DOLE conducts Career Guidance and Employment Coaching

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An April 4, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through its Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) has begun conducting career guidance and employment coaching in 16 regions, with an expected 249,853 college and high school students nationwide as main audiences and beneficiaries.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced that the career guidance and employment coaching activities will be facilitated by the BLE and DOLE regional offices in 789 venues nationwide, most of them colleges and high schools, in cooperation with public employment service offices (PESOs) and school-based guidance counselor (GC) networks.
“The activities, which will be in the form of seminars are meant to inform students on key labor market information, including jobs that are in demand and which will be in demand in the next 10 years,” Baldoz said, as she urged students to plan their future career based on these jobs by attending the seminars.
She said that students should decide their career choices on the basis of what the labor market needs and not on what is popular, to enable them to land jobs after graduation.
“This will address the problem on mismatch,” she said, adding that students and parents can look for a list of in-demand jobs at the Project JobsFit which is accessible at www.dole.gov.ph.
Baldoz emphasized that career guidance, and employment coaching comprises a key pillar of the DOLE’s employment facilitation function, which aims to realize the overarching goal of President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to strengthen the employability and the opportunities of the Filipino human resource.
The labor and employment chief said that the DOLE, in active collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and school-based PESOs, and the nationwide guidance counselor network as well school-based PESOs, is embarking on a continuing career guidance drive for students nationwide.
Director Maria Criselda R. Sy of the Bureau of Local Employment has reported that 1,700 PESOs, hand-in-hand with the school-based GC network, had already conducted career guidance seminars and disseminated relevant labor market information to thousands of students in secondary, tertiary, and tech-voc schools nationwide in the first quarter this year.
“These seminars have been conducted making use of the BLE’s new Career Guide for High School Students, as well as the Employment Guide for College Students and Jobseekers,” said Sy.
“During the seminars, we have disseminated key labor market information to participants, including the DOLE’s Project JobsFit and its data on in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the key employment generators in industries to provide students with well-informed and intelligent skills paths and choices of careers,” she added.
Director Sy thanked the hundreds of colleges, high schools and tech-voc institutions that signified their participation in the seminars, even as she bared the future seminar venues as follows: National Capital Region (NCR)—Abad Santos High School, Magsaysay High School, and various Las PiƱas high schools; Region 1 (Ilocos)—Divine Word College of Laoag, Carasi National High School, Northwestern University, Northern Philippines College of Maritime Science and Technology, DMMMSU, Golden Western College; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley)—St. Vincent Institute, Academy of St. Joseph, Sanchez Mira National High School, Vicente Trinidad High School, Our Lady of Fatima school, Quirino General High School, Reina Mercedes Vocational and Industrial School, St. Dominique Montessori School, Our Lady of Pillars High School, STI College;Region 3 (Central Luzon)—Tarlac State University, Tarlac College of Agriculture, Gen. De Jesus Memorial College, Wesleyan University in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, Palayan City Institute of Technology, Core Gateway College, Aurora National High School, Eliseo C. Ronquillo, Sr. Memorial NHS, Mount Carmel College, Rodrigo Palmero Memorial NHS, St. Peter Varona Parochial School, Bulacan State University, Baliuag University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-Pulilan, CEU-Malolos; Region 5 (Bicol)—Camarines Norte State College, St. John the Apostle College, Mabini Colleges, Naga College Foundation, Albay High School, Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation, Dominican School of PIlar, Mayon National HS, Daraga High School; Region 6 (Western Visayas)—La Castellana National High School, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Iloilo Doctors College, various high schools in Guimaras, Fellowship Baptists College, Manapla National High School, University of San Agustin, St. Roch Academy; Region 8 (Eastern Visayas)—Macrohon Institute, Sta. Cruz National High School, Hinundayan Catholic Institute, Naval State University, Basey NHS;  Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula)—Universidad de Zamboanga, Marcelo Spinola High School, Claret College of Isabela;Region 10 (Northern Mindanao)—Capitol University, Tagaloan Community College, Liberty Christian School, Looc National High School, St. Mary’s Academy of Talisayan, Sugbongcogon National High School, El Salvador College, Medina National HS; and Region 11 (Davao Region)—STI Digos City, Assumption College of Nabunturan.
The BLE chief said that of the expected 249,583 participants, 39,000 will come from Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN); 34,967 from Region 3 (Central Luzon); 29,550 from Region 11 (Davao Region); 19,485 Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); 18,170 from Region 5 (Bicol); and 15,696 from Region 7 (Central Visayas).
In addition to the career guidance and employment counseling, Sy said training, advocacies and other pertinent activities being facilitated by the DOLE regional offices in the 16 regions, such as career coaching and labor education for graduating students, PESO and guidance counselors training, conduct of quarterly GC meetings and stakeholder conferences, labor market orientations, social dialogues, world of work fairs and campus tours, PESO caravans and year-round job fairs, evaluations and assessments, shall also be conducted to complement the drive.