Aya Berenize Pugay
Building Networks, Connecting Dreams: CSWB Holds Career Week
Reigne Gabrielle Caldo
In collaboration with GuidanceNGO and several distinct colleges and universities in the Philippines, Elizabeth Seton School-South’s Center for Student Well-being (CSWb) held their annual Career Orientation Week with the theme “Building Networks, Connecting Dreams” last October 18 to 23, 2021, through the use of various online conference platforms.
Prior to the program’s official launch, the CSWb and GuidanceNGO held a Career Webinar for Senior High School (SHS) Parents on October 9th, from 1:00pm–3:00pm. As parents serve as crucial influences in their children’s life choices and career paths, the Career Webinar for Parents aimed to ensure their children’s career goals, provide career coaching for parents in the K–12 perspective, and enlighten parents on how to help their children navigate towards their future careers from SHS to college.
October 20, 2021 marked the official start of the Career Orientation Week, spearheaded by the Gearing Up: College Testimonials by Alumni for Grade 11 and 12 learners. The first alumni guest was BS Biology graduate and Medicine student Bea Francesca C. Sosa, followed by BS Computer Science student Criscela Ysabelle Racelis. The third speaker was BS Avionics Technology student Ken Jun Sulit, followed by BS Civil Engineering student Keesha Anjeline B. Cabarles. The last alumni speaker for the College Testimonials was BS Nursing student Ellyson Jennine G. Black.
On October 21, 2021, the Senior High School learners attended a Colleges and Universities Webinar from 8:15am–3:15pm. The CSWb invited seven well-known and prestigious universities in the Philippines, with guest speakers coming from De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Mapúa University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and Ateneo de Manila University.
On the same day, the Grade 10 learners were also given the opportunity to listen to a Career Talk by Alumni Professionals. The speakers delivered their talk in the following order: Medicine graduate Dr. Ma. Janina Layosa, MD, followed by Jose Antonio M. Rogacion, RN, and Engr. Joselito D. Dela Cruz II. The fourth guest speaker was Psychology graduate Romelito Manuel D.S. Clorina, RPm, followed by Computer Engineering graduate Sir Jed T. Tresmanio.
On October 22, 2021, the Grade 10 and SHS learners listened to a spiritual Vocation Talk from 9:30am-11:50am, led by Rev. Fr. Almar S. Roman, MI and Fr. Randy S. De Jesus respectively.
Came afternoon, the Senior High School students took part in the Career Expedition 2021–2022 organized by GuidanceNGO, a career clinic for the SHS learners to learn more about their preferred college degree programs. There was a vast collection of around 54 degree program webinars for the learners to choose from, including degree programs related to STEM, ABM, HUMSS, Arts and Design, and other degree programs.
The week-long Career Orientation Program concluded with a webinar entitled, “Career Coaching for Parents in the K–12 Perspective” by GuidanceNGO, conducted on Zoom last Oct. 23, 2021, from 9:00am-11:00 am.
The CSWb has always been proactive in the career development of Setonian learners, which is in line with the school’s vision and mission to form “principled and competent life-long learners committed to excellence for meaningful life in a globalizing society.”