Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA) Programme Trust would like to take this opportunity to formally invite you to participate in our annual two days Work Integrated Learning Conference, on 16th and 17th April , 2020 at Azure Hotel, Westlands, Nairobi starting from 8am. The conference will explore current and future challenges that are associated with WIL / Field experience with a particular focus on regional, rural and remote WIL and issues related equity and access to WIL. The conference will provide a forum for practitioners, administrators and other allies to discuss strategies, innovations and practices. Presentations, breakout sessions and workshops are welcomed on the broader themes of the conference as well as related to: • Inclusive and innovative practices in delivering or administering WIL; • Strategies to implement WIL policies. • Strategies to address challenges of access and inclusion in institutionalizing WIL; • Addressing gender issues of inclusiveness and diversity; • Employability and student labor contributions; • Administering multi-/inter-/trans-disciplinary WIL in innovative and emerging contexts; Papers should be submitted to: We hope for your positive response and look forward to your participation in helping realize the conference objectives. We look forward to welcoming you at the “LIWA WIL Conference 2020”. Registration Costs: • Students: 150 USD • Staff and All education Professionals: 250 USD Yours sincerely, Prof. Ddembe Willeese Williams Chief Executive Officer & Chairman LIWA Programme Trust

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Attachment / Internship Hustle.

Posted on 2 July, 2019 by Linda Mc'Odongo

Landing an attachment /Internship can be depressing being a course requirement in most higher learning institutions for students before graduating.

Just like any other University/TVET student I thought getting an internship was just a hello away. The thought of going to the corporate world for the first time hit my mind riding me to my imaginary world of how I was going to be part of that great team, how I was going to  relate with the new cute faces and at least have a chance to showcase my skills while learning and building my career.

After sending dozens of applications to ICT/IT firms I came across, I was never lucky to have a view of how beautiful Interview room looks like and how freezing it is from the inside as I had to  face the nicely dressed Interviewers who would  ensure I was  frozen to death.  I had to toss all these beautiful expectations to the ocean when the reality dawned on me.

After three months of no response from the Industry I decided to visit random industries but I was never allowed to see the HR without booking an appointment. I had to leave handwritten letters with the security guards who promised me a call back from the HR. Some days I thought of dressing up off to the stage and follow any person dressed in an official attire and just plead with him/her to take me to the organization he/she is working for and ask the ICT/IT department to give me a chance to interact with the real server or just the real network topology setup and take me through the 3 months of Industrial skill building.

After months of serious search my winter days shortened, I was given a chance to see the HR and on the same day I was interviewed by both the Human Resources manager and the head of Information Technology (IT). That was how I landed my first time internship. 

Share with us how you landed your first time Internship/Job, the struggles you went through plus the success story.

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