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When General Electric Came Calling

The annual General Electric career day 2013 was greatly anticipated as Strathmore University played host to the “GE experience”. Organised by Strathmore Career Development Services, the day was held on Friday 13th September 2013.


Thomas Konditi, GE Africa, Chief Financial Officer set the tone of the day by delivering a cogent discourse on the role of GE in Africa’s economic development together with offering promising careers for students aspiring to share in the Africa success story in line with General Electric’s leadership philosophy, ‘We all rise’. This session stood out given his emphasis on unlocking the leadership potential in students.


Thereafter students were afforded the rare opportunity to have one-to-one networking sessions with the GE executives with an aim of gaining career insights and advice. At the same time, other students were in sessions with specific business unit leaders offering knowledge pertaining to their areas of expertise. My area of interest was Sales and project finance. Enter the affable Willy Ireri, Sales and Project Finance leader whose clarion call was for creative financial solutions in financing Africa’s infrastructure needs.


The students were treated to a “business lunch” where they interacted up-close with GE executives for unforgettable life lessons. The lively afternoon question and answer session focusing on the work experiences of GE executives, was of great inspiration, it showed the passion and love for their jobs.


A little jot back to reality came in the form of a brain teaser to sum up the learning experiences for the day. Students in attendance would agree with me that we could make the “GE experience” a quarterly event if only for the branded practical merchandise participants were awarded. General Electric by all means would top the list of preferred organizations to work for. Overall, it was a memorable occasion that I am sure will serve the students in good stead.