Published On: January 31, 2022|Categories: News|

On Wednesday, 26th January 2022, Strathmore University Business School organised a learning session for students of the Bachelor of Commerce – ACCA Embedded Programme in partnership with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). 

The session was themed: Sharpening the Axe and it aimed to give the students insights and tips on the requirements as they prepare to join the job market after graduation later this year. Each speaker’s journey and perspective made for lively conversations on CV writing, grit, discipline and perseverance, and personal branding. 

Speakers during the event included: Steve Obuogo, Market Head, ACCA Kenya & Tanzania; Kelvin Kuria, Head of Unilever International, East Africa; Geoffrey Ochieng, Africa Change Lead, ACCA; Silvia Njambi Mwangi, Programs Manager, Xetova Eastern Africa; Serge Musingilwa, Venture Builder, Persistent Energy Capital; and Eddah Kiplagat, Tax Associate, PwC.

Beyond preparation for the job market, the speakers emphasised the need for continuous learning. Kelvin Kuria owed his success to grit – from starting his agency at twenty-two  years old and striving to learn business skills ahead of his counterparts. Kelvin dabbled in entrepreneurship and he  has held two managerial positions at Unilever Rwanda and Australia. This culminated in his appointment as Head of Unilever International, East Africa, and all this before his 31st birthday.

Silvia Mwangi spoke about the importance of personal branding and making an effort to have an impactful contribution in the community while leveraging on new media applications to amplify achievements.  

Geoffrey Ochieng and Eddah Kiplagat gave the students tips on how to navigate ACCA’s digital platforms and how to juggle work and a demanding course load. 

The Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Dr. David Mathuva, noted that Strathmore’s unique partnership with ACCA gives  the students certain exemptions, which allow them to complete their course faster than any other institution.

The event culminated in a networking cocktail where the students got to have one on one interactions with the speakers.

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) Degree Programme is designed for students wishing to gain a degree qualification to maximise their career options. The course is structured into a series of modules designed to focus specifically on the core functions of management.

It prepares students to work in finance, accountancy, banking, micro-finance, administration, marketing and other related fields. The March 2022 Intake is Ongoing! Apply here

Article by Katherine Keango

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