Bridging the GAP for Transformation Towards Higher Horizons

“If you can align yourself with what you are passionate in doing, you are creating a change in the world.”

Starting it up @ the University of Makati for the Academic Year 2017-2018, everyone is enjoined to strive for a higher range of vision with this year’s Annual University Conference Theme: “UMAK 2017 and Beyond: Transforming Towards Higher Horizons”

Should anyone ever felt the message and the advocacy of UMak’s President, Professor Tomas B. Lopez Jr., you would end up asking yourself, “What direction should I personally take to make a marked change that would aid transformation and beyond?”

During his Talk, President & CEO of Serbisyo Filipino Inc., Group of Companies/Career Center, Mr. Luis Alberto A. Anastacio II cited the truth that only 40% out of the 1000 applying candidates would pass job interviews. Sadly, most people would be going home with broken souls because they cannot fit themselves in the job that they’re expecting to be in.  In a recent study for Career Readiness, The Philippine Talentmap Initiative Comparative Result in April 2017 revealed that: [1] Problem Sensitivity, [2] Decision Making, [3] Planning & Organizing, [4] Innovation and [5] Creative Problem Solving are the competencies which we need to address in  the NCR area and even in the entire Philippines. University of Makati’s Talentmap Result show that the Top 5 Skills of students are the following: [1] Multitasking; [2] English Functional; [3] Math Functional; [4] Workplace Ethics and [5] English Comprehension. Low 5 Skills, however, are: [1] Creative Problem Solving; [2] Innovation; [3] Planning and Organizing; [4] Decision Making and [5] Teamwork.

Now, what does such result imply?

Our students may be able to exhibit basic communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening; they may also be capable of setting priorities in the present time with such an ease; — yet, they have mild to moderate level of difficulty in executing higher-order thinking skills that are involved in challenging the status quo since they tend to be reserved in all, if not most of their dealings that require divergent thinking.

Mr. President & CEO of Serbisyo Filipino Inc. highlighted the following Implications of such Talentmap result:

  • the need to develop higher-order thinking and socio-emotional/affective skills of the students;
  • the need for evidence-based career development services and programs to develop the knowledge, skills, and values of the programs to develop the knowledge, skills, and values of the students that are required by the world of work;
  • the need for curriculum review/mapping and/or curriculum integration to highlight foundational workplace competencies; and
  • the need to capacitate the faculty in teaching and contextualizing workplace competencies in their lessons and learning activities.

Unfortunately, we are quite far from the reality of what is ideal and expected.

There is a workforce skills gap!

We should find what that GAP is. 

Perspectives and possibilities … what is it that we should really find?

If we are in the business of educating people because our greatest asset in the workforce is these people,  should we not be bothered to help our students in finding their worth as they strive to mobilize and progress to the battlefield?

Something should be done to bridge the academe and the industry.  So, what direction should we take then, to fill in such GAP?

While pondering intently and taking into account by heart the advocacy of  President Tomas B. Lopez Jr and his unique mind, I personally came up with some directions based on the inputs of Mr. Anastacio II in his talk,  and on my own contemplations.  Whether you’re a UMak educator or not and you happen to bump into this article, I intend to share these thoughts with you here, hoping that  in one way or another, we may find it very significant to create a passage en route for higher horizons:

 ASSESS! We should go back to the basics of looking into what’s within every being — first and foremost that of our OWN.  We can humbly strive to do SELF-ASSESSMENT for us to be reminded of our BIG WHY — not just to earn a living but to serve the deep purpose of our existence as an EDUCATOR.

WORK ON YOUR OWN COMPETENCIES. We can never give what we don’t have. The 21st Century Skills Framework that should be fulfilled in our students should prominently be the same competencies that we should strive to work up for ourselves. We need to reorient ourselves and to learn how to think outside of the box.

photo credits https://content.dodea.edu/teach_learn/professional_development/21/interactives/21st%20Century%20Skills%20-%20Storyline%20output/story_html5.html

DECIDE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUR STUDENTS.  Once you have empowered yourself with such competencies, the next BIG THING is to make way that those Values and Ethics should be embedded in the curriculum.  Planning and Assessments on how we are going to include measures to improve these skills in our curriculum are, by all means, A MUST!

DEVELOP CAREER PATHWAYS that are based on assessments so as to address the Talentmap Results. Collaborate with the academe  –- so that by the time they leave our custody,  they already have the Employability Skills that would equip them elsewhere as they work for their career development.

EMPOWER YOUR STUDENTS. Train them to be SELF-DIRECTED in developing HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS aside from the help and assistance that they get from their mentors.  Help them identify the basics of leadership so that they could be more ARTICULATE and confident in presenting themselves in the industry. Encourage them to DREAM BIG and become persistent in executing their plans for their own growth.

BE A CAREER ADVOCATE.  Preparation for Professional route should have started in Kindergarten.  Yet, not many of our students were guided accordingly that’s why most of them don’t really clearly know their passion; they cannot identify what they truly love doing. In our own special ways, we could intently point them to their “true north” by providing them with significant activities that would define their goals and opportunities.   This Career Development Framework could be of great help:

photo credits: http://www.peelschools.org/students/myblueprint/PublishingImages/Pages/default/career%20and%20life%20planning%20bubble.png

If only we could exert utmost effort for these sense of purpose, we would eventually realize that what would bridge the academe and the industry is actually our personal commitment not only to fulfill our purpose as an educator but to give the most we could to help people FIND THEIR WORTH.

If only we would strive to undertake alterations and modifications in the delivery in our educational system, we could positively respond to the challenge given to us by Executive Vice President Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega:

“We should know where we are in making our students complete at the end of the semester of his stay in UMak.”

We could also take action towards the mandate to us by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Elexzur C. Ramos:

“We’ve got to love what we are doing because it’s our purpose. A man has responsibility; not merely power!”  

If only we can align ourselves with what we are passionate about, only then, could we create a change in the world  — when we could bring ourselves beyond the limits of higher horizons.  #trendingprofgailmontero

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Bridging the GAP for Transformation Towards Higher Horizons”

  1. Career development starts in the early years of schooling and allows young people to discover their potential, explore their career interests and link their learning to future success in life. As a Teacher of Early Childhood Education it is my I have a pivotal role to play in helping students discover their interests, aptitudes and dispositions and to provide role model. The focus in the early grades is on career awareness and exploration – not career choice. As a Teacher I will use different strategies that will motivate my pupils to dream and visualize their role and place in society. Through increased self-awareness, students can also recognize that they have the potential to develop the skills necessary to realize their full potential. In the later grades, when teachers relate the content of the curriculum to occupations, it also helps students see the relationship between learning and earning. For me Career development does not end even you have a successful career you must find ways on how to improve and become better to serve your purpose in life.
    “ You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S. LEWIS

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    1. When should “Career Development” start and end?

      Career Development Education encompasses three stages: 1st Career Awareness 2nd Career Exploration and 3rd Career Immersion. There are examples of the types of CDE activities associated with each stage so that schools and programs can work to develop a sequential progression of CDE.(http://www.doe.mass.edu/connect/cde/guideglossary.pdf). These could help as educational steps to prepare our children for their desired careers.

      “Career Development” is a period during which action, process, or condition exists or continues. Preparation should start in Kindergarten. Ever since when we were young, our parents try to look for our potentials. They always look after us, guide us, and support us. While teachers help children understand the information presented to them and process their experiences.

      I certainly agree that at very young age it is good to create ideas for our children. Let us show them all the choices in life. Let them experience series of changes that will happen naturally. Let them explore their abilities and live life with purpose.

      There is NO END for Career Development. As we grow old and when we have found our passion and purpose, it makes you continue trying to do or achieve something beyond what is usual, extraordinary. It makes you feel younger.

      Career Development is experience or skill you get by doing something and the best way to learn is by experience. IT SHOULD NOT STOP.

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  2. by giving flat forms to improve, enhance and cultivate what is already innate capabilities of each child. As educators we should know where to start our work to assist them. Please read my attachment as to where to start and end our career development.
    thank you
    file:///C:/Users/Florita/Downloads/Article%20on%20Career%20Development.pdf

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  3. Career development is a process it is a never ending process because there is always room for development and reinvention. You always find for new things for self realization fulfillment and satisfaction. It is a continues process it never stop it only end when you stop your chosen career. As a Teacher we are not only teaching but also learning. We give our best to teach our pupils. none of them should be left behind we will teach with all our heart, we help them to reach their goal. Because we are not building not just children but also a nation.

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  4. When should career development start and end?

    Once I have read, kids that starts ahead, stays ahead and I, as a teacher strongly believes on this. As a child, we are always told to value our education and get a good job when we graduate it is because it’s the worlds way of teaching young minds about the reality of life and importance of setting goals and creating dreams.
    Guiding and teaching our kids are my main goals as a teacher and part of this vocation is to teach them to become a person, fit to join the workforce and lead a nation for a better future. Therefore, career development should start as early as they become aware of what they want and how they will get it. According to Dawn Rosenberg Mckay (2017), in his article “Career Development: What is it and what factors influences it?”, career development should start as early as elementary and should continue throughout his adulthood. Furthermore, in Ms. Gail Monteros’ (2017), “Bridging the gap for transformation towards higher education”, preparing the road towards having a successful career should start as early as kindergarten. When one is young, the future’s possibilities are endless since they are more exposed to opportunities that could let them explore their own abilities and skills. Though career development sounds like having just a career its more of striving to become better, working happily and continuously sharing and showing your capabilities to the world. Hence, it’s a life time course and a never ending process. I consider it as part of human development and being a teacher, it is a privilege to be a part of my children’s success when they grow. Taking with them not only the knowledge their learnt but most importantly the value of loving yourself, your work and influencing others through the path they have chosen.

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  5. For me , the role of a teacher is clearly more than just planning and executing lesson plans, it’s also becoming the student’s third parent. Look at the amount of time teachers spend with their students. One benefit of the role of a teacher is being a constant role model for their pupils. Children that lack a solid family foundation will really benefit from a positive role model. I also observed that teachers that portray an image of confidence and accomplishment will help fulfill a child’s need of a positive role model when the family may fail to provide such a figure.
    According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the role of a teacher today is much different than it used to be. Teacher’s used to be told what to teach, and how to teach it. We expect to use the same methods for all students. In today’s world of our role is quite multifaceted. Our job is to counsel students, help them learn how to use their knowledge and integrate it into their lives so they will be valuable member of society. And lastly , We teachers are encouraged to really tune into how each individual student learns, and try to really challenge and inspire them to learn.

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  6. We all know that it is not an exaggeration to say that a great teacher can change a student’s life. There are an endless amount of stories that attest to the benefits of a strong relationship between an taecher and pupil. The most influential role model for developing pupils, teachers are responsible for more than just academic enrichment. If you want to be a great educator, you must connect with your pupils and reach them on multiple levels, because the best teachers are committed to their pupils well-being both inside and outside the classroom. By forging strong relationships, educators are able to affect virtually every aspect of their pupils lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed in their lives.
    For me,These three aspects can help pupils change their lives:
    (1)Education (2) Inspiration and (3) Guidance
    In Education, we teachers can make learning fun, as stimulating, engaging lessons to our pupils academic success. (2) Inspiring pupils to ensure their success and encouraging them to fulfil their potential. For me , pupils who are inspired by their teachers can accomplish amazing things in life.(3) We can help our pupils pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and aside from educating them on the hard facts about dropping out, we can also help to assess the problems and figure out an alternative. In such situations, teachers undoubtedly have the ability to change the lives of students.

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  7. Career development is the process that forms a person’s work identity. It is a significant part of human development and spans over the individual’s entire lifetime, beginning when the individual first becomes aware of how people make a living. For example, when a child notices that some people are doctors, others are firefighters, and some are carpenters, it signals the start of this process. It continues as that person begins to explore occupations and ultimately decides what career to pursue him- or herself.
    Career development doesn’t end there. After you choose a profession, you must then get required education and training, apply for and find employment, and ultimately advance in your career. For most people, it will also include changing careers and jobs at least once during their work lives, but probably more often than that.
    It is important to note that, for most individuals, career development occurs without any intervention from other people. There also isn’t a set age for when it will begin, some people will start to think about occupational choices very early in life, while others won’t give this subject much thought until they are relatively close to having to decide how they will earn money.
    While many individuals go through this process independently, almost everyone can benefit greatly from getting expert career guidance. Advice from a career counselor or other similarly trained specialist, or taking a class in school that helps with career development, allows you forge a more satisfying and successful career path.
    This type of intervention can begin as early as elementary school, and it should continue throughout adulthood. Many people find themselves in need of professional advice as they encounter problems or must make decisions about their careers, for instance when they are thinking of looking for a new job or changing occupations.
    Meaning choosing a career path or improving your career has no age and has no limits as long as you are capable to do the tasks required to your chosen career path.

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  8. BRIDGING THE GAP FOR TRANSFORMATION TOWARDS HIGHER HORIZONS

    I always believe that life is more than getting up in the morning and working all day for the economy. Yes, jobs are important in the society we build, it is the source of our income to survive our every day. We need a job so we can have a comfortable life. But will it be a contented lifetime when we work and never felt the satisfaction in what we do?

    Defining yourself at a certain age is important. Knowing and understanding your own skills and thoughts is your foundation in making choices that will make you happy. In today’s time, youth is much more fortunate to have freedom of choice and lesser burden when it comes to decision making. It makes them at ease and relax that they only have to do it for their own sake rather than for others and with these kind of comfort, it makes them more productive, positive and competent. However, it also equates to some setbacks. Comfort will make you happy and content, with that, only a few will push themselves to go further. Keeping yourself in a box will hinder your creativity and growth that will result to stalemate. Being innovative is one of the qualities that is needed in the line of work followed by hard work, it is also important to be a master of your field. However, one should not be satisfied with what you have now, you must keep learning and developing.

    These basic work skills are achievable by everyone and it will be an easy catch if the individual had a great education. Sadly, in the Philippines, poverty and corruption still hinders a big percentage of the Filipino youth to have access to basic education. Not only that, the government itself faces challenges when it comes to providing quality education that nourishes the skills of each individual and in the department of early childhood care that is proven important in human development.

    The production of good citizen greatly rests in the hands of our education system. Lack in the system gives saddening results. It increases graduates with insufficient skills that results in inferior performance in the workplace. This is one of the reason why career development should also be considered and be given importance by the education system. It changes every time but it helps the learners to discover themselves more and more. It is all about awareness of your capabilities, self-empowerment to go beyond and believing that you can reach greater heights, cultivating skills and innovating your mindset. Teachers are one of the keys to unlock each student’s potential and help them enhance their innate abilities. It is important is for us teachers to help them see the sole purpose of the things they do, help them understand the worth of their hard works and realize that inner contentment they will get if only they will choose to do what they are passionate about rather than what is beneficial.

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  9. WHEN SHOULD CAREER DEVELOPMENT START AND END?
    Career development begins with career awareness. Through career awareness experiences, children, teens and adults learn about the types of businesses and organizations that exist in the local, regional and national economy, about the occupations of the people who work in those businesses and organizations, about the educational steps needed to prepare for desired careers, and about the ways that people shape their career paths. They learn about trends in the labor market and jobs that are in demand in a range of occupations and industries.
    Career development is the process that forms a person’s work identity. It is a significant part of human development and spans over the individual’s entire lifetime, beginning when the individual first becomes aware of how people make a living. For example, when a child notices that some people are doctors, others are fire fighters, and some are carpenters, it signals the start of this process. It continues as that person begins to explore occupations and ultimately decides what career to pursue him- or herself.
    Career development doesn’t end there. After you choose a profession, you must then get the required education and training, apply for and find employment, and ultimately advance in your career. For most people, it will also include changing careers and jobs at least once during their work lives, but probably more often than that.
    It is important to note that, for most individuals, career development occurs without any intervention from other people. There also isn’t a set age for when it will begin—some people will start to think about occupational choices very early in life, while others won’t give this subject much thought until they are relatively close to having to decide how they will earn money.
    With this, career development start at early age of our life, and as educators to every individual we must be aware what are the things that we share to them, we should impart to them the positive and let them realize their potentials and wants to their self. Career development has no end because as long as you live in our world we must upgrade our selves for our personal life and to our love ones.

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  10. For me career development is lifelong process it is a cyclical process. If the students finish their study and they become alumni of the school and find a job they will still face the steps in career development which is first assessing themselves what are their skills or preferences, then second they match skills to possibile jobs third build skills, fourth is look for or obtain another job and then career transition then go back again from the first phase. So it never stops its cyclical. As a teacher leading the path for the students and bringing out their potentials make a big difference to make every child’s dream come true. Opening their minds to see their skills, talents and potentials helps our student have ideas on what job they like or want in the future.

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  11. When and where ” Career Development” start and end?

    According to Dawn Rosenberg Mckay Career development is the process that forms a person’s work identity. It is a significant part of human development and spans over the individual’s entire lifetime, beginning when the individual first becomes aware of how people make a living. For example, when a child notices that some people are doctors, others are firefighters, and some are carpenters, it signals the start of this process. It continues as that person begins to explore occupations and ultimately decides what career to pursue him- or herself.
    Career development doesn’t end there. After you choose a profession, you must then get the required education and training, apply for and find employment, and ultimately advance in your career. For most people, it will also include changing careers and jobs at least once during their work lives, but probably more often than that.
    It is important to note that, for most individuals, career development occurs without any intervention from other people. There also isn’t a set age for when it will begin—some people will start to think about occupational choices very early in life, while others won’t give this subject much thought until they are relatively close to having to decide how they will earn money.
    While many individuals go through this process independently, almost everyone can benefit greatly from getting expert career guidance. Advice from a career counselor or other similarly trained specialist, or taking a class in school that helps with career development, allows you forge a more satisfying and successful career path.
    For me, career development start at the very young age of the child, or I can say that even it is inside the womb of her mother it can differentiate what’s happening outside, it will affect the mood and feelings of the baby because of the environment of her mother. In that way, those experiences of her mother lead to her likes and dislikes. And then when the child enter in kindergarten, we can discover their talents or likes when it comes to learning, some pupil like to sing, dance, draw, to become a leader some like that .When the pupil enter in the higher level, their mind open up for what career do they want to goes on, but teachers and parents really need their support, advises, options so that their decision may lead to good outcomes. And I can say that career development never stop as long as we live in this world. Why? In our career as a teacher, we will retired of course but then were having another step or option to build another decision that will make ourselves more fruitful to other people

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  12. In today’s world where technology exists and trend changes as time goes by,developing a career is really important.Once you know your work interest,personality type and most importantly your skills,you then could identify your career field.
    According to http://www.baskool.com, career development is the series of activities or the on-going/lifelong process of developing one’s career.It usually refers to managing one’s career in an intra-organizational or inter-organizational scenario.But then when does that life long process start?
    It has been proven that preschool and kindergarten years are crucial for children as it is the time for the formation of ideas about self and world.This is the time wherein the people surrounding them help and make them understand what the world is in simple ways.From then,children start to observe people,their work and make conclusions about it.They start to form ideas about their aspirations.With this, career development starts.
    Since career development is a life long process,therefore it doesn’t end.The world is changing and it’s demand changes as well.An invidual continues to aspire more as long as there is an occupation that will make use of one’s strength.

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  13. Blogpost #2
    Career Development
    When is the right time? When should career development “start and end”
    – lt is a lifetime process that encompassing the growth and change process of childhood that formal career education at school and the maturational processes that continue throughout a persons working adulthood and into retirement.
    The common pattern of multiple careers during individuals adult years requires that they evaluate, make personal decisions and implement career transition actions at several points during their lifetime
    5 stages – growth, exploration, eatablishment, maintenance, and decline that were thought to capture individuals work related experiences from the years of childhood to retirement.

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