Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) and Careers & Counseling Center (CCC)
under the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs conducted the first
virtual career fair for the Thomasian community last May 31, 2021 via Zoom. The
said event was powered by Prosple, an Australian-based company that specializes
in careers and education technology.
Over 2,000 participants
composed of junior, graduating students and alumni registered prior to the
event to meet and interact with 60 partner companies from different industries
such as Proctor and Gamble (P&G), Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.,
Amazon Operation Services Philippines, GMA Network, and Unilab Inc.
Screenshot of Dr. Peralta during her
Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DRPH discussed in her
welcoming remarks that the work ecosystem and global economy have shifted to
accommodate the impact of the global pandemic, and the system of industries
have been challenged.
"The stress of the
situation probably created a feeling of loss, demotivation, and uncertainty for
our graduating students," added Dr. Peralta. Despite these challenges, the
University looks forward to its graduates being able to find meaningful and
purposive careers, dreams and expectations with God's unending grace.
Screenshot of DOLE Asec. Tutay
during the awarding of certificate as keynote speaker
of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Asec. Dominique Rubia-Tutay, CESO III addressed
during her keynote speech the realities of the labor market that fresh
graduates will experience.
lingering pandemic has brought our economy down to its knee. Employment is
likewise affected. [There's an] imbalance of supply of workers
and the demand of businesses," explained by Asec. Tutay. An increase in natural
or long term rate of unemployment is expected even with the recovery of the
economy in the future. She shared tips and advice to the participants on how to
traverse this rough path ahead to employment which include improving critical
thinking and problem-solving skills that employers believe will grow in
prominence in the next five years.
short program was followed by the live exhibitors' booth where students and
alumni can choose from different company Zoom meeting rooms to join. Participants
were able to connect with employers through on-cam interactions and
consultations. Few alumni from different companies also joined their colleagues
in Zoom meeting rooms to share their work experience.
For next year, OAR and CCC
aim to make the virtual career fair bigger with more exhibitors and
participants, and longer duration for employee-applicant interactions.