Seminar Series 2016

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.

Jobfair 2016

Last February 9 – 12 and 15 – 19, the UP Career Assistance Program for Engineering Students, known as UP CAPES, together with Shell Philippines, UP CAPES’ official company partner, played host to the premier seminar and career fair of the UP College of Engineering (UP CoE) – Jobfair 2016.

Jobfair is a career fair that allows undergraduates and graduating students of UP CoE to directly interact with representatives of the top industries in the Philippines. From February 15 – 19, the different floors of Melchor Hall were home to company booths where undergraduate and graduating students got to know more about the different companies and the career options that they offered.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony led by UP CAPES President Sofia Jeresano launched the start of Jobfair 2016. Ms. Jeresano was also accompanied by representatives of Shell Philippines. Jobfair 2016s theme is, “Step into the Spotlight,” accompanied by recurring notes of film and cinema.

This 2016, Jobfair garnered a record-breaking number of representatives from 105 of the country’s leading companies and industries from a variety of sectors, catering to the internship and employment needs of students from the 12 undergraduate degree programs offered by the UP CoE. Though the Jobfair’s main target audience is the students of the UP CoE, it also welcomes undergraduate and graduating students from other colleges or institutions in and out of UP Diliman who are looking for internship or employment opportunities as well.

Many Student Services were also made available from the 15th to the 19th in order to assists students in their internship and job hunting. Jobfair 2016 provided a printing service, rated at 3 pesos per page, to ensure that participating students will have hard copies of their resume when they visit company booths. Though students would often hand copies of their resumes to the company representatives directly as they walk into the company’s booth, the Resume Box, an online dropbox where students can submit digital copies of their resumes to their desired companies, is also made available to students who missed the opportunity to submit a resume to a particular company. Two free shuttle services, in the form of electronic jeepneys, were also available during the Jobfair to provide students with easy transportation to Melchor Hall.

Applications for SSS and NBI Clearance were also made available during Jobfair 2016, making it much easier for students to get these official papers without needing to leave the campus. The Career Handbook, a handbook containing tips for starting a successful career after college, was also distributed to the graduating CoE students. Though Career Handbooks were solely distributed to graduating students, undergraduates were also given a guide that would help them maximize their visit to the Jobfair called the Jobfair Primer. Aside from the company booths themselves, Jobfair 2016 also provided venues where companies could conduct interviews and exams for their internship and job applications.

In addition to the 105 company booths, Jobfair 2016 also had series of company talks from the 9th to the 19th. Aside from gaining a deeper insight into the kind of work that a particular company does in these talks, students that log-in their attendance using their CAPES Card earn attendance points, qualifying them to win exciting prizes in the Seminars Challenge.

Resume Writing Seminar

Last October 28, UP CAPES held the Résumé Writing Seminar in the Engineering Theater as part of its Career Seminar Series. In this seminar, Mr. Richmon Pancho, a professor from the Department of English and Comparative Literature in UP Diliman, talked about the most vital parts of any résumé and even gave tips on how to make a résumé even more of a standout.

Aside from indicating key personal and current information about one’s self such as complete name, address, contact number, and professional email address in a résumé, Mr. Pancho began by mentioning the first vital part – experience. In this part of a résumé, he suggested that one should evaluate which of one’s past jobs is both impressive and relevant to the job applied for and only indicate those in the résumé. Should there be more than one job deemed relevant or one feels can really impress the employer, arrange these in a reverse chronological order (most current first). He also emphasized to never include the number of months one held onto a particular job if one’s stay with that company is less than a year. “If you skip from one job to another in less than six months, you are trouble for the company,” he said. Regarding internships and volunteer work, Mr. Pancho suggested to include these only if they are relevant to the job applied for.

He then moved onto another vital part of the résumé – education. Again, he mentioned that one’s educational milestones should be written in reverse chronological order as well. First, indicate the degrees or licenses that one has attained. Next, mention the certificates that one may have. Last, if one has learned any advance training from any institution such as TESDA, this should be included that as well. Mr. Pancho, at this point, urged everyone in the room to apply for a TESDA certification despite the notion that TESDA-accredited certificates connote blue-collar jobs because it is something that employers find unique about one’s resume. One thing that should never be done, according to Mr. Pancho, is to mention achievements obtained in the elementary level. One may mention achievements from high school, but these should be downplayed. As for college level education, he suggested to not include details about it except for one’s major and distinctions or awards received during this time. These should only be included if one is still in college or has just graduated. GWA should only be indicated on a resume if it is only above 1.50. Additionally, listing course work that one has taken that are related to the job applied for should be indicated. Should one still be working on an uncompleted degree, the résumé should indicate the title of the degree being taken as well as the expected year of graduation.

When it comes to personal affiliations, another vital part of the résumé, Mr. Pancho said to include only the most current, relevant, and impressive affiliations that one may have. “Kung naging affiliated kayo sa isang group 10 years ago and you’re not active [in it], then don’t include them there [in the résumé],” he stated. Another important rule that he mentioned is to only indicate affiliations that will help one be more appealing to the employer. Skills that are relevant to leadership roles (e.g. chairperson, board of director, etc.) should also be highlighted in this section of the résumé. He also mentioned that stating political affiliations may be taken negatively by the employer so one must be careful should one decide to put it in one’s résumé.

Another vital part of any résumé is the section on personal interests. In this section, he suggested to only list interests that are related to one’s career objective. One mustn’t indicate interests that are irrelevant or maybe even offensive to the employer.

The last vital section of the résumé is the references portion. According to Mr. Pancho, there are two ways to go about this. The first way is to write the phrase, “References available upon request.” If one opts for this route, make sure to bring a separate sheet listing one’s references together with their contact details. The second way to go about indicating references is to bring the same list of references and only give it to the interviewer when he or she asks for it.

He concluded the seminar by giving even more tips for writing a good résumé such as the document should be visually enticing but not overbearing, it has to be consistent in form, it should be free from errors, and other similar tips.

Job Interview Seminar

Last October 23, Friday, the students of the UP College of Engineering were taught how to arm themselves for the cutthroat battle that is facing a job interview. As one of the instalments of UP CAPES’ Career Seminar Series, in partnership with Shell Philippines and sponsorship from L’oreal Philippines, this talk was made possible as part of the organization’s efforts to gear up Engineering students for the life after graduation.

Invited to speak about the do’s and don’ts of job interviews was Mr. Joaquin Narciso, a UP Diliman BS Business Administration graduate from the Class of 2014 who is now working at L’oreal as a human resource manager. During that afternoon, he shared with the eager audience how an aspirant can ace a job interview in a dash.

As with all things, he emphasized the importance of thorough preparation. Whether it would be more convenient to drive your car, commute or have yourself dropped off in order to get to the place of interview, one should have decided upon this matter days before the actual event. Moreover, if time would allow it, visit the meet-up site. It is of significance to be familiar with the ambience and people in the place so as to avoid mishaps on the interview itself.

Sir Joaqui, as he prefers to be called, did not deny the fact that hiring managers judge applicants as soon as they enter the room, from head to toe. This is why one must always dress to impress. However, attires must always be in accordance with the environment of the site of interview and the nature of the job one is applying for.

On the big day, one must make sure that he or she arrives in the place at least 30 minutes before the assigned time. A lot of misfortunes can happen in that span of time – bad luck strikes one’s day. These disasters may most likely be avoided if some leeway would be allotted.

Upon meeting people in the company, one should greet them with a cheery smile. They may not be the interviewers, but one will never know who exactly has a say on his or her acceptance into the corporation or firm. Meanwhile, a warm handshake will always be the standard opening as one meets the interviewer.

When it comes to the actual interview, answers must be kept short and concise. It should be left to the discretion of the interviewer to delve more into the points of the interviewee. Furthermore, possible questions should be prepared beforehand through extensive research on the company, its field of interest and the specifics of its work.

The speaker went on to answer a few more questions from the crowd, tackling more concerns like questions on weaknesses, manner of self- introduction to the employer, and the like. Afterwards, he wished them the best of luck in their internship and career ventures in the future. Sir Joaqui notes, as a parting message, that one must put a lot of thought into every action and doing in order to minimize mistakes and ensure success.

CAPES Week

 

Last September 15-18, the UP Career Assistance Program for Engineering Students (UP CAPES) celebrated its annual CAPES WEEK. The week-long celebration aims to promote the organization’s plans to the entire College of Engineering community for the entire academic year.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the morning of the 15th to officially open the CAPES WEEK Exhibit. Sofia Jeresano, president of UP CAPES gave the welcoming speech. Speakers such as Dr. Rhodora Gonzales (UP CAPES’ faculty adviser), Dr. Joanna Resurreccion (Associate Dean of Student Affairs, College of Engineering), as well as guest speakers from Pilipinas Shell (UP CAPES’ corporate partner) also shared a few words during the opening ceremony. The exhibit showcased a large career map where students can trace and map-out their desired future careers, a featurette on the I am the Philippine Engineer campaign started by UP CAPES last 2014, and a freedom wall where students can express their interpretation on what they believe a true Philippine Engineer is. Later in the afternoon, a seminar on Career Paths was also held in which Engr. Alexander Cruz (BS ChE 2015 Summa Cum Laude) from Pilipinas Shell led the talk.

On the 16th and 17th, UP CAPES held a CAPES Trivia Quest in which different trivia questions about the organization were posted all over Melchor Hall for students to answer. Students fortunate enough to answer these trivia items correctly were given prizes.

It was on the 18th that CAPES WEEK concluded with the Philippine Engineer Talk. During this talk, representatives from Pilipinas Shell who were also graduates of the UP College of Engineering shared their insights on what Philippine Engineers are and what their role is in today’s society.

Career Path Seminar

 

Last September 15, UP CAPES launched CAPES Week for this academic year with a seminar on Career Paths. For this particular talk, Engr. Alexander John Cruz (Batch 2010) recounted his experiences as a student in the UP College of Engineering and how those experiences helped him to begin paving a career in Shell Philippines.

Engr. Cruz began his talk by summarizing the journey that most undergraduate engineering students experience in their stay in UP. As students, we experience the expectation to perform in our academics with honor and excellence. In addition to academics, we also experience exposure to many activities outside the realm of Engineering. The university, according to him, presents many opportunities that enable all of us to branch-out from typical engineering interests and delve into other stimulating activities that can help us to grow holistically. He even shared the different activities that he participated in during his stay in the university – joined an organization and worked as a lab associate, tutor, ad SA in the ICE – which helped him to develop his so-called soft skills (e.g. teamwork, time managements, patience, etc.). As scholars of the premier state university, we also experience the pressure to commit to the unwritten (written for those with scholarships) rule of return-service which he himself also experienced.

He also reminds us that we also experience a lot of free time during our stay in UP. To help the university to pursue its dream of becoming a full-fledged research university, Engr. Cruz suggested that we spend our free time researching. Acts such as expounding on the experiments that we perform in our physics lab classes and expounding on the concepts we encounter in our major subjects can help us spend our free time more productively as well as help the university achieve its vision.

Engr. Cruz then talked about his experience as an intern in Shell Philippines, saying that it had helped him kick-start his career in the same company. During his internship, he was shown the different aspects of the company, being allowed to explore the different domains of the business and debunking the stereotype that engineering companies only engage technical goals.

As his career begins in Shell Philippines, he begins to see the other components that make-up the company. According to Engr. Cruz, Shell Philippines is more than just engineering and technology; it is a company that integrates the commercial aspects with the technical advances. Other departments such as finance, economics, business relations, and communications have an equally important role in the company. Upon knowing Shell Philippines’ values – honesty, integrity, and respect – Engr. Cruz was immediately humbled and thoroughly inspired.

Engr. Cruz concluded his talk by stressing the importance of integrity in creating one’s own career path. In addition to upholding integrity, he also urges everyone to include the success of others in paving a career path. Aside from making it a goal to eat isaw at Mang Larry’s, or riding the Ikot jeepney around the campus enough times to get the driver to kick you out, he says that we should also make it a goal to help others excel and play a part in other people’s success.

Image Building Seminar

 

Last October 8 at the GE Theater of the College of Engineering, the second seminar of the Career Events Series was held with the topic of Image Building. Ms. Carolina D. Tan, a certified image consultant, talked about the different aspects of personal image and how these aspects can be improved.

Ms. Tan began her talk by introducing the concept of Total Image Management. Total Image Management, according to her, is the process in which we take control of how we project ourselves to the world. Ms. Tan says that we can only improve our personal image if we are able to maximize its different aspects. The first aspect is our inner image; this refers to the hidden part of one’s self like our secrets. The second one is our assumed image, referring to the things that other people say about us. Our visual image is third and it refers to physical appearance that we project when we are around others. Our experienced image comes next. It pertains to the habits that we have gained or possessed which continue to manifest in our daily lives. The last aspect is our proven image – the so-called track record that we get from multiple experiences.

Handshakes was the next topic that Ms. Tan talked about. According to her, handshakes can either be an image maker or breaker. She demonstrated the wrong types of handshakes and gave them self-explanatory names to help those in the audience to remember such as the “limp”, “4-finger”, “bone-crusher”, “double handshake”, and the “wrist, elbow, and upper grip”. After showing the audience the wrong types of handshakes, she described the righty type of handshake. The right type of handshake should be done at arm’s length. Grasping the other person’s hand firmly and assuring that the web of your hand connects with the web of the other person’s hand is the most sincere way of performing a handshake, according to her. About two to four pumps will do. While conducting the handshake, it wouldn’t hurt to smile and maintain eye-contact with that person.

Perhaps the most important part of Ms. Tan’s talk is her emphasis on the importance of body language in projecting a positive image. According to her, people often put too much emphasis on their physical appearances when talking about a professional image. In order to truly project an image of power, it isn’t enough to dress the part. She suggests that we should match our powerful outfits with a powerful presence controlled by our body language such as standing tall, smiling, keeping a level head, and being courteous and confident.

Advanced Freshman Registration

Yearly, the University of the Philippines admits droves of excited freshmen into its campus. One of the colleges which usually accept a lot of freshmen is the College of Engineering.

The Advanced Freshman Registration (AFR) for engineering freshmen was held last July 6 – July 9, and July 13, 2015. Despite the torrential rains that hampered everyone, it was not enough to extinguish the fired-up spirits of future engineers (as well as concerned parents).

UP CAPES had its own booth, located at the Melchor Hall foyer; while an information booth and various organization booths were set-up at the 2nd floor Melchor Hall lobby.

Aside from being the first to welcome the engineering freshman, UP CAPES introduced to the freshmen its campaign: I am the Philippine Engineer; a campaign which hopes to raise engineers who are geared towards national service and development.

In order to hype the freshmen, an online contest was launched. During the AFR, freshmen were given the option to drop by UP CAPES’ photo booth and have their picture taken. Winners were randomly chosen from the photo booth participants, but they must also have liked the UP CAPES FB page and shared their photo all the while tagging the FB page.

Captions for the photo-sharing contest were optional, but from entries which did include captions; plenty were about hoping – either to join the ranks of engineers, or to win the giveaway prize.

For the duration of the AFR, about 487 UP CAPES brochures were distributed, 296 photo booth pictures taken; and around 93,000 people (possibly nationwide) online were made aware of UP CAPES, many of which were friends of the participants. With this, it can be said that UP CAPES has made a step closer towards making its campaign be known, and inspiring not only engineers but also engineers to come.

Internship & Employment Seminar

Internship Experience

In the Internship and Employment Seminar of UP CAPES held last November 3, Jamico Jamlang (BS ChE 2015) shared his experience as an intern in Mondelez International.

As an intern in Mondelez International, Jamico was assigned to the Integrated Supply Chain (South East Asia Cheese & Groceries Supply Hub) section of the company. Though he is currently a 5th year undergraduate of the Chemical Engineering department, he found himself assigned to do tasks in the company which are more inclined to those undergraduates of the Industrial Engineering department such as making boundary reviews and optimizing company portfolios. Despite the unfamiliarity with the assigned tasks, Jamico found that mentorship within the company helped him generate quality output akin to the tasks.

Aside from working on direct assignments, Jamico also experienced the typical activities regular employees of Mondelez International participate in such as attending teleconferences and touring manufacturing plants and distribution centers, and meeting new people.

Internships of Today

In addition to the experiences shared by Jamico in the Internship and Employment Seminar, Ms. Rochelle Magpoc, the Talent Management Supervisor of Del Monte Philippines, also shared some of her insights on how internships of today have changed to adapt to the new generation of undergraduates and potential employees.

Ms. Magpoc began her talk by sharing a hypothetical business situation experienced by 3M, a company known for manufacturing Post-it products. She says that though there still remains to be a wide variety of techniques invoked by HR personnel to get to know prospective interns more, most internship skills exams these days involve giving these candidates a hypothetical situation about a particular company and having them pinpoint critical details about it such as identifying the problem and proposing a solution based on the background of the interviewee. For example, Ms. Magpoc mentioned that when she is interviewing an Industrial Engineering student, she would often ask that the interviewer propose solutions based on Industrial Engineering principles.

In her talk, Ms. Magpoc also emphasized that internships these days evolve in the same manner that certain characteristics of prospective interns and employees evolve over different generations. She mentions that the current wave of prospective interns and employees are coming from Generation Y. To make internships particularly engaging for members of this generation, companies that truly invest in training prospective employees create internship programs that keep interns from this generation from getting bored but at the same time serve as an eye-opener to the realities of regular employment.

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