Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Courses with high demand in labor market

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has started its campaign to encourage high school graduates to take up agriculture and other courses with high demand in the labor market.

DOLE Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena said that other courses with high potential employment opportunities include fisheries, creative arts, information technology, engineering, sciences and animation.

As of 2012, DOLE has estimated that Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has only some 25,000 unemployed due to availability of local employment opportunities in agricultural and mining industries.

However, Jalbuena recognized the fact that there are also many graduates from the region who find difficulty looking for jobs related to their courses and training.

He said fresh graduates or board passers who cannot be immediately employed include those who have finished nursing, business administration, hotel and restaurant management and teacher's education.

"This is true even if our nursing graduates already passed their board examinations. That is why, almost all of them have to search for employment abroad," he said.

Records show that registered nurses are among the most "underemployed" by accepting jobs not related to their degree like working in call centers and department stores.

Others have higher income by serving as caregivers.

The same is true with degrees in tourism and education who have to be contented with jobs like teachers of English to foreigners from Asian countries.

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