CAPES Week 2021: Celebrating 29 Years of Career Development

Grab your tools and get your equipment ready for UP CAPES is about to help you build your base!

In its 29th year, CAPES strengthens its vision of being the top-of-mind career development partner of every undergraduate engineering student in the university. Experiencing this ongoing pandemic for over a year, staying consistent and persistent to further one’s growth and career is a challenge. Understanding this, CAPES has prepared various events over the week emphasizing its campaign of early career development.


Laying the groundwork in the event launch

UP CAPES laid its foundation for this week-long celebration last October 4 by a live session on UP CAPES’s Facebook page. Emphasizing the importance of establishing career paths, Dr. Kate Tumpalan, College of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs and UP CAPES Adviser, opened the event assuring engineering undergraduates of their own successes even despite this pandemic. President Vinz Go gave the welcoming message sharing the various events UP CAPES has prepared for the whole academic year.

Now on its second succeeding year of being co-presenter, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company, Inc. (PMFTC, Inc.) through their representative Miss Bernadettte Salazar highlighted the importance of early career planning and featured how the company empowers their constituents in adapting to the new normal. 

The opening event ended with CAPES Week promotional video and a raffle was announced throughout the program wherein participants can win Gcash credits at the end of the celebration.


Starting your career journey may have a shaky start

Narrating the common struggles Engineering undergraduates experience especially in preparing for their career journey, UP CAPES released a campaign launch video showing how overwhelming making the next big move can be. However, equipped with basic skills, connections, and guidance, it is truly never too late nor too early to develop a framework and build one’s base. The video premiered last October 5 on UP CAPES Facebook page.


Honoring our Foundation: A virtual exhibit

A virtual exhibit featuring UP CAPES and PMFTC, Inc. was launched on the UP CAPES website last October 5. The 360-degree online exhibit showcased the events and services of both UP CAPES and INKOMPASS, including a quiz that can be accessed by participants who want to get more chances of winning prizes. 


Putting yourself out there — Social Media Challenges!

Various prizes awaited enthusiastic participants as social media challenges were conducted from October 6 to 8. The tasks were to follow UP CAPES on Instagram, like UP CAPES on Facebook, share the post in your story, and feature your answer in the comments! Two lucky participants were chosen as recipients of GCash credits for this challenge.


Strengthening connections with our co-presenter

To know more about INKOMPASS, PMFTC’s exclusive internship program, a co-presenter talk was held wherein Mr. Rafael Luis S. Nazareno and Mr. Ralph Justine H. Baguinon, PMFTC Interns, and Mr. Sulayman M. Madjilon, PMFTC employee, shared their journey about career planning, building their bases, and the company’s role in supporting their constituents in terms of career and personal growth especially during the pandemic. This insightful discussion was conducted last October 8 through Zoom.


Making the next big step? We got you covered!

Fortifying the foundations laid out by the co-presenters, a campaign talk emphasizing the importance of early career planning, as well as the essential actions and skills students must have to build their base. UP CAPES alumnus, Mr. Andrew Brandon L. Ong, and member, Ms. Nicole Anne A. Cobarrubias, highlighted how CAPES was vital in helping in starting their career journey and featured various UP CAPES events that can guide students conduct career planning initiatives. 


This concluding activity, hosted via Zoom on October 9, synthesized the reason for the inception of UP CAPES — to assist and guide engineering undergraduates to prepare themselves for the next big step. 



Written by Gwyn Rozette Escueta