The 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 welcoming remarks
Vice 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
Department 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.
“The 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.
The 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. – UST Office of Alumni Relations