Journalist Recalls Rejection by Employers After Citizen TV Sack

  • Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
    Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
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  • Evelyn Wambui's hopes of securing jobs with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) plummeted after she left the Royal Media Services (RMS). 

    The former Citizen TV reporter recalled that looking for a job was strenuous. 

    She attended numerous interviews and faced interviewing panels, but securing a job with her media background was harder than she thought it would be.

    However, she learnt a vital lesson on how to respond to the interviewer's questions and prepare herself for interviews. 

    Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
    Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
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    In the post shared on her social media account, the Communications Specialist noted that her storytelling background became her selling point to interviewers.

    "I had been telling stories in Kenya's media industry for close to 10 years and my "Why you?" answer to the interview panel was always "...because I believe NGOs should tell their own stories about the impact they are making in communities and the change they are helping bring without feeling its PR," Wambui stated.

    After sending an unspecified number of resumes and numerous interviews, Wambui got a chance at Plan International and her boss gave her the opportunity.

    She credited her boss for taking a chance on her and hiring her. At Plan International, Wambui is the Regional Communications and Media Specialist.

    "I finally found that one boss who said, "You know what, you have zero NGO experience but I love your passion to tell stories...help us tell ours.

    "5 years later and I continue to tell and/or help tell #StoriesOfHopeandChange #StoriesOfImpact at Plan International. I remain grateful to all bosses out there who continue to make unpopular decisions - like throwing out the rule book and taking a chance on people," she stated.

    Wambui's career is backed by over a decade of experience in media and communications work which includes exemplary storytelling and a knack to connect the audience with her compelling features.

    A File Image of Citizen TV Studios
    A File Image of Citizen TV Studios
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    "I believe strongly in the power of storytelling to drive change and remain passionate about the journey to make this happen for whatever reason - amplification of voices, driving advocacy, influencing and policy change, brand awareness, organisational profiling, visibility and everything in between," she states on her social media profile.

    "My strongest attribute is the ability to identify and tell stories in a compelling and impactful way. Putting a face to challenges, existing gaps, needed connections and resulting success that in effect, not only make but drive change," Wambui adds.