ABOUT CAREER DEVELOPMENT
CAREER DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM (CDSP)
The Career Development Support Program (CDSP) is one of the convergent programs [i.e., Review of Education and Training Curriculum (K to 12), Development of Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), and Optimizing the Utilization of the PhilJobNet] approved under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet in 2011 that seeks to address the pressing issue of job-skills mismatch. CDSP emphasizes two (2) important elements in career development:
(1) occupational information or data concerning training and related educational programs, careers, career patterns, employment trends and opportunities; and (2) vocational education – education preparatory to a career in vocational and technical field.
CDSP is an inter-agency initiative being chaired by DOLE with members consisting of the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and the Federation of Career Guidance Advocates Network of the Philippines (FCGANP), Inc. The program aims to immerse parents and students on the realities of the labor market and advocate for career guidance as an effective tool in addressing job-skill mismatch.
Registered Guidance Counselors (RGCs), Career Advocates (CAs), and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) personnels are in a vital position and instrumental in making the students and young jobseekers realize the importance of making an informed decision in the process of choosing their career path. They also serve as the first-hand allies in implementing career guidance advocacies and related programs for the youth.