Inspiring new graduates

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THE month of March is the most exciting moment for all students, from elementary, secondary, technical-vocational, to college, as thousands are again walking down the graduation aisles.

That they are able to successfully surpass the challenges in their studies, it gives them the bragging rights to finally land a job that fits their interests.

As many would say, graduation is not the end but the beginning of their journey towards success.


As an invited guest speaker of Arlyn Academy of Beauty Inc. commencement exercises last March 13, 2014, I took the opportunity to inspire the graduates to use their skills that they learned and honed from the academy so that they will succeed in life.

In Sun.Star's behalf, I expressed our gratitude to ALB Academy for partnering with us for two consecutive Libreng Gupitan sa Barangay during the 13th and 14th Sun.Star Davao Superbalita's founding anniversary, respectively.

As a tech-voc graduate myself, I shared to them the experiences that I had been through before taking up my four-year course in college back in 1995. Being in the same exact situation years ago, I told them a little bit about my background as I wanted them to make their courses -- Hair Dressing and Cosmetics -- as a stepping stone to get higher degree courses should they want to pursue any through the Ladderized Education of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda).

According to statistics, many of our Tech-Voc graduates are reaping good life from working abroad for qualifying the skills requirement, while some of the college graduates are having a hard time in finding jobs.

In other words, some of our college graduates are part of nearly three million Filipinos who are now unemployed after the unemployment rate has increased in January this year, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO) survey.

Because of this, many college graduates are now enrolling in Tech-Voc courses, for instance, welding and butchering so that they can also land better jobs abroad.

Gracing the event was no less than Tesda provincial director Engr. Nestor Tabada, who has also seen the potentials of graduates of vocational courses.

"Individuality is the key to success," so said Robert Purvis.

Inspiring people can be done by anyone of us not just by writing stories. This is how we carry our slogan, #experienceSUNSTAR.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 26, 2014.


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