By 2022, the Department of Information Technology and Communications (DICT) is expected to create more than 1.5 million jobs for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. But, there is a lack of IT skills and expertise despite a large number of young population in the country. That is why senior and college students are urged to aim for IT courses.
A nationwide enrollment for School Year 2017-2018 has already started. To ensure that there will be a mismatch of careers in the future, incoming students should take up study programs that are aligned to IT to get hired.
According to Wesley Chiongbian, who runs the online job site Mynimo.com, there is an oversupply of graduates in the field of hotel and restaurant management; production and manufacturing; and administrative, office and clerical jobs. But, only a few in IT-related courses.
Chiongbian also said that based on the people who register in his online job site, a lot of individuals are looking for jobs in these fields. But, companies looking for people with these skills are low. He added that the most in-demand jobs come from the outsourcing sector. In the BPO industry, it is possible for a walk-in applicant to get a job right away and can start even on the same day.
Aside from BPO industry, there is also a need in sales and marketing, engineering, architecture, retail, accounting and finance. This demand is also the concern in the local regions as well.
Meanwhile, the government also fast-track its infrastructure project to boost the Philippine economy. It has been known that the Philippines is now the Rising Tiger of Asia. It has the fastest growing economy in the Asian-Pacific region. Despite political volatilities, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecast remains positive. Among the main key driver of the country’s economy are the OFW remittances and outsourced services.
Students urged to aim for careers in IT, BPO, blue-collar jobs, Cebudailynews.inquirer.net