Friday, November 26, 2010

PMAP, Dingdong Dantes, SEAIR and the High Flyer Campaign

We were invited to a press conference for the PMAP High Flyers campaign. PMAP (People Management Association of the Philippines) together with Dingdong Dantes and SEAIR seeks to engage the youth to show how a student is the embodiment of initiative, communication skills and critical thinking. I believe this is a worthy cause. It is an honor to be able to guide students, while they are still in school, of the situation they will be facing once they leave their alma matter. There are others who want to enlighten young bright minds that the technical skills you learn in school and being booksmart are not enough when faced with companies who are looking for behavioral skills during a work interview. Don't you agree? I realized this from the moment I sat in that very first interview when I already graduated and I felt a tinge of regret that school was over and I could not do anything about the co-curricular activities portion of my resume. What I do realize now is that there are other organizations out there and other things you can do to help society. It is not as easy to get into though as student life. Plus, parents would still cringe at the idea of you doing extra-curricular activities. Newsflash: it might just help you and your kids to land that job or to succeed in their adult lives.

Kudos to PMAP for their concern of the mismatch happening in our society and for putting this important thing out in the open. If only I had heard about this during my high school days, I would have more faith in myself and my skills today. I would have stopped wandering throughout my student life with what I wanted to do after college and started doing things like joining orgs or helping people with a goal to develop myself in mind. I guess I can still do that now in my life. For the youth today, it is never too late. Be a high flyer and win throughout your life. I'll let Dingdong Dantes do the talking now.

Catch him in this video for the contest:

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