Microsoft's New Training Program Teaches SHS Grads Resume Building and LinkedIn Hacks

The goal is to teach SHS grads important skills that will increase their employability.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Jun 22, 2021
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Living in the digital era means learning to be more savvy with online platforms, especially since education and professional work have started to transition to online methods. Internet-savvy skills and digital know-how are now essential if you wish to advance your career in the digital age.

According to Microsoft Philippines, a 2020 research from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies states that 20 percent of SHS graduates proceed to look for jobs immediately after graduation. In an effort to help senior high school (SHS) students increase their chances of getting hired, Microsoft Philippines launched a training program to specifically for SHS students and graduates all over the Philippines.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Microsoft already taught over 260,000 students and teachers how to create impactful resumes on LinkedIn through an online event. Participants were also granted access to Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and Minecraft Education for free.

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According to DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua, students are also expected to find more opportunities after completing courses that widen their knowledge in digital productivity, computer science, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and data science. Apart from skills and relevant experience, certifications are also taken into account by many HR personnel looking to hire new blood. With this in mind, participants will be awarded certificates of completion at the end of the program, which will hopefully put them at the forefront of potential hires. 

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The training program will also introduce courses that will allow students to master communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and empathy, and will also feature presentation skills, interview tips, workplace ethics.

Accordinf to Microsoft, the program is expected to reach Grade 10 and 11 students, with the aim of extending skilling and certification support to over five million junior and senior high school students each year.

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