There are about 13,200 students from 261 high schools registered on-line to come to the 29th Career Consultation and Guidance Fair on September 17 & 18, 2019. However, classes were cancelled in many cities because of the torrential rain on Sept 17th, but 1,100+ students still attended – and what a great time they had! On Wednesday 18th, the sun came out and thousands more poured through the doors of the World Trade Center and had a fantastic experience going round all the colleges/universities showcasing their distinctive features, and also attending seminars on different career areas and the courses that lead to them.
The 29th CCGF was staged to help students decide what career path to take, and what course and college would best equip them to achieve their goals. Over 30 local and 10 international colleges and universities participated by showing SHS students the course offerings available and the careers that they would lead to – both here and abroad. Student experience was optimal with students enjoying hair cuts at David’s Salon Institute, taking career aptitude assessments at Profiles Asia, finding out about tech courses at FEU Tech and Adamson, and looking at courses with professional licensure at UST, UP, CEU, Mapua and Trinity. Southville showed how international qualifications could be taken in the Philippines and LPU had materials on all aspects of tourism, while Enderun specialized in Hotel Management.
Organized by International Education Specialists, Ms. Helen Bartholomew the founder said, “we were greatly concerned for the students with classes being cancelled, but those that came were rewarded by receiving more personal attention from the exhibitors; also the seminars were tightly focused on topics highly relevant to the students. With the school year moving to later in the year in 2020, the 30th CCGF will be held in October next year – and hopefully we will avoid the monsoon rains.”
The CEU choir opened the event with a doxology and the national anthem, and the ribbon cutting was conducted by VIP guests from the Australian, Canadian & US Embassies, assisted by visitors from the overseas universities. But for the students, the most important aspect was to be able to talk to the college admission officers one-on-one, and ask questions about careers, courses and colleges. Come rain or shine the 29th CCGF was a great success, contributing to nation-building, and greatly helping high schools and their guidance counselors in their role of advising their senior high school students.