Consequences of a ‘Mwakenya’ Mind -set

When a student chooses a course, then they should have the tenacity to work hard and do well in it. I believe the decision to have cut off points as a determinant-entry to Kenyan universities or colleges emanated from a basis that only certain students can put up with some courses’ expectations. Whether this is the best way to do it, is indeed a debate for another reading.

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If students gain confidence through working unethically and acquiring what is not theirs then our 2030 Vision will be highly compromised

2017 may be one of the worst years for universities’ and colleges’ cash flow. Fewer students will gain entry into these institutions. The reason for this is well, the brilliant Matiangi effect. As I indicated in my earlier blog post, many students had resulted into cheating hence huge masses of students would qualify to enroll into these institutions and of course it was good business for some learning institutions.

I most recently sat with a high school teacher to make sense of the 2016 K.C.S.E results and he indicated that the reading culture had been sadly halted in some secondary schools not because there were no books or reading materials but because students knew they would eventually cheat in exams. They were confident they would pass K.C.S.E since others before them stole and passed anyway. Now, let’s reason it out together. If a student decides to scam their way into a medicine course, what do you think would be the befalling consequence on our society?

Dr. Florentius Koech – a consultant neurosurgeon and lecturer at Moi University School of medicine once said that the field of medicine requires dedication and the right mind –set. He believed that a mwakenya (cheating) mind –set kills the spirit which is expected to show compassion and rescue lives from the grasp of death. In recent times, there have been cases of malpractices that have led to patients losing their lives or living with devastating injuries brought by negligent doctors. How can a society deal with such a consequence? No, what are we doing to deal with such?

It’s of course disheartening to know that some University/College students graduate with passes or honors that are not of their own doing- an indication that cheating does not end in high school. It’s important for parents and guardians to bring up a generation of value based & passionate workers. If students gain confidence through working unethically and acquiring what is not theirs then our 2030 vision will be highly compromised.

So how do we stir up future employees and entrepreneurs that are passionate and value based? The best way to inspire passion is by carefully analyzing your child’s interests and abilities then linking your findings to their preferred career choice. Parents and guardians should also instill the right values that include hard work, integrity & tenacity among students so as to curb the cheating craziness witnessed in our learning institutions. Passion and the right values will mold the right breed of  workers who will help realize our 2030Vision.

It is time to ignite a sense passion, integrity & tenacity in our upcoming employees and entrepreneurs as a result zombies and cheats in our work force will be a thing of the past.

Writer:-

Kathleen Lihanda – Founder & Senior Career Coach – My Career Identity

Email: kathleen@mycareeridentity.com

Website: www.mycareeridentity.com

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This Is How We Can Help You Help Your Child Make Informed Career Choices

There is a striking similarity between mathematics and life. For one to perfectly work out a mathematical problem, they must use a formula that was uniquely developed for that problem.  Similarly, a well-planned out career is very instrumental in the process of working out a happy and satisfied life. The importance of parents in the career selection process for their children cannot be wished away. This is due to the fact that parents have lived through the process and therefore their experience can help prevent their children from making career mistakes.

The influence parents have on their children’s career choices stem from their innate desire to have the best for their children. However, there is need for parents to moderate the level of influence they have on their children’s career choices to avoid a situation where they impose their will on their children regardless of the young one’s interests and passion in life. Parents need to only facilitate the process of career choices for their children and not influence the choices in any way.

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Research indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents especially during career decision – making, then they gain more confidence in their own ability to explore their potential and select careers that would be interesting and exciting.

However, parents are today held up with a lot of responsibilities that their children’s career choices are the least of their worries. They have work deadlines to beat, bills to pay, demonstrations to attend and even marriages to save that as long as the child goes to school, they consider their work done. Children to these parents end up being at the mercy of the government to determine the university to attend and the course to pursue based on their one-time performance in KCSE and not their interests or passion.

Research indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents especially during career decision – making, then they gain more confidence in their own ability to explore their potential and select careers that would be interesting and exciting. Additionally, studies show that adolescents who feel competent regarding career decision-making tend to make more satisfying career choices later in life. My Career Identity (MCI) provides parents an avenue to ensure their children feel supported while discovering their passion, interests & abilities. Enrolling your child in programs run by MCI will help not only show your efforts in seeking out what’s best for them but will also sway your child into right career path.

With KCSE results now out, universities and middle-level colleges will be jostling for as many students as possible to enroll in their innumerable programs. It is therefore important that before the calling letters start trickling in, your child must have aligned their abilities, interests and passion to their career choices. The best way to achieve this is by having our career coach at MCI walk with you and your child through the process.

Contact us today and let us help you, help your child make informed career choices.

Writer:-

Dennis Shisia – PR & Marketing Consultant, My Career Identity

Email: info@mycareeridentity.com