ZAMBOANGA CITY – Around 3,400 graduating high school and college students of the different national high schools and private schools in Isabela City, Basilan Province attended series of career guidance and employment coaching sessions from May 18-29, 2023.

The learning session was conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment – Isabela City Field Office (DOLE-ICFO) in partnership with the local government unit of Isabela City Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Education (DEPED), and Isabela City Career Guidance Network (GCNet).

DOLE regional director, Albert E. Gutib shared that the sessions are a component of the Career Development Support Program (CDSP).

“The CDSP is one of the flagship programs implemented by the Department as employment facilitation intermediation services for the youth to provide relevant information that may guide them in making informed career choices,” Gutib said.

During these sessions, students were oriented on the latest Labor Market Information such as Key Employment Generators, Emerging Industries, In-demand Jobs, and Freelance Jobs and the forecast of the job trends in the country.

DOLE ICFO Chief Marlyn M. Anoos added that aside from LMI, speakers also talked about employment coaching, basic labor standards, rights, and entitlements to college graduating students who will set foot in the world of work.

“Students were also taught basic know-how on writing and submitting application forms, résumés, and curriculum vitae,” Anoos further shared.

One of the highlights of the career guidance caravan was the simulation of the on-the-job interview process. Labor and Employment Officer III, Alvin Ocliaso, facilitated the simulation, acting as the interviewer. He provided students tips on how to prepare and nail any interview. School principals also gave inputs on how to improve the answers of the future interviewees. END/With reports from Alvin Ocliaso, ICFO