15 Dec Virtual Career Fest 2021
Virtual Career Fest 2021
by Ms. Karla Verzosa
The Career Festival with the theme Going Places is centered on topics related to success and values that are essential in the career decision-making process. The event covered different activities which include Career Exploration Talks, Career Show and Tell, Strand-Based Career Talks, College Admissions Talks, College Show and Tell, Personality Development Workshop and the first ever Virtual Career Fair. Now on its second ODL year, all career fest activities were conducted using the zoom application as the official platform.
Simultaneous career talks were organized per level for Junior High School Students on November 10 and 22, 2021. Grades 7 and 8 adapted the theme Plan Ahead which featured invited student leaders from Senior High School. It was held on the first day of the second semester, November 22, 2021 during the Homeroom Period. The invited speakers shared their personal journeys in high school. It was specifically designed to address the needs of the younger batches in terms of adjustment and coping with the demands of high school life.
On November 10, 2021, the Career Show and Tell for Grade 9 students with the theme Choosing Destination highlighted the testimonials of ICA alumnae from three different fields namely Graphic Arts, Media and Journalism and Culinary Arts/Entrepreneurship. Students were given the opportunity to listen and interact with professionals outside their usual family networks and to learn by listening in “real world” contexts.
The Grade 10, for its part, were provided with Strand-Based Career Talks with the theme Embark Together. This plenary session enabled students to listen and ask questions to invited speakers from the first cohort of the IBDP Curriculum (Xenix Batch) and second cohort of the K-12 curriculum (Aeris Batch). It served as a learning session in relation to strand choice and college course decision making.
The Senior High School Career Fest activities were held on November 25-26, 2021. The College Admissions Talk for Grade 11 students adapted the theme Off to College. The session provided an opportunity for the prestigious local universities to discuss their respective academic programs and course offerings. On the other hand, the College Show and Tell was conducted simultaneously for the graduating batch with the theme College Bound. These talks enabled Grade 12 students to listen and interact with invited college students from different local universities. It provided an avenue for them to share something about college life and their choice of course. These talks were designed to address the needs of the senior high school students in terms of preparing themselves as they begin the process of being college-ready by the time they finish high school.
In partnership with Edukasyon.ph and Dove Self-Esteem project, the Virtual Personality Development Workshop was provided for SHS/IB students on both days. It is an interactive workshop where students embark on a journey to build their confidence and self-esteem by taking a series of online learning activities guided by experts. The theme Confident Me: Virtual Camp consists of a series of short discussions with infographics, video content materials played on screen and interactive student polls that added up to online engagement and participation. It was specifically designed to address the needs of senior high school students in optimizing college readiness.
On its first year on a virtual platform, the Career Fair 2021 adapted the theme, #TakeOff2021. With AUG Student Services as the official service provider and partner education agency, the virtual fair was participated from over 25 local and foreign universities. It served as an opportunity for students to interact with college admissions representatives and discuss about their respective academic programs and course offerings. Through this interactive digital platform, students were able to receive more in-time information about the university by listening to the presentations that were made available during the simultaneous breakout sessions. Through this event, they were able to discover different options and explore new insights about college placement.