De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) organized a Career Talk last September 27, 2018, in the Sylvia P. Lina Theater attended by the Grades 9 and 10 students to help them decide which career track they will be taking once they enter Senior High. They invited Zobel alumnus from different professions to talk about their experiences and how DLSZ helped them decide which career path to take. Among the 3 speakers, I was invited to represent and share my experience working in a corporate setting while Mich Del Carmen (Middle) and Nico Elorde (Right) represented the entrepreneurs and the athletes respectively.
Almost 750 students who dressed the part of their chosen careers attended the talk about how they can identify their interests, strengths, and weakness to help them realize what career they will be passionate about. The hosts arranged a talk that would be more interactive that’s why they decided to do a talk show instead of a traditional presentation. The talk revolved around our current career, deciding factors in choosing our career, challenges, and expectations. Most of us didn’t know what career to take except for Nico since he was playing competitive and organized basketball since he was in Grade 4 and now he’s playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). While Mich and I were still confused on which careers to take when we're still in High School.
We highlighted that in choosing your career, these are the necessary things to consider:
- Reason (Why?)
Mich and Nico were also able to discuss their challenges. Mich, a successful entrepreneur, currently has 2 food trucks across Metro Manila had a hard time during the inception of her businesses. While Nico discussed how hard it was for him to secure a roster spot with a PBA team (Northport Batang Pier). They highlighted that hard work and perseverance are the key elements in keeping that dream alive.
It was indeed an interactive and successful career talk. Choosing a career is one of the most difficult decisions that a student will make. I am glad that I was able to inspire and educate these students in choosing their careers.
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