After conducting series of launchings, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI has successfully conducted this year’s Career Week 2018.

The program, which is a part of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) is aimed to further address the problem of job mismatch among the youth in the country.

This year’s Career Week Celebration theme is dubbed as “PH 4.0: Preparing for a Digital-Ready Workforce” as an addition to the weeklong celebrations tag-line which is “Follow the Guide, Tag a Career, Like the Future.”

As explained by DOLE XI Employment Focal Person Marlito D. Ayala, we are now at the fourth wave of industrial revolution as a result of the different technological advancements.

“As technology continues to progress, there is now the existence of artificial intelligence and machines as we are not at the fourth wave of industrial revolution. This poses a greater challenge for you to continue enhancing your skills,” Ayala said during one of his messages addressed to the student participants.

DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante also encouraged the students during his participation during the Career Week Launching in Davao City.

The Career Week Celebration from July 23 to August 3, 2018 was conducted in the seven pilot areas in Davao Region namely: Cateel, Davao Oriental; Don Marcelino, Davao Occiental; Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur; Lupon, Davao Oriental; New Bataan, Compostela Valley; Davao City; and Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA XI Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) Career Ambassador Ms. Mary Jane P. Trinidad also joined the series of launching to share her story of inspiration in choosing a career to all the aspiring students. Trinidad is the owner of Krystelle’s Salon and Spa and also the Krystelle’s Salon Academie, Inc. in Mati, Davao Oriental.

One of DOLE Davao Region’s best practices in the implementation of the CGAP, Career Week Celebration is a joint effort of the Technical Working Group composed of DOLE, TESDA, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and Department of Education (DepEd).

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI