Why Rushing For Masters Degree Is Not Advisable


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For a number of reasons, majority of Kenyans are opting for Masters Degree in their career paths in a bid to stay competitive in this tough job-depleted economy. I agree with most of them on one reason; the need to advance one’s education levels. However, with the ever dynamic Kenya’s job market, having an additional degree will surely give you an edge over others, but what employers look for in any employee is the work experience. Have you worked anywhere? Do you have the appropriate skills?

Many companies will give preference to candidates who’re hands-on, they’ve got the required skills and have knowledge of how to apply them perfectly on the given job. This explains why some job ads will cite in the qualifications section, ‘ Having an MBA is an added advantage!’

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For beginners, that statement is so discrediting, right? No! Think of it as a side note, where the employer is sure that only degree holders will appropriately suit the job, given their level of education together with the skills they might have. Therefore, any qualifications that go beyond what the job demands will be seen as additional advantage ONLY for that particular applicant.

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Secondly, many graduates feel that due to the limited opportunities in the country’s job space, searching for a job is a tiresome activity on its own hence many will enroll for Masters program. The reality is that many of them are actually escaping the everyday hustle for jobs and eventually decide to get back to school to increase their competitive advantage. My advice? Take some time off after four years of struggling to get that degree and literally go to the field and get experience relative to your career line.   

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5 Invaluable Tips for Students Pursuing Careers in Music

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A career in the music industry is both rewarding and daunting. While music is such a universally appreciated art form, successfully establishing a career in this field will require some prior-planning. If you’re a college student and wish to pursue music professionally, there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success. Here are five essential tips:

1. Learn the business side of music

In this day and age, a career in music is also a career in business. In a time when we’re expected to be self-sufficient in almost every aspect of our careers, knowing how to manage your finances, secure record deals, and organize tours will increase your likelihood of becoming successful.

If you’ve never taken a business course before, consider enrolling in a practical course that will educate you on how to manage taxes, make professional connections, and invest smartly. The best kinds of courses will also include co-op placements at a company related to the field you plan on pursuing. Forming professional connections are the best way to establish a career, so meeting the right people through a co-op placement will create significantly more opportunity.

2. Take a writing course

This course doesn’t need to be a songwriting course, although that may be very useful for a career in music if it’s offered at your college. Rather, enrolling in a writing course that will teach you how to communicate professionally with others will sharpen your overall skillset. The writing course should teach you how to write professional emails, letters, and contracts, all of which will be invaluable when you’re signing a record deal or hiring talent managers. Understanding how to communicate your ideas clearly is one of the most important skills for a professional in any field.

3. Take a marketing course

Learning how to market your talents will save you from needing to hire a music marketing firm in the future. Not only is it important for students to understand how to disseminate their music on social media platforms effectively, it’s also useful to gain an understanding of key marketing principles to improve your chances of connecting with fans. Regardless of whether you plan on pursuing a career as a musician, a band manager, or owning a recording studio, understanding how to connect with your listeners is priceless. A useful marketing course will help you identify some of the key ways advertising works on the human brain about marketing courses offered at your school).

For example, at the course’s completion, you should be able to answer these key questions: what word choices are most likely to appeal to your target audience? What techniques can you use to grab the attention of those who see an ad with your band’s logo on it? Understanding how to optimize your advertisements so that they resonate with a target audience might be the key to your success.

4. Make connections

Some of the most important people you’ll meet will be the individuals you at college. One of the best parts about a career in music is that students from a variety of different backgrounds can pursue this profession. While pursuing a music degree in school is an obvious strategic choice for upcoming music professionals, you’ll likely meet other students in business, English, drama and STEM fields who are also interested in music careers.

If you’re considering participating in a study abroad programmed at your college, you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with people all over the globe. Music is enjoyed by every culture, which means a career in this field has the power to attract people from all different backgrounds. The best ideas are born out of cutting-edge and diverse thinking, so collaborating with students from different fields or parts of the world might give you the spark you need.

5. Think outside the box

Too often, we hear that majors in the fine arts and humanities have chosen an “easy way” to get through school. If you’re in one of these two fields, you’re probably well aware that the field you’ve chosen is both valuable and challenging. A degree in the arts or humanities requires critical thinking about pertinent issues, which will likely give you a head-start when you’re working in a creative career. This is why the music industry is so ideal for students from the arts and humanities streams. Historically, the most notable musicians have produced new styles of music that address world issues in a unique way.

For example, the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” was the first punk rock song and greatly contributed to their fame. Additionally, the most significant producers in the music industry have been able to appreciate cutting edge thinking. Producer Dick Rowe turned the Beatles away, a decision he probably deeply regretted after the band rose to fame. Remember to use your creativity and think abstractly, and you’ll be on your way to success in no time.

Source; Coursehero.com

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7 Questions that can Ruin Your Relationship with the Lecturer

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Everyone agrees it’s important to maintain a good relationship with that sage person who gives you knowledge in class. True. But students at some point during class have a preference of stepping out of line when it comes to asking queries.

Questions are good, especially where a student needs verification or broad understanding of the topic at hand. However, some questions, when asked in a suggestive way may end up wrecking that perfect reputation you’ve preserved with your lecturer.

1. Is this unit simple or difficult?

Never ask such a question because the response is never good. The lecturer may swing it around, depending on his/her mood, to make sure it backfires on your presence.

The professor knows you signed up for that class, not because of simplicity or difficulty but your love for it. If you’ve prepared well for a class, then it will be so simple to go through it. Trust me, I’ve done it. Also, attitude is never a friend when deciding which class to sign up for.

2. Will this topic come in the next CAT?

The professor spends hours going through the course to ensure you understand it better and this should definitely be the last question he/she want to hear from you.

It would sound unfair (or definitely it is unfair) if the professor outlines for you topics he thinks will raise questions during the awaiting test. This shows you’re lazy hence revising that topic is tiresome.

3.Other lecturers are done with this class. what’s taking you so long?

You’ve got to understand that lecturers are people just like you and their ways of teaching vary. One might be quick, the other slow. This depends on what’s being taught. That professor must have a good reason(s) for missing lectures or being gradual in teaching.

If other lecturers are done with the class, why not take advantage of the situation and rush through their notes just to be ahead of the class?

4.I submitted my assignment two days earlier. Quite impressive, uh?

I don’t think any lecturer cares about how early you hand in your work. He’s only impressed if you’ve done it correctly as instructed. Actually, don’t gloat over your speed in such a case. Bragging is one thing but bragging about class work is something else.

5.We’re almost done with this unit. Is there need for additional classes?

Remedial classes are meant for students with difficulties in learning. And these difficulties could include distance, health or dunce.  If the professor planned for such classes, he/she knows why it’s necessary. Questioning his/her decision is intolerable.

If you’ve a quick grasp of everything taught in class, lay back relax. Not everyone is like you. Give room for others to learn.

6. Majority of students got Bs in the test but you gave me a C. What happened?

Sure. Silly question if you asked me. Your approach is etiquette-inconsiderate. Go through the work, instead, and compare what your colleagues wrote with want you had. Make adjustments where possible.

You may have done the wrong question, or worse missed to tackle one question. Whichever case, don’t bother asking the professor why he downgraded you compared to everybody else.

7. I send you an email with my work. Did you get it?

Just to be clear, lecturers deal with a lot of work and the fact that you submitted your work on email doesn’t mean it will be given priority. They have many classes to attend and my solution to your email procrastination is to directly approach the professor in his office. Face to face conversation might get you sorted.


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Technology: Plant-Based Food Substitutes

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If your taste for animal products like meat, milk is anything subject to change, then this technology will literally confuse you. In Chile, a company, NotCo, has revolutionised the way our minds get to distinguish between plant and animal products.

According to Matias Muchnick, a commercial engineer and the cofounder of Not Company-NotCo, this technology seeks to address the problem of climate change ( land degradation in particular) caused by the actions of animals kept in excess. Many farming activities that involve use of animals leave the soil open hence much of carbon trapped in the soil escapes to the atmosphere. This is what contributes to the phenomena of deforestation and desertification-perpetual spread of deserts 

So how does it work? Although the methods of combining various crops to come up with a product almost similar to that of an animal remains classified, the science behind it entails basic molecular element blending in both crops and animals. For starters, to come up with NotMilk- milk from different combinations of crops- which is dissimilar to the normal dairy milk, the software could require solutions of mushroom, cane etc.

The combination process is determined by the accuracy of your final product. The human brain has the capacity to distinguish NotMilk from dairy milk, by taste. Period. However, this artificial intelligence software has the capability to create a product, in this case NotMilk, so close to the normal milk that differentiating the two can be tricky!

Moreover, the basis for product-creation is directly linked to availability of appropriate crops’ data which is stored in the computer’s database. This way, making virtual crop combinations to come up with vegetarian substitutes for animal products is made easier.

“We want people to eat better, but without even knowing. That’s the main objective of the Not Company,” Muchnick says

Muchnick hopes that this plant-based food technology, if well adopted all over the world, will help reduce the dependence on animals for milk, meat and even farming- three components which have adversely affected human health in terms of cancerous diseases and changes in climate or global warming.

‘If we were to start from scratch, and we want to figure out the most efficient way to deliver nutrition to the 7.1 billion people on this planet, the answer wouldn’t be animals. Science would tell you to do something different.’ Matias Muchnick co-founder NotCo.

The technology is also being stretched to small businesses and corporations with the primary aim being to strengthen the portion of crops grown all over the world and cut on unhealthy animal products.  Matias Muchnick was interviewed on Talk to Al Jazeera, part of Al jazeera’s business show.

More about this story at http://www.BusinessInsider.com

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Life After Campus: what the reality holds


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This article seeks to bring to light the reality that awaits every campus student once they have graduated. The moment you take of that gown and exit campus premises, then you’ve begun living a completely different life. The truth is that change is bound to occur and you’re subjected to it.

1.Finances: spending habits must change 

Well, for a typical student, you used to party, drink and tour and all these activities fetched either your parent’s cash or your little earnings. The moment you step out of campus, these activities will be put to a minimum or wholly halted because of the bills, student loans that must be paid.

You are now in your own house and the very little things which we consider basic may become so difficult to handle when cash is depleted. Starting your own business is not a very close idea in mind right now because you’re shelved from venturing into business by that little income.

So how do you conform to this new reality? For starters, you’ve got to plan-low cost housing/renting, cheap affordable meals and a low tier lifestyle. That way, you’ll save a lot of cash which could enable you venture into SMEs.

2.Networks: Friends will go silent

Ever heard of the phrase, TRUE FRIENDS? It doesn’t hold any truth in it when suddenly you try calling your friends only to hear, ‘Mteja hapatikani’ or ‘the number is no longer in service!’ This is pretty normal as many of them will be on the move discovering what life has in store for them.

True friends will disappear (and just to be clear this is no guarantee) completely from vicinity and that call won’t go through. If you’re lucky, maybe one or two could be available to talk to you but their availability could be limited.

3.The yearn to be with someone sets in  

This is common especially when everyone around you is married, many responsibilities have come by for men, or you played the ‘hard to get’ kind of girl while in campus and now you’ve no connections. Loneliness grips you hence the need to have that lucky guy to have a conversation with. This could be followed by maybe long term relationship.

4.There must a change in one’s priorities

You always thought of completing studies and maybe getting a job, starting a family, traveling to that scenic Coastal beach or moving out of the country. But all these will change due to the different dynamics of life that befall you. First priority here will be how to get money for the basics-food, housing. I doubt if clothing could be a necessity at this moment.

In some cultures, ladies who have just completed college are under pressure from their families as well as the rising age-gap (approaching 40s) to get married. True. For such women, you’ve got to know what to put ahead and what to slide back.

5.Everyone has that speck of fear for the future

College students prepare for their future but the ratio of chances of failing to succeeding are high, due to the uncertainty about what the future holds. This is true because no one knows what will happen in future.

Failure usually gets better part if you if you know that your GPA isn’t that impressive. With Kenya’s job market having an education foundation, getting into the corporate world means having some stunning grades to boast of.

6.The society isn’t as friendly as you thought 

Everything is changing ranging from technology, economy, and lifestyle; these three create a virtual bracket that encompasses your level of hard work, skills, and knowledge.

Therefore, a change in one will affect you either positively or negatively. A slam in economy-inflation for instance- will leave you struggling to get more, since average won’t be enough!


How to Shine in a Group Interview


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Group interviews have become a norm for many companies and organisations that wish not to spend too much time carrying out single face to face interviews for their candidates. It’s with this narrative that majority of them have a preference to grouping applicants and randomly hurling questions at them. So how do you emerge victorious in such a situation?

  1. Be aler


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The alertness here involves being aware of your immediate surrounding ie the company itself, the type of job you had applied for, requirements of the job and the necessary roles you ought to play. In this case, when they ask about what your roles are at the company, you will be quick to respond without fidgeting.


  1. Avoid distractions

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Getting interrupted while answering a question in a group can lead to terrible outcomes. Interviewers will get offended when you have to get into the pocket just to mute that incoming call. For this reason, switch off cellphones, tablets or any electronic device you have with you that you think will create a disruption.


  1. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer when answering queries

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Sounds simple when described but some people find it difficult to look directly at the one asking questions, maybe because they are shy or not sure of the answer they are giving. Locking your eyes with the interviewer’s will show you are confident hence sure about your response.


  1. Avoid using uncertain phrases and words

Uncertain words and/or phrases here include; ‘…I think my role is to…’ or ‘…maybe ‘ or ‘…I’m not sure but…’. Such phrases and words create an atmosphere that the applicant is not well-versed on the subject at hand.


  1. Give room for other applicants to respond

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When you have the right reply to a question posed, and the interviewer signals another candidate to answer, don’t jump in and give your answer because the question isn’t directed to you. Have some antiquate. Let the designated candidate respond.  


6. Ask relevant questions 

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   There’s a moment allowed for each candidate to ask queries in every interview and this could be an opportunity for you to get ahead of everybody in a group. Therefore, ask questions related to the job and try to be as vibrant and wide as possible in your sentence structure. Don’t ask unnecessary questions like , ‘ How far is this place from town?


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