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Tzu Chi Assists CSS Graduates with Job Search

May 28, 2018 | Grace Limbher Daigdigan

Apart from skills, employers look at the manners and conduct of the applicants because they provide a glimpse into the kind of employees they will be. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

Story Highlights

  • On May 28, the recent graduates of the Computer System Servicing (CSS) course of Tzu Chi’s Livelihood Program attended the Job Fair hosted by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.


Along with his mother and fellow Computer System Servicing (CSS) graduates under Tzu Chi’s Livelihood Program, 21-year-old Joshua Felix attended the Job Fair hosted by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO ) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City last May 28.

Joshua suffers from Apert Syndrome, a genetic disorder which affects the facial features. It also causes the fingers to be fused together.

His mother Eva is a retired lady guard and serves as a Tzu Chi volunteer in Old Balara Elementary School. When she heard about Tzu Chi’s Livelihood Program offering free CSS course, he immediately enrolled her son.

“I’m proud that my son was able to finish the CSS course because now he can apply for a job that he likes,” shared Eva. Due to poor finances, she could not afford to send her son to college. Tzu Chi’s program paved the way for Joshua to reach his dream of becoming a computer technician. “None of these would have been possible without the help of Tzu Chi, this course has allowed Joshua to maximize his potentials,” she added.

Joshua’s wish is to not be judged by his physical incapability, instead he hopes for the employers to see the skills and values he learned from the Buddhist organization.  He really wants to have a reliable and consistent source of income.

“My brothers don’t have stable jobs so it is hard to sustain our needs. If ever I will be hired through this job fair, I can start providing for my family,” said Joshua, the youngest among four siblings.

Ricky Rodica’s properly-ironed attire and warm smile caught the attention of one of the employers, earning him an invitation to a job orientation the following day.

Before entering the CSS course of Tzu Chi, he finished a degree in Marine but he ended up working odd jobs and doing sales. Hearing about Tzu Chi’s Livelihood Program from a friend, he decided to enroll with the intention to learn new skills, not realizing that values-formation is also part of the program through the humanity classes every Monday.

“I used to have self-doubt when applying for jobs but after all the teachings from Tzu Chi, I am now more confident and aware of what I am capable of,” confessed Ricky, a father to an 8-year-old son.

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  • One of the early birds, Joshua Felix, hopes that he can immediately get a stable job so his mother won’t have to worry about his future. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Upon their arrival at the venue, the CSS graduates fill up application forms and submits them along with their resumes. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • Joshua Felix with his mom, Eva (both standing) patiently waits for his turn for the pre-interview. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】

  • “I guess one of Tzu Chi’s most valuable teachings to us as applicants are the values of being polite and being sincere,” shared 31-year-old Ricky Rodica. 【Photo by Grace Limbher Daigdigan】