Youth Profiling for Starring Careers (YP4SC)
YP4SC or Youth Profiling for Starring Careers is a multi-phase program that aims to help high school students make informed decisions regarding what course to take in TVET or college. The first phase, the conduct of aptitude and occupational interest assessment of a sample of students, was conducted in 2005. Around 1,500 high school students in Sorsogon were assessed and got their results in 2006.
Program Rationale and Briefer
Education and training are investments. Parents and students view them as tickets to employment. A good job usually is education well spent. It is crucial to students to have the right course. But choosing the right course, with an eye to a dream job, is not as easy as one would think. Ambition might cloud one's judgment.
Choosing one's career, done at an age when our future workers are still in basic education is very crucial. An intervention is called for.
The New Paradigm
Making Career Choices
Most career decisions are, to a large extent, influenced by the parents. It is an accepted societal norm for the parents to view education as their obligation to their children. Children have interests, inclinations and ambitions. They have idols. Some have role models. But a lot of them, despite having their own dreams, are just too happy to ascribe to the ambitions of their parents for them.
"Obligasyon naming mga magulang na kayo ay mapagtapos." This thinking has to be placed within the context of return-on-investment.
We have to recognize that a good number our youth invest in their own education and training. A job or employment-driven paradigm is therefore necessary.
"Anong trabaho kaya ang akma para sa akin at saan ko matututunan ito?"
Need for Career Guidance Services
There has to be a service, a Career Guidance to junior and graduating high school students on more viable occupational choices (job titles) based on their aptitude and interest. A guide to parents on the future employment optionsfor their children is also needed.
Aptitude tests are used by companies in processing applicants for employment. Colleges, universities, technical-vocational institutes and training centers utilize aptitude tests in screening applicants for particular courses. It would help a lot if the children and the parents have ideas on the aptitutudes/potentials of the children much earlier to enhance career decision. By identifying where they can be good at, our youth would know which appropriate education and training path to take when they graduate from high school.
This service is a common concern for CHED, DepEd, DOST, LBP, NSCB, OWWA, PIA, STI and TESDA. The information on one's aptitude and interest has to be supported by regular information on what job and employment and business opportunities there are in the market whether domestic or overseas, including opportunities to estalish one's own business. An understanding of the occupational titles would be a very improtant support in charting one's career.
Equally crucial is the information on the education and training market. The child and the parent have to be informed of all possible choices of available technical vocational and degree courses where the job can be learnt. Such information should include the period of course offerings, the number of training places, and the cost of training and education.
A tracking mechanism shall be installed starting from the YP4SC and henceforth will be the concern of DepEd, TESDA and CHED up to the first instance of employment. A data banking system for this purpose is being considered.
The YP4SC is a joint program of the Commission on Higher Education, Land Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Education, National Statistical Coodination Board, Systems Technology Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and TESDA.
|Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, 2007.|