Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Death Of Education Is The Key, It's The Foundation.

We are living in the most competitive and amazing time where the majority have been educated, but are still unemployed or under-employed especially the young people. On the flip side the window of opportunities continues to open up to anyone who is ready to adapt despite their education levels, especially in the IT industry and the Small, Medium Enterprises (SME).

It's high time we shift our paradigm in our we view life holistically. During my primary and secondary level, we used to be encouraged by our teachers, parents and also there were many praise songs towards education because by then a big percentage of both the old and young were uneducated. I can remember this Kiswahili song “... someni vijina muongeze pia bidii, mwisho wa kusoma mtapata kazi nyingi sana” in translation this means young people get educated so that when you're done with your education you will secure many jobs.

I don't know if this is the situation at this time of age, and do we have enough jobs for all the graduated every year? In my reflection I'm wondering if the philosophy is still valid in comparison to our economy that has been facing challenges in matching the number of graduates versus the opportunities created by public and private sector and more importantly how many startup ventures by graduates for job creation.

I think it is high time we start to encourage the youth through lectures that foster quality education and lifelong learning, but also not forget the other spheres of life, especially thinking job creation, talent nurturing, partnership, lifelong learning attitude, entrepreneurship mindset, personal branding etc.

The reason why education isn't the key in my philosophy, it's because with the changing times the key is shifting in different sphere of our life even after acquiring the best education possible. Let me use an analogy using the house, we have the door, roof, window, key, walls and the foundation. For stable house one needs to do the foundation right.

 I support SDG4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Here is more insight about the house analogy;
  1. Education = it is the foundation and everyone should get a quality education from the start.
  2. Your brand = You need to develop a brand that people would love to be associated with. This becomes the wall 
  3. Your certification = Get the best qualifications and certification because this is what opens the door of opportunities. 
  4. Your experience, portfolio & network = To open the door of opportunities there are many padlocks and your key is what you say and what you can do (show and tell). 5
  5. Your vision & aspirations: What aspiration do you have and what about your vision. This become the roof. 
  6. Your career: Your career choices is also a window of many opportunities. 
 This is a philosophy which I believe if adapted at an early stage will develop the DNA of young people to think entrepreneurship, start-up and job creation rather more on job seeking. I wish you all the best in your journey.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Skill-UP Boot Camp Training

The cost of learning new skills at the institution is still high, leaving many young people from disadvantaged background to wonder where to start.

Many are left out either because of cost or they can’t meet the selection criteria. At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) we offer quality short trainings that wouldn’t be a means to an end, but start up journey that will ignite a new beginning in self learning using available resources, especially the internet.

 “ Passion and talent isn’t enough, you need to continually sharpen your skills.” Wilson Masaka, Founder Wilsen Initiative 



 Skill-up training boot camp

Who Can Participate? 
Creative entrepreneurs who want to hit the ground running after college. Youth groups who want to be able to represent their personal brand in a more better and professional ways. Schools that want to engage their students in creative approach and thinking using computers and painting sessions. Self-starters pursuing a career in the creative industry (Musicians, comedians, painters etc.).

What We Offer
We offer short courses in Photography, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Blogging, Basic Graphic Design, Business model canvas, Soft skills, Branding, Creative Writing, Financial literacy, Painting sessions and Internet Research.

How Much and Number of people?
We train a minimum of 10 people to a maximum of 30 people in a session. Minimum session: 3 days for the module offered. Any customized session: A time frame and charges will be given. Each session : Kes 300 per person

When & Where?
Sessions will take place at the client’s premise or at an arranged location with the client. The client is responsible for space, training materials, internet connectivity, computers and other logistics for the participants. Contact us on:- info@wilsenx.com or wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Recruiting A Startup Team

#StartupTeam #JouneryOfFounders

My biggest task and goal in 2018 is to recruit a team to grow Wilsen Initiative (Wi) to the next level. #MyDiaryStartUP In a society where most of the people are looking for jobs than create one, it is a challenge to establish a team for a startup especially if you can't give immediate paying jobs. People approach me for volunteerism under Wilsen Initiative but once they hear that there's no pay they fade off slowly, I can't blame them I have travelled the journey and I understand. Here are some of the things to consider when recruiting a startup team for business or non profit venture etc.
#MyTake As a founder of any initiative you have to give more than 100% in all most everything at the starting phase until you meet an agile team. More about Wilsen Initiative www.wilsen-initiative.org 

                    StartUp101: Looking for Team For Your StartUP: Look for... 

Personality, Expertise, Conscious, Optimistic, Value, Disciplined,Experienced,Trustworthy, Committed, Skilled, Talent, Skilled Passionate, Belief, Action, Adaptability, Communication Dedication, Visionary, Experienced,Professionalism, Learner, Listener, Communicator 

Quote Highlight; “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”  ― Barack Obama 

 “Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.”  ― Mollie Marti 

 Good read relating to the topic;