The author of this book lectures at the University of Dar es Salaam where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences, Master of Science in Mathematical Modelling and Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Currently (2020), he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
While universities and higher learning institutions in Tanzania continue to increase in number, today’s job market is becoming increasingly competitive for the graduates. As the years go by, the job industry will become even more competitive, and students in both secondary schools and colleges need to be well prepared and equipped to withstand the competition.
One of the challenges that have been triggering the inability of graduates to withstand the competition is poor career preparations. In fact, secondary schools, colleges, and those leading the education industry have devoted little/no effort towards setting effective strategies to help students plan for their future careers. The consequence of this has been a poor choice of degree programs. Experience shows that the majority of the graduates and current students have been affected by this challenge in one way or another. In the sane vein, most of them realize their mistake when it is too late and there is no point for them to turn around. We account for this challenge to a lack of a well-contented Career Guidance Book and career guidance programs to enable students to familiarize themselves with a variety of opportunities available in Tanzania. This book is the solution.
The book is designed to shed light to students in all levels of secondary education, especially forms III, IV, V & VI as well as college students, parents, and teachers regarding various degree programs available in Tanzania as well as the respective career prospects. Furthermore, the book is written to enable teachers, parents and those in the education industry to provide career guidance to the students in a more effective and efficient way. It is designed to prepare the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs by providing clear descriptions of a range of educational options available in higher learning institutions, career prospects, and entry qualifications. Moreover, it briefly highlights how to select the best degree programs, criteria for choosing a university, and the future of careers and jobs. We expect that the book will be used on a continuous basis to enable students, teachers, parents and those in the education industry to help students prepare for their future careers.
Our advice is, therefore, that students should not wait until they are about to apply for university degree programs but gradually go through the book, familiarize themselves and effectively research to identify which programs suit them most.
This book targets mainly Forms III & IV students to help them choose the correct subject combination to take in forms V & VI and form VI students to help them choose the right degree programs. Because of the above reasons, each Secondary School and College, Teachers and Parents should own copies of the same to guide their students and children.