Information science is primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, dissemination, and protection of information. It is a branch of computer science that is critical in ensuring information is safe within various organizations that require the skills. The course is applicable in several fields in Kenya, meaning that it’s relatively marketable.
Various universities and colleges offer information science in Kenya, and it is estimated that over 2,000 students graduate annually from local universities.
One of the most demoralizing issue is that more than 30 % of Information Science graduates are still jobless in Kenya, which means that for every 2,000 professionals being churned into the job market, more than 600 will not be lucky to get a job related to information science.
What makes information science graduates miss opportunities is the fact that they rely heavily on their academic training, forgetting about important professional courses that could make them marketable.
I can confirm to you that graduates who pursued courses like Certified Secretaries, Statistical tools, Oracle, MySQL, GIS and Remote sensing softwares, CCNT, CCIT or related courses are currently smiling all the way to the bank.
The message I want to pass today is that a degree course is not enough in the modern world, you need to supplement it with related professional courses, which are more relevant and practical.
The idea of saying that a course is not marketable will not arise if you have the right skills that can make you more competitive.
To conclude, some of the institutions that employ information science include Kenya National Archives, Kenya National Library, All libraries in Kenya, National Museums of Kenya, Judicial Service Commission, Ministry of Information and Communication, All ministries, Insurance companies,etc.