Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) III Miguel Luis Arias on Saturday, 18 February administered a career guidance for persons with visual impairment at the Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI), Dr. Arthur Lown Training Center on Visual Impairment in Quezon City.
With the theme, “Making it Work! Career Orientation for Persons with Visual Impairment,” the career briefing is anchored with its aim to guide and deliver employment coaching to students with visual impairment, in choosing their career that best suits their skills and abilities.
Aside from its commitment to provide fast and effective employment service to jobseekers and clients as well as to provide accurate, timely and reliable Labor Market Information (LMI) to decision-makers, planners and policy-makers, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) is one with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in bringing a decent and fruitful employment opportunities for all Filipinos.
“It is important to determine what career you will pursue or which path you will take. As a Career Advocate, I am here to help you to do that,” declared Labor Officer Arias as he expressed his desire to uplift the spirit of the visually impaired high school students. “Career is not all about acquiring a decent job, but it also includes all the roles you undertake throughout life. It is a continuous process of learning and development,” he added.
Labor Officer Arias focused his discussion on career trends and job-skill matching in the Philippines. The presentation was translated into braille in order for the students to follow the discussion. He commenced by providing the participants an overview of the current status of the Philippine labor market by citing the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Labor Force Survey. He also introduced the key employment generators (KEGs) and emerging industries as well as the employment opportunities it produces, through the JobsFit: Labor Market Information Report 2013.
Since the orientation consists of high school students who seek advice and guidance in choosing their career before entering college, Arias enumerated several in-demand, hard-to-fill and cross-cutting occupations in respective industries.
“Of course, employers look for behavioral and functional skills in hiring potential candidates,” said Labor Officer Arias giving emphasis on 21st Century Skills. “Personal skills, organizational skills and character-building skills are among the soft skills which are relevant to economic integration and creates dynamic working environment.”
Moreover, Ms. Amy Mojica, RBI Deputy Director and Chief of Operations and Mr. Marlo Lucas, Higher Education and Job Placement Coordinator, was very happy to have BLE in the event. “I am glad that you are here today. It is our honor and privilege to have you and we thank you for imparting your knowledge on career guidance and labor market,” she said.
“I hope that this event will serve as an instrument to relay our concerns, primarily the concerns of these visually impaired students and their parents to the government. As you have observed, there are plenty of talents in this room and maybe someday they can be an asset to either a public or private institution. We look forward for more partnerships with you,” proclaimed Ms. Mojica at the end of the open forum.
The Career Orientation for Persons with Visual Impairment is the first leg of the Make It Work series. The last two (2) sessions will be on 10 March at Dita Elementary School in Laguna and on 18 March at the RBI Training Center. The conduct of job coaching for graduating college students will be on the last leg of the career orientation.