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Meet Rosemary And Lang'at, Two People Who Went Against All Odds To Pursue Their Dream Careers.

Rosemary sowing off her new skills, Lang'at in his graduation gown and The Director Mr. Kahoya talking to the press
Someone once said that working in a job that you hate makes the days go slowly, hence the need for everyone to always pursue their dreams and enjoy the process of doing what they love.

This was exactly the drive that landed Rosemary Wambui and Japheth Lang’at to Nyakio Plant Operator and Driving School in Thika Town.

All her life, the love and passion for working with big machines has been the dream job for Rosemary, a mother of four from Ng’araria, Kandara Division of Murang’a County.

Talking to Thika Town Today during the graduation ceremony of 24 graduates who had successfully undergone the course, she said that her heart had never been at peace with any job she previously had.

“Ever since I was a young girl, I had this urge to work with big machines. Every time a bulldozer passed or worked on our neighbourhood roads, I would spend the whole day admiring how these drivers operated them. I prayed to God to one day let me land in such a job. I thank God and Nyakio Plant Operator and Driving School that now my dream has come true,” she said.

Rosemary has worked in various fields and also tried her luck in business but her heart has never settled to any of those endeavours. Therefore, when she came to learn about this college, she convinced her husband to let her pursue her dream, a plea that he gracefully allowed her to go ahead with.

Rosemary now hopes to get a job and start on her new career. She also has plans to, in future, advance her driving skills via learning how to drive a trailer.

To her fellow women who still regard some jobs as exclusively meant for men only, she says, “What a man can do, a woman can perfect it. Watch this space!”

Lang’at’s story is quite a puzzle to many who know him. He is a university graduate and a trained teacher. Being the son of teacher and a retired Kenya Defence Force (KDF), the most ideal thing for his parents and the society was to pursue a career that guaranteed him a white-collar job.

His parents saw him through school to a point where he graduated as a secondary teacher. He was posted to a girls’ school in his rural Bomet County where he taught for three years.

But as fate would have it, he kept feeling that he was in the wrong profession and always sought ways to shift to his dream job, a plant operator. The education system in the country where learners were taught to depend on theoretic approach to life’s challenges was one big huddle that kept bagging him in the profession to a point of hating his job even more.

“As a nursery school boy, I used to sneak away from my mom’s watch and hide to admire bulldozers, excavators and graders that were in a construction works near our home. I got so worked up in this dream that I found myself drawing these machines every time I had the chance. I made up my mind that this was my destiny,” said Lang’at.

“A few months ago we had a very intensive discussion with my parents who, after noticing my resolve, agreed to let me join this college. I am very glad today that I finally have an opportunity to pursue my dream career. Kipendacho moyo ni dawa. Na mimi sasa keshapata dawa yangu (What the heart desires is medicine to itself. And right now I have gotten my cure),” he concluded.

The director and proprietor of the institution Mr. Daniel Munene Kahoya encouraged more young men and women to join such institutions saying that qualified plant operators were in short supply in the country. He added that this was the reason that whenever foreign contractors came to the country to construct roads, majority of these machines were operated by the foreigners.

“Our youth should be trained in this kind of skills. Plant operators are a very lucrative venture and it pays even better than white collar jobs. Education is about liberating one’s mind and that is what we do here at Nyakio,” he said.

Kahoya equated his institution to a rehab centre where he used it to rescue youth from all over the country from the yoke of alcohol and drug abuse. For this reason, he appealed to the government to come on board and assist poor but talented youth in the villages with bursaries.

“What I charge here as fees is quite little, just a small amount to maintain these machines and feed the students. What I am doing is very consistent with the government’s Vision 2030 by cultivating in the innovativeness of the youth.  I would request them to assist some of these young men and women with bursaries,” he added.

To the youth out there wallowing in misery, Kahoya had this to say, “Dreams make one take chances but it is those chances that bring more opportunities. The greatest mistake one can make is to continually fear to make one. Accomplishing your dreams only sparks even bigger dreams. These graduates here are an inspiration to a lot of youth and women out there who wait for other people define them with what they tell them. Take the first step now and come and try us.”

“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you will run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way round them and stay focused on your dream. Where there is a will there is a way,” he concluded.

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