As the end of SED month approaches, The Schools section approaches Ramon Villareal, a 4th year HCD major for his SED story.
The Bosun: Are there any memorable experiences that you had from your classes?
Ramon: Majors classes of the HCD program demand so much from one student — from [doing] business case analyses, term paper defenses, and training program designs to defending your training program. What really struck me as memorable was seeing my classmates laugh and enjoy themselves throughout the entire process of the HCD program. I recall this one time, for my group’s project for our Systems and Strategic Thinking class, we were intensely in the zone of developing a Training and Development system for UA&P’s student organizations. When we all stopped in the middle of our meeting, we laughed at how tired and adult sounding we were. It made me realize that regardless of the work [that] you do, if you don’t enjoy the company of the people you work with, then can you really call it memorable or worthwhile? This also made me realize that I was in the right course.
The Bosun: What is one thing that you learned from your course that made a huge impact on you?
Ramon: In two words: Lifelong Learning. Dr. Bondal, my Philosophical Anthropological Foundations of HCD prof, once told us that we should be protagonists of our own learning. In other words, a student may come in a class or an adult may attend all the training programs but if the learner does not WANT to learn then the learner will not learn. So, if you want to change, you need to learn, and learning does not stop when you leave the classroom. Learning is a womb-to-tomb process.
The Bosun: How has partaking in the activities in Pharos helped you?
Ramon: Taking the logo of Pharos as my point-of-departure, the activities of Pharos have helped me realize what the actual role of an educator is in society which is to be a lighthouse to others. From the Coffee Sessions to the Adopt-A-School program, Pharos has always emphasized that our role is to guide all kinds of sailors home.
The Bosun: What would you say defines your course?
Ramon: People. In this age of fast-paced organizations and rapidly developing technology, many businesses today fail to realize the importance of the human aspect of work – many organizations fail to truly appreciate their human capital (just as many individuals fail to realize their own potential). It is our job as Human Capital Development practitioners to guide people in reaching their fullest potential and to consequently aid the organization develop through and with people as the center.
The Bosun: What made you choose to take CDE/HCD in UA&P over other schools?
Ramon: Truthfully, I started out in Child Development and Education because I wanted to become a pediatrician after med school. After consulting with my parents, friends, and mentors, I realized that I did not want to be a doctor. However, I still wanted a career that is centered on helping people. The thing is teaching children was not what I wanted to do for the next 4 years so that’s when I was introduced to the HCD program of UA&P.
Human Capital Development is the only one of its kind in the Philippines (i.e., Only UA&P offers this kind of a degree program). Its uniqueness as a program separates itself from those claiming that it’s a like-a-psychology course. It’s not just psychology (or Human Resources as some MISTAKENLY assume). In a nutshell, it’s all about helping people become better people at work. Blending education, psychology, business management, economics, sociology, and the liberal arts, UA&P’s HCD is one of a kind, and if I were to truly be a trailblazer, then I should start with a trailblazing degree program.
The Bosun: Does PHAROS impart any lesson that has helped you in dealing with acads?
Ramon: I genuinely appreciate the tight-knit community of Pharos. Whenever there is a Pharos event, the gaps among freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are nonexistent. Most, if not everyone, knows everyone by name and face. Also, I always enjoyed listening to everyone’s struggles in university life. Surprisingly, everyone was always open to help each other out regardless of year level because maybe we all knew deep down that we cannot face it alone.
The Bosun: What about educating is so appealing?
Ramon: I’m currently interning at the Center for Organizational Development of the Development Academy of the Philippines. It’s a government agency that’s tasked to serve as the training arm of government agencies. One of my bigger projects was to aid implement a presentation skills workshop that lasted for a whole week. On the first day of the program, we asked one of the participants to speak up and introduce himself. The poor guy could not get a single word out of his mouth. He was stuttering, sweating, and shutting his eyes the whole time. Out of pity, we allowed him to take a seat even though he was not able to introduce himself.
On the last day of the program, he presented his final output, which is to deliver a business presentation, and he significantly improved from the first day. Gone were the stutters and nervous energy because he was able to deliver his point clearly and within the given time. When he finished, his co-participants applauded him, and even we, his training facilitators, couldn’t help but clap for him for his performance.
For me, that is what makes educating so appealing. Seeing the glint in the eyes of the person who just realized that he developed is a worthwhile and meaningful experience. When you know your work is creating a meaningful impact on another person’s life, you know you’re in the right line of work. Surely, education is that kind of work.
Featured image by: Jasmin Montenegro
Interview Questions by: Kristina Garcia, Isabella Molo, Toni Calsado, and Joshua Espina