5 Activities That Can Help You Boost Your Tech-Voc Potential
Jul 27, 2021
Planning for your TVET education can be intimidating, especially if you have yet to discover what strand or specific course to pursue. Figuring this out doesn’t have to be stressful. Nandyan ang extracurricular activities para magbigay-daan sa pagtuklas mo kung anong klaseng interes o environment ang magugustuhan mo especially kung tinitignan mo ang TVL track bilang career in the future. Not all students realize how much extracurricular activities can contribute to one’s overall development, kaya importanteng bigyan ang sarili ng oras para i-explore ito sa pamamagitan ng paglahok ng iba-ibang klase ng learning experience sa labas ng classroom:
Competitions are one way for you to put your potential into practice. Kung ikaw ay babae, don’t fall prey to the mindset that you should leave all the competition to boys. Ang paglahok sa mga paligsahan katulad ng sports competitions, poster-making, quiz bees, o debate competitions ay makakatulong sa paghasa ng iyong self-motivating abilities.
Many girls unfortunately pass on the opportunity to show off their competitiveness because assertiveness might be seen as unladylike or inappropriate. Same for boys who might not see arts and crafts as an extracurricular activity they can pursue because of the perceptions around them being “pambabae.” This doesn’t have to be the case! Gaano man kaliit, competing can turn into a mindset of wanting to excel in every aspect of your schooling – something anyone can benefit from regardless of gender. Higit pa rito, competitions will train your quick-thinking and decision-making abilities while helping you make a habit out of creating solid action plans para sa sarili mong goals.
These are great skills to have kahit ano mang kurso ang kunin mo, but more so for courses geared towards fast-paced, high-pressure environments such as Events Management, Contact Services, Emergency Medical Response, Computer Systems, even Heavy Equipment Operation (yes, this can be intense!) kung saan kailangan ang alertness, efficiency, and problem-solving skills in order for you to cope and excel.
Interest clubs (performing arts, media, digital arts)
Joining a club is not only a good way to practice your creativity, it’s also a way for you to put what you’ve learned in the classroom into action. And if you’re already leaning towards a specific tech-voc course, joining a related club in school is the perfect avenue to get a headstart on your skills training.
For tracks like Illustration and Graphic Design, joining the Arts Club might just be the thing for you. Kung may Cooking Club ang eskwelahan niyo and if you are interested in Culinary Arts, you should definitely consider joining at baka makatulong ito sa pagpasok mo sa Home
Economics track. Malay mo kahit ang pagsali ng K-pop club (kung meron man!) ay makatulong sa napupusuang tech-voc track na may foreign languages katulad ng Hospitality and Restaurant Management Services.
Clubs provide a space for students to brainstorm concepts, share techniques for specific creative tasks, organize events, and interact with fellow youth who share the same interests. Bukod pa rito, interest clubs or organizations are one of the easiest, most accessible extracurricular activities to do. It can also act as a support group for difficulties related to you and your fellow members’ shared interests.
Many courses, especially management, business, and public service ones — such as Office Management, Barangay Secretarial Services, and Basic Supervisory courses, among others – will require things like public speaking and report-writing as part of the curriculum. Having experience in student government is a great advantage to have because, compared to having no exposure and starting with no skills at all, you will have the benefit of already being familiar and comfortable in doing such activities through a leadership role.
Participating in your school’s student government will let you experience the responsibility of representing, motivating, and directing fellow students while working with other student organizations. It’s also a great training ground for girls and boys to collaborate. If there’s bullying in school, for example, leaders with gender-diverse backgrounds can help look into the kinds of bullying that young people face differently and help each other make changes about gender discrimination on the campus.
Community, volunteer, or advocacy work
Volunteering offers an environment where you can practice and hone your social and interpersonal skills by working in teams and people from different walks of life while helping to improve other people’s lives. This is essential if you’re taking a course such as Client Services, Caregiving, Special Education, Tourism Management just to name a few.
Volunteering comes in many forms. Ang pagtulong sa community pantry, for example, can be an extracurricular activity. There are also a variety of skills you can hone depende sa magiging role mo. If you volunteer for or are assigned to logistics, similar to the kind of work you will do if you volunteer in your school’s admin office or library, matututunan mong mag-coordinate ng ordering and delivery ng mga kailangang items (This is great for Basic Supervisory or Industrial Office Management courses).
Kung sa communications naman, most likely isasalang ka sa pagpapa-ingay sa social media through graphics, video, and witty slogans para mapalaki ang funds na kailangan, which is great practice if you’re interested in Multimedia Arts or Customer Services.
Volunteering can also come in the form of joining an advocacy group. Matututunan mo ang iba’t-ibang opinyon, kuro-kuro, options, na otherwise ‘di mo mare-realize mag-isa. You might just find your tribe whose experiences and struggles resonate with you, and through which you might realize that something needs to be campaigned about. There are a lot of advocacy groups right now that continue to grow. For the youth, there are ones like mental health, promoting girls’ participation in STEM, or LGBTQIA+ rights.
Advocacy groups’ educational discussions or “EDs” enable you to learn, get in touch, and reevaluate your perspective about the realities of the world together with those who are also interested in knowing more and how to actively practice what they’re campaigning for. This is a great avenue to help you cultivate a deeper sense of empathy for others and build a stronger set of principles. It is an important value to have not only as a student but as someone who might be facing gender discrimination as you make your way to a tech-voc career.
It’s important to remember that these are time-consuming activities and can take up personal resources. Evaluate your circumstances first before diving right into the kind of volunteering you want to take. But if you have time and resources to spare, volunteering might be a good extracurricular activity for you.
Work experience (internships, service industry, online business, tutoring)
If doing volunteer service isn’t possible for you, this is a great alternative. Applying for an internship, “OJT”, or “work immersion” will allow you to get a taste of what it’s like to work for someone, with others, and while providing service to actual customers or clients. Maganda rin itong ‘income-generating’ na gawain kung ang mapapasukan mong employer ay nagbibigay ng allowance.
Early work can help you differentiate between what working environment is healthy or toxic, so in the future, you will know what to expect when looking for a job and know what kind of workplace practices to avoid. Halimbawa, ano ang pagtingin nila sa babae na nandito sa field na karamihan ay lalaki? Ano naman ang pagtingin nila sa lalaki na nasa “female-dominated” field? Magiging komportable ka ba kung ganon ang workplace mo in the future? Anong maaring mong gawin o maitulong para maiwasan ang gender discrimination?
More so, with the existing negative gender-stereotypes still plaguing certain tech-voc industries, having experience early on in your chosen TVL track that might be perceived as “pambabae” or “panlalaki” will help you flex your qualification to a potential employer, regardless of the traditional gender perceptions about that career.
Many decisions you make as a young student can have a huge impact on what your future will look like. As the saying goes, “Ang sikreto sa tagumpay ay ang maagang pagsisimula.” Young women, especially, face unique challenges – from all the cultural pressure to get married and manage the household instead of pursuing a career to being gatekept from certain opportunities just because they’re not traditionally feminine trades, and more.
Nakaka-pressure man at overwhelming kung iisipin, it’s not an insurmountable feat. High school is a great place to explore your interests, so remember that the most important thing is to just get started. The lessons and skills will naturally follow. So try to take it easy, and huwag mong kalimutang mag-enjoy!
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