It is the graduation season. And while students are probably thrilled about the thought of graduating from high school or college, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 has stepped up efforts to help them either pursue the right post-secondary course or land in job successfully.
Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the agency’s six field offices have already spearheaded the conduct of Career Guidance Advocacy Program or CGAP activities in 60 secondary and tertiary/voc-tech schools covering 10,078 students starting January this year.
The CGAP includes various modules such as career and employment coaching, labor market information, Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons, Labor Education and Employment Services.
He said career and employment coaching services are given to graduating high school students to inform them about the most in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the region and across the country, as well as the factors to consider in deciding which course to take after graduation.
Employment coaching, on the other hand, is provided to graduating college or voc-tech students to ensure that they possess the right knowledge, attitude and values that will facilitate their employment and help them achieve a fruitful career in the future, he told.
“Career guidance essentially aims to shape the minds of secondary students according to our available labor market information, and to wean them away from following the temporary trends,” the Regional Director said.
More career advocacy activities are scheduled from last week of March up to October. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez