A discussion has erupted in one of the WhatsApp groups that I belong to. It is all about salary scales for first job.
According to one guy, who posted the job advert, the employer is giving NET salary of Ksh. 15,000. The issue is whether the money is enough to enable an individual to live in Nairobi.
According to one Laureen Joyous, the money is more than enough. She narrates how she started low, on a salary of Kshs. 6,000 and it was enough for her rent, food, transport and all the other expenses. Apparently, she was also able to save!
It all boils down to one thing: How much you earn is irrelevant, you can still live and save in Nairobi. One thing I can advise new graduates is this: Accept the days of humble beginning. Nobody begins as a CEO. Even one James Mworia, the CEO of Centum investments began as a Clerk Intern and rose through the ranks to become the company CEO. He is now earning more than Bob Bollycore, the Safaricom CEO.
According to the 2015 returns, James Mworia average salary (plus Bonuses) comes to 16 Million shillings, compared to Bob Collymore 10 Million shillings.
Why should you accept the 15,000/- Salary anyway?
It is simple. One: You acquire the much needed working experience as you toil at this particular job. This work experience thing has become gold in Kenya. Employers demand of it.
Secondly, you have access to the company resources and you can print better curriculum vitae and three, you have access to immense network of people who can act as good referees should you decide to find greener pastures.
Basically, you have the whole world at your finger tips. You can network your butts off as one Miss Mandi told us during one of the ‘Make Money’ sessions at the University of Nairobi, Main Campus. Miss Mandi is a foodie and a contributor at Capital FM Website.
As thousands of graduates are getting churned out of the universities and several companies are on the retrenchment mode, dear friends, you are bound to accept the little you can get. Better a bird in hand, than two in the bush. You it as a stepping stone to a brighter future.
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