Kigali, 26 July 2023 – In a recent career talk held at Kepler Kiziba Campus, students gained valuable insights from Nathalie Munyampenda, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Kepler. Through her personal journey and advice, she shed light on the path to success, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, an open mind, and integrity, the key tools in the path to success.
The Kepler Kiziba Campus, established in 2015 in Kiziba Refugee Camp in Western Rwanda, in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University in the US, accommodates 158 refugee learners, emphasizing Kepler’s commitment to providing quality education to those forcibly displaced from their homes.
The Question and Answer (Q&A) session began with questions about the CEO’s career path and the decisions she made along the way.
One of the key aspects addressed by Nathalie was the detrimental effects of the common misconception that success means life without financial challenges.“Each individual’s journey is distinct, and true success lies in embracing one’s unique path. Instead of being disheartened by the achievements of others, focus on your own growth and development,” she advised.
She emphasized the need to define clear objectives, as having concrete goals helps students remain focused and motivated throughout their career pursuits.
The CEO highlighted the inevitability of discomfort in various stages of life, particularly during job searches and transitions. She encouraged students to view discomfort as a normal part of their journey, as obstacles are part of the reality of career growth and advancement.
Moreover, she advised students not to be rigid in their career choices. Nathalie stressed that the primary focus should be on entering the job market and gaining valuable experience. She urged them not to limit themselves to a specific field, saying, “The path to your dream does not have to be just one way.”
In a world driven by ever-changing dynamics, Nathalie stressed the enduring value of integrity in the professional field. She highlighted the significance of honesty, ethics, and integrity in building trust, fostering meaningful relationships, and establishing a reputation that lasts.“Integrity is the long lasting currency. If you do not have it, you will go and rise but the downfall will be big,” she pointed out.
During the Q&A session, Patient Buhendwa, a student of Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with a Concentration in Logistics and Operations, asked about the best time to choose a career. Nathalie shared her own experience, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and adaptation. She advised students to choose a career path based on their passions and interests while being open to opportunities that may lead them to unexpected places.
Benjamin Dukuze, in year one, asked about achieving long-term goals with limited objectives. Nathalie advised that focusing on a few clear objectives can be beneficial, as it helps maintain focus and prioritize tasks. She emphasized the importance of perseverance and staying true to one’s vision.
The career talk at Kiziba Campus significantly inspired students to pursue their individual success journeys. Encouraging goal-setting, accountability, positivity, hard work, and integrity provided students with the necessary tools to steer through the complex career landscape. Fueled by determination, resilience, and a commitment to lifelong learning, students are ready to shape their futures and contribute meaningfully to their chosen professions.
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