This is the common question fresh graduates frequently asked to their selves. But the bigger question is do our schools or universities produce graduates that meet the industry's demand?
Data obtained from the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), in its 2015 regional updates for the "Jobfit Dole 2020 Vision," universities or colleges in Davao Region are actually producing graduates who can fill the society's job blanks.
We summed up all the in-demand jobs from all industries in the region, from wholesale and retail, hotel, restaurant and tourism, banking and finance, construction, cyberservice, transport and logistics, ownership dwellings and real estate industry, manufacturing, health and wellness, agri-business and business process outsourcing (BPO).
So far, given the qualifications specified for the in-demand jobs, schools and universities in the region got it covered. The following are the list of what the real world are looking for, the most:
*Sales Clerk/Sales Associate/Sales Representative (college level of any course)
* Front Office/Receptionist (BS Hotel Restaurant Management& BS Tourism)
* Teller (graduate of any business course)
* Fabricators (High school grad w/ specialized trainings)
*Animator (BS IT specialized in animation, BS in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for trainings, National Certificate (NC) holder)
* Operations staff (graduate of any business course)
*Agents/Marketers (preferably college graduate, undergo training of real estate, w/ good communication skills)
*Graphic Artist/Designer (High school grad or any course or college level w/ specialized training, Tesda-NC III on Visual Graphics Design, TESDA-NC III on Game Art Design )
*Finance staff (BS Accounting, certified public accountant)
*Nurses (registered nurse, fast turn-over, only 2 years in the establishment, for overseas employment)
*Agronomist/ Agriculturist (BS Agriculture)
* Call Center Agents (graduate of any courses, 18-years-old above, other accounts cater high school grad with good communication skills and w/ background on customer service and)
It is also important to note that employment landscape in Davao Region improved as reflected by last year’s data which increased by 1.3 percent to 1.993 million (95.5 percent) employed individuals in 2016 from 1.924 million (94.2 percent) in 2015.
National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Davao Regional Director Maria Lourdes Lim said earlier that the increase can be attributed to the growing market confidence here fueling jobs last year.
“This kept the labor statistics near the 2016 employment target,” Lim said, adding that the Davao Region employment target for 2016 was at 95.9 percent.
However, the region had exceeded the national average employment rate at 94.5 percent. Neda also bared that the underemployment rate posted a decline of 2.3 percent to 16.7 percent from last 2015’s 19 percent.
Lim said Dole prioritizes programs that strengthen the linkage between the academe and the industries to align the curricula with the demand of Davao region’s industry to further lower underemployment here.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 20, 2017.
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