Grad we wait

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By Nef Luczon


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TODAY, thousands of new students of Mindanao University of Science and Technology will again be brought back to society as they march toward the stage and be proclaimed as “graduates.”

This holds true to thousands more who was able to finish college across the country that is currently conducting their commencement exercises.

Studious, diligent students may only take it four to five years, while those quite “adventurers” and those who had a shoe-string budget yet struggling to the finish, may have taken more than that. Yet in the end, it’s about that college degree and how you will utilize it for your own advantage in the jungles of money-making and surviving financial chaos.


A typical graduate would immediately search for new jobs that are fitted to his or her chosen degree, some would take chances to unknown places for a kick-start. In Cagayan de Oro, most would prefer going to Cebu or Manila – adding the congested population there – but why not? Most of the jobs and careers are there and there are a lot of openings.

Some would try their luck in Business Process Outsourcing companies, commonly called as “Call Centers,” but those gifted with English fluency and accent often get the seats, unless one would train first before re-applying.

The “rite of passage” to the new graduates every year, this has become. Gladly, there are those lucky to be able to get a job with good-paying salary, but there are also those who landed on jobs but were underpaid – media work, especially in the regional scope, is one of them.

And sometimes, there are those who did not find any jobs since, either they have gone tired of applying or a personal choice not to. Those graduates who take unusual paths other than the generic can end up in sad endings, or a surprise success.

Most of us would think that those who are not employed are having difficulties in their day-to-day purchases of basic commodities. Perhaps it’s true, but some may have taken the path on starting up their own small entrepreneurial endeavors. Why become the employee when you can be the owner, right?

In the end it’s all about “diskarte,” or wise decision-making and having brilliant initiatives in leveling with careers and the fast-pace society that we have become. But I would suggest to the new graduates that if they have ample time, try to visit the rural areas where farms plow and to the seaside communities where people fish for a living.

Look and appreciate the provincial simplicity of the country and observe if why our farmers and and fisherfolks still earn not so much unlike in their counterparts in other countries.

Through that, should we go back in applying for careers again, you can better appreciate your parents’ efforts to let you finish school just to give you a better future, and the possibility of valuing the rice and fish we eat over our tables since our country remain to be agricultural in nature.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 02, 2014.


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