Dream not just for yourself, but also for others
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the recent decrease on the unemployment rate in the Philippines, 85% percent of the Filipino youth are still unable to find jobs to support their dreams and aspirations.
One major reason is the cost of higher education. Most companies who offer competitive salaries would require employees to have at least 2 years of tertiary education. That’s a huge hindrance in a nation where the average daily wage is only about P300* ($6.7).
Today’s youth need all the help they can get. In Cebu City, a French non-profit organization called Passerelles Numériques (PN) is trying to do something about this situation. Since 2009, PN has helped hundreds of young deserving students to take the last step into skilled employment. Together with partners, PN offers young people the opportunity to develop their talents and gain viable careers.
PN’s ongoing partnership with the University of San Carlos provides disadvantaged youth the chance to earn 3-year certificate courses in IT programs. Then, PN works with global companies like Accenture to provide trainings, internships, and actual job opportunities for their yearly batch of scholars.
April and Shenie are two IT practitioners who were able to fulfill their dreams through PN and Accenture’s partnership. Today, aside from being able to fulfill their dreams and support their families, they are also able to give back to their benefactors. Know more about their story in the video above.
In choosing a career, context is important. What is a fulfilling job? Is it one that lets you pay the bills or provide for your future? Or can it also be a career that can let you grow as an individual and inspire others? – Rappler.com
*$1 = P44.5
NOTE: Subjects’ surnames are withheld upon employer’s request