ORIENTAL MINDORO – The team of career guidance advocates of DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office went school-to-school to equip the K-12 students with knowledge on labor market and to help them navigate decisions on education and training in a way that will optimize their career opportunities.  For this purpose, the team used a module under the DOLE’s Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) which covers 2-3 hours orientation on current labor market information highlighting the key employment generators, current in-demand jobs and forecast of job opportunities for the next few years.  Such information helped the Grade 10 students to finalize what K-12 tracks and stands to pursue and the Grade 12 students to think seriously whether or not the baccalaureate course they have in mind is right and best.

The team, with Ms. Mary Ann B. Dudas as the focal person, also presented career options for reference of students in their conscientious career planning or while getting ready for school-to-work transition.  The advocacy program concluded with the presentation of DOLE programs and services providing a grasp of how the government could be of further help to the students as far as employment is concerned.

As of August 2019, the team has visited six (6) schools in the province, namely: Baco Community College, Aurelio Arago Memorial National High School, Mansalay Catholic High School, Balugo National High School, Macatoc National High School and Leuteboro National High School.  These schools registered 1,500 students benefitting from such career guidance program.

With CGAP, the students will not be lost at the roadmap of career success thereby, addressing the long standing issue of jobs-and-skills mismatch for higher employment rates among youths.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova