DOLE, Peso offer career coaching on high school students

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


THE Department of Labor and Employment-Northern Mindanao (Dole-10) with its new program Career Guidance Counseling (CGC) is offering advises to high school students from different schools and universities in the region on which courses to pursue that are in demand in the market.

Last year, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that unemployment rate remains unchanged at a little over seven percent.

Mismatch

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Dole said job mismatch is one of the reasons why the country’s unemployment rate has remained unchanged.

“The CGC is a program that will definitely help. When students graduate, they should really land a job. This is what DOLE wants, to eradicate the [mismatch from] happening,” said Rodrigo Deloso, DOLE-10 regional director II.

According to Dole, when a fourth-year high school student is a few months away from graduating, the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of the city government conducts an orientation on what the market demands today from the schools and universities around the city.

“We give the graduating students guidance on what to choose, what they are going to pursue in college. If they are to pursue what they want and it does not meet the demands in the market, we warn them ahead. But we always suggest what the demands of the employers are,” Deloso said.

Most of the jobs that are in demand in the market today are call center agents, cashiers, machine operators, management trainers, marketing representatives, sales clerks, sales executives, service crew, supervisor (different fields), fitters, mechanics and electricians.

‘With experience’

All fresh graduates have a common dilemma – companies usually hire applicants who have experience.

Sherry Sison is 16 years old and a fresh graduate.

Sison said she wants to pursue International Studies at Xavier University but is anxious on what job she will land after college.

“I seriously don’t know what to take in college because I am pretty scared of what work I would have right after. I like International Studies but I don’t think in a country like the Philippines, such course could lead me to a good job,” she said.

But Peso is looking into the concerns of students and applicants like that of Sison’s.

“For college graduates who happened to have a mismatch, we cannot do anything na eh. So what we basically do is to look for companies which do not require much of an experience,” said Rey Tagotongan, head of the Community Affairs Office of Peso.

“We like to find them jobs. That’s what we do. Even if the market does not meet their line of degree, we try to see employers or companies that can hire them. ‘Yun nga lang, we can’t assure them that it will be as immediate as they want,” he added.

Tagotongan urged new applicants to be not picky on the jobs available today. “As long it’s decent and pays you well, and then you go for it. At least it adds up to your credentials too.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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