BOLD WOMAN: Yukabeth Kidenda on building a movement of leaders
4 months ago, 10 Aug 11:51
Yukabeth Kidenda, 28, believes that she is on the right path toward achieving her career goals and aspirations. She’s passionate about building a movement of Kenyan leaders to drive innovation in education and ensure that 21st century learning reaches all Kenyan children.
She is currently a Project Manager with the ALX Program under the African Leadership University, which is a six-month workshop program that gives young people a platform to launch a career of purpose, as well as connect them to a network of problem solvers and powerful potential employers.
It also seeks to give them real life experience and problem solving skills to help them thrive in the world.
She spoke to Nation.co.ke about her journey.
Tell us about yourself
I am the second born in a family of six children; I have four brothers and one sister. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing from Strathmore University.
I was born in Mombasa, but we moved to Nairobi in 2002.
I was lucky to kick it off two weeks after graduating. I had been applying for a volunteer position to teach English as a second language. I applied through an organisation called Adventist Volunteer Services.
AVS is an initiative of the Seventh Day Adventist Church which I attend. I found out about the position from a friend from the same church who had gone through the program. I got the job and was posted in Honduras, Central America. While there, I also did tutorials for Math and Science for third to sixth grade.
It was a struggle to get a job when I came back to Kenya a year later. This was mainly because I had no tangible work experience that was recognised by employers. Additionally, I did not know how to interview or sell myself to an employer.
I never learnt how to interview or to build my CV well in school; skills I believe are extremely necessary in today’s world. I was in and out of offices, and busy applying for jobs for one and a half years. I tried attending all the forums I could just so I could get myself out there.
Then one of my friends, who offers corporate training, gave me a position in her company. She took me in as her Business Development Manager. I was responsible for scouting for business opportunities.
My mum always had an idea of what my first salary should look like, which was not the case, but I had to start somewhere. While here, I learned so much about professionalism in this role. She allowed me to shadow her meetings and taught me personal branding. I am grateful for the opportunity.
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