MicroSourcing launched batch 2 of the Careers Program, a training and internship course for high school graduates. The program kicked off with Career Day and the first class of a month-long BPO skills training last November 16 at Eastwood, Libis.
A total of 19 interns comprise batch 2. They went through a series of screening tests and an interview before they were selected. The interns are referrals from MicroSourcing’s nonprofit partners like Payatas Orione Foundation, Life Project for Youth, and Youth at Ventures.
Day 1 was Career Day. The interns learned about MicroSourcing and the BPO industry. They toured the office and shadowed the work of data analysts whose skills they will learn in the course of the program. The roles of writers, graphic designers, and sales agents were also introduced to the interns.
BPO skills training for one month follows Career Day. Half of the course was spent on English language class. For this, MicroSourcing partnered with OneCORE, a prestigious training center that integrates skills building with lessons on deeper life skills and self-development.
The second half of the course was for technical skills building. Employee volunteers taught classes on computer programs, communication, interviewing for a job, and other relevant capacities for an outsourcing post.
The training month is meant to prepare the interns for the internship phase. Here, they will work directly for MicroSourcing clients and take on typical tasks and responsibilities of an employee. In the process, they will be trained and guided by mentors and supervisors from the same department.
Critical to the program are classes on life skills, empowerment, and reflection. The interns are taught to let go of beliefs and fears that limit them, their dreams and achievements. They are guided to envision a life objective and make action plans to take steps toward it. These sessions run throughout the program and are supported by volunteer mentors who follow through with each intern.
MicroSourcing has high hopes for 19 interns. In a visioning session, a lot of them drew successful, happy employees in a decades’ time. The company is pleased to provide a stepping stone for the fulfillment of the life visions of deserving Filipino youth.
MicroSourcing extends outpouring thanks to program partners and volunteer trainers and mentors: