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Students urged to exploit digital space

University students and graduates have been told to be innovative with technology to earn a living by exploiting the digital space.

Zetech University Vice Chancellor Prof Njenga Munene said the world is moving towards a digital economy and that there are numerous opportunities that students can exploit to make decent earnings.

Speaking during the varsity’s career week at the institution’s Ruiru Campus, the VC said students should move with the changing dynamics of digital revolution so as to stay competitive in the job market.

He said the government has been instrumental in supporting the revolution through installing fast internet coverage, digital hubs, and digitizing operations among many other services to help the population earn online.

“Therefore, students must be tech-savvy, innovative, and entrepreneurial to remain competitive. They should exploit those government initiatives and earn money so as to beat unemployment,” said Munene.

The VC at the same time said the University has been steadfast in ICT training to give their students a competitive edge in the job market.

“We are also working closely with the Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy through the Ajira Digital Programme to ensure that students benefit and take online work as alternative employment,” he said.

Among the areas of training the University has focused on, he said; include digital marketing, transcription, virtual assistance, data entry and management, and online writing which are all in the Ajira programme.

He noted that about 70 percent of jobs in the near future will be technology-based, thus the need for students to become tech-savvy.

“We are already establishing an entrepreneurship ecosystem incubation hub which will help us incubate students’ business ideas and later graduate them to industrial hubs,” he said.

Students hailed the career week, saying they now have a clear insight into their career path and areas to focus on to become more marketable after school.

“Through the digital space, we shall not wait to complete school so as to start earning. We now know our opportunities and the need for networking during this digital era,” said Charity Njeri, a student.

By Muoki Charles

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