The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) recently launched an online career exploration tool, with the aim to help high school students chart their future. Through a career talk dubbed “Life Lessons,” PBed launched FutureYou.ph in Cagayan de Oro City last November 7, 2014. Life Lessons is FutureYou.ph’s career advocacy roadshow that seeks to help high school students discover different career opportunities.
Around 100 high school students from Cagayan de Oro College, Bayabas National High School, Carmen National High School, Cagayan de Oro National High School, Gusa National High School, Bonbon National High School and Lapasan National High School attended the event held at the Cagayan de Oro College PHINMA. The students listened to successful individuals from different industries who excelled in their chosen fields.
First to speak was Raven Duran who talked about how he got into Information Technology (IT) and his experience in creating and running his own company at such a young age. Despite his success, he says that he was never the smartest person in the room. Being successful for him was all about thinking big and working hard.
Dan Mejia, on the other hand, talked about his entrepreneurial journey and how important it was for him to continue working despite all the setbacks he encountered in the beginning. To him, entrepreneurship is all about having a purpose and solving other people’s problems, profit only comes second.
The talks were then followed by an introduction of FutureYou.ph and its purpose, as well as a full demonstration of what the portal can do for high school students. Students were able to see, for the very first time, how easy it was to get information on in-demand jobs, degree or certificate required for those jobs and the best college or university that offered the required degree or certificate.
FutureYou.ph is a joint project of PBEd and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines. It is part of the Higher Education and Productivity project (HEPP).