Among the college graduates of every educational institution, few will have the right job, a number will be underemployed, and, sad to say, many will enter the world of unemployment. Every year the significant gap between the statistics of college graduates and employment seems to grow by the day. College courses are subject to public perception, in terms of the availability of work, at a period of time. Students would take up a specific course thinking they could easily find employment after graduation. They may not realize that those courses which may provide good employment opportunities this year, may not be in demand four years from now.
This article aims to give information regarding facts about the labor and educational status in the Philippines. Also, it aims to direct job seekers particularly fresh college graduates by presenting discussion about course threats and job hunting.
Currently the country has a record of employment rate of 92.7%, underemployment rate of 19.8% as a percentage of employment, and unemployment rate of 7.4% as of April 2010. (NSO Labor Force Survey). Unemployment in the country is mainly brought by poverty, long record of unemployment, political instability, and corruption which undoubtedly results to an attempt of going overseas.
According to UNESCO Institute of Statistics(UIS) only 27 out of 100 Filipinos have completed at least tertiary education. The sad thing is that many of our college graduates have ended up working as domestic helpers or as caregivers, jobs which are by all means decent, but does not really need complete formal college education.
College course benefits have their own corresponding threats in regards to their demands of employment. Medical courses, particularly Nursing, are very in demand today but potentials of immediate decline is apparent. Teacher Education, up to now, is really at slow pace because of non vacancy in both public and private schools. Poverty and economic crisis in the country weakens the trends of Business-related courses which simultaneously affects the demand for all Commerce courses. Obsolescence is the main enemy to all Computer-related courses, while scarcity of resources threatens Engineering courses.
Applying for the right job is not the answer for the growing number of unemployed population, mainly because one can never seek for a job when no job vacancies are being offered. Job application is viewed independently, meaning the burden and the problem is not situated on finding a job itself but rather on the shoulder of applicants.
The only time applying for a job becomes a reason for unemployment is when applicants failed to consider the importance of good educational background, good character image and positive thinking. So, it is essential that at the start of college years, one must be very concerned and highly conscious of possible future events that could influence the shifts in employment, unemployment, and underemployment.
Fresh college graduates have only three paths to choose after graduation: the path of employment, underemployment and unemployment. College students' view of future success in their chosen field of profession is inevitably backed up by the presence of ambiguity in taking a specific course. Job application is definitely not a remedy for the unemployment in the country, but rather must be seen by job seekers as a weak spot which needs to be taken more seriously.
Finally, this article aims to instill in everybody's mind that there are problems waiting after the most awaited graduation ceremony, by providing the current situation of the country's labor and educational sector, the threats of college courses and the essential requisites of job application. This has the purpose to prepare candidates and potential candidates for graduation about the unavoidable challenges waiting ahead.
"Many chances but few opportunities...
Many are struggling but few are determined enough...
Many are called but few are chosen.”