The Office of the Students Affairs and Services in partnership with the Provincial Public Employment Services Office (PESO) held a Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar for the graduating students, June 2, 2016 at the Cultural Center of Laguna.
The seminar was attended by 210 candidates for graduation from different departments and colleges of Laguna University.
The program started by a prayer led by Prof. Joselle Banocnoc, the singing of the National Anthem sung by Ms. Princess Bacsafra, Dr. Gualolarina C. Fernandez, the University Guidance Counselor, for her opening speech and with called the attendees “people on cloud nine” because of the thrill they are experiencing.
Prof. Arnold Alcaraz, introduced the Resource Speaker, , Ms. Mary Jane B. Concuera, head of the Provincial Public Employment Service Office.
Her lecture focused on labor market, and job hunting tips. She started the core functions of PESO which are provision of labor market information, referral and placement, career and employment coaching. “Public Employment Services Office (PESO) helps upgrade the employability of applicants,” as Ms. Concuera began. Participants learned that employment is like that of a market where the applicants sell their skills and the employer buys them. Similarly, she emphasized that good first impression is important in landing on a job, so good packaging of self is a must. Graphs and tables were also projected which showed the comparison between job demand and job supply. With this, the availability of the job is not a problem. According to her, knowledge is out of the question when you are a college graduate, what matters most is attitude. “70% attitude, 30% skills,” she reminded everyone, placing the problem on bad attitude. Many job hunters have paid much attention to education and training, little do they focus on attitude. Skills can always be developed. A good attitude has something to do with self-esteem wherein you believe completely on yourself. Applying for a job is like selling yourself. How will you sell yourself if you don’t believe in it? In yourself?” she gripped. Miss Concuera also emphasized that the 21st century workers should be competitive, productive, has undergone quality education/ training, and has harmonious labor and human relations. She added that applicants should be fluid, flexible, disposable, and quiet in time, for these are the qualities all employers seek.
The students were also given the sure fire tips on job hunting like writing resumes, clothes to be worn, sites to go when looking, and even how to answer the common questions asked in a job interview.
The seminar ended at 11:30 am. with Joebert Melendrez, a graduating Mechanical Engineering who gave his message of inspiration.
The event was facilitated by Prof. John Dember Delos Reyes.