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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DOLE spearheads career guidance engagements for studes in Albay

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial office here spearheaded a “Career Guidance” Seminar for graduating high school students from different parts of Albay province with the goal of improving the professional capacity of the Bicolano youth.

According to DOLE Albay officer in charge Ma. Ella E. Verano, a total of 1,460 high school students were given career guidance sessions about the professional path they should consider and about ‘jobs mismatch’.

The seminar focused on the theme “Our Skills and Passion Today; Our Career Tomorrow”.

Verano noted that Albay is considered as Bicol region’s “key province”, being home to the government’s regional offices and major universities and production facilities.

The province also serves as a human resource hub for Metro Manila and Laguna-based companies as Albay often host the region’s biggest job fairs.

Albay’s promising human resource potential is the reason why the labor department invested great effort giving career guidance for students in the province.

Verano further explained that our youth must be advised properly, not only in order to avoid having their time wasted by “shifting” college courses, but also to have them choose a proper professional course that will still be available in the future.

"Career Guidance programs are the solution to the long-time problem of ‘job mismatch’ especially for the province of Albay, being only second from Camarines Sur in terms of number of high graduates," she said.

The Career Guidance engagements have since commenced on the first week of October  participated in by students and parents from 10 secondary schools in Albay.

“Not only students, but parents were also invited to attend the the Career Guidance seminar, in order for parents to know the effect of pressuring their children in choosing a specific college course. That is the kind of mind set we need to change,” said Verano.

Verano explained that, aside from ENDO (end of contract) issue, it is also the focus of DOLE to provide assistance to high school graduates when it comes to choosing a college course so that they would be able to become productive professionals at the soonest possible time.

“Of course we want our high school graduates to finish college and have proper jobs. But how are they suppose to work if jobs available are not suitable to their respective education, whether locally or abroad?” said DOLE-Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla during a media conference. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

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