kenya.
Mr. Njeri addressed the students on the importance of learning to be malleable and workplace flexibility. He encouraged students to be open-minded while seeking opportunities and to always put their best foot forward when given a chance.
This was followed by an interactive and eye-opening Q&A session that saw MUST students pick the brains of the media professionals. This career talk was the first of its kind held at the University’s ultra-modern amphitheater housed in the newly constructed Engineering Complex.
Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, our MUST Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs), Prof. Simon Thuranira said, “Meru University of Science and Technology is dedicated to creating and maintaining opportunities for students to learn, share and grow.”
As the increasing number of graduates across the globe reckon with placement into industry, exposure to critical skills such as interview etiquette and resume writing is vital.
An article by Jon Dwoskin for the Forbes Coaches Council details the importance of mentorship referring to a study conducted by the firm SAP HR Research. “The firm examined 43 studies published over the last 30 years and found a positive correlation with the career outcomes of mentored vs. non-mentored employees. Those with mentors received higher compensation, a greater number of promotions, felt more satisfied and committed to their career and were more likely to believe they would advance. Furthermore, 76% of people view mentors as important to their overall success.”