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A Job Market Forecast for New College Students in the Philippines

So you’ve made it to the college of your choice.  Congratulations!  That’s only the beginning though.  The acid test will come after you leave the hallowed halls of your university.

Preparing for work is one thing; knowing what’s out there after college is another matter altogether.  If you truly intend to join the workforce after you graduate, it helps to have an idea of what the job market is like these days.  That’s what this article is for.

The Zeitgeist

As you know, days past saw a massive migration of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to foreign soil in the hopes of providing a better life for their families back home.

That changed, however, when the global recession hit.  People the world over have lost their jobs.  It’s said that jobs related to banking, manufacturing and telecommunications are among the hardest hit.  Some businesses have closed down while others are doing their best to stay afloat.

All in all, the picture that economists have painted of 2009 does not bode well for graduating students.

What Can We Do?

The good news is that we don’t have to simply resign ourselves to the situation.  There are things we can do about it.

For one thing, governments are scrambling to mitigate the effects of the crisis.  In the Philippines alone, emergency jobs have been set up for retrenched Filipino workers.  The setup is supposed to be a win-win situation:  the government gets more people to work on infrastructure and other projects while workers get paid.

Besides those, there are professions out there that tend to be recession-proof, simply because they fill people’s basic needs (food, for instance).  If you’ve ever considered a career change, or if you have skills or interests that lie along these same lines, now is probably a good time to adjust and to explore possibilities.

If you’re not already a subscriber of lifelong learning, now may be a good idea to become one.  Read books and attend seminars.  If need be, consider going back to or continuing your schooling.  If you keep learning and growing, and you should do fine.

Hope Springs Eternal

Albert Einstein once said that (and I paraphrase), “Problems cannot be solved with the level of awareness that we had when we first encountered them.”  In other words, we need to graduate to the next level of awareness in order to solve our problems.  It helps to see this global recession as a means of growing and maturing.

As with all kind of tough times, it never hurts to pray.  The Philippines is supposed to be the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia, and what better time such as this to appeal to a Higher Power for help?

Economic forces may be beyond our control, but we always have a choice about how to respond to any given situation.  More than anything else, it’s our attitude, rather than our aptitude, that will help us survive and thrive during these tough times.


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  1. It has been years that unemployment rates in the Philippines are high. Government has tried to justify that unemployment has gone down now, but it is a reality what we have are just workers who are misfits in their jobs (i.e., registered nurses working as call center agents, degree holders working as promo girls, etc.).

    The long-term solution to the problem of unemployment and misfit is the K+12 program. The program addresses divers needs of individuals: those who want to earn their degree may do so with a specialized track in basic education, those who want to work immediately after high school may do so following a track where they will be taught livelihood during their senior high, and arts where those who are into sports and other specialized skills may do so with a track of their own. Education is our key to uplift poverty in the Philippines. Let us support the K+12 program.

    Talking about zeitgeist, I see that there will be a great need for more teachers in the near future. For those who are in college now, for those who are graduating in high school, and for those who have just graduated but who have no jobs yet… why not consider proceeding in education? You may graduate on time where the demand for teachers will be high.

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