Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Career

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Laying a solid career foundation

Traits to help you lay the right career foundation

Most people want to have successful careers dotted with numerous achievements and accolades. Most people, however, want it here and now; immediately after graduation. Well, this is impossible. Even the most successful people in the world did not start from the top. Employers will confess that they have met fresh graduates who have instantly asked for a gross pay of Ksh 100,000, but they will also tell you that this is delusional and no employer can pay you that much with nothing to show for it.

It is okay to dream big, to want that mansion and that latest car but it is important to remember that all these come as a result of hard work. Congratulations on receiving your degree or diploma, but the journey has just started. Most successful people will tell you that their success is just the visible tip of the iceberg. The hard work, tears and sweat they put in in the initial stages is usually not as apparent as the resultant accomplishments. As Safaricom’s BLAZE ambassadors rightly put it, it is the little efforts on your way up that eventually reap the big rewards.

Here is how to build a strong foundation for your career.

  1. Willingness to learn

Yes, you have been learning for at least the first 20 years of your life. However, there is still more to learn throughout life’s journey. When you are starting out in your career, be open to learning. Every challenge presents an opportunity to learn. Take every opportunity to learn and go with it. Learn all you can and apply it.

  1. Take risks

take risks

Nothing good ever came out of the comfort zone. Do not get comfortable in your abilities. Instead, take calculated risks once in awhile. You get to learn along the way and it becomes your stepping stone. When you are starting out in your career, you have a lot of room to learn, to experiment with different ideas until you find what really works for you.

  1. Be persistent

be persistent - laying career foundation

Most people will take on a job and simply give up when they meet hurdles along the way. Well, if this is your style, then you will never get anywhere. You need to learn how to overcome barriers along the way as this is how you will grow. You have to keep going even when giving up is the easier option, because this is the only way to set yourself apart. Learn from our world class athletes. They do not become great by waking up one day and winning. They start from the bottom and grow all the way to the top, through persistence.

  1. Be patient

Success is not a sprint. It is a marathon. It takes time, hard work, persistence and an endless desire to learn. So take your time and pay your dues, and then success will come.

  1. Have clear goals

have clear goals

You cannot achieve success if you do not know what you are really working towards. Set clear and achievable goals. Then, set milestones which will help you work towards your main goal. Celebrate these milestones but do not settle for less than you deserve. Having goals will help you work with a purpose, and this is how to achieve success.

  1. Have an open mind

have an open mind

Most people find the transition from school to work hard. While you were at the top of the food chain by the time you left school, entering the world of work takes you the bottom of the food chain. You suddenly find yourself struggling to find your way and you have to put the work all over again. You have to learn to motivate yourself because sometimes, the work may feel like it is too much and you have to find internal sources of strength to keep going.

  1. It helps to know what your passion is

know your passion

Talent will take you to the door but passion will get you around. Find what you are passionate about and work on it. Passion will carry you through the tough days when giving up is the easiest option. It will help you have a clear goal and more importantly, it will be hard to give up when you are working on your passion.

  1. Find the right mentor

find the right mentor

A mentor is a person who holds your hand along the journey. He or she will teach you what you need to know, correct you along the way and most importantly, help you set realistic goals. A mentor fosters a sense of accountability and you will always have someone to listen to you on the bad days, to cheer you on when you are on the right track, and celebrate you with every achievement.

  1. Build the right networks

build the right networks

Networks help you navigate your career much faster than if you were on your own. When you are starting out in your career, you need to build lasting networks which will be crucial in opening doors for you and knowing things in your fields.

Laying a career foundation does not happen in a day. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence, patience, taking calculated risks, and a lot of learning, because greatness requires inner toughness (G.R.I.T).

Safaricom Blaze

Njeri Karanja
Njeri is a reading and creative writing enthusiast who is neck-deep in research writing. She is well versed in researching and writing on various topics.


    • You’re welcome sally.
      Giving up should never be an option, regardless your situation, you should keep on trying. If its a job your searching, use our platform to access latest opportunities and in addition to this, expand your network and also use other channels to search these jobs. When you do this with time it will bear fruit. All the best and if you need further advice, feel free to write back to us.


    • Hi Vincent,
      Thank you for reading,
      The tips you have learned here, if you implement them, you will go along way.
      All the best!


  1. Very informative and inspiring article right there.

    Needed that kind of encouragement. Thank you,very much.

    • You’re welcome Gathu,
      We value your readership and support.
      Stay tuned for more inspiring articles.


  2. Hey!! That’s a great article Brighter Monday. Very educative, encouraging and motivating. Thumbs Up for that.

  3. good piece of advice to me..Ever since I finished college av never goten a job related to ma career(tourism) or even an internship..And I always thought I chose a wrong course. but with the advice I feel rejuvenated.

  4. Thank brighter Monday this information has been valuable and encouraging to me. I graduated in 2014 with bachelor degree in Economics and Statistics but a permanent deal has not come my way yet. I’m joining a postgraduate diploma in M and E in October 2017 to try back up my course

    • Hi Nixson
      Thanks for reading.
      We value your readership also and we wish you all the best.


  5. I graduated in 2015 as a kiswahili/history teacher but since then I’ve never gotten a school to teach even on B.O.M. have really encouraged me to keep going

    • Hi Cyprian

      We are glad that our article has revived new hope in you.

      We are just concerned, have you been looking for jobs you qualify for actively? 2 years is quite a long time to not have gotten a job.

      Could you please share your email address and the query to to help us check on your profile to advice you further. ^AN

    • Hi Basil,
      We are glad that this article has given you new hope to keep on going.

      Have you tried to look for internship jobs? Maybe if you try look for jobs for that level to help you acquire experience needed in the market. Please check out the great opportunities on our website and start applying. ^AN

  6. This piece is great, I graduated with bachelors of education arts but I have learned my passion lays elsewhere. All along I have been doing different things from what I learnt.. playing with figures and putting everything in the rightful place has been my passion

    • Hi Fred,
      Passion is vital but when coupled with the matching skills will help you go further in your career.
      In the end, you will need to acquire some form of training that will go hand in hand with your passion.

    • Hi Godson,
      Yes, success comes in stages. It does not come over night. We are glad you enjoyed reading the article.

  7. sometime we need a push to restart where you have stuck and may be to raise to the point where yuo have fallen from has cost that currently it had to regain ,at this point option aren’t in your fevouer,which advice will you optionise to this indivintual?

    • Hi Vincent,
      The best approach here will be for this individual to decide on the necessary steps needed to regain the former state. Then, once they have established their footing, then they can decide on where you need to improve and move on to the next step.

  8. Thanks to brighter Monday. Hope there is an opportunity for us who are doing there college at 27yrs.
    Pursuing a Diploma in ATD now on internship, sometimes I feel like it’s too late for me. Following this great piece that you’ve given. Thanks

    • Hi Abonyo,
      It’s never too late to make a better future for yourself.
      What we can advise you for now is to go for entry-level positions by creating an email job alert for internships and volunteer work.
      Click on the provided link to start:

    • Hi Kipruto,
      You are welcome. Make sure to catch up with more interesting articles we publish on weekly basis. ^AN

  9. Great pieces of advice.Such are the topics, unanswered and unexplained in our daily lives, when low self-esteems fail to elongate.Thank you and I wish to have a mentor like you.God bless you.

  10. Thanx Brighter Monday. I am changing my career a bit because I want to get out of my comfort zone. Schooling and working is very demanding but with this kind of advice I am more motivated.

    • Hey Eunice,
      We are glad to hear that you are motivated,
      We will keep on writing such great articles, so keep it here.

  11. This is really good piece to be taken seriously. Good things take time when there is consistency in working in what you want.

  12. Thank you so much for your great ideas. Your articles are real and very true. Every time i read them, i got a new strength to move on

  13. Thank you so much for your great ideas. Your articles are real and very true. Every time i read them, i get new strength to move on, and even get a solution to a pending challege in my life.

    • Hi Joseph,

      We are glad that our articles gives you strength and hope. Success comes in stages. Keep it here for more inspiring articles.

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