New grads told not to be choosy with jobs
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:45:00 03/24/2009
STO. TOMAS, Pangasinan – Labor Secretary Marianito Roque urged graduates not to be “choosy” and consider jobs in the technology, engineering, and other sectors with a high demand for workers.
Roque said one million jobs were available this year for fresh graduates and those who have been laid off from work, but applicants need to undergo skills retraining to qualify.
In the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector alone, Roque said 120,000 jobs are available this year.
“If only they are not choosy, there’s enough employment available, close to one million jobs this year,” Roque told reporters here on Tuesday.
“Talagang job matching ang problema [Job matching is the real problem],” he said.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stressed the importance of skills retraining in an interview with a local radio station here, before she presided over a Cabinet meeting.
“Bagay ba mga graduates natin, yung pinag-aralan nila, doon sa trabahong available? Kung hindi they have to be retooled [Do the degrees of our graduates match with the available jobs? If not, they have to be retooled],” she said.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde urged parents and their children to choose technology-related courses over the liberal arts to meet the job demand.
“Let’s pursue courses that meet the demands of employment,” he said.
Arroyo said the number of retrenched workers in the country due to the global downturn stood at 41,000.
Roque said 5,700 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been retrenched. Of these, 1,400 have found new jobs overseas.
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