University of San Agustin

Message for the Career Development Seminar

Congressman Jerry P. Treñas

Allow me to extend my warmest compliments to the organizers and participants of today’s Career Development Seminar. This seminar was made possible through the efforts of the 4th year BS Business Administration – Major in Management Accounting students of the University of San Agustin, led by class president Adrian Orlina.

Career development is a serious matter that should be discussed by college students as early as possible. It is not advisable for any student to leave the sheltered gates of their school and enter the untamed world of the proverbial “real-world” without a blueprint for their chosen professional track. While the graduates of the University of San Agustin are definitely well-equipped to handle the rigors of the world of work, the highly competitive nature of the present-day employment context requires the students, especially those who are about to graduate, to have a clear idea of what they want in order to gain entry into their preferred industry.

There are a lot of factors that must be considered by students before they venture ahead in their chosen career paths. One of the most pressing issues that plague both the employers and potential employees nowadays is the problem of job matching. Simply put, the supply of workers does not meet the demand of the employers. The specialization skills of the new graduates do not meet the actual demand in the job market. In order to address this problem, the students must carefully weigh their options before choosing a particular course. One must research the availability of jobs in a given industry before choosing to enter a course that can land employment in his or her chosen field.

Another potential road block that may hamper your career development is the highly competitive nature of today’s job market. You have to compete with those who already have work experience and against people who pursued further studies in order to increase their chances to obtain work or to be promoted. In any case, the best way for you to be competitive in today’s workplace is to exhibit a work ethic that is superior to that of your peers. You must also find time to develop new skills so that you can gain a comparative advantage against your fellow workers or job seekers. With an impressive work-ethic and diverse repertoire of skills, you can trump even those who have masteral degrees and extensive work experience in your chosen industry.

If you are devoted to your craft, nothing is impossible for you to reach. Your ability to climb the corporate ladder, or to be the best in your chosen field, is contingent on your dedication to excel in your profession. Nothing will be given to you on a silver platter, and your potential employers will always have a strong pool of job seekers to choose from. So I challenge you, my young friends, to always strive to become better than the rest. Being complacent or settling for mediocrity will be your downfall in the workplace.

Plan your career ahead and always maintain a competitive edge. Be confident in your abilities, but never be satisfied with your current knowledge or skills set. These are the keys to fast-track your career. Thank you very much and may you all succeed in your future professions.