As preparation for graduating students as they are soon to enter the professional world, Fernandez College of Arts and Technology conducted the Pre-Employment and Professional Development Seminar: Transform and Build a Better Career on March 01, 2018. This seminar is an annual event organized by FCAT’s Junior People Management Association of the Philippines in coordination with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Baliwag. This aims to disseminate information about labor education, illegal recuitment and trafficking in persons, tips in writing a comprehensive resume and how to ace an interview.
The seminar was well attended by graduating students from different courses: Education, Business Management, Accountancy, Computer Science and students from Senior High School.
Ms. Maria Wilma Ubaldo – Assistant Vice President for Academics and concurrent Registrar and HR Committee, welcomed the students and resource speakers. She formally opened the program by giving her opening remarks. “Maswerte tayo dahil hands-on at laging nandito ang PESO Baliwag para suportahan tayo at makatulong sa paghahanap ng trabaho.” – she added.
Ms. Jennelyn Marcelo – OIC PESO Manager introduced the PESO services. According to her, there are programs that would help students with their job application such as Local and Special Recruitment Activities, additional training and certificates from TESDA, Special Programs for Employments of Students (SPES), and Government Internship Program (GIP) She invited the graduating students to apply as interns under the GIP program if the are interested to gain additional experience with public service.
Mr. Lauro Cruz – Senior LEO, started his discussion for Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS) urging the attendees to follow career planning framework from self – exploration up to the right job searching and strategies, he also mention different ways on where to look for available jobs such as thru internet, job fairs, and local department like
PESO. LEGS aims to prepare the students in the world of work and help graduating students become familiar with services on employment facilitation, workers protection and security coverage for the employees.
Mr. Villanueva started his Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons Seminar by asking “Why Filipinos are interested to work abroad?” According to him, factors such as “finding difficulty looking for a job” and “not enough income” are some of the reasons why they decide to work overseas. He also discuseed the legal documents needed such as visa, tests, and clearances. Lastly, he mentioned key factors to determine or identify illegal agencies, false visa promises, emmployment contracts, fees and payment, and with government office such as POEA.
Mr. Glenn Paul Cruz –Youth Development Officer II, PYSPESO, talked about why this kind of seminar would be beneficial for graduating students as they would also be first time applicants. He shared his tips on how to create a powerful resume and information that must be included. According to him, employers would only have “10 – 15” seconds to screen an applicant’s resume. In addition, he also encouraged the students to do some research about the company they would be applying for. Mr. Villanueva also told that job interview is considered as a very challenging task by most of the job seekers. Job interview needs preparation and presence of mind as it is a key factor from which companies decide in choosing the right person for the job.
Here are some of the interviews from the students who attended the seminar:
“This seminar is a good opportunity for us, binibigyan nila kami ng idea kung paano ‘yung tamang way kung paano ang tamang pagsagot sa interview at tamang paggawa ng resume.” – Melody Dela Merced from BS in Computer Science.
“I learned how to create a proper documentation like resume and how to communicate to others and also to the interviewers and how am I going to be presentable. It can help (seminar) many students and to those people who want a job, it can help to be more confident.” – Arwin Cruz from BS Business Administration.
“This is a good opportunity for us because the PESO Baliwag told us all the programs you’ve been doing to help new workers or newly graduated students find job and this is actually a good program that we are truly supporting because I have been the President of JPMAP also and we have always supported ever since and we wanna say thank you on behalf of Fernandez College.” – Kyle Duway from BS Accountancy.
Truly, Municipality of Baliwag and PESO would continually support this annual event of FCAT as it lays the foundation for graduating students in their preparation as they enter the professional world. PESO Baliwag extends its gratitude to the administration of FCAT and the organizer of the event, JPMAP under the supervision of Ms. Maria Agnes Abiso-Gomez, Head, Student Affairs Office. To the graduating students, All the Best!