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Skills for a Better Livelihood: A Quick Glance at TESDA

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“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

One of the main reasons why was created is to help the needy by providing information that they might need. For the average poor Filipino or the low wage employee with a family to feed, life feels like a maze of hard work with little reward. Fortunately, the way out can be learned.

Before we begin, we have to learn one important fact: It’s not how hard we work that determines our pay but how much VALUE we give.

A street sweeper earns less than a software developer.

A rag peddler earns less than a real estate sales agent.

A cook that makes cheap stew earns less than a gourmet chef at a five-star restaurant.

The time and effort at work is similar, but the pay differences are immense.

What’s the key to it all? Useful KNOWLEDGE.

You can do whatever you desire and earn the things you want IF YOU LEARNED HOW. That includes getting a job and a livelihood. So how can you learn the skills you need? Aside from traditional schooling and college, for the average Filipino one organization stands out in providing that:


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Taken from their website “TESDA provides direction, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and skill development.” Like a vocational school, they provide courses which teach valuable knowledge and skills you can use to find a job.

A quick look at their registered programs list gives you an idea of what courses are available, the location of the branches, the amount of hours needed per course, and many more. Among the dozens listed (as of the April 2016 list):

Computer Systems Servicing



Contact Center Services


Bread and Pastry Production


Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Electronic Products Assembly and Servicing

Automotive Servicing

Electrical Installation and Maintenance

Food & Beverage Services

Beauty Care

Front Office Services

Certificate Course in Basic and Advanced Interior Design

Security Services



Hilot (Wellness Massage)

Creative Web Design

Web Development

If you’re really short on funds, they also have scholarship programs here on this link. For more information, it’s best to visit the nearest TESDA Branch in your area.

Get FREE ONLINE TRAINING with the TESDA Online Program (TOP):

Aside from their regular training courses, TESDA also offers FREE ONLINE TRAINING. Here’s the program description from their website:

“The TESDA Online Program (TOP) aims to make technical education more accessible to Filipino Citizens thru the use of internet technology. It provides a more effective and efficient way to deliver technical education and skills development services to the majority with less cost and more reach.

The program is created for students, out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, workers, professionals, overseas Filipino workers who would like to take TESDA courses at their own pace and at their own time at the comfort of their desktops or laptop computers.”

All you need to do is to register for an account in order to access their free online courses.

After Learning a Skill:

These days, most employment opportunities can be found online and these are two of the most popular in the Philippines: (I personally used this to apply for my first job several years ago.)

Aside from sending job applications online, you can also look around your area or ask friends and family if they know of any job openings that are suitable for you.

If you’re also having trouble applying for a regular job or you wish to try something different, certain skills can lead you to self-employment or entrepreneurship. For example, if you learned bread and pastry production, you can start a small bakery and sell pastries in your area.

Tips for Job Hunting:

*Sometimes, even the most basic warnings like “wear your seatbelt” or “no smoking at the gasoline station” tend to be forgotten. These are three of the most valuable tips that you should always remember.

  1. Offer what the employer needs. There’s a reason why fruit dealers emphasize why their fruit is the best instead of talking about how much money you’ll give them to sell fruit. The reason why an employer is hiring is because they require someone to do a job that needs to be done. Focusing only on what pay you’ll get leaves a bad impression and will decrease your chances of getting hired.
  2. Bathe and dress well. First impressions last, and how you look will determine whether you’ll be considered for the job or get rejected right as you enter the room. Make sure to take a bath, trim your fingernails (people notice if you have ugly overgrown nails), get a nice haircut if you can, and wear clean and professional looking clothes for your interview (borrow someone else’s clothes or buy from a second-hand store if necessary).
  3. Keep applying. Like playing basketball, not every shot you throw will score and a lot of your job applications will likely be rejected. The difference here is that unlike a normal game of basketball, you only need ONE shot, one successful application, to win and get that job. Remember that every time you get rejected.


When you get the Job:

  1. Honesty is the best policy. You must never lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do (that was the cadet honor code by the way). Just imagine: Imagine that every time you get your car fixed by a certain mechanic, he breaks another part so you’ll have to keep coming to him for repairs. Will you continue doing business with him? Of course not! And neither will everyone else.
  2. Do what needs to be done. Imagine you paid a fruit dealer to give you a dozen bananas, but they never gave it to you. That’s what a lazy employee is like. Again, you were hired for a reason and whether it’s to serve customers, fix electrical installations, or bake bread, you need to consistently do it well or else you’ll be out of a job soon enough.
  3. Learn more to earn more! You got a job, but your journey doesn’t end there. In order to earn a prosperous life, there are still a lot of things you have to learn like Personal Finance, How to Invest and earn more money, how to Lead and Manage people so you’d get promoted, and more. Don’t get comfortable and stay in a low-level position forever! Work hard and learn to earn something better for you and your family!

Before you leave, let me leave you with this one final thought from W. H. Murray:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

– Willian H. Murray


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