Microsoft Corporation has partnered with ACWICT to implement the EmployMentor. The project, which will be implemented over a period of one year aims at enabling young women in computer science/Information technology graduates from 10 public universities in Kenya to succeed in job placements and entrepreneurship endeavors via Skype mentorships and a week-long EmployMentor training to be held in November 2014. All the participants will receive interview preparation and soft skills trainings. On the final day, participants will showcase mobile apps developed during the week. In addition, guest speakers from selected fields of expertise in IT will be invited to share their experiences and industry expectations.

At the end of the training, 20 of the participants will be selected through a competitive mock interview and business case challenge. In addition, 20 participants (regardless of participation in Microsoft interview) will be paired with a mentor from the finance community at the Microsoft corporation for a 1:1 skype mentorship for a period of not less than 6 months while the remaining particiapnts will be assisted to secure job placements through ACWICT’s job placement program and Microsoft’s social impact activities in Kenya such as the Tuko Works youth employability & entrepreneurship portal, 4Afrika programs and the BizSpark community.

The hands on Financial Modelling training will help these aspiring entrepreneurs and information workers to simulate a ‘real world’ business pitch case and interviews. The participants will be prepared with soft skills such as building a credible and effective resume or website. The training will be held in two regions; in the broader Nairobi and Western regions.

Applicants must be fresh young women graduates/those in their final year in Information technology/ Business related disciplines from your universities who have demonstrated a passion for a career in business or technology. A good computer programming or business background will be an added advantage.