Vol. 8 No. 393
Sunday, March 25, 2012
   
  Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines



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(“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” - Tom Brokaw)

Don’t Limit Yourself

The month of March signals the dawning of new hope to the country as thousands of Filipino college students exit from the academia and join the labor force.

Graduation day is a sweet-smelling, unforgettable moment when one witnesses the harvest of his toil – the four or five years of studying sealed with all its bittersweet memories.

The taste of happiness can be so short-lived, though. As soon as one realizes that graduation is not an end in itself, but a beginning of a long, arduous journey to fulfill one’s dream, the next question is: “what’s next”?

I was also confronted with that question when I was just starting out after finishing law and passing the bar exam.

“Where do we go from here?” That’s the question of the day. With the current global economic sickness, it seems difficult to answer the question. Are our graduates left without alternatives?

An option of going abroad is not a healthy choice these days. Companies abroad are closing operations, and thousands of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) have been laid off and sent back home. Until the global economic headache mellows down, there is not much to expect in living and working abroad. But it does not mean that all job opportunities have disappeared. There are still opportunities waiting for those who are skilled and hardworking.

Back home, the grass has never been greener. It appears that as new graduates start to look for jobs, everyone’s chance of landing a decent, well-paid job is getting slimmer. Competition will become stiffer. As displaced OFWs return home, we wonder how they would find themselves in the already crowded job marketplace. Indeed, it will be a survival in the fittest.

However bleak the current situation is, there is always a piece of cake for everyone. Let us not forget that our country is blessed with many things other countries don’t have.

One may not be able to get a job soon until the crisis wanes, but anyone can create a job for himself by turning to agriculture and fishing. Aside from maximizing the bounties of our agricultural lands and fishing sea grounds, people can rediscover tons of opportunities around, but they must begin to think outside the box.

It is indolence and lack of creativity that suppress our capacity to produce new things and improve existing ones. We limit ourselves and we fail to exercise our God-given talents because we are afraid to face the unknown and the unfamiliar.

Entrepreneurship is about risk-taking. It should be the national mantra during hard times. Our new graduates should be taught to embrace the beauty of entrepreneurship. A real entrepreneur never runs out of new ideas. Sadly, many of us like to work for others. Many of us fear the idea of working for ourselves, being our own employer, which is the spirit of entrepreneurship.

When there aren’t opportunities around, everyone must look for ways to create one.


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