FutureYou.PH for future you

18 June 2015

Do you remember what your earliest childhood dream was? Mine was to become a ballerina, and then it changed on an almost monthly basis, with my career aspirations ranging from becoming a store cashier to becoming a painter or a scientist or a businesswoman or a radio DJ or an accountant. I was a very fickle child who believed in the beauty of possibilities.

I arrived at my most fervent dream of being a writer when I was in sophomore year in high school. Having been a book-lover since I was young, I was further inspired to develop this love affair with words because of Miss Mia Fausto-Cruz, the then-EIC of Candy magazine. Meeting her in person was a huge fangirl moment for me.

When I got to senior year in high school, I was in denial that we were growing up and would have to go to college soon. Because I was (and still am) stubborn, I refused to look for a university to apply to. I was so adamant in refusing to grow up that before I knew it, January has rolled around and I still didn’t have a college and course to go to, so I gritted my teeth and went with my friends to the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and took the entrance exam. I got lucky because I got in and even though I feel like it just landed on my lap because I didn’t really proactively search for it (at the time it was one of the only few universities who are still accepting college applicants), PLM is actually one of the best universities in the Philippines. I am a proud Iska.

I remember that filling out the form was one of the most momentous (read: stressful) days of my life because it felt like my whole future depended on that moment. Upon scanning the list of courses available, I zeroed in on Mass Communication but hesitated because what I knew about the industry then was limited to Broadcasting and Publication and I didn’t really want to work in TV nor radio. I haven’t been acquainted to Public Relations yet and Social Media hasn’t been born then, so I was worried about possible career choices when I graduate. I ticked Accountancy as my first choice but prayed to high heavens that I get accepted by the College of Mass Communication instead.

Again, I got lucky. My four years in Mass Communication were some of the most defining, liberating, enriching, and tumultuous years in my life and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Kids today are even luckier because the influx of technology and emergence of new industries gave them even more possible career choices to take their pick from. Add to that helpful tools like FutureYou.ph and the future looks a wee bit clearer.

As I said, I recognize I got lucky and I am thankful because every step that I’ve taken led me to this moment in my career. However, I would advise you to take more time in thinking this through. Your future depends on the choices you make today so it’s not advisable to arrive at a decision so hastily. If you’re in high school and you’re already thinking of what path to take in the future, or maybe you already know but are seeking validation, I recommend that you check out FutureYou.ph.

FutureYou.ph is an online tool for exploring career opportunities and their education and training pathways. A project of the Philippine Business for Education and in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Philippines, it provides the youth easy access to the latest job market and education information they need to make better decisions about their future. Even though I am very happy with the choices I made and would do it all over again given the chance, I can’t help but think I would’ve found FutureYou.ph really helpful. I’m the type who finds arriving at major decisions easier if the Pros and Cons are listed one-by-one so I could compare and contrast, so FutureYou.ph’s interface appealed to me.

Probably the most important thing to note is that FutureYou.ph is not a job application site. What it does is that it provides you with basic information on available jobs now and in the next few years so that you can start the career planning process even before you go to college. You are not limited to just the jobs that are in demand at any given time, though. If, like me, you pay no heed as to which jobs are on-trend, FutureYou.ph also gives you a peek at the industry you’re interested in so you can ultimately decide whether you want to be part of that world or not. After you have specified the degree you would want to have, FutureYou.ph also lists down the qualifications needed as well as the schools that offer that degree. The Explore Schools Page is where you can find schools based on your personal preferences while the Top Performing Schools link lets you find out if your preferred school is a consistent top performer in the licensure exams.

In less than three years of being in the PR industry, I got promoted again and will officially be ARC PR’s PR Assistant Manager effective July 1. As I mentioned earlier, I would gladly make the same choices if I could do it all over again, but I would’ve probably become part of this industry sooner and not have spent five years dilly-dallying in a completely different field. I hope FutureYou.ph helps a lot of you go after your dreams and pave the way for you to reach them.

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