Still sitting at home worried about how you can not get a job in Kenya without a degree? Well, it’s time you should evaluate your thoughts again since as of 2018 there are many good paying jobs in Kenya demanding your expertise. Most of the jobs that you are going to see on this list just require your basic skills and high school knowledge.
Without further ado, here are 10 best jobs you can get in Kenya without a degree as of 2018.
1. Cab Driver – Uber, Taxify etc
Cab drivers make up to Ksh 25,000 a week. A good amount, right? All you need to become a cab driver in Kenya is a driving license.Good communication skills will also come in handy to help you converse with your client. Take a look at some of the qualifications you must meet in order to become an Uber or Taxify driver in Kenya below.
2. Real Estate agent
I have interacted with many hundreds of real estate agents in Kenya and surprisingly most of them don’t have a college degree in the field. All you need to have is good communication skills and knowledge of the current market; its trend etc. Basic Maths will also come in handy for this job. Remember that your basic work will be acting as a broker i.e you enquire for vacant houses to let or sell and connect your clients to the owners.
3. Tour Guide
One can become a tour manager without a degree in Kenya. Yes! That is possible with experience in handling group travel in any travel agency. One must gain knowledge of various destinations and practical difficulties in handling group travel.
There are few travel agencies such as TrippyGO Tours & Travel who employ people and send them on tours as guides. I have witnessed tour managers traveling around the world and earn a living from it.
4. Insurance Agent
You can definitely make a lot of money from being an insurance agent in Kenya. And by “make money” I mean over six figures. In this job, you will be selling insurance policies to people and companies in Kenya. All you need is to have good communication skills and proper knowledge of the Insurance products. Working hard will be a plus for you.
Serious bloggers in Kenya are making a lot of money up to 300K per month without a degree. So below, I’m going to outline how to get started and set up your own blog. There are five main steps you need to go through in order to set up a blog. If you follow this guide and the five steps, you’ll have your own blog set up in 5 minutes or less. It’s nowhere near as difficult as setting up a website from scratch (there’s very little technical ability needed here). In fact, there’s no coding required by you. Good news, right?
- Choose your preferred blog platform ( I recommend WordPress )
- Choose web hosting for your blog ( I recommend Website Hosting Kenya )
- Setting up a blog on your own domain ( Website Hosting Kenya will set up the blog on your preferred domain)
- Designing your blog. ( Find a light and mobile-friendly theme)
- Useful resources for blogging ( Here you will install useful plugins such Yoast for SEO, Mash Share, and Google analytics.
After setting up your blog now follow this steps to become a professional blogger ( By a professional blogger, I mean you are going to get enough money to earn a living from your blog)
- Get a niche; Decide what you are going to write about; are you are going to be lifestyle blogger, gossip blogger, travel blogger or a technology blogger?
- Write one post every day. To start getting some visitors on your website, you have to produce quality content regularly. Writing one unique and quality post to get your blog indexed on Google quickly ( Talking about getting Indexed, remember to add your website to Google Webmasters)
- Share ..Share…Share! After you have published your content, remember to share it on social media for the sake of building an audience and traffic.
- Don’t give up even if you don’t have the results you want. Getting traffic on a blog is very hard and will take time. The difference between a successful blogger and others is that the first one didn’t give up and continued to produce quality content regularly. 99% of successful bloggers started like you, in fact with an empty Free WordPress blog.
- After doing 40 original posts with a minimum of 300 words you can now comfortably apply for Google Adsense and start earning money from your site.
- Start Writing sponsored posts. Once your blog is well indexed in Google, you will have visitors, and hopefully regular visitors. You can now start sending messages to some local brands in your niche to ask if they want to appear on your blog. That’s a good way to get a rate good amount of money.
At this point, you should start generating money from your blog, and you are – in my opinion – a professional blogger (:
6. Social Media Manager
Six ago, the role of a social media manager might not have even existed in Kenya. Today, however, almost every company is involved in social media one way or another. Be it hospitality, education, fashion, politics, real estate, travel, retail, E-Commerce, or any startup, everyone needs a strong digital presence. Whether it’s done via storytelling, interactive campaigns, or other methods of brand building, it’s crucial to have a social media manager to build your digital brand and manage its image. To be a good social media manager you must be creative, good grammar, and be ready to adapt to new trends.
Things that you should be ready to learn as a social media manager.
- Copywriting – This is the most important skill of every social media manager, you should know how to write short copies that can grab your audience’s attention easily. Google Chrome extensions such as Grammarly will help you a lot here.
- How to use Analytics – This will help you in writing your monthly reports to make sure you’re on the right track. It will also help you know which posts have been performing well.
- Writing your social media strategy – This will help you to know the best time to post, run a campaign and keep eye on your key competitors.
In Kenya, the average salary of a social media manager is Ksh 50,000.
7. Digital Marketer
Digital marketing is one of the most sought-after expertise in Kenya at the moment. Some of the best digital marketers I have worked with have been self-taught and don’t have a degree. The nature of this requires constant learning and a desire to push boundaries are far more important than formal qualifications. However, interacting with friends who have been in the field for a while and getting the certifications below will be of much importance. Having a good online presence on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will come in handy.
1. Google Certifications –
2. Facebook Blueprint –
3. Hubspot Certifications –
4. Linkedin Learning –
With the above certifications, you will get not less than 100k per month in Kenya.
Check out some of the best digital marketing agencies in Kenya here.
8. Graphics Designer
There are so many people in Kenya without a degree in graphic design and still have managed to make it big. This job requires your passion, creativity, and professionalism in order to become a highly demanded graphics designer. You will need to learn how to use the software I have mentioned below in order to become a pro.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
You can learn on how to use them within a month and be good to go! Another important thing, you will have to keep learning new things in this field. You should work hard on your skills. There is a lot of competition in graphics designing. Lastly, don’t allow to be USED for the sake of EXPOSURE, many people and corporates are used to that statement in Kenya, exposure won’t pay your bills.
9. Web Developer
This one of the highest paying jobs in Kenya at the moment that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. The special thing about web development is that all the learning material you will need are readily available for FREE online. You can also opt to go for a coding boot camp for a few months rather than college for years.
When it comes to getting a job as web developer, the most important thing that will save you is your portfolio i.e the open source projects you contributed to, your GitHub account, and well-designed personal projects you have built.
My advice for those planning to enter into this field.
- Don’t spend too much time learning (online, books…etc) without building things, programming is a craft, it takes practices, many hours of practices to be the best. In this process let sites like sites like Google, Youtube, StackOverflow, and Quora become your friend.
- Get a Github account, contribute to some open source projects, or open source some of your own works. The Github portfolio is pretty much important than a programmer’s resume today.
- Meet other programmers. Web development is a collaborative effort, you need to learn how to work alongside with others to deliver codes, and you’ll be amazed how much you can learn from others.
- Lastly…Be prepared to show off your skills rather than presenting a piece of paper.
This is one of the best if not the best paying career in Kenya. If you have tried all the options above and have proved to be unfruitful, you can alternatively venture into politics and vie for an MCA or MP seat. Here, you will comfortably earn good money after winning. If you are a populist, the better! Below are MCA and MP salaries in Kenya.