Desperate Master’s degree Graduate Takes to the Streets in Search of a Job


In Kenya, the issue of unemployment continues to be a growing concern, as many educated and skilled individuals find themselves struggling to secure employment. One such individual is Kirui Cheruiyot, a 32-year-old man who recently took to the streets of Nairobi to publicly appeal for a job.

Cheruiyot, who holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Biotech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), has found himself facing a frustrating job search. Despite his impressive educational background, which also includes an A- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education from Kericho High School, he has yet to secure a job in his field.

Kirui shared that after all his attempts to apply for jobs were met with no success, he felt compelled to take his search to the streets. He was heartened by the outpouring of support from fellow Kenyans who reached out to offer encouragement and share job postings.

Despite the challenges he has faced, Kirui remains optimistic and has a plan for the future. After securing a job, he hopes to eventually start his own business in the area of farming, particularly horticulture.

Unfortunately, Kirui’s story is not unique. There have been numerous reports of Kenyans resorting to public appeals in their search for employment, highlighting the significant problem of unemployment in the country. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) reported that the long-term unemployment rate in Kenya stood at 3.3 percent in 2019. In some cases, these public appeals have had positive outcomes, as was the case for Samuel Meeme from Meru County, who after tarmacking for nine years in search of employment, had his plea heard by the county boss Governor Kawira Mwangaza and was eventually assured of employment.

In conclusion, Kirui Cheruiyot’s story serves as a reminder of the impact that unemployment can have on individuals and their families, as well as the larger societal implications of a struggling job market. It is our hope that with continued efforts, individuals like Kirui will be able to find fulfilling employment and secure their future.

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