by Martin Oduor
At only a young age of 20 years, Fred Mwireri has already garnered years of experience working with a top bank in Kenya – the Co-operative bank.
Mwireri’s life took a different turn when he completed primary education, he scored 384 marks in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
Even though he passed in KCPE exam, Mwireri’s future looked bleak because he wasn’t sure whether he would join high school – he comes from a humble family that couldn’t afford paying his school fees. Fred is the only one who managed to go past class eight in their family.
Help came in form of Co-operative Bank Foundation which paid his school fees and also catered for his uniforms and books.
Co-op bank foundation was formed in 2007 to help Kenya’s bright underprivileged students pursue their education.
Co-Op bank foundation offers scholarships to students in secondary schools and universities; 60 bright needy students from 7 regions (formerly Kenya’s provinces) are selected each year. These students are offered scholarship to university level.
Fred Mwireri was among the lucky students picked by Co-op bank foundation to be sponsored, he joined Nkubu High School and pursued secondary education for four years with Co-op foundation paying his fees for the entire period.
Mwireri scored A- when he sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2013. Before he joined University, Co-op bank offered him a job at Co-op Nkubu branch. Mwireri garnered vital experience working at the bank at a quite a young age.
Fred finally joined Dedan Kimathi University of Technology to pursue a degree in Actuarial Science – discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions.
The knowledge that he gained from his study played a pivotal role for him to intern with Kingdom Securities Ltd – a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya which deals with stock trading at Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and also offers advisory services in relation to the same.
Fred will be completing his internship in a few months before he heads back to school to complete his degree. His future looks even brighter as he boasts of work experience that most students at his level are not privy to.
Fred, a Chris Brown fanatics (he knows all the song the American crooner has sung), looks forward to working with a top company once he graduates from University.
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