The Graduates of Year 2009: What’s in store for them?

March 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm 3 comments

Many years ago, I composed a poem specifically for students– especially the slackers type. Back then, I had a group of students in mind. Although I must admit that the first part of the stanza is about “yours truly.” Here’s the Filipino version of the said poem.

Ako’y Isang Estudyante, Estudyante nga ba?

Ako’s isang estudyante, bag na dala-dala
puno ng abubot at kung anu-ano pa
pagpasok pa lang sa gate, ID wala pala
Ballpen na walang tinta, ni isang papel wala
Librong hindi nabasa, homework di nagawa
Ako’y isang estudyante, nungit maraming nagtataka
Estudyante nga ba? Tanong ng iba.

Minsan kung pumasok, late pa sa klase
yaya ng barkada, hatak na nakadadala
lakwatsa do’n, lakwatsa dito…
Absences hindi mabilang, tunay na nakahihibang!
Kodigong inihanda, sa quiz na nakatakda
minsang nakatsamba, salamat at pumasa.
Ako’y isang estudyante, nungit maraming nagtataka
Estudyante nga ba? Tanong ng iba.

Baon nauubos, sa yosing nauupos
tambay sa bilyaran, talo sa pustahan
kasama ang barkada, diretso sa Ayala
Labasan alas-singko, umuwi ng alas dose
Buhay Estudyante, Iskul Bukol ang dating
Ako’y isang estudyante, nungit maraming nagtataka
Estudyante nga ba? Tanong ng iba.

Itong estudyante, nagpipilit mag aral
gawaing pangongopya, ngayo’y wala na
Hindi na tsamba, salamat at pumapasa
dala ng tiyaga at pag aaral nya
Ako’y isang estudyante, nungit marami na ang nagtataka
Estudyante nga ba? Estudyanteng talaga
Kayo, estudante nga ba?

Na-drop sa subject, itong estudyanteng pa-intellect
problema sa bahay, kawawa ang nanay
Bagsak sa Chem, uulitin next sem
Itong estudyante, wala sa sarili
Ako’y isang estudyante, nungit maraming nagtataka
Estudyante nga ba? Tanong ng iba.

More than 10 years had passed and with that, our economic situation is now in deep slumber. Companies are closing down and lay-offs are now an option. And what does this mean to a fresh graduate? Sometimes I wonder, does a College diploma nowadays still matters? Is there a bright future for our College graduates? What do you think?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. materix01  |  March 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t know how things work over there but from what I know about China and Australia, things are different. In China, there are so many universities out there than you can be only assured a good job and future by being accepted into a top University. So many knockoff colleges and education institutes over there.

    In Australia, getting a diploma isn’t very hard anymore. Because of the lack of skilled labour (eg, nurses or electricians or plumbers), many now take apprenticeships where these blue collars earn more money than white collar workers. In Australia, it more about the profession you get into. Professions such as medicine,dentistry, law and veterinary science (aka become a vet) are extremely hard to get in and pay very well but requires near perfect grades and alot of work. By the time you become a fully qualified family doctor, you’ll be close to the age of 30… Whilst most people start their jobs normally around 25. I’m hoping to either do veterinary science or medicine and I’ll know which one I’m in by the end of this year =) Asian parents seem to love medicine =P Well at least mine does…

  • 2. Gem  |  March 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I came from a reputable Catholic College and back then, companies were more than willing to invite us to a job interview. Unlike nowadays… I’m not sure but the way I see it, most companies are no longer banking on fresh graduates because they lack funds to train new people. However, most students nowadays are taking courses that require skills (nursing, physical therapy, et al). With this, they are more assured of a brighter future.

  • 3. materix01  |  March 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Yeah, in China there are so many university and college graduates that its very hard to find a job. Quite different in Australia for most professions. Although the IT industry is suffering.


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