A Kenyan Guide To Corporate Careers in the USA

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are purely mine. it does not necessarily represent the views of any of the author(s) or contributors to the Career Guide.

Whenever good information on education comes out, one really never hears about it. Kenyan Professionals USA have done us proud.
Often our interaction with people doing well comes from the older generation grapevine, where the mother set will tell stories of so-and-so, working in (insert US city of your choice), great job, he was just lucky. This group of Kenyan professionals have talked and decided to do something about this information gap.

Within the mainstream corporate culture here, it is easy to focus on the woes and not the great network of Kenyans who are pursuing successful careers in the corporate world. This guide to corporate careers in the USA is great for anyone interested in the corporate experiences of Kenyans in the USA.

We have a rich tradition of excellence among academics and professionals all over the world, and this group came together in 2006 to prepare a guide for Kenyans to plug into resources for the next level of professional engagement.

Your instructions are clear. Just read the guide. Do not hesitate to read for yourself. We come from a culture where people like to be told via radio, clarion etc. Like all guides, you figure where you are in the thought process and get spreading the word people.

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2 thoughts on “A Kenyan Guide To Corporate Careers in the USA

  1. Nice article. One of the biggest shortcomings of Kenyan professional abroad is that there is some sort of “segregation” based on age and social status. The le crème of Kenyans abroad will not interact with the common Kenyan at all. They will never be seen in Kenyan parties or functions to act as visible role models. I can relate to that because in my city. I happen to be among the Kenyan professionals so to speak,, but I don’t know any organized network in this area for people specifically in my field.

    However that said .that guide is pretty detailed and its got a wealth of information that many a people could use. Maybe the network of the professionals should come up with a distribution network to reach out to the students

    If you walk down Moi Avenue, you run into a lot of Kenyans, some you went to school with, some you work with and for and perhaps employ if you are lucky. Your interactions with all these people are different, and I use the same analogy when thinking about Kenyans in the USA. You won’t relate to many people you meet for various reasons, and that is across the board, no matter who you are. Also, lets not imagine we do not have deep age and class divides in Kenya, which we carry in our makeup till here.

    For example, I was looking into a program in urban planning in my city, and when we got to the part where you meet alums, the international student representative on the panel is a Kenyan. He linked me up with another Kenyan architect in the area, other planning professionals in the discipline and you would be surprised to know how far these colleagues have gotten. The biggest group of Kenyan professionals I met was when we went to hear Prof. Maathai speak and had an informal session in the lobby with people doing introductions. Sad that we did not really exchange contacts too much. Personally, I have found a very supportive network of Kenyan professionals who are overflowing with advice and great networking contacts. The guide highlights one field, but I am sure that there are other fields we have not yet even begun to mine, like Kenyans in ICT, the Sciences etc. For any field, I feel we can employ our Kenyan-ness, and change the reputation we have of lack of helpful interaction among Kenyans to continue getting to date with the game.

    As the phone companies would love to remind us “It’s the network”

  2. kenya has alot of class gap I agree with you but I think in Kenya, Social Classes are not that clear-cut (well defined) if we are using the actual category meanings.Moist people lie in “lower Middle class

    Politically
    The middle has very low numbers. their voice is always drowned out. Take westlands – the majority voters are from Kangemi. Karen-Lang’ata – majority are Kibera slums. Embakassi – Majority are Dandora/Kayole. Makadara – majority are mukuru kwa njenga.

    The tribal aspect is also very profound. Rich and poor kikuyus vote for kikuyu alike. Rich and poor luos likewise. same for kamba, kalenjin and the luhya sub tribes. All other kenyan tribes get swept by whatever wave 3 out of the big 5 tribes are creating.

    Socially
    The kenyan middle class (of which i ashamedly am one) are big fish in a small pond. they think they are rich coz everyone else is so poor. they have secondhand cars, secondhand clothes and often live in cramped substandard housing (extensions) just so that they can lay claim to living in a certain “estate”

    Their situation is very fluid because many have little savings, instead opting to drink away all their money as they watch english football, or spend it repairing their mitumba vehicles. many have no health insurance, social security or real investment.

    Many have university education: bachelors degree

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