In teaching, one has to make a right decision on the kind of subject combination to go for.
In kenya teachers may find themselves in hard situations whereby they stay out for along time after graduation without being absorbed by TSC (Teacher service commission).
Despite of other group staying for long time without TSC job, there are those who get employed by TSC immediately after graduating.
Most of those who stay for long without employed by TSC say is due to ‘bad luck’ to them whereas others get employed immediately. This is not the case but this is determined by a variety of factors.
The factors include ;
a) the type of subject combination one has.
b) how long the teacher has stayed without being employed after graduating.
c) the willingness one has to work in any part of the country.
1. HOME SCIENCE with any subject other subject
This is a very good subject together with any other subject like Biology. It is very marketable and the goodness is that you can enroll to take without having done Home science at high school. The requirement is C+ and above in Biology.
2. BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY
It is also among the most marketable subject combination one needs to consider.
During TSC employment, a teacher who has this combination is likely to be permanently without even staying at home for a long time.
3. AGRICULTURE AND BIOLOGY
This is a type of combination that most people term it as ‘hot cake’. Having this combination there is a increased probability to be employed permanently with TSC at any time after graduation.
Agricultural skills are not only important only for TSC purpose but also in managing some farming projects in schools which will generate some income for a living.
4.PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY
If you need to be employed by TSC immediately after graduation, then this is the one of the best marketable subject combination one need to enroll to.
It is highly marketable because fewer students enroll and it only requires a C+ and above in both the two subjects.
5. COMPUTER STUDIES with any other subject
To avoid a lot of tamacking, one should enroll for computer studies at the University. This combination is highly marketable and one is likely to be employed after completion since less number students enroll for it.
On addition the computer skill acquired enables one to earn a living by doing the KRA Returns filling, TPAD filling and even NEMIS.
To add on the above five subject combinations, there are also a number of subjects that are marketable. They include ; music, Arts and Design, Drawing and Design, Metal works, Woodwork, Mechanics, Electricity and alao Building and Construction.
In situation where one is unable to take all the above subjects combination one should consider having a combination of Business and Geography or mathematics and physics which are also very marketable.
To avoid long stays at home after graduation, there are subjects one needs avoid completely, This is because they have many teachers with same combination who are yet to be employed by TSC. They include, English and Literature, Kiswahili and Geography, Kiswahili and History, kiswahili and CRE, Maths and Business studies, History and CRE.