De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) hosted its annual career expo themed “Preparing for the Jobs for the 21st Century” last April 14, 2021 virtually and was attended by over 500 Senior High School students, teachers, school administrators, and parents from all over the country.
The online forum aimed to provide guidance and motivation for senior high school (Grade 12) students as they embark on building a professional career amid the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
DLSL spearheaded this web-based career expo as a way of motivating 21st- century learners to prepare for the challenges ahead and learn how to formulate real-world solutions to real-world problems.
Francis Kong, a distinguished business coach, book author, and communicator served as keynote speaker while Paul Rivera, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kalibrr, a careers platform for more than 3 million young professionals in Southeast Asia, was the plenary speaker.
In his talk, Kong pointed out how the outbreak has affected peoples, nations, and the entire society. “Every person on this side of eternity is fighting a war for personal and economic survival. Businesses are closing, jobs are becoming scarce, your parents are scared,” he said.
To young jobseekers, he cited that nowadays, entry-level jobs pay lower while screening processes for potential employment have become very stringent. He suggested that young people should look for entrepreneurial opportunities such as sales provided these are legitimate and not the networking scams that have victimized many people in the past.
“Our lives are the summary of choices we make from day to day. Work on intellectual discipline. Read books that can uplift you and your minds and thinking. Let your will master your mood and emotions. Develop your fiscal discipline. Likewise, do not forget to develop your spiritual and relational discipline,” Kong told the audience.
Before he ended, Kong enumerated the essential critical skills that the younger generation must learn to develop. These are problem-solving, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, value and ethics, resourceful resilience, creative processing, leadership perspective, managing ambiguity, and effective communications.
On the other hand, Kalibrr’s Paul Rivera stressed that “hard work manufactures opportunities to become lucky. At the same time, life networks matter. So, plug into the right ones.”
He also mentioned that failure is part of our lives. “You will fail. It is part of the process, get over it, learn from it and move on,” Rivera said.
The head honcho of Kalibrr urged young people to be ready to take a calculated risk at some point in their careers. “Don’t overestimate the possibility of failure. Be patient for it will take 10 years to build relationships as well as develop grit and resilience. Be curious and never stop learning,” Rivera stated.
The talks of Kong and Rivera were followed by a Question-and-Answer portion to allow participants to ask the speakers for additional advice. Raffle draws with minor and major prizes were also held during the program.
Towards the end, there was a presentation of DLSL’s College programs. These include the College of Business, Economics, Accountancy and Management (CBEAM); College of Education, Arts, and Sciences (CEAS); College of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (CIHTM); College of Information, Technology, and Engineering (CITE); and College of Nursing (CoN).