Are you a nursing graduate looking for a rewarding career? An artist with a talent in creating game and animated characters? A fresh graduate aiming for a call center job? Or, are you aspiring to become the next Diosdado Banatao – the Pinoy whiz in Silicon Valley currently making waves as a venture capitalist and ITpreneur?

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector may be the silver bullet for your career concerns.

To guide fresh college graduates and professionals seeking new career paths, twin events focused on the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, startups and e-commerce are set to get underway on July 25, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

The “Startup Forum" scheduled from 1:00 to 3:15 PM, and the “ITBPM Career Talk” slated from 3:30 to 6:00 PM, are organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The “Startup Forum” aims to give aspiring ITpreneurs an overview of starting a business via online media. The forum will tackle trends in ITpreneurship and guidelines for selling business ideas to industry investors.

To share their knowledge and experiences are industry experts and ITpreneurship pioneers from the Philippine Software Industry Association, IPO Philippines, Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Plug and Play Tech Center, and Ideaspace Foundation, Inc.

“We hope that this will inspire the youth to explore building their own startups and maximizing the use of ICT not only as a social/ lifestyle tool but also an instrument for a profitable career option,” said DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Monchito B. Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, “IT-BPM Career Talk” will present various career options, perks, and rewards offered by the industry, as well as the skillset required.

“Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) has a wide array of employment opportunities in different fields for people with varied educational backgrounds and preferences,” Ibrahim added. “This will be a venue for them to see which sector they find best maximizes their talents and skills.”

Featured speakers are from the different ICT Associations namely: Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Animation Council of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Health Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines, Contact Center Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Software Industry Association.

“Startup Forum” and “ITBPM Career Talk” are among the activities lined up for Expo Science 2013 or the National Science and Technology Week organized by DOST. Bearing the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines,” the annual event showcases the different DOST-developed top-flight technologies and projects that provide solutions to pressing national issues including industry competitiveness and employment.

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