Career Guidance Prepares HS Students for College

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Manila, Philippines --- Starting school year 2013-2014, high school students (from Grades 7 to 10) in public secondary schools nationwide will undergo career guidance to help them get ready for higher education, middle level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship after graduation, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the Career Guidance Week-set for the last week of July-aims "to prevent too much waste of resources, including time being spent in producing graduates in the tertiary levels as well as in technical vocational education, who could not meet the qualification standards in the labor market."

"The direction of one's career path can be strengthened in the presence of career advocacy program defining the various jobs which are considered marketable," Luistro said.

"This initial activity coupled with awareness to be well-informed of the existing opportunities can provide the guidance needed by young persons in the choice of a career," he said.

Luistro said Career Guidance Week is part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

In coordination with the Career Guidance Advocacy Program-Working Group (CGAP-WG) which is an inter-agency group under the Aquino administration's Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC), all school officials were directed to conduct the career guidance week for high school students beginning school year 2013-2014.

This activity aims to address mismatch between interest or aptitude and career, career and labor demand, and education or training and career results from uniformed and misguided students. …