By Lynn Atieno and Light Juma (AMWIK)
The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) was amongst the organizations that participated in the United States International University Africa (USIU-A) career fair held from 24th-27th July 2018 at the university’s grounds off Thika Road.
AMWIK together with other organizations such as L’Oreal East Africa, Kenya Commercial Bank, Intercontinental Hotel, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Global among others saw students turn up in large numbers to their respective tents on the second day of the Career Day held on Wednesday, 25th of July.The career fair’s theme which was “Harnessing Millennial Potential” gave both students and organizations the platform to address opportunities, challenges and career paths that students can delve into as well offer professional advice on key decisions that students can make to thrust them into the opportunities available. The role of the organizations was to offer advice to the vast and diverse population of USIU students on the career paths and opportunities that lie in for them in the job market.
AMWIK’s team led by Programmes Officer, Light Juma who is also a USIU alumnus together with AMWIK member, Laura Nayere, Film maker and Lynn Atieno, an AMWIK intern gave compelling pitches encouraging journalism/communication students to embrace joining AMWIK as part of growing their network and increasing their knowledge and experience in the field.
Groups of three to five students arrived at AMWIK’s booth, keen to find out more about what the association does and what benefits they could acquire by signing up as members. Students who visited the booth varied in terms of the courses they are currently undertaking, from Journalism to International Relations. The team took them through the benefits of joining AMWIK which include internship opportunities, networking and mentorship by professionals among others whilst creating awareness on AMWIK’s vision of advocating for the enjoyment of women’s rights.
AMWIK also included a special offer to USIU students which was to join the association by paying a membership fee of Kshs. 1, 000 – valid for this particular event, contrary to the annual amount of Kshs.1, 500. The day turned out as a success as we achieved our goal and got over twenty students to sign up, while at the same time driving AMWIK’s agenda home.
Photos Courtesy of Angaza Films.