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Bridging the Enrollment to Employment Gap

An average of 500,000 students in the Philippines graduate from a four-year degree program every year. They were the ones who were able to cross the enrollment to commencement bridge. The next bridge, commencement to employment (local or overseas), can be a little tricky or rickety depending on when you get to it.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on August 9, 2016; updated August 15, 2016

Bridging the Enrollment to Employment Gap

Here’s one of the latest, reliable report on the commencement to employment bridge - http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/03/06/jobs-skills-mismatch-crisis-graduates.html

In-demand occupations in the Philppines.  POEA and industry statistics show the in-demand occupations “include abaca pulp processor, admino programmer, banana growing worker, bangus diver, banquet supervisor, bamboo materials craftsman, fish cage caretaker, groundskeeper, multi-lingual service crew, mussel grower, pointman, reefman, and whale shark interaction officer.”

If you notice, none of the above in-demand occupations require a college diploma.

Meanwhile, the report defined hard-to-fill occupations as job vacancies which the employer or company is having difficulty to be filled because job applicants are not qualified or there is no supply of job applicants for the particular vacancy.

The “hard-to-fill” occupations include 2-D digital animator, agricultural designer, bioinformatics analyst, clean-up artist, cosmetic dentist, cosmetic surgeon, cuisine chef, ethanol machine processing operator, multi-lingual tour guide, in-between artist (animation), in-between checker (animation), and mechatronics engineer.

Overseas, two countries have occupations in demand on the federal and provincial levels: Australia has the Skilled Occupations List as well as the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List; New Zealand has the Long Term Skills Shortage List (for residency) and the Immediate Skills Shortage List (for work or temporary residency).  You may check our other posts for the most current listings.

However, the college curricula of Philippine colleges are not on the same level and classification as that of the five countries with overseas opportunities.  It is only this year that Philippine students take the additional two years after 10 years in secondary school.

Hence, our college graduates take the first pit stops usually the Middle East and Asian countries where they enter and remain underemployed: nurses as caregivers, engineers as technicians, architects as draftspersons; accountants as bookkeepers or clerks.

Those who choose to pursue further studies – and have the funds to pursue such an opportunity – earn far more as working students than their counterpart-graduates who work full time in an entry level position.  The next years witness widening gap in earnings and quality of life potential.

These are a lot of bridges to cross; and knowing which one would lead you to the most viable, appropriate and successful career pathway is crucial.

Still other graduates are willing or glad to wait hoping opportunities would not expire before a decision is reached.

You need not think of what to do when you approach the bridge. Knowing you have chosen the right bridge means a successful career waits on the other side.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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