Most marketable diploma courses in Kenya


Have you just completed high school and are now searching for the best diploma courses in Kenya that you can do to kick start your career? Worry no more as Kenya currently boasts of more than 160 diploma programs, with new ones being introduced every year.

Diploma courses in Kenya are short, intense programs that train people for a specific job.Most of them take a duration of 12 months to complete.

The programme you choose will depend on what area you want it to apply in .Ask yourself these three questions:

  • What career am I interested in?
  • Who do my intended employer want me to be trained for that specific job?
  • Can I afford the tuition fees and living expenses of a course as well as other costs associated with studying, like transport or rent?

If you’re still unsure about which program is appropriate for you , below are a few of the best programmes and where you could be employed in no specific order.

Marketable diploma courses

DIPLOMA IN PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

This is a professional program for those who are interested in managing projects from conception to implementation, including defining objectives and strategies, identifying risks, allocating resources, monitoring performance and adapting to change.

Job Prospects:You have the opportunity to work in government and non-government organisations, international development agencies and private firms involved in project management.

DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

This program for those who are interested in managing organizations, businesses and industries.

Job Prospects: You can work as a business analyst,trade specialist,procurement Officer (Supply Chain), or a financial risk management Expert.

DIPLOMA IN MASS COMMUNICATION

This is a course for those who are interested in crafting and delivering messages to specific audience through various media, such as television, radio or newspapers.

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Job Prospects: You can work as an Advertising Manager, Public Relations Officer (PR), Communication Specialist or Media Analyst.

DIPLOMA IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This is a program for those who are interested in international affairs, political science, and other related fields.

Job Prospects: You can work as an International Affairs Analyst , Foreign Affairs Officer, or as a Political Analyst.

DIPLOMA IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

This is for those who are interested in the management of construction projects and their associated resources such as labour, materials and equipment.

Job Prospects: You can work as a Construction Supervisor, or a Project Engineer of a Construction Site.

DIPLOMA IN ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

This is a programme for those who are interested in managing an enterprise, with a focus on the financial and non-financial aspects of business.

Job Prospects: You can work as a Financial Analyst (FA), Corporate Controller or Investment Banker.

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

This program is for those who are interested in technology. It prepares students to work as Information Technology Specialists or Systems Analysis and Designers.

Job Prospects: You can work as an IT Security Analyst or a Database Administrator.

DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

This programme is for those who are interested in public administration and governance, with the aim of developing graduates with a global outlook who are equipped to make leadership decisions and oversee the development of society.

Job Prospects: You can work as an Executive Officer or Manager in Governmental Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private Sector Organizations .

DIPLOMA IN HUMAN RESOURCE

This course gives you an opportunity to acquire skills in managing people. You will learn how businesses are organized and managed, as well as their unique HR practices that support corporate success.

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Job Prospects: You can work for any organization or company in Kenya with a Human Resource function like staffing, recruitment, training and development.

DIPLOMA IN ESTATE AGENCY AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

It is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices involved in managing commercial and residential properties that are rented out on long term leases.

You will learn how property is bought, sold, rented or managed as well as understanding all the relevant terminology involved with estate agency tasks such as appraisals, valuations etc.

Job Prospects:You can work for a real estate agency , bank, property developer or landlord.

DIPLOMA IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT

The course will prepare you for careers covering all aspects of the travel industry including: marketing management, airline reservations system, hotel administration etc. The course also covers the hotel and tourism industry in general.

Job Prospects: You can work as a tour guide; travel consultant, or an agent for an airline company.

DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING

It is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of accounting principles including those used by businesses such as retailers, wholesalers and service providers. It also covers the principles of taxation, auditing standards etc.

Job Prospects: You can work as an accountant in a company; auditor or tax agent for government and non-government organisations etc.

DIPLOMA IN PURCHASING AND SUPPLIES MANAGEMENT

The course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, processes and techniques associated with buying goods and services as well as managing inventory. The student will learn about sourcing from global markets; risk management strategies etc.

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Job Prospects: You can work in various organisations where procurement managers are needed including government departments and private sector.

DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The course is designed to suit those looking for career options in the early childhood field. The students learn about young children, their development and how they can be best nurtured through a variety of learning experiences.

The student will also explore what it means to work with parents as partners and also the process of designing a curriculum.

Job Prospects: You can work in schools as teachers, teacher assistants and in other childcare related fields.

DIPLOMA IN CRIMINOLOGY

The course covers a variety of topics, from the history and development of policing to international criminal justice .

The student will also explore what it means to think critically about crime as an academic discipline, how criminology is researched and how its findings are disseminated through practice in policing and other related fields such as law enforcement or legal professions.

Job Prospects: You can work in the police force, law enforcement agencies and legal professions

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it’s your decision on what diploma course you want to pursue. Nobody should force you to do a course you are not interested in, as this will set the path you take in your career.

If you’re also interested in pursuing a degree course instead,read my blog post on the best marketable degree courses in Kenya.

We wish you luck in your endeavors!

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