Higher/University education is very important to anyone who wants to advance in studies and build his or her career to be competitive in this dynamic world. The fact that you never attained a C+ and above and now your dream of stepping into a university seems to have reached a dead end doesn’t mean that you don’t have an alternative route of setting your foot inside lecture halls; there is a lot whatever grade you have achieved can do to help you reach the sky.
There are so many people in this county who are very successful yet they didn’t pursue courses like Medicine and Law, which are believed to be a gateway to success. There are also a million others who pursued very good courses in popular universities locally but ended up failing miserably in life. Success is determined by the people one associates with, strategies, quick smart decisions, determination and sometimes luck.
If you didn’t manage to score a C plus or more in KCSE, don’t worry, Here are courses you can pursue to help you change your life completely with your C Plain, C-, D, D+ or D- grade.
1. Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
I was shocked to hear an employer comfortably arguing that Kenyans who pursue a diploma in Electrical Engineering perform better in their workplaces compared to degree holders. This has been confirmed by various recruitment agencies who have been releasing reports on skills needed in today’s job market. These reports have established a fact that if an individual goes for a diploma in Engineering, he or she has better chances of landing a job as compared to a degree holder. Surprisingly; with a C (Plain), C- Minus or D+ grade you can pursue a diploma in Engineering in any given college or institution of higher learning.
2. Front Office/Customer Care
Check out the classifieds on jobs in daily Newspapers and you will agree that indeed Customer Care Services and Front office jobs in Kenya are a major kill for people who want to finish up with college and land jobs immediately. The advantage of scoring a C+ and below grade in your KCSE is that you can pursue these courses at any time and you don’t have to consider when you are going to register in one of the colleges.
Companies are setting up new offices even as others are working hard to expand making it easy to conclude that there is a high demand of Front Office administrators in the country. The demand for Customer Care Officers is higher than the demand for Doctors in the country. Can you believe that? Try it out then get back to us when you are through. Who knows, you might land a job right here at Magazine Reel!
Just like Medicine, Nursing is selling as good as hot cakes in Kenya. It’s very rare to find a Nurse hopelessly loitering in the streets due to jobless. Though a graduate can stay home for some weeks after graduating, there is always a guarantee that someone with a certificate or diploma in Nursing finds a good place to work ahead of everyone.
4. Diploma in Business Management
This is a wonderful course which gives individual skills required to be a successful entrepreneur. There is no better way of being your own boss, making your own money and timing your own jackpot moment than being an entrepreneur and starting your own business while armed with better business management skills. With a C plain and below, you would be in a class taking Diploma in Business Management.
5. Diploma in Business Information Technology
Unlike other business courses, Diploma in Business Information Technology is decorated with the Information Technology aspects which is essential in today digital world. The beauty of taking up this course is that you could easily find yourself working in an IT companies or those offering financial services like banks.
Entry requirements are either a C plain or below.
6. Diploma in Early Childhood Education/Special Needs Education
Who thought that one-day education courses could be this marketable? These two courses are taking the job market by storm as the demand for Nursery and Kindergarten kids soar. You only need a grade of C or below to study a diploma in one of the listed courses.
7. Diploma in Film Production/Journalism and Mass Communication
Nowadays, comedy, entertainment and mass media pay. You know why? Because, information is scarce and many people need those who can relay it as fast as possible. As a diploma holder in Journalism, you could easily find yourself in one of the ever launching TV, radio or Print Media or be producing your own documentaries/ content for sale. You don’t need an A to enrol for this course; a C plain, C- is enough, or even a D +.
Also, the emergence of social media and the ever-increasing need for online presence has increased demand for Journalists. This is good news to those who wish to pursue this course.
8. Diploma in Risk Management and Insurance
I know a number of students who scored grade A in Mathematics and Ds in other courses. This is the course for such students. It only requires a C-.
9. Diploma in Hotel Management
Hotels will always recruit people with relevant skills. One interesting thing about working in hotels is that it doesn’t matter whether an individual was smart in class, what matters is how well you perform your duties. You just need a D or a C to pursue a certificate or diploma in hotel management.
10. Diploma in Accounting
Accountants are well renumerated in Kenya regardless of whether one possesses a degree or not. This is a marketable course and you should not hesitate to pursue it.
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