Educartis had the pleasure of speaking to Paullette Karicho, a BA in Electronic Media graduate from Daystar University. Paullette is currently self-employed and is pursuing her dream of seeing herself on TV someday. She shares great advice with students looking to be self-employed in the near future.
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in electronic media?
I studied Electronic Media at the university because I wanted to be on TV ever since I was little. Well, that’s a dream that I am still working towards. I was involved in theatre and music for a very long time. From a career’s perspective, I felt that this particular bachelor’s degree will help me gain all the knowledge to strongly pursue my dream.
What do you currently do? What is your favourite thing about being self-employed?
Recently, I am looking for a job but I do have a small side hustle to keep me going. To be honest, being self-employed is difficult. I have very early mornings which sometimes lead me to exhaustion and fatigue. But the most beautiful feeling is of fulfilment that I get, and of course, the appreciation I receive from my hard work. I love every bit of it.
How did your education prepare you for your current career? In your experience, which employability skills are the most important for students to gain during their studies?
You need to be extremely flexible, agile and aggressive. And, pursue every bit of desire in your being. In the end, you will be glad that you did it. If you can add another Major or Minor in your current degree, I advice you to please do. The outside world requires a little bit more than just a degree. So, if you can also get an internship while studying, then go grab the opportunity.
In my opinion, there’s no rush to finish your degree in time. I don’t know who said that a degree needs to be completed in 4 years time. I promise that you are not missing out on anything. Explore as much as you can when it comes to your career options.
What did you most enjoy about your student experience at Daystar University?
I enjoyed my time at Daystar University to the fullest. Apart from being a student, I was involved in extra curriculum activities such as hockey and acting (I was a part of the Daystar Theatre Talent Club). It was my best decision to study at Daystar University where I got to made lifelong friendships.
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What advice would you give to new students who want to be self-employed in the future?
JUST DO IT. If you know in your innermost being what you want to pursue, then don’t be afraid to be self-employed. I advise people to do what sets their very soul on fire. If it fails, it is not the worst thing that could happen to you. Dust yourself up and change course. All is well.
You can find Paullette on LinkedIn.
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