ANCPAG Seminars

ANCPAG Seminars



ANCPAG is a developmental career orientation program designed for high school students and their parents. It is our belief that students and parents who are oriented on key aspects of higher education and careers within each level of junior and senior high school can make more sensible decisions. ANCPAG stands for Choices, Paths, Assessment, and Goals—seminar modules intended for each junior high school year level with the addition of two modules entitled Adaptation and Navigation, to address the two years of senior high school under the K-12 curriculum. Details about these modules are presented below:


Adaptation (for Grade 12)



Adaptation is designed for the Grade 12 students. It is actually a restructured version of the old Choices seminar (designed for 4th year high school students) wherein students are oriented on various colleges and universities where they can pursue higher education. The seminar recaps the preparations that they have gone through in junior and senior high school and discusses the ABC of evaluating colleges and universities—Accreditation, Board Exam Performance, and CHEd Citations (Center of Excellence, Center of Development) and other factors that they may want to consider in choosing which institution they can pursue post-secondary education.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Navigation (for Grade 11)


The Navigation seminar, intended for Grade 11 students will address the different reasons why students usually struggle with decision-making and how these decisions can affect their future especially at a crucial time when they have to carefully decide on their career paths. In senior high school what can students do in case they want to shift to a different career track or strand? In college, what are their options if they want to shift to another college program? After college, what can they do if they want to major in another discipline? Issues concerning multiple interests will also be addressed. Further, there will be a fuller discussion of minor and major subjects in college, college curriculum, and college terminology, and how their studies in senior high school can help them flourish in various careers. Lastly, in case some students fail to be admitted in the only Philippine university that offers the college program they want to major in, what are their other options?

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Choices (for Grade 10)


The Choices seminar for Grade 10 students aims to prepare them for senior high school. The seminar will help them choose the more recommendable tracks and strands for their chosen careers. Choices will discuss the Academic, Technical-Vocational, Arts & Design, and Sports tracks. It will also present the strands under each track, what subjects will be taken up, and how their training from Grades 7 to 10 can assist them in trackling the demands of senior high school. Further, the Choices seminar will orient Grade 10 students on some of the salient features of senior high school and how to prioritize and decide while in senior high school in pursuit of their chosen careers.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Paths


Aimed at Grade 9 students, Paths discusses factors that affect decision making on career paths, wrong information about the different programs, and prejudice about the different career tracks. The seminar will include career routing after Junior high school, wherein students will be familiarized with their routes upon choosing the Academic, Technical-Vocational and Livelihood, Sports, Arts and Design, and the General Education track. Degree programs are also sorted out and presented depending on the career tracks leading to them. The discussion on this zeroes in on the following:

- how the program developed into what it is today

- key areas of study

- skills and character students should possess in studying the program

- an overview of the training program they will undergo in college

- misconceptions about the program,

- career paths

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Assessment


The Assessment seminar, chiefly designed for the Grade 8 students, encourages them to increase self-awareness as knowledge of one’s self is important in recognizing his/her career options. The attendees undergo a simple self-evaluation consistency test and an additional brain test to gauge how much they use the left side and right side of their brain and how it corresponds with characteristics that they may have. These tests will help establish how well a person knows himself/herself and how it becomes a precursor to their choices later on. Students are also given pointers on how to do peer-to-peer career coaching to address many problems in deciding on careers such as settling for college programs friends have decided to pursue. They are also taught to recognize interest signals that can help them decide on certain careers. The relationship of emotional intelligence to career choice is also introduced to the students.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Goals


Conceived for the Grade 7 students, Goals relates the objective of junior high school as a preparatory program for senior high school and eventually into either higher education or work. The seminar discusses how academic performance starting from Grade 7 can affect students’ possible entry into the prestigious colleges and universities as well as their possible career choices in the near future. The seminar also discusses the physical, emotional, and social requirements of higher education and how these things can also contribute to students taking the technical-vocational as well as sports and arts track for senior high school. Further, the seminar discusses projections on higher education expenses and how students can be of assistance in dealing with these expenses.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes




Parents' Seminars

CPAG has its version of seminars for parents. While conceiving the Choices, Paths, Assessment and Goals seminars for students, counterpart seminars for parents were being developed. These are Choices for Parents, Paths for Parents, Assessment for Parents, and Goals for Parents.

Here are some key rationale behind the seminars for parents:



Choices for Parents

Parents need updates on which colleges and universities are excelling in some college programs. Some schools that were doing well in various college programs are no longer topping the performance charts. Parents need as much orientation on identifying schools that excel in various college programs using the 3-point criteria of accreditation, board exam performance, and CHEd citations, as their children. Parents need to know what options are available if their children cannot gain entry into the more prestigious schools and if they cannot afford the tuition of some private colleges and universities.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Paths for Parents

Parents need to know that many college programs have been developed to address specific requirements of various industries. Some parents may have limited knowledge about how college programs have evolved into what they are today because academic programs during their time were fewer and simple. Parents need to be more objective about their children’s choices of college programs by gaining more knowledge about many collegiate pursuits. Parents can strongly influence their children’s career choices and they can be empowered to enlighten their children about making crucial decisions. Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



Assessment for Parents

The best career coach for a child can be his or her parent. Ergo, parents need to learn how to do career coaching by being an advocate, a listener, and a network resource. Parents have to raise consciousness in recognizing and understanding who their children have turned out to be. Parents should also learn to surmount prejudice about college programs and be of assistance to their children’s emotional intelligence development.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes

Goals for Parents

Parents have to assist their children meet the academic requirements of prestigious colleges and universities by being conscious about their children’s study habits and building a study-conducive environment at home. Parents need to know college tuition rates nowadays so they can prepare for the financial requisites of higher education as early as possible. Parents need to be enlightened about nutrition and how some food and personal care products can harm their children’s health, consequently hampering their children’s pursuit of certain careers. Parents need to be conscious about the physical and social requirements of college education.

Seminar Duration: 90 minutes



The seminars for parents are usually done on Saturdays or Sundays when more parents are available.



The Career Clinic

Aside from the CPAG Seminars, GuidanceNGO also holds career clinics in high schools. What is a career clinic? It is an intimate consultation about careers conducted by resource persons from the academe and practitioners from various industries.

A career clinic is an alternative to a college orientation program. While a college orientation program serves to promote schools, a career clinic promotes academic programs.

The weakness of college orientation programs can be seen when college representatives employ sophisticated (sometimes tricky) marketing gimmicks to entice students to enrol in their schools. Further, it has been observed that many marketing representatives are not adequately knowledgeable about the college programs their schools offer. Here are a couple of situations observed in college orientation programs in two secondary schools in Metro Manila:

Situation 1. This happened in a Caloocan high school.

College Representative speaking in front of high school students: “Sino sa inyo ang mahilig sa recess?”

As expected, many students raised their hands.

Then, the college representative said: “Okay yung mahilig sa recess, you can take culinary arts! Our school …”

Situation 2. This was observed in a school in Quezon City.

College representative: “Who among you are excellent in math?”

A few students raised their hands. Then, the college representative said: “Those who are excellent in math should pursue accountancy. Our school offers …”

These situations show that many college representatives are not adequately informed aboutsome college programs. One should not pursue culinary arts just because he or she likes recess periods, and one does not have to be a math wizard to pursue accountancy.

With the career clinic, students are not misinformed about careers. Also, students need not waste time listening to college representatives whose schools do not offer the college programs they want to pursue.

With the career clinic, guidance counselors provide GuidanceNGO a list of college programs that their students are interested in. GuidanceNGO coordinates with the colleges, universities, and industries to send career consultants who will discuss the college programs in the provided list. Note that GuidanceNGO will invite career consultants only from schools that excel in the college programs the students want to know more about.

Classrooms of the 3rd and the 4th year high school students are converted into “clinics.” Each career consultant is assigned a career clinic. Students choose the clinics where the programs they are interested in will be discussed. Simultaneously, the career clinics hold consultation sessions.

Only a small number of students (around 20) can be accommodated by each “clinic.” If there are more students wanting to attend the clinic, the career consultant re-runs the career consultation session to accommodate another batch of students.

Career consultation sessions can be re-run several times. If the career clinic activity requires 4 re-runs of career consultation sessions lasting 45 minutes each, the career clinic activity should be finished in 3 hours.

In a 3-hour career clinic activity, each student should have attended 4 career clinics. This addresses the common predicament of students who have not finally decided on one college program to pursue, but are still entertaining several options.

Some college programs may be thinly subscribed to; meaning, only a few students are interested in these programs. These college programs may not need separate career clinics. Instead, these programs can be discussed in the Paths seminar.

Those who are interested to avail of this seminar can get in touch with Mr. Fromark Bacomo at (02) 43.43.215 or (02) 436.94.58, or e-mail us at guidancengo@gmail.com.