Since outset of the year 2020, the National Capital Region (NCR) has experienced several shifts and setbacks. The unpredictability and instability in the labor market landscape caused by the economic surplus during the pandemic has been apparent, mainly in terms of employability of workers and employment generation.

On this premise, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) joined the learning sessions in Mandaluyong and Taguig-Pateros. The two-day separate sessions were conducted at Don Bosco College and via virtual platform, respectively. DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes was among the invited speakers to provide participants with timely and relevant updates in terms of choosing their career paths or venturing on entrepreneurship.

The first learning session was held by Don Bosco College – Mandaluyong in coordination with its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) on March 24 and 25, 2022. Said session was divided into two separate course: one is employment coaching for graduating Technical-Vocational students and the other is career guidance to Grade 9 and 10 students of the same institution.

During his discussion on Career Guidance and Employment Coaching, Delos Reyes extends his appreciation and excitement to the organizers in sharing his expertise to the student-participants after a three-year hiatus in conducting face-to-face seminars. Along with this, he discussed the current labor market trends, which provides relevant information to support individual’s educational and career path decisions.

Delos Reyes also shared tips and strategies of being a jobseeker in the new normal, emphasizing that they should also be aware of the recent changes in the employment process where most of the hiring activities of major companies are usually held through virtual platforms given the influence of technological advances brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

On the other hand, the session in Taguig-Pateros focused on re-introducing entrepreneurship as a supplemental preference to employment and its importance in DepEd’s Division Roll-out of Project K.I.B.O (Kabataan, Industriya, Buhay at Oportunidad). Registered Guidance Counselors and Advocates in Taguig and Pateros attended the activity.

In his statements, Delos Reyes said that the COVID-19 pandemic has given individuals, especially students, a wide-range of opportunities to emerge themselves into self-employment. He stressed that entrepreneurship is re-introduced and strengthened not as a means or alternative to employment but as an increment to stimulate labor market and economic recovery.

In both sessions, participants commended the DOLE-NCR representative for introducing new information and valuable tips to help the students in choosing their career paths when they enter the world of work.

END / Ma. Allen Rose T. Carreon