Learning and Growing Together through Externship

Students and faculty were able to learn about the programs and work environment of several industry partners last Wednesday , Aug.30 during the Externship Culmination and Career Expo held at the UM Matina campus Auditorium.

Among the University of Mindanao’s trusted industry partners include NCCC Group of Companies, DecoArts Davao, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, and accounting firm Reyes and Catandong generously lent their time and expertise to talk about the kind of business their companies engage in, as well as the working environment soon-to-be graduates can expect if they choose to enter into those fields.

The audience, composed mainly of college freshmen and senior highschool students, were also made privy to the stellar track record of UM employees in the mentioned companies, and the available job openings they currently had.

Mr. Cedric Caterio, representing accounting firm Reyes and Catandong, and NHE Philippines Banana Exporters representative Kimberly Jade Bongato, herself a UMian, gives details about their company and the job openings they currently have.

Meanwhile, the eleven participants in the pilot implementation of the Externship Program last June talked about their experiences ‘job shadowing’ in the industries that their chosen course programs aligned to.

The Externship Program was launched last April by the External Relations and International Affairs Office (ERIAO) as a way for freshmen and sophomore students to immerse themselves early on in the industries where their courses could find them work.

It was also a way for students to decide early if they truly wanted to work in their initially chosen industry, and combat incidences of students shifting their courses late into their college education because they found through their internship that it was not the ideal program for them.

Externship is similar to internship but at a lesser duration, and it has no credits for the students. It is purely an exposure program for students who wish to apply.

Coming from the Accountancy, Computer Education, and from programs under the College of Arts and Sciences Education, the first batch of Externship students were able to undergo immersion at the Department of Trade and Industry, Commission on Higher Education, SSS, University of Mindanao Medical and Multitest Diagnostic Center, and the University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network.

Some of the students who signed up for the pilot implementation of the Externship Program.

ERIAO Assistant Vice President Dr. Reynaldo Castro in his welcome address encouraged more students, especially freshmen, to sign up for Externship as a way to open up their options earlier on in their college career.

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