The KEPSA – Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) held mentorship forums for cycle 6 interns on Saturday 6th June, 2015 in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu respectively. The forums were attended by a total of 1,525 interns. Amongst invited guest were KYEP employers and the former interns.
During the forums, mentors discussed pertinent issues at the work place such as interviews, work ethics, attitudes and behaviours that enhance employability and productivity. Further, interns were briefed on how to align their personal expectations with those of the organization, networking, financial and management skills.
Amongst the key issues raised at the forums was the need for interns to stand out from the rest at their various workplaces through being proactive and delivering value to the organizations that they are attached to. The interns were also advised to focus on continuous learning in order to advance their careers.
The former KYEP interns invited at the forums shared their perspective on the role that interns should play in ensuring that they have successful internships. Interns were challenged to focus on opportunities such as skills development availed to them by employers and not on the short term gains such as the stipends.
The interns were encouraged to pursue entrepreneurship and innovation as one way to give them financial freedom, greater confidence and control over their future.
The forums also provided an opportunity for the KEPSA-KYEP staff to get feedback on the cycle 6 internship and deliberate on areas that need to be enhanced.
Meanwhile, the KEPSA -KYEP workplace internships for the Cycle 6 interns in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu is still ongoing and the interns are currently in their eight week. The workplace Internship which commenced on 13th April 2015 is expected to run for a period of four months. Interview sessions for Interns who are yet to be placed are still ongoing.
In addition, monitoring visits for cycle 6 Interns at the various workplaces in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa are also ongoing. The monitoring visits are aimed at tracking the performance of interns at the work place as well as to collate feedback from employers on the areas that require improvement in the project.