Rappler Talk: Job opportunities in the Philippines


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Rappler Talk: Job opportunities in the Philippines
Rappler talks to Jocelyn Pick, president and managing director of Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., to talk about career opportunities

MANILA, Philippines – What sort of job opportunities await job seekers – both old and new – in the Philippines?

Last year, the labor force totalled 42 million Filipinos, with unemployment down to 5.5%.

But with the first batch of K-12 senior high students, around 1.2 million Grade 12 students expected to have graduated from over 20,000 public and private high schools nationwide, together with college graduates this year, what are their chances on landing a job?

Jocelyn Pick, president and managing director of Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., spoke to leadership trainer Boris Joaquin about career prospects for fresh graduates and job seekers.

Although employers were initially keen on still hiring college graduates, Jocelyn enumerated many advantages the first batch of SHS program graduates have. She further shared that the mindset of these companies are changing since the government implemented the K-12 program in 2016.

Jocelyn mentioned 10 industries that are expanding because of the growing number of multinational and local companies setting up operations here in the country, generating a high demand for multiple-skilled candidates who have the ability to take on specific technical skills as well as those with experience with transactional activities.

For those moving companies under specific fields — finance, IT and human resources — the forecasts for career advancement is good for those who possess business strategy and analytics responsibilities.

Both Jocelyn Pick and Boris Joaquin are officers of the People Management Association of the Philippines, a premier professional, non-stock, not-for-profit organization of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives engaged or interested in Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations (IR) work.

Rewatch the interview here. – Rappler.com 

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