An overview of entrepreneurship and self-employment as a career option was presented by Arlene Eleanor Liberal of the SERDEF Research and Information Committee (RIC) at a career orientation and fair held last October 24 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Succor ((OLOPS) College, Marikina City.
Dubbed as the “OLOPS College Career Fair 2014,” the event was attended by 417 graduating high school students from OLOPS College.
Ms. Liberal’s talk, entitled “You, too, can be an entrepreneur,” focused on the rewards and risks as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by intrepid young people who take the “less-traveled road” of starting their own job-creating business, rather than join the majority who seek to find salaried employment. It also highlighted the contributions made by entrepreneurs in building the economy and easing poverty.
Earlier, on October 23, SERDEF Trustee Celia R. Pascual made a similar presentation to another group of high school students at the “How to be a Leader in an Integrated Economy” symposium held at the Asia-Pacific College, Makati City. The forum gathered students from various high schools in Metro Manila.
Sponsored by SM Foundation and IBM Philippines, the forum marked Business Students Week.
In her presentation, “What it takes to be an Entrepreneur,” Ms. Pascual urged her young audience to study their internal capabilities and other resources, as well as the conditions in the external environment, to determine for themselves if entrepreneurship would be an option worthwhile pursuing.