Deciding a career after high school may have been the most difficult thing to do by Grade 10 or previously called “4th Year High School” students. This crucial stage in their lives should also be the period where they will have to be guided appropriately so as to respond to the needs of the environment and avoid the proliferation of job-and-skills mismatch.

It is in this context that the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) was requested by the Public Employment Service Office of Mandaluyong to provide relevant Labor Market Information (LMI) to the students of Ilaya Barangka High School for their choice of careers and in preparation for their entry to the workforce. DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of the Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare Division provided the needed information on LMI. Dubbed as “COVID-19: How the Pandemic is Reshaping the Labor Market”, the activity aims to orient the participants on the current trends in the regional labor market and how it was affected by the health crisis.

The presentation and discussions centered on the demands and effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Delos Reyes noted that the potentials and perils that accompanies every Industrial Revolutions are part of the redefinition of roles one has to play in the labor market. He likewise emphasized its implications in the labor market as complimentary as it may increase productivity that will fuel the economy but at the same time a threat, as it may displace low skilled workers and manual laborers. He also presented the regional key employment generators so as to present a holistic labor market view to the participants.

The DOLE-NCR representative also discussed the various measures one has to take in preparation for hiring in the “new normal”, as the new pre-employment phase mostly happens in the digital realm. He noted the changes in conducting the different stages in the job hunt while stressing that the principle remains the same and the only difference is the place where it will be held. He also emphasized that the key in acing employment lies in the determination of applicants to enter the labor market through research on the employment trends and familiarization of technology and digital platforms.  He likewise stressed that right work attitude and industry specific skills remains high on the list of employers’ preferences in choosing their potential employees.

The City Government of Mandaluyong through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) coordinated said activities for their respective schools in collaboration with DOLE-NCR. The Ilaya Barangka High School held its activities on April 6 & 12 participated by 760 students from Grades 9 to 12. On the other hand, the City of Mandaluyong Science High School held the sessions on April 13 & 14 attended by 500 students from Grades 10 and 12 while the two sessions of Don Bosco Technical College were held on April 28-29 as participated by 735 students from the same year levels.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes