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Here Are The Highest Paying Jobs For Fresh Grads Amid The Pandemic

As well as the average salary, according to Jobstreet.
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No one knew how life-altering the COVID-19 pandemic was in the beginning of the year, and college seniors are just a handful of people whose lives were very much impacted by the coronavirus.

On spending what would have been the last sem of her senior year in quarantine, “I tried to tell myself that this is practice for me when I begin a new chapter of my life,"  Candy Rookie Franny Balburias, a senior Communication student from Ateneo de Manila University, said. "I would have wanted to end my college life and cheer career on other terms, but I guess this (is) okay, too. It helps me ease into the new things I’ll have to get used to." 

The next challenge these fresh graduates face is finding a job in this climate. You might feel slightly discouraged, but with some research, portfolio tweaking, and upskilling when you have an opportunity, it's definitely not impossible to land a job this year.

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In a virtual briefing held by JobStreet Philippines, as featured on GMA News, country manager Philip Gioca revealed the top industries hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Call center / IT-enabled services / Business process outsourcing (41%)
  • Government jobs (15%)
  • Education (9%)
  • Banking / Financial services (4%)
  • Computer / Information technology - software (4%)
  • Healthcare / Medical (3%)
  • Property / Real Estate (3%)
  • Retail / Merchandise (3%)
  • Manufacturing / Production (2%)
  • Transportation / Logistics (1%)

According to a separate report , Gioca also enlightened the public on the employment situation for entry-level jobs, based on their data. "We have to understand that 3.1 million fresh grads are actually the first line of defense in terms of jobseeking, so they will be looking for jobs and continue to strive," Gioca said.

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  • Medical officers - P59,353 (478 available jobs)
  • Technical support representatives - P23,000 (735 available jobs)
  • Teachers - P22,316 (3,343 available jobs)
  • Call center agents - P22,000 (4,989 available jobs)
  • Engineer (network, electrical, data, industrial) - P21,700 (482 available jobs)
  • Nurses - P20,754 (931 available jobs)
  • Customer service representatives - P20,500 (2,090 available jobs)
  • Sales agents/ sales executives / sales associates - P19,500 (664 available jobs)
  • Data analysts - P16,500 (387 available jobs)
  • Admin assistants - P13,019 (1,072 available jobs)

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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