In December 2014, Restless Development through our International Citizen Service (ICS) programme hosted a youth-led careers fair event dubbed “Kazi Connect” (Job Connect) which brought together over 200 young graduates, motivational speakers and 10 prospective employers from public and private sectors at Don Bosco Youth Centre in Upanga, Dar es Salaam.
This one-day event which was organised by the ICS volunteers from Tanzania and United Kingdom, provided a platform for fresh graduates to receive career guidance from the prospective employers on how better they can sharpen their employability skills to be ready for the job market requirements.
The ICS programme serves to provide solutions to the challenge of unemployment especially to students graduating from various colleges and universities in Tanzania by bridging the soft/hard skills gap that exists between the young professionals and employers. According to the World Bank study, 900,000 graduates enter the job market every year while the formal employment sector can only accommodate 50 -60,000 of all those who enter the job market.
The Kazi Connect careers fair builds on an Employability skills programme delivered in different colleges and universities in Dar es Salaam which equips students and graduates with skills including setting career goals, compiling CVs, cover letters, professional behaviour and interview skills.
Being part of this careers fair event has enlightened my skills on CV writing and get chance to learn about job market requirements and opportunities available from the organizations and companies attended
- Siah Nickson, a student from St. Mary’s Teachers College.
During the event the students had the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who provided career guidance and shared their own experiences of the world of work. Dr Prosper Ngowi, an economist and senior lecturer, Petronella Mwasandube, the Chief Executive at British Chamber of Commerce and Jacky Maeda, a youth activist and entrepreneur.
I really like platforms of this kind, where I get time to mentor young professionals by providing them career guidance. We have agreed to continue with this mentorship where I will be meeting some of the girls who attended this event to support their career growth.
- Petronella Mwasandube, Chief Executive at British Chamber of Commerce.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank the following companies and organizations that attended and helped make this event a huge success: The National Economic Empowerment Council (Kijana Jiajiri), Airtel Tanzania, Professional Approach Development, Tanzania Breweries Limited (SAB Miller), Atsoko, Barclays Bank, JUMIA, Serengeti Breweries Limited, CFAO Motors and NiKweli.