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Guidance Center
Vision

The University Guidance Center envisions the emergence of forward-looking guidance programs, responsive to regional, national, and global development having a dynamic, functional and self-sustaining guidance activities that serve the interest and the needs of its clientele.

 

Mission

The Center is committed to assist the administration and faculty in their effort to produce intellectually competent, socially conscious, morally upright, spiritually enriched, and meaningfully responsible students who are empowered to improve their lives and that of others.
 

Objectives

The guidance program aims to achieve the following objectives:
  1. Assist students in making maximum use of their educational opportunities that will enable them to develop their potentials and become efficient and effective members of the society;
  2. Enhance the ability of the students to understand the self and the environment so that he grows in self-direction toward the attainment of greater personal satisfaction and adjustment in the light of accepted social and moral values, and;
  3. Develop what is true, good and beautiful in the guidance way.
 

Specifically, the University Guidance Center is designed to:

  1. Provide basic guidance services to the students/clientele such as individual inventory, information, testing and counseling, career and placement, follow-up and referral;
  2. Appraise students' attitudes, abilities, interests, habits, and skills for deeper self-analysis and understanding;
  3. Provide a broad and realistic view of life’s opportunities and challenges at all levels of training among clientele;
  4. Provide technical assistance to the Office of Student Services in the management of student activities;
  5. Be responsible for the planning, supervision and coordination of all guidance programs of the university;
  6. Assist in the staff and faculty development through instituted training programs for guidance;
  7. Establish and maintain a functional testing center equipped with the needed psychological test materials;
  8. Establish and maintain linkages with professional organizations in Guidance and promote the Center’s programs;
  9. Assist the Human Resource Management Office in the evaluation and assessment of personnel through the use of psychological tests; and
  10. Provide mid-year and year-end capability-training workshops to upgrade and improve the competencies of the guidance personnel in the management of the guidance program.
 

The Guidance Center is a vital component in the entirety of the Bicol University Educational System. It is committed to assist the administration and faculty in their effort to produce intellectually competent, socially-conscious, morally upright, spiritually enriched and meaningfully responsible students who are empowered to improve their lives and that of others.

The Center attempts to fulfill its mission by providing an array of services uniquely adapted to the demands of change and the need of the students. Upon enrolment, the University Guidance Program offers the following services:

  1. Individual Inventory Service – gives information about the student to aid him towards self-knowledge and self-realization. Specifically, this maintains a database of information about the students in terms of their family and health background, academic data, test results, records of interviews, interests, and in-school and after-school activities.
  2. Career Development and Placement Service – aims to develop human potentials and capabilities to bring about peak performance and high productivity among individuals and organizations in the academe. Students are aided in preparing for the challenge of excelling in their own future careers through the following:
    1. Self – Assessment Sessions – these are individual or group sessions conducted in order for the students to discover abilities, personality traits, interests and values to determine the congruity between their individuality and their preferred course.
    2. Placement Program for Internal Shifters (PPIS) – assists students who are contemplating on shifting majors/concentration for various reasons. The program features the following services:
      • Career Exploration Workshop – this is a group session where the participants gain a better awareness of their family background, values, dreams and aspirations and realize how these factors affect their career decisions.
      • Department Talk – this may be case to case or a group session where department chairpersons discuss their academic program, the requirements for shifting and retention in the course, pre-requisite subjects, graduates' career opportunities, and future post graduate options.
      • Interview – this is a one-on-one talk with the unit counselor regarding options for shifting, based on the information gathered and the results of their aptitude and other psychological tests.
    3. Career Fair – this is a three-day orientation on various career fields in order for the students to develop greater understanding of the world of work and the experiences that will help facilitate decision–making and finding jobs. Company representatives are invited to talk on current employment prospects, job requirements, and labor market trends.
    4. Job Search Training Program – intends to assist students in their search for summer jobs, internships, and employment. Workshops  include:
      • Resume-writing Sessions
      • Job Interview Techniques
      • Employment Tests
    5. Job-Fair – a weeklong job placement activity intended to provide students the opportunity to explore the many job outlets available in the four market sectors: government, non-government organizations, schools, and corporate firms.
  3. Counseling Service – the Center gives personal attention to each individual student through consultation or counseling services. Depending on the need of the student, the counselor provides professional assistance on personal, educational and vocational problem areas. Routine counseling interviews, individual and group counseling sessions are available by appointment.
  4. Testing and Interpretation – The Center is mainly concerned with the administration of intelligence, achievement, aptitude and personality tests at regular intervals during the school year or upon request, and the interpretation of the results to parents, teachers and students within ethical bounds. It is committed to pursue the following goals:
    1. Administer psychological tests to clients from Bicol University and interested parties from other agencies in order for them to develop a realistic picture of themselves through an objective appraisal of their mental maturity, attitudes, interests, personal–social adjustment and special aptitudes.
    2. Identify students who need specialized assistance and subsequently make referrals to appropriate institutions or agencies.
    3. Provide consultation services to the faculty and help them accommodate students with special learning needs.
  5. Shifting Orientation Program (SHOP) - assists students who are contemplating on shifting majors/ concentration for various reasons:
    1. Career exploration workshop - this is a group session where the participants gain a better awareness of their family background, values, dreams, and aspirations and realize how these factors affect their career decisions.
    2. Departmental Talk - this may be a case to case or group session where the department chairperson discusses their academic program, the requirements for shifting and retension in the course, prerequisite subjects, graduates' career opportunities, and future post graduate options.
    3. Interview - this is a one-on-one talk with the unit counselor regarding options for shifting, based on the information gathered and the results of their aptitude and other psychological tests.
 

The Peer Counseling and Educational Support Programs are added features of the University Guidance Program. The former increases the capacity of the office to reach out to the students, thereby answering the dearth of full-time counselors in the university. The latter is designed to facilitate students’ adjustment to life in the academe through sponsorship of seminars, forum on various self-development issues and similar activities. (e.g. Interpersonal Skills Enhancement, Forum on Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Stress Management and Wellness Seminars, Time  Management etc.)