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DOLE-RO I coaches science and technology scholars on job hunting strategies

 

Joint teams from the regional and two field offices of the DOLE-RO I coached 181 graduating scholars in an effort to effectively prepare the latter for employment.

In separate venues on February 20 and 26, teams from the Western Pangasinan and La Union field offices, together with the Regional Employment Program focal person, tackled job hunting strategies and employment generation with DOST-Science Education Institute scholars. Among the topics discussed were labor market information that include key employment generators, emerging jobs, factors influencing school-to-work transition, behavioural and functional skills hirers look for in fresh graduates; General Labor Standards and other rights of workers; life skills and employment guide. 

The talks are part of the DOLE’s Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) that aims to promote employment among fresh graduates by shortening their transition from school to work.

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said that the CGAP is a strategy that aims to lick the persistent problems of unemployment and underemployment which Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III wants to address under his Eight-point Labor and Employment Agenda.

“The DOLE recognizes that the causes of unemployment and underemployment are still inadequate employment opportunities, job-skill mismatches and limited access to labor market information,” Director Lacambra said.

Through career coaching, graduating students are guided in making career choices that are compatible with their interests, values and abilities, the Regional Director told.

To complete the learning experience of the DOST scholars, selected participants were made to go through simulated job interviews.  It was a way to let the participants test their communication skills and confidence during the interview.

As presented during the events, the key employment generators are IT-BPM; agribusiness; wholesale and retail trade; banking and finance; transport and logistics; hotel, restaurant and tourism; manufacturing; education; construction; health and wellness; renewable energy; shipbuilding and ship repair.

On the other hand, emerging jobs include business process analyst; data scientist; design engineer; electronic mail and chat support agent; evisceration processor; genomicist; hair transplant technician; mobile application developer; nano technologist; order tracker/coordinator; search engine optimization analyst; social media analyst and transport network vehicle service (TNVS) driver.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with reports from Marcos Dave Sanchez, DOLE-WPFO and Fredderick Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO

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2019-03-13
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