Last September 27-30, 2016, UP CAPES held the Seminar Series, helping direct engineering students to the path that they want to go into. Experienced speakers from different fields (Research and Development/Academe, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate) gave talks related to their industries.
The talks held on the first day featured Dr. Rizalinda de Leon and Engr. Joey Ocon from the Research and Development (R&D) branch. Dr. de Leon discussed the significance of R&D in a global scale and the usual roles of people in R&D in the society, while Engr. Ocon shared stories about his experiences and lessons learned from being in the academe.
The second day talks focused on Government path, having Dr. Joel Marciano Jr. and Engr. George Soriano as speakers. Dr. Marciano shared stories about his work in DPWH and the values that people working in the government develop. Engr. Soriano, on the other hand, talked about the lack of appreciation of R&D in the Philippines and its significance for our development as a country.
The third day talks highlighted the Entrepreneurship path, as they had Engr. Justin Marco Tee and Mr. Ruel Amparo share their experiences in their field. Engr. Tee shared how he, from working in a corporate environment, came into joining and starting his own start-ups and that passion is a vital thing when venturing in this field. Likewise, Mr. Amparo shared how start-ups are started and the opportunities that are offered for people who want to start their own company.
The last day talk featured someone from the Corporate path, Engr. Herbert Klaus Martin Hallig. Engr. Hallig talked about his university years and shared about his work in the corporate world, and that people keep on learning new things even if they are already working.
All of the talks were held in the Engineering theatre, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. There was also an exhibit on the 2nd floor lobby and a Career Test which showed people what path they are most likely to be, based on a set of questions. After answering the career test, people were encouraged to say/post on the exhibit what they are going to do with the result and where they imagine they would be in a few years. UP CAPES also gave out prizes to selected people who participated in at least one of the talks and answered the career test.