Last October 29, the Guidance and Counseling Office, through the initiative of Guidance Counselor Alma S. Bayudan Ph.D., scheduled a virtual job fair for graduate and graduating students of ASCOT. They partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment and six companies for the event.

Interested job seekers were told to register online four days before the event. The link was posted on the ASCOT Guidance and Counseling page. Job seekers were asked to submit their resumes and official transcript of records (OTR) to Ma’am Alma’s e-mail.

Student Affairs and Services Director Von Gerald gave the welcoming remarks. He told students that the college is there for them from enrollment to employment. He told them to do their best and be inspired. Vice President for Academic Affairs Evi Q. Fontanos Ph.D. gave the inspirational message. She shared that this activity is an excellent way to help graduates in their job-seeking. This is a way to let the job-seekers know-how job applications and interviews works—like training. This will lessen the anxiousness of the graduates when they apply to other companies in the future.

President Eutiquio L. Rotaquio Jr Ph.D. also gave a message. He shared that the college have seen an increase in enrollment from 3,829 (2nd-semester S.Y. 2020-2021) and now 6,542 (1st-semester S.Y. 2021-2022). Many ASCOTians will that will enter the labor force. Thus, it is essential to hold events such as this virtual job fair. He hopes that activities such as this could be extended to those students and graduates for far-flung areas and having internet connectivity issues. He also expressed the need to have an online tracking of graduates.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was represented by Engr. Antonio M. Sicat Jr, Senior Labor Employment Office. He commended the conduct of the virtual job fair as it was the first to be done in Aurora this year. He acknowledges the difficulty of conducting job fairs during this time of the pandemic. He introduced the department, what they do, and how they help in employment.

Engr. Sicat highlighted the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). It helps in listing the skillsets within a town. It surveys businesses for job opportunities. It serves as a bridge for employers and job-seekers. He also shared about the livelihood programs that the department implements with the help of the Local Government Units (LGUs).

After that, Ma’am Alma introduced the six companies that participated in the job fair. These companies are:
1.) Global Mode Manpower services
2.) Green World Agri Solution Incorporated
3.) BAMMM Business Ventures Incorporated
4.) Prime Sales Incorporated
5.) Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation
6.) Sea and Sierra Vista Incorporated

Only four were able to share a presentation introducing their company. Ma’am Alma shared the job opportunities for each of the six companies. Two were unable to present due to prior commitment. Ma’am Alma assured job-seekers that all six companies will schedule interviews with applicants.

After the program, the job-seekers were asked to stand by for the calls of the companies that wishes to interview them.