Slated in Baguio City on October 16-18, the 1st NorthPhil Tourism Forum and Career Fair organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) office in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) unveils the many tourism career opportunities in the Philippines.
“The fair will highlight the rise of our region as M.I.C.E. (meetings, incentive, travel, conventions and exhibitions) ‘CAReer’ hub for tourism,” said DOT-CAR regional director and project proponent Marie Venus Q. Tan.
“Such opportunities are open to all graduating students who are looking for a career ion the tourism industry,” Tan said.
The 3-day event includes lectures and fora on topics related to tourism career opportunities and practices as it brings the academe to the realities of the industry’s needs.
The speakers, who are the icons of practically all the tourism sectors, will present their personal and professional experiences in their respective career paths and provide tips on how to spot and seize opportunities for industry growth and advancement, thus resulting in jobs and livelihood generation.
“As industry leaders, they will talk about the realities in their respective sectors such as the culinary and restaurants, hotels and resorts, M.I.C.E., cruise, airlines and aviation, and travel and tours, among others,” Tan pointed out.
Also to be featured are the new breeds of tourism entrepreneurs who do business online using various mobile applications and other enabling digital mechanisms, including the income potentials that these can generate.
“And to fully equip and empower the graduates, they will be given a free seminar on basic productivity and quality concepts; communicating service quality; understanding, satisfying and managing customer expectations; and the art of effective listening and communication,” Tan explained.
Trainers from the Department of Labor and Employment will also teach future employees on how to conduct themselves during employment interviews, while at the workplace, when subjected to sexual harassment, and how to deal with reality of HIV in the community, among others.
Likewise, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will present its training programs and assistance to graduates in searching and qualifying for jobs. Another interesting session is about proper grooming where experts provide the formula in picking the right clothes, hairstyle and makeup for various occasions and situations. This session includes discussion on the effective verbal and non-verbal communications during interviews and other forms of human interactions.
A special matching session at the career exhibition will also help jobseekers find employment that aptly suits their education, skills, personality and interests.
The 1st NorthPhil Tourism Forum and Career Fair will be held at the Camp John Hay Trade and Cultural Center as a human capital development project of the DOT’s CAR regional office in its pursuit of the National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2022.
Participants joing the event will be coming from regions 1, 2, 3, NCR and Cordillera. DIONISIO DENNIS JR. / ABN
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