The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently released a study that shows incongruity in skills of job seekers and jobs needed in various industries. According to Usec. Danilo Cruz, this is actually a major issue that the government is looking to resolve.
During a discussion on Talking Points, a radio program aired over Radyo ng Bayan and PTV-4, Cruz stated that majority of applicants nowadays do not possess the knowledge, skills, and capabilities that certain industries need. Because of this mismatch, DOLE and the government are looking at ways to teach students when it comes to planning their careers as well as taking courses that meet the demands of industries.
According to an evaluation by DOLE, mining, business process outsourcing (BPO), and agriculture are the industries that offer a lot of job opportunities. To address the problem, DOLE launched “Project Jobs Fit,” back in October 2009 in hopes of figuring out which skills are needed by the industries. A career guide was developed together with the Department of Education. Also, 3rd year and 4th year high school students all over the country participated in career guidance counselling.
Moreover, career guide seminars are held before the school year ends, targeting senior students to educate them on which courses to take so they could get a job faster.
On the other hand, Cruz recommended that students who cannot afford to go to college can approach Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and inquire about their special programs that can prime them with industrial proficiencies which are recognized in some colleges.