I had mentioned in my past column about the difficulty of securing wage employment by the new college graduates due to the fact that the job vacancies commensurate to their field of specialization aren’t there.
I must mention here that for every one job vacancy, at least 10 jobseekers are applying right now. The reality isn’t new, but this would compel the graduate to create his employment without the risk of losing his competence and capabilities. Creating your own job is what is technically called self-employment.
I presented in my last column a job creation strategy for a graduate of Agriculture–passer of the Agriculture Technician examination–and very much willing to do contract work on the rice farms of landowners with at least three hectares of rice lands. As a service contractor, he moves in as the eyes and ears of the landowner from land preparation to post harvest arrangements in the rice farm. Pro-forma reports are to be submitted per phase of production. Overall target is high crop production. The professional fee for services rendered can be placed at the minimum of 1,000 pesos per month with a bonus of a 50-kg milled rice at the end of the production term.
This employment scenario isn’t too good to be true. It’s been done by lending banks for production loans. It’s been part of government strategy for monitoring area-wide irrigated rice production. But servicing by new graduates with the necessary eligibility is new and innovative.
The beauty of my proposal is allowing new agriculture technicians to test their mettle in the field and be paid for their skills in crop production monitoring and improving productivity in the farm.
Next in my proposal is creating jobs for LET passers who aren’t hired because the plantilla in the DepEd is already full. New graduates that I knew had given a succinct idea for this form of work–it is called Tutor-for-Pay scheme. If you heard about English language proficiency and mathematics skills that were considered areas for tutoring, we are right on target.
Somehow, many tutoring schemes failed because it was reactive and bred lassitude on the part of the pupil. It was reactive because it merely responded to items met with difficulty by the pupil, and enhanced a level of dependency on the tutor which in turn caused lazy habits in the pupil.
The tutoring arrangement that I propose is to exceed the expectation of the classroom teacher and the parent through weekly drills and written exams by the pupil. Friendliness and knowledge of child psychology is a must on the part of the tutor. The parent is part of the scheme, but it is best that he or she is not involved in the tutoring process, but only in getting feedback of the learning improvement of his or her child. In effect, both the tutor’s teaching curriculum and grading system should be in agreement with classroom requirements. Since this is results-based, improvement in school work should be monitored by the tutor.
One tutor I interviewed had said, “Mentoring by competent teachers is not lacking. What’s lacking is the attention given to each pupil and the capacity for interaction that is sadly reduced because of the sheer number of learners per class.”
The lady-tutor then proposed at least three learners per class level (Grades 5 to 8) for a total of 12 learners to mentor and tutor. Her concept is to move her wards towards the higher grade level of English Language Proficiency. Thus, Grades 5 and 6 are combined, the same with Grades 7 and 8. “The dynamics of learning is also enhanced as tandem learning improves comprehension.,” she said
She has one important caveat: The tutor, worth his or her name, isn’t there to solve classroom problems and/or assignments given by the schoolteacher.
So how much can the new LET passer worth his or her salt demand as payment for tutoring services rendered? I hereto propose a 200 peso per learner for two-hour weekly sessions. The professional fee is inclusive of all materials and the facility to be used. The fee also considers affordability by the parents of the learners.
Tutoring for bright laggards have been done before. The trade is still there. But the functionality and improvement of the craft rest with the tutor.
Part 3 will tackle self-employment for unemployed Criminology graduates and Board passers. I welcome feedback and inquiries from readers through my Facebook account or through this newspaper. ####