We all work so hard to get an employment. To secure a blue collar job that assures us of a fat and timely pay slip. In fact, working so hard at school is not the only thing that we do to ensure that we get that dream job, or start off on the right path to our desired careers. In addition to class work, most of us ensure that they gain enough exposure through attachments and internship; I underwent through two attachments and a long internship to ensure that I was a desirable candidate in the eyes of Mr. Employer. However, “what is the best job in Kenya?” One may ask. Or what’s worth investing in when it comes to education? These are valuable questions that require the attention of anyone who is in their early teens or on the verge of shaping their careers. It is essential to consider these questions carefully as they will determine whether you will access the corner officer you dream of every day after college classes or you will spend the rest of your life applying for jobs and signing resignation letters.
A friend of mine recently told me that a friend of hers was back to books and was working donkey-hard to earn a Master’s degree so that he can secure enough votes to become a county head. So many people are rushing into politics now that devolution is here and a share of the national cake is more available to the lower county or community levels. But is being a politician desirable in Kenya? It is indeed. Because the payoff is great. All you need is five years in a good political seat and you can amass enough wealth to build a mini-empire of rental houses that will bring you passive income for the rest of your life. However, that is not a career that finds space during dinner discussions or in father-son career advice chats for obvious reasons. Politics has a bad track record. It is referred to as a dirty game, most of the people who top the list for hate speech are politicians, and ethics committees interlink most corruption cases with politics. So in my view, politics is not the best career in Kenya.
Those looking for jobs have for long seen the government as the desirable employer. Doctors, public health officers, nurses, accountants, and other professionals have sought slots in the public sector due to the well remunerated job ranks and fat allowances. However, over the recent past, top government officials have lamented the highly expensive workforce that leads to the expenditure of a huge percentage of the tax payers money. As a result, I would say, getting a job in the public sector, or even in the counties, has become hard, if not impossible. Those securing jobs are only employed through renewable contracts that are predominantly performance based. This has caused many to turn to the private sector for an opportunity to make a living. Non-Governmental Organizations were also popular but their popularity is slowly fading away as many lack grants or donor money to perpetuate their activities and remunerate their employees generously.
This then brings me to my conclusion; the best job in Kenya is that of entrepreneurship. Businesses are doing great and those who own or have huge management posts in big businesses have nothing to worry about when it comes to matters of putting bread on the table. In fact, the worry for some is how to handle the fame they get after gaining so much wealth, and, of course, how to spend the money. While ordinary professional-overly educated Kenyans go about a lot of hustle on a day to day basis on order to put food on the table, businessmen spend most of their time in meetings – most of which are done in fancy coffee shops or relaxation gardens – closing deals that will shake market indices. I want to be an entrepreneur, no doubt, and am starting off by being a freelancer. That is the best job in Kenya.