Jobless First Class Graduate Rejected by CEO After Three Interviews

  • Photo collage between Bill Clinton Muguai and his academic certificate
    Photo collage between Bill Clinton Muguai and his academic certificate.
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  • "Sorry, but you are not the right match for the role," were the words that characterized 25-year-old Bill Clinton Muguai's two years of struggle in landing an employment opportunity. 

    While sharing on his LinkedIn page, the graduate recounted his latest blow to his pursuit of employment- after being rejected by a Chief Executive despite possessing an impeccable Curriculum Vitae.

    For two years, Muguai faced a series of disappointments after he failed to secure both an internship and a job despite graduating with a First Class Honours in Engineering from the University of Nairobi (UoN).

    St Paul's University graduates in 2017. The institution was ranked third nationally by uniRank, a leading international higher education directory.
    St Paul's University graduates in 2017. The institution was ranked third nationally by uniRank, a leading international higher education directory.

    As a result, Muguai sunk into depression to the point of threatening to burn his academic certificates. 

    His plight was shared widely on social media and highlighted by various media houses, with the graduate's story piquing the curiosity of a particular CEO based in Westlands, Nairobi County. 

    "I had three appointments with the CEO since my post went viral, and had really high prospects working there, especially since I am a great software enthusiast.

    "My conversation with him has also been going on really well since the first phone call he made to me...However, the job opportunity didn't materialize eventually," Muguai pointed out. 

    The graduate expressed disappointment that he was later called and informed that he did not make the cut- without the company justifying its decision. 

    The 25-year-old lauded the company for the opportunity despite not clinching the role. He, however, questioned the CEO's seriousness for not saving his number despite the multiple conversations they shared. 

    "He never saved my number though despite a string of endless conversations with him over the phone which makes me question his seriousness all through."

    Muguai noted that he would pursue other opportunities or eventually launch a startup in a bid to hone his skills. 

    "I am open to software engineering roles too; I am really passionate about this area. What about founding a startup? I am considering this too and I am in the ideation stage at the moment," he acknowledged.

    Muguai's story paints a grim picture of the crisis facing the youth in the country. 

    According to the latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), 10.1 million Kenyans are out of jobs in the past year, out of which only 2.5 million are actively looking for work. 

    A graph showing Kenya's unemployment rate from 1999 to 2021.
    A graph showing Kenya's unemployment rate from 1999 to 2021.
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