Providing career opportunities to aspiring young professionals, Hallo Hallo Job took part in the first ever Marikina Polytechnic College job fair on March 15, 2017. The event, with the theme “#MPCGearsYourFuture,” was spearheaded by the campus administration in partnership with the Marikina Labor Relations and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to minimize the prevalence of unemployment and job mismatch among their graduating students.
The program started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mr. Ponchit Santos, who attended the job fair in lieu of Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, PESO head Gil Monar, France Sison of the Department of Labor and Employment and the admin council. Over 539 students lined up in the hiring booths of participating companies including Hallo Hallo Job, to register, submit their applications, and review the job openings. Those who signed up and liked the Hallo Hallo Job Facebook page received 100 Hallo Hallo points and a free ball pen.
A total of 43 companies from various industries such as technology, food, real estate, and engineering services supported the college's intensified drive to improve their students' employment opportunity. Since the college offers technical-vocational courses, they made sure the vacancies will match the students' skills and credentials, PESO admin officer Cecilia Pascua explained. “Medyo nahirapan nga kami sa invitation kasi kailangan mag-match 'yung vacancies nila [companies] do'n sa natapos [na kurso] no'ng mga bata,” she added. Meanwhile, according to placement coordinator Pag-asa Emerita Miranda, the college aims to help their students to increase their probability of hiring. She furthered that career guidance helps inform students on what jobs and careers are now in demand.
On March 28, Hallo Hallo Job is set to participate in the four-day job fair in University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City to intensify its drive on empowering the youth by giving them career opportunities.
On their first job
Meanwhile, few weeks before their graduation day, students shared the factors they consider in looking for their first job. “Yung malapit kasi syempre 'yung gastos, tsaka kung fit ba 'yung course namin do'n sa job na papasukan,” Nemia Gotiza, an education student cited. Industrial technology student Joshua Gatpayat affirmed that he aspires for a job wherein he can apply the knowledge and skills he learned in college. Salary, work location, environment, and opportunities for professional growth are among the top aspects they think over when applying for a job. Despite uncertainties, students in Marikina Polytechnic College have an optimistic outlook and enthusiastic attitude as they soon join the country's workforce.