On-the-job training

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By Shirley Maghari

Gaining Momentum

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NOTHING immerses a student into the real environment of a workplace better than an on-the-job training (OJT) program.

Colleges and universities recognize the importance of providing a venue for the actual implementation of all the theories learned by the students in their previous years of studies.

According to www.jobopenings.ph, OJT is very important and should not be taken for granted, because:


*Aside from the high evaluation grade that you will receive from the employer, the employer may absorb or offer you a job after graduation.

*Your background OJT experience is very important when applying for a job. Employers often asked about the OJT experience and how it is related to the job that you are applying for.

*Your OJT experience can land you a great job. In media-related jobs, most employers often ask and require an OJT experience from a media company.

*Your superior in the company that you are working for as an OJT may recommend you to the company affiliates or to other company that he/she knows.

*OJT will be your training ground. If you still have no idea on what it is meant to be a worker, OJT will give you at least 10 percent of career realities.

*The company that you are currently applying in often makes a background check to successful applicants. If you have included your OJT adviser or employer in your character references, the company may contact them to ask information about your skills and knowledge as their student or intern.

*You can consider your OJT experience as your guide on your first days at work, especially if your OJT and current work are related. You can use your experience and observation as an OJT to your current job if you still have issues on adjustments

Successful industry players have also discovered the great advantage of being involved in the OJT programs of schools as it provides them with the possibility of discovering a highly employable graduate, and on another perspective, the behaviors and preferences of the new generation or an emerging market.

A lot of OJT programs have evolved through the years, involving more and more activities that provide a distinct link between the students and the work environment.

Many have opened doors for students to take their OJT not just in the industry their courses are related in, but also in places they could not reach on their own.

OJT programs now cross geographical borders, providing students with opportunities for more competitiveness by being exposed to different cultures and thereby absorbing more inputs they can apply at work later on.

Some OJT programs can even make students start earning their own money even while still in school. According to Ms. Nelia Nemenzo, Manulife Phoenix Diamond branch head and proponent of the “Earn and Learn Internship Program,” business students can now be provided with an option to earn not just in terms of salary but through many other income opportunities provided by industries like the financial management business.

In her program, a student who goes through the initial screening process would have the opportunity to be a licensed life insurance agent and a variable life insurance agent even before they graduate.

In fact, she related that a number of those involved in the program have decided to join the company as they have seen a long-term lucrative career in it.

From the interns’ feedback, the program has provided them with a clear picture of how one must survive in a business environment. They have learned to be strong and resilient in the midst of a very competitive atmosphere. They have learned the virtue of humility, determination, and hard work, knowing that that despite the natural event of rejections, one must soldier on in order to be successful in any endeavor.

More than the monetary benefit these students got, these life lessons imprinted on the participants of the program, is what is making Ms. Nemenzo the proudest.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 16, 2014.


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