How my first touch job propelled me into looking for better opportunities
By Silas Nyamweya
Education:For my Secondary school education, I attended Mogra Star Academy in Nairobi Mathare North and Kyevaluki Secondary school in Kangundo, Machakos. I later joined Moi University where I graduated with a Bsc. Communication and Public Relations. I have colossal count of certifications in other professional and short courses including Graphic Designing, web development, ToT etc.
Experience: I have previously worked with various organizations including the current Isuzu East Africa (then General Motors East Africa) as digital marketing assistant, I choose Life Africa (Trainer of Trainees), and lately, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights-KNCHR as an assistant officer in Public Affairs & communication. I am currently the managing director of Timsauti Kenya (A company start up company offering services in events management, Corporate and ceremonial MC services, team building services, digital marketing and branding.
Two recognition letters by KNCHR on being instrumental factor in successfully organizing the first regional conference on Human Rights & Human trafficking as well as recognition for being an outstanding member in the committee that developed the commission’s current strategic plan.
Apart from this, I hold several other certificates including two outstanding awards from Moi university.
First job/salary:My first job was short-lived but a true eye-opener. I worked for 2 months in a laundry/dry cleaner shop. I was charged with every duty since I was the only employee. (from cleaning the clothes to ironing). I was entitled to a gross salary of ksh.4,000 per month.
Worst/best job: My worst job was my first job, though still the most educative. Everything would run smoothly until you meet this client who will tell you straight into the eye, YOU HAVE MESSED MY SUIT. I recall the electric iron box we were using decided to mess me up by spoiling a client’s suit which was purportedly worth ksh.10,000 and I was to clean the mess-by buying a new one.
My best job is what I do, events. And more so offering MC services (more so weddings) and digital marketing. To me these are things I do for fun and I am paid to enjoy myself.
First/current neighbourhood:Mathare North Area 1 was my first hoods, relocated to pipeline and now in Umoja 3 estate.
Worst mistake:Out of anxiety, I undercharged my first client without doing market search. I successfully encountered a loss in the deal.
Missed opportunity:I forgot to carry the original certificates in an interview for a vacancy that I was super qualified for. That’s how I missed a chance with a dream employer.
One thing I can’t give away: My family; my beautiful and brilliant wife, Rose Tim.
Most embarrassing moment:
How it struck me!
We were in a quite high-level meeting with international citizens. I didn’t know the attendants’ background and I was sought to open the meeting with a word of prayer. Out of ignorance, I chanted the prayer in Swahili. What embarrassed me even the more is when some folks laughed out.
One thing I regret: Not starting off my company long enough. I am not where I ought to be but I thank God, I am not where I used to be.
Unforgettable person:Dominic Kabiru, He is the head of Public affairs & communication department at KNCHR. While I was there, he mentored me, inspired me, ignited the potential in me and always told me how possible everything is. He was and still is a father-figure to me, a real mentor and role model in matters professionalism and life affairs.
Proudest moment:The moment I was declared a husband to lady I ever dreamt of and I ever prayed God for.
Best advice ever:In everything you do, follow your heart and don’t forget your mind. If whatever you do pleases God and your parents, do it repeatedly.