After five years in the cleaning industry, Francis Okethwengu of Uganda left his job and returned to school in hopes of improving his family’s standard of living.
Venturing Down a New Career Path
Opportunities for career advancement seemed limited for 37-year-old Francis Okethwengu, who had only attained a high-school level of education in Uganda. Although his ambition and drive to succeed had secured Okethwengu the position of operations manager at Jefkee General Cleaners, after five years in the cleaning industry he felt unfulfilled.
One day, while Okethwengu was cleaning the grounds at Uganda Martyrs University, he learned about the Cisco Networking Academy program. He decided to enroll in the Cisco CCNA course, despite the risks involved and the reservations of close acquaintances. By switching careers and gaining new skills, Okethwengu hoped to build a better life for his wife and five children, while supporting the development of the local ICT industry.
Despite the unfamiliar subject matter, Okethwengu excelled in his first semester of CCNA. The flexible course schedule allowed him to work on a construction project near the university to help pay for his courses and provide support for his family.
A Bright Future
Okethwengu encourages others to enroll in the program and realize their potential. He found the hands-on lab exercises and online curriculum to be challenging, yet straightforward. "I particularly enjoyed the networking basics and routing principles,” says Okethwengu. “It was a bit tough, but when I grasped the concepts, I found it manageable.”
There are many opportunities ahead for Okethwengu to improve his life and the lives of others with the skills he gained through Networking Academy.