With regards to the suspension of face-to-face internships, the New Era University College of Business Administration (NEU-CBA) organized a webinar entitled “General Virtual Orientation: Coping with Challenges in OJT under the New Normal” on April 8, 2021, this is in preparation for the on-the-job training (OJT) program of their graduating students.
OJT Program Coordinator Dr. Mercedes R. Esmade provided the official guidelines and career development reminders needed to succeed in today’s workplace. She emphasized that fourth-year business administration students are all required to take their OJT program.
As mandated by the CHED Advisory No. 7 “On HEI Operations and Work Arrangements,” all internship programs, whether foreign or local, will be suspended until community quarantines are lifted. According to Dr. Esmade, despite not having a usual internship due to the enhanced community quarantine, the OJT program provided by NEU will allow students to work from home, to learn, and to develop the necessary competencies.
Candidates for graduation are eligible to undergo the OJT program with a minimum of 300 hours. The NEU Virtual Learning Environment (NEU-VLE) and OJT manuals will contain their work assignments. With the supervision of their OJT coordinator, there will also be interactive and virtual team-building activities, lectures, and discussions.
The second part of the discussion is the “You and Your Career” where Dr. Esmade shared career development tips and entrepreneurship skills: interpersonal skills, technological skills, and decision-making skills. She encouraged them to assess their personal qualities and increase their level of awareness. She also gave some recommendations regarding job opportunities in both the private and government sectors. “Prepare yourself for both success and failure,” Dr. Esmade said.
Graduating students are advised to prepare their resumes to be checked by their program coordinators and to be posted on Jobs180.com, one of NEU’s industry partners, to help them find a good job opportunity. In addition, the Office of the Career Placement Industry Linkages of NEU will continue conducting webinars and virtual career fairs.