In the Philippines, deciding on the career path of a student is a familial decision as parents are part of the process on which track to take and which school to enroll. Parents are crucial in the decision-making process of every Filipino students, as the former mostly pay for the tuition fees and other related expenses of the latter. As a result, many of the Filipino students take the path preferred by their parents rather than develop their own career choice.

Given this, Filipino students, most often than not became reflections of their parent’s success or failure in their chosen field. This made possible the generations of single profession families whose names are traditionally associated in a specific career path like doctors, lawyers, and engineers; among others. In some extent, the students become the extension of their parents’ frustrations to make a mark on a certain profession, mostly forcing the students to make concessions in order to continue their post-secondary education. In consequence, many Filipino students graduate from their baccalaureate degrees half-heartedly and contributed to the persistence of job-and-skills mismatch in the labor market.

To help address said concern, the Pateros National High School gathered the parents of its Grade 10 students through a virtual conference and requested their presence during the conduct of information dissemination on the current situation of Metro Manila’s labor market as well as to be oriented on the hiring practices of employers during the health crisis. Two separate sessions were held, each participated by 95 parent-attendees. Resource speaker Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) provided the much-needed information.

During the presentation, Delos Reyes discussed the pre-pandemic labor market landscape of NCR as well as data during the height of health crisis last year. He likewise mentioned NCR’s identified key employment generators and its current and future trends in the labor market, including the identified resilient jobs.

He also discussed the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) to abreast the parents and other participants on the future of the labor market, including its demands and the effects of technological advancements. Despite the fact that Science and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) serves as the backbone of FIRe, he also stressed that inter-personal skills and other related competencies like leadership and emotional intelligence will also be of high importance in the labor market.

To make the session holistic, the DOLE-NCR representative also discussed the current hiring practices of employers to enable the parents to aid the students for their eventual entry to the world of work. He put emphasis on the preparations for job interviews as questions of the interviewers may center on situational questions related to the COVID-19 health crisis. On the side, he also gave a briefer on the Anti-Child Labor initiatives of the DOLE.

The activity aims to empower the parents to aid their children in their decision-making process in relation to their choice of career.

The activity is part of the commitment of the Department to provide relevant labor market information to help address the persistence of job-and-skills mismatch.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes