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Priest to new grads: Don’t be choosy job-hunters

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MANILA, March 26, 2015—In time for the end of the school year, a member of the Catholic clergy has told graduates not to be too selective with their employment prospects, stressing everything has its appointed time.

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA)

Start small

“Don’t be choosy. Oftentimes, the job we wish to get is not easily available. Start from something so that at least you have a job. You will then notice that everything starts to fall into place until you get what you truly deserve. Remember: good things start from small beginnings,” explained Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, head of Sampaloc, Manila’s Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish, in a CBCP News interview.

Even as he congratulates this year’s graduates, the priest, who serves as executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA), exhorts them to have an ample reserve of patience coupled with perseverance in finding the job they want, reminding them that “graduation is just the beginning.”

Patience is a virtue

“Have more patience. Your aggressiveness to embark [on] and start your professional life will come in handy. But you will discover that landing a job may even be more difficult than passing your course. Be patient, don’t lose hope and just continue searching until the right and the best one comes along,” he adds.

Secillano, who also writes for CBCP News’ “Collection Box” column, explains that if they persevered as students, the more reason fresh graduates ought to persevere in their search for work.

Never quit

He laments many past graduates simply give up on their dreams until disappointments and laziness eventually leave them unemployed.

These people, the priest regrets, now fill the rank of millions of unemployed Filipinos, warning 2015 graduates not to join their growing number by following their example. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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