Employers now prefer hiring graduates from highly ranked and reputable universities considered to have been imparted with a mix of desirable skills.
A research that was done by CPS International reveals that 54 percent of employers see graduates from reputable and better-ranked universities better placed to secure jobs. 26 percent do not see it as a necessary consideration.
This means that you have a high chance of getting employed if you graduate from a reputable university with good ranking.
The research conducted by CPS International dubbed, “The State of Graduate Employability in Kenya” showed that employers prefer hiring the University of Nairobi graduates.
The research and marketing firm carried out the research between November and January 2019/2020. 67 universities and 50 organizations took part in the research.
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According to the research report, graduates from the University of Nairobi have a 38.6% employability chance. Graduates from Kenyatta university have a 30% chance of getting jobs, while those from Moi University have a 25% chance.
Students from JKUAT are rated at 19%, Egerton at 18%, Maseno 18%, and those from Technical University at 10%.
For private universities, the employability state for Mount Kenya University is ranked at 18%, USIU Africa at 6%, KCA 6%, Strathmore 5.8%, and the Aga Khan University at 4%.
The report further reveals that 81% of graduates employed come from public universities and only 17% come from private institutions.
As of the most preferred professions, employers rated Business and economics at 47%, Engineering at 11%, Medicine at 8.9%, Applied Sciences, and ICT at 6.7%. Fashion and Design was valued at 4% while Humanities and others were rated 2%.
Most graduates employed are from UoN, Maseno, KU, Jkuat, and Moi universities. For private universities, most employed graduates come from USIU, Nazarene, Mt. Kenya, Strathmore, and KCA.
84% of the recruiters who were interviewed said they place emphasis on experience while 73% look for skills, hobbies, and talents. 67% of the employers consider graduates who have volunteered, while 21% would consider graduates with internship experience.
The study concludes that;
Therefore, graduates from highly ranked universities having a good reputation have a better chance of employment