Career guidance modules for graduating high school, college students drafted in Ilocos

July 25, 2010 12:22 am 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 24 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 has drafted career guidance modules for all graduating high school and college students to address the perennial problem on job mismatch often causing unemployment.

DOLE Region 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena said that providing early guidance, starting with graduating high school students, is one of the current thrusts of his office to enhance the graduates' employability for them not to end up merely as “discouraged workers.”

He explained that the term “discouraged workers” refers to the new classification of workers defined as jobless people available for work, but is not actively seeking employment.

According to Jalbuena, separate modules for each level entitled “Career Coaching Program for Secondary Students” and “Career and Employment Counseling for Graduating College Students" were drafted.

The “Career Coaching Program for Secondary Students” is a proposed module for secondary students that will basically contain an introduction stating the objectives and legal basis of the Career and Employment Coaching (CEC); factors to consider in choosing a career course such as abilities, interests, personality, family expectations, financial capability and health conditions; labor market information from different data sources; and a conclusion containing inspirational passages.

The “Career and Employment Counseling” has topics but not limited to stages of employment, productivity and the rights of workers. This module will guide the graduating students from the taxing job seeking stage through employment where they are expected to be productive and competent.

Jalbuena said that efforts are being made to ensure that labor market information will be easily accessible to students, new entrants to the labor market, or jobseekers down to the grassroots.

“So after the harmonized CEC modules are finalized, the Regional Network of Career and Employment Coachers (RNCECs) will train a pool of career and employment coachers, who will be the designated focal persons of the member agencies, and the PESO (Public Employment Service Offices),” Jalbuena added.

“We are looking at the PESOs as the crucial link to the local government units. The harmonized CEC will be made an integral part of their employment facilitation function to enable all students make effective career choices,” he also said.

The two career guidance modules were conceptualized following a series of consultations called by the DOLE Region 1 attended by the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWP) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Alongside these efforts, the DOLE, CHED, RTWPB, Department of Trade and Industry and the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines are conducting Employability and Productivity Enhancement seminars for all graduating tertiary students.

Last year, the seminar benefited 34 higher educational institutions, with 4,967 graduating students. (PNA)

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