Career Development

Overview

Career development is an essential part of Akilah’s mission to help our students launch their professional careers and take on leadership roles.

From the first day on campus, individual career development is integrated in all student activities. Our Career Development Office supports our students to develop and pursue meaningful career goals, improve their CV and cover letters, navigate in the industry, and prepare for job applications and interviews. Tailor-made career counselling, career-readiness workshops, social change programs, and networking events are just some of Akilah’s initiatives designed to make our students ready to launch successful careers.

We want our graduates to fit the current needs and trends in the private sector. Our close partnership with private sector players ensures that our academic programs and career development services are constantly responding to the realities of the industry.

  • All students complete 480 internship hours in a course-relevant industry
  • 88% of our students have employment within six months of graduation
  • Akilah graduates earn up to 12 times more than the median national income

 

"There is no better way for us to get feedback than straight from our private sector partners. They give their input during an internship period, and we can incorporate this into the curriculum to make sure we are in touch with industry needs. Once the private sector sees that we are taking their feedback seriously, it keeps them going and it keeps them excited."

-Ritah Gasana, former Director of Career Development

Career Assessment

Designed to help students explore their strengths, weaknesses and aptitudes to further their career development, each students completes an in-depth action plan that outlines goals and identifies the steps needed to achieve them.

Application Writing Workshop

Students receive guided assistance in writing resumes, CVs, and cover letters to prepare students to be able to search for and apply to jobs without assistance.

Interview Preparation

Workshops cover interview dress code, possible scenarios and challenges, sample questions and how to answer them, and the importance of confidence and eye contact.

Internship & Job Placement

Internships are a requirement for the Diploma, offering hands-on practical experience in the industry related to a student's field of study, and allowing the student to gain confidence and experience to attract potential employers.

Private Sector Partners

The Career Development Office plans and participates in events with the private sector, including career fairs and regular meetings with key partnerships such as the Private Sector Federation and the Rwanda Development Board.