Read our candid and thought-provoking interview with Ms. Joyce Githuku, a Biochemist working with Kenchic Kenya Ltd. She takes us through her career journey from aspiration, to the heights that her career is taking her. Question: What led you to Biochemistry? Joyce: Initially, my dad and cousin told me to choose a course that I was not too difficult and easy to pass, not Biochemistry.
Meet our East African Civil Engineers, Catherine Githuku is a lecturer at the Kenyatta University, Kenya and Agustina Alexander is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Question: How would you describe yourself as a civil engineer? Catherine: I am a lecturer in civil engineering. I enjoy training especially in the areas of structures(design of buildings, foundations and similar structures). I have also specialized in structures around water-ways(that is dams and intakes).
It is obligatory to network…In this era, information is power and a competitive advantage. Why not spend your time acquiring more of it? Everyone has something they can teach us. We should therefore be spending our time learning from others no matter who they are or where they come from.
In the same way that people tell stories, nature also has its way of telling stories.
Do I need a mentor? This is the first question you need to ask yourself before you start looking for one. For example, to find a mentor, you have to have certain aspects that you want to achieve whether it is career growth or personal goals. A single, sound piece of advice from a mentor can be the catalyst that changes your frame of reference forever.
Meet Ms. Keitumetse Atang Tshoganetso, a Mines Geologist working at First Quantum Mineral Co., Zambia. She has studied and worked in Botswana as an Exploration and Engineering Geologist, before venturing into Mine Geology. Q: Tell me what your job entails as a mines geologist. A: A Mine Geologist is the heart of the mining operation. I am responsible for guiding and delineating ore for the mining team as well as ensuring that the highest quality…
How do we positively influence young women in Science and Engineering to find effective mentors?When you understand these basic components of mentorship I believe you can have an effective one.