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DOLE tells students to take courses that are in demand

April 18, 2011 5:51pm
High school graduates going to college next school year should break away from the herd mentality and instead consider taking courses in line with the needs of the market, Labor Sectretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a briefing Monday.

“Decide on career choices on the basis of what the labor market needs – and not on what is popular – to enable you to land jobs after graduation," Baldoz said during the launch of her department’s website on jobs.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has launched a career guide website – – to help high school graduates decide on specific courses to take in college or in technical and vocational schools.

"My advice to them is to decide on a course or study that will land them jobs after graduation. They should go for careers that the labor market needs, and not because a career is in vogue or popular," Baldoz further said.

On top of DOLE’s list of recommended courses are those in connected to the agriculture, industry and service sectors. It believes that experts in agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishing will be in demand in the coming years.

Baldoz also advised students to take up courses related to the mining, quarrying and manufacturing industries, especially electricity, gas and water supply, and construction.

The department noted that the service sector will need more manpower in the coming years, including hotels and restaurants; transport, storage and communications; financial intermediation; real estate; wholesale and retail trade; motor vehicle and motorcycle repair; and personal and household goods.

Courses that emphasize literature, humanities and the arts are not a priority on the department’s list.

College students should also delved into the fields of public administration, defense, compulsory social security education, health and social work, as well as other community, social and personal service activities. — AY/VS, GMA News
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