Fresh grads find new op­por­tu­ni­ties at MB Job Fair

Manila Bulletin - - Classifieds Jobfair 2017 - By KATE LOUISE B. JAVIER

“Go­ing beyond the limit” was what kept a group of fresh grad­u­ates go­ing when they de­cided to try their luck in the two-day Manila Bul­letin Job Fair held last July 25 and 26 at the SM Mega­mall, Me­ga­trade Hall 3.

Around 50 com­pa­nies of­fer­ing thou­sands of job op­por­tu­ni­ties were wait­ing for job­seek­ers like Joshua Sarmiento, Kim Figueroa, Abi­gayle Re­cio, and Kyla Jac­into. This was the third leg of the Manila Bul­letin Job Fair spear­headed by the Manila Bul­letin, in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE), Philip­pine Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (POEA) and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (TESDA).

The new grad­u­ates were among the 3,796 job seek­ers who at­tended the MB Job Fair last July. They were “the­sis mates” in col­lege, all grad­u­ates of Tourism Man­age­ment at Pa­man­tasan ng Lung­sod ng Maynila.

When asked what kind of jobs they wanted, the group was one in say­ing that they are “open to any kind of job as long as it is de­cent, can sup­port our fam­ily and will make us grow.”

“We be­lieve that we should not re­strict our­selves and we need to go beyond our com­fort zone,” Sarmiento said.

A week af­ter the MB Job Fair, Sarmiento was con­tacted by a real es­tate com­pany. He was hired and now works as a mar­ket­ing as­so­ciate.

“A job fair is re­ally help­ful for job­seek­ers. It serves as a gate­way to op­por­tu­ni­ties. For me, pa­tience and be­ing open to pos­si­bil­i­ties are im­por­tant if you are ap­ply­ing for a job,” Sarmiento added.

In an in­ter­view, Manila Bul­letin Vice Pres­i­dent for Ad­ver­tis­ing Ar­man Cabr­era said he en­cour­aged the job seek­ers to do some­thing that would push them to go beyond their lim­its.

“The re­al­ity of find­ing a job can be a most stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, most frus­trat­ing, and some­times a con­fus­ing chal­lenge in adult life, but we all go through that strug­gle. It is a mat­ter of choos­ing an op­ti­mum ap­proach on how we re­spond to it. We are ca­pa­ble of far more than we can ever imag­ine pos­si­ble,” Cabr­era said in an in­ter­view.

He said thou­sands of job seek­ers were hired in the Busi­ness Process Out­sourc­ing (BPO) in­dus­try, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, In­sur­ance, Lo­gis­tics, Con­struc­tion, Real Es­tate, Man­u­fac­tur­ing, En­gi­neer­ing, Food and Bev­er­ages, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries, and lo­cal and over­seas man­power agen­cies.

Ap­pli­cants were also given op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­quire at the TESDA booth for them to be en­rolled in TESDA train­ing cour­ses like Agri­cul­tural Crops Pro­duc­tion, Re­frig­er­a­tion and Air­con Ser­vic­ing, Weld­ing and Plumb­ing.

“TESDA of­fers train­ing to fresh grad­u­ates and to any­one, for them to gain knowl­edge and skills,” a TESDA of­fi­cer told Manila Bul­letin.

The or­ga­niz­ers said that they ex­pect to get the same num­ber of ap­pli­cants, or even ex­ceed that num­ber at the next job fair.

“It is heart­en­ing to know that our part­ners and ex­hibitors have part­nered with us to achieve our in­di­vid­ual goals, as well as our ad­vo­cacy. We will con­tinue to cre­ate events like this to ad­dress our na­tion’s need to cre­ate more jobs,” Cabr­era said.

MANILA BUL­LETIN JOB FAIR 2017 – Job seek­ers queue at the first day of Manila Bul­letin Job Fair 2017 held last July 25 and 26 at SM Mega­mall Me­ga­trade Hall 3. (photo by Manny Llanes)

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