By Ken Kinoti
Hello my fellow jobless brothers and sisters, I acknowledge the fact that just like other human beings, you survived for nine months in your mothers wombs. Always remember that there is no tree that grows money in Ksh. Before I proffer you with some powerful survival mechanisms this is what you need to understand.
First recognize the worthlessness of your certificate in Kenya today always don’t forget that Kenya has some of the most selfish humans on earth. Here, people don’t care about their neighbors.
It is only here in Kenya where those who pose as leaders and policy makers are only buying time, just with the aim to consolidate their position as MCA, MP, governor, Senator, president or even director.
These individuals are after the perks of office; easy money, estacode, free lunch, free security, free oversees treatment and most importantly, an opportunity to be perceived as demigods in the society.
Trust me brothers and sisters, our politicians don’t think about the next generation,instead they just think about the next election, if you doubt this look not far into the national politics; our students governing councils are a closer example of the Kenya we live.Fellow comrades viewing for various post in campus crowd our hostels during campaigns, all with the promise of better student welfare,bat in the end they are soothed to bed with the administration leaving comrades suffering even more.
So my beloved brothers and sisters get one thing clear:
The politicians and civil servants are busily stealing that they have no time to think of a solution to the unemployment scourge. The same song they were singing in 1963 is still the same song I hear these days. It will not change.
This is my advice for job seekers,if you see a public service advert in the media inviting you to submit an application, be sure not to submit any unless a godmother or a godfather tells you to apply.
Always remember that before civil service jobs are made public through adverts, the vacancies are already filled with the candidates of senators, governors, permanent secretaries, CEOs, Cabinet secretaries and Members of Parliament.
Always acknowledge that advertisements are merely to appease the civil service rule. In case a supposed employer asks you to enclose a cheque or pay Ksh 200 as an interview fee in the course of submitting an application, be sure that you are being duped. Naturally, no sincere employer asks money from an applicant. In fact, he is supposed to pay for your transportation as an applicant to and from the venue of an interview and also offer tea and lunch.
Another thing, before you rush to pen an application, always study how the advert has been crafted. Find out if the candidacy is restricted to a few or open to all. If it is an all-comeraffair, just ignore it.Sincerely, our colonial masters were damn clever and knew what they were up to. They understood that political independence without economical independence means nothing at all. Therefore, they pushed our forefathers to study English, sociology, accounting, philosophy and law in universities. Indeed, they encouraged them to read education causes so as to pass the same nonsense “knowledge” to the next generation which would in turn pass it to the next,thats why Kenya still imports technocrats to construct the infrastructure of our beloved country while there are thousands of students graduating from engineering schools each year here in Kenya.Of course, I understand that every Kenyan would jump at any job opportunity from the government agencies like banks, airports, counties or even ports. It is the duty of the average job seeker to understand that jobs in such “lucrative” agencies are reserved for the insignificant few with fathers and mothers in high places. Fellow job seekers, it is paramount to construe that we all can’t fit there.However, fellow comrades in poverty, I advise you, not to envy those lucky holier-than-though beings. Remember they are not there based on what they have to offer, they are been imposed there so they can suck honey without working. Let us not be lazy like them.
ADVICE AFTER ENOUGH RESEARCH
Since government jobs are as hard-to-get as an American Visa, the only course open to today’s scholar is to start a business of one’s own. I know the major handicap for those who may choose to follow my advice is Lack of CAPITAL. Gather money the same way your gathering your school fees and set some small business. It could be chicken, boiled eggs, rice, fish, pepper, yam or onion farming.If you have difficulties in engaging physical labour, sell your talent to a private person or company that needs it. Note that you don’t need to write a long proposal to gain recognition so long as you are sure of yourself. If you have a skill, just try and identify those who need it. The internet is a global village and a huge market place,thus poses an avenue for we hustlers to draw a living.