The past several months haven’t been easy for anyone especially considering the health crisis that resulted in an economic recession and massive unemployment. In October 2020, an estimated 3.8 million Filipinos were found jobless, 600,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) displaced, and more than 25-million people within the informal economy are struggling to make ends meet.
While Metamorphosis Group (MG) has always been a career coaching firm supporting job seekers, career explorers, career changers, and aspiring entrepreneurs into new opportunities, their services weren’t always accessible to some people. Over time, President and CEO Danica Octa, realized that there was a way to provide these services to more people at a volume scale. That was when she decided to host a virtual career fair. But it wasn’t just any virtual career fair, it had to be educational, value-adding, and, most of all, culture-changing.
“Unique and exciting opportunities definitely await in a struggling economy. Professionals must now realize that it’s time we evolve together to make things work out in this inevitable paradigm shift. In order to provide a purposeful career path for job hunters and valuable contributions to the employer’s company vision, a venue where we exchange thoughts is necessary to achieve change,” Octa explains.
“This event we’re hosting is more than just helping people find jobs and be equipped to pass job applications. We crafted this to influence significant change in an entire culture and lifestyle so that we can truly adjust to the New Normal,” added Octa.
MG decided to do the Virtual Career Academy Summit on Digital Transformation mainly because of three things: 1) More people need to have access to premium career and entrepreneurship coaching, 2) The unemployment gap and the challenges in talent acquisition need to be solved for the sake of both candidates and employers, and 3) Digital Transformation needs to be promoted as the ‘new normal’ of careers and most especially the future of work regardless of the chosen career path or profession.
#1 Providing access to premium career and entrepreneurship coaching
The company’s certified career coaches and even the corporate partners’ own HR professionals have committed to helping participants in the event in their resume and interview skills for job seekers and, alternatively, pitching skills for aspiring entrepreneurs. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of these free services in order to help them discover their career purpose and most especially the value they can deliver to stakeholders.
Oftentimes, a lot of good talent is not realized simply because they don’t know how to properly and effectively present their strengths and experience to hiring managers and potential clients. This is unfortunate and what seems to be a major reason for the unemployment in the Philippines as well as in the challenges that talent acquisition specialists experience.
Not everyone is a salesperson or a marketer, but to know at least the fundamentals of it that can result in a job opportunity would be advantageous. These coaching sessions are meant to solve these problems.
#2 Bridging the unemployment gap and address the challenges in talent acquisition
Ironically, when job seekers say there aren’t many jobs in the market anymore, recruiters say exactly the same thing about job seekers. Given that coaching is meant to help candidates communicate their value much better to win more opportunities, it is a win-win situation because employers will be able to acquire excellent talent. But there also needs to be active participation by employers in the movement.
These employers will need to work on their employer branding to further attract the best talents for their company. A lot of successful pursuits that lead to better results in talent attraction involve career events that provide significant value to candidates. Doing so does not only equip candidates in the job hunt but lets employers build meaningful and long-term relationships with these candidates.
This is an asset in itself even before candidates decide whether or not to apply for these companies. If not for getting immediate hires, it helps grow the overall sustainable brand of the company which may result in other stakeholder value. This event is meant to provide the avenue for employers to do so through industry career talks and meet-and-greet booths with job seekers on all five days of the event.
#3 Promoting Digital Transformation as the New Normal of careers and the Future of Work
A lot of people have said that the pandemic has expedited the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which is simply the period where the digital, physical, and biological worlds merge. It is very much evident in how most of our lives are going digital and has become the means to thrive in the world.
That being said, Digital Transformation is no longer limited to just skill and profession. It has also become a lifestyle and mindset that people need to know how to accept if they want to experience the best career and life they can have. People need to see how it is applicable regardless of career choices may it be consulting work, journalism, engineering, and even as simple as administrative work. Everything is going digital. Both soft and hard digital skills need to be developed, or at least accepted, especially in these trying times.
Co-presented by Microsoft and Go Philippines, Metamorphosis Group’s Virtual Career Academy Summit 2021 on Digital Transformation aims to bring in numerous industry experts, from career coaches to HR professionals and practitioners, to help graduating students, young professionals, and tenured experts bridge their skills gap with their strength as a generation: Technology. It will provide a defined Career Roadmap through webinars, virtual employer booths, mock interviews, resume workshops, and even an online raffle with prizes that help participants in their career!
Featuring industry experts such as Jam Zulueta, Ziggy Zulueta, Raf Lopez, Yvana Wong, Lara Eviota, Jon Gancayco, Melboy Pangan, Reinnite Madrid, among many others. Participated by the top startups and corporations such as NextPay, BusinessWorld Publishing Corp, the Institute for Integrality, and REMAX Portfolio.
During the event, participants will get a chance to win exciting and amazing raffle prizes including cash vouchers for iPhone 12, an IPad Pro 2020, a MacBook Pro 2020 as well as a 10% Barkada Scholarship to the Singapore-based Reactor School programs and a 100% Scholarship for Metamorphosis Group’s Premium Career Coaching Program.
The career fair is absolutely free. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn something new with extremely valuable resources.
Event Date: March 22-26, 2021
Event Time: 9AM-6PM each day
You may register here for free: https://metamorphosis-group.org/vca-summit. This event is open to the public.
For additional information, please contact Metamorphosis Group at [email protected]
MARKETECH APAC is a media partner at Virtual Career Academy Summit 2021.