career01December 6, 2013 – The Municipality of Dalaguete held its first ever Career Day aimed at helping senior students make wise career decisions after graduation. Graced by almost 1200 seniors, the activity which took place in two separate venues was a resounding success with 28 universities, colleges, and technical-vocational education training centers answering queries from the student-participants.

Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante has long envisioned this activity to guide young graduates from Dalaguete in their career options and in their choice of college degree programs to pursue. With the help of Ms. Lizara Soloriano of Dalaguete On-line Labor Resource (DOLLAR) office and Ms. Gena Buenconsejo of the Community Development (ComDev) office, the plan for the Career Day materialized as early as August this year. Crucial to the conceptualization of the program was Mr. Bill Flannery, a retired US Navy officer living in Dalaguete, who worked closely with Ms. Soloriano since last year.

The Career Day activities were held in two venues. Representatives from higher education institutions set up tables and audio-visual materials at the Dalaguete Cultural and Sports Complex. In the morning, senior students from Mantalongon, Casay, Cawayan, Manlapay and Caleriohan National High Schools went “shopping” literally for schools. While in the Dalaguete National High School covered court, students from Dalaguete and Caliongan National High Schools and St. Mary’s Academy listened to invited speakers from different fields of profession share their experiences and successes related to their career choices. The two groups exchanged location in the afternoon.

Many big universities from Cebu City and Dumaguete sent representatives to the delight of the students. What caught the students’ interest, however, was the realization of the many possibilities they have after high school graduation that some sat down after moving around more confused. Thanks to their advisers and the principals who were also around, the students were enlightened on how to approach the situation. They also received more information from school representatives who untiringly answered the students’ many questions.

Overall, feedbacks from the students, the teachers and representatives from different universities and colleges were favorable compensating the efforts of the many people who were behind the success of this first ever Career Day in the Municipality of Dalaguete.


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