Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. launches model career centers in the Philippines

T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz (third from left) and USAID Director for Education Robert Burch (fourth from left) led the inauguration of the new T.I.P. Career Center, the first of its kind in the Philippines. The new facility will enhance the value and desirability of graduates to business and industry. They are joined by USAID Program Management Specialist Mirshariff Tillah, and STRIDE Chief of Party Dr. David Hall and STRIDE Research and Industry Partnerships Manager Dr. Richard Abendan. Also present were T.I.P. Executive Vice President Angel Lahoz and AVP for Administration Angelo Lahoz.

The T.I.P. Career Centers in the Quezon City and Manila campuses were established as a project under the USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program, a five-year Php 1.3 billion initiative by the USAID that aims to spur inclusive economic growth in the Philippines.

In a recent ceremony, T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz and USAID Director for Education Robert Burch unveiled the T.I.P. Career Center marker in the presence of USAID Program Management Specialist Mirshariff Tillah with STRIDE Chief of Party Dr. David Hall, STRIDE Research and Industry Partnerships Manager Dr. Richard Abendan, and T.I.P. school officials.

These career centers offer student development, career advising and job placement programs to provide students with valuable resources needed for internship and employement, job market information and career advice and skills training. Furthermore, these centers provide an avenue for improved interaction between T.I.P. and companies, in the hope of deepening existing relations and exploring new partnership possibilities.

"The T.I.P career centers support our commitment to help our graduates jump start their careers by linking them with industries and ensuring they are fully equipped, not only with relevant technical knowledge and functional skills, but also with industry-desired knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and internship experiences, towards helping contribute to national development," said Dr. Lahoz.

In the Philippines, only a few schools have been identified by USAID STRIDE to pilot the US-modeled career centers, including T.I.P. USAID STRIDE through the William Davidson Institute of the University of Michigan then invited Standford University Career Center executive director Dr. Farouk Dey and University of California, Berkeley Career Center director Thomas Devlin to directly guide T.I.P. in setting up its career centers.

Following these talks, and a one-week training, T.I.P. hosted a career center symposium last November 2014 where the said US experts encouraged officials of different schools to establish career center in their respective schools.

As a recent follow-up to the project, T.I.P. Career Center director Dr. Frank Alejandrino recently went on a benchmarking visit to Standford University and UC Berkeley to gather more insights and career center best practices, with the aim of further strengthening the capability of T.I.P. in managing its own career centers.

"STRIDE works on engaging and building relationships between universities and industry. This enhanced interaction between industry and academe can result in graduates entering the workforce with the skills and training that are most suited to industry's needs, while also serving to aid the recruitment and placement of graduates to careers that maximize their potential," said Dr. Hall.

The development of the career centers is one of several projects that T.I.P. and USAID STRIDE are undertaking to benefit T.I.P. students, industry partners and the country.