Cagayan de Oro City is a fast growing metropolis in Mindanao in terms of business, infrastructures, and other aspects benefiting a major city. Many investors would come here to invest their money and set up their business here in Mindanao. These investors are coming in from other countries because they believe that Cagayan de Oro City is a good place to for business with a good peace and order record for corporate expansion.
But,one of the current issues in Cagayan de Oro Citynow is unemployment. This issue has always been an Achilles heel not only for Cagayanons but, also from people from the provinces coming to the city to search for work. Recently though, some of the unemployed Cagayanons were victims of the “Sendong” calamity. Lack of education is another bigfactor for unemployment. Though many companies are in need of employees but,many applicants are simply not qualified to satisfy the company standards and needs.For someCagayanons though, it’s a simple lack of confidence in applying for jobs, especially in terms of English communication skills and lack competitiveness.
One solution to the education and confidence problem is for colleges in the city and surrounding provinces to introduce graduation modules, workshops, and seminars that focus on job searching, job placements, how to write proper application letters and resumes, boosting confidence levels during job searches, and how to face interviews and answer interview questions objectively. In this way, fresh graduates will not be groping in the dark when applying for jobs.
Another solution is for schools to boost and push to improve the learning skills in the English. Now more than ever, English is now the accepted language of global business. Unfortunately, in spite of the increase in the demand for Philippine outsourcing services, the Philippines is slowly sinking in its English language skills output and this is clearly seen in its many graduates who lack even basic speaking and writing skills.
If at least in Cagayan de Oro these solutions can be implemented then Cagayanon graduates can become language articulate, confident and skillful and thus, not suffer so much from unemployment.