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February 28, 2019

Taking the next step: Gabay promotes career preparation in Academic Session 2019

By: Lyka Pacleb

Tackling the value of internships, choosing a good company, and how the Ateneo can help, this year’s Academic Session was held last February 11, 2019, at SEC-C 201A.

The talk featured two key speakers who are well-regarded in their fields: Ms. Justine LT Chua of The Border Collective, and Ms. Carla Siojo of the Loyola Schools Office of Placement and Career Services.

Ms. Chua, who is an Ateneo alumna and a well-known career coach, discussed about creating the most ideal resumé and/or portfolio. All the while highlighting the importance of putting only one’s pertinent details in the resumé, she reminded the students that there’s always a very tight competition in job application.

Justine Chua, one of speakers for this year’s Academic Session.

According to Ms. Chua, employers tend to choose applicants with the best work experience needed, and this is mirrored by their internship listed on their resumé. She highly encouraged the students to take as much internships as they could: 5 to 6 jobs in a year may not look good on the resumé, but having 5 to 6 internship opportunities taken in a year is perfect to convince one’s prospective employer.

On the other hand, Ms. Siojo expounded on how the Ateneo can help in matching one’s degree with relevant internship placement and experience.

Also an Ateneo alumna, Ms. Siojo grounded her discussion on the holistic manner in which the Ateneo prepares its students for the world of work. She emphasized deliberate decision-making, especially in garnering work experience that would become very helpful in venturing and competing in the job market. Furthermore, Ms. Siojo introduced Suitd, a newly developed mobile application that matches one’s ‘wants’ in a job with a company’s ‘needs’. She said the application would be beneficial for students who are still undecided on how to choose their internships.

The program ended with a short open forum, wherein the participants were addressed with their specific concerns, such as not having an ideal internship, creating a portfolio, among others.


“Both speakers were insightful and helpful, and the core team was effectively introduced to project management and procedures.”

For Vince Lee, one of the project heads, the Academic Session was a success. Basing his remarks on the objectives, he deemed the event fulfilled its purpose. “Both speakers were insightful and helpful, and the core team was effectively introduced to project management and procedures. So, it appears that the 2019 Academic Session was successful,” said Lee.

As for Cid Gonzales, a junior participant in the event, the Academic Session helped him gain more insight on what steps he should take as he already planned on his required internship. “Although I’ve had experience with internships before, I’m honestly still confused and unsure with various things regarding resume and portfolio content. Sure enough, the Academic Session was able to clarify some of the questions that were in my mind for so long,” he shared. “I also found it highly insightful as well, because, like me, several of the participants are supposed to be taking their required internship this year.”

As for Cid Gonzales, a junior participant in the event, the Academic Session helped him gain more insight on what steps he should take as he already planned on his required internship. “Although I’ve had experience with internships before, I’m honestly still confused and unsure with various things regarding resume and portfolio content. Sure enough, the Academic Session was able to clarify some of the questions that were in my mind for so long,” he shared. “I also found it highly insightful as well, because, like me, several of the participants are supposed to be taking their required internship this year.”

Staying true to its goal, the Academic Session indeed brought new and vital learning to its participants. After the event, the students gained a more concrete perspective not only on planning to get the internship they want for their credentials, but also on steering clear their uncertainties about what comes next after graduation.

The core team for Academic Session 2019.

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