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Testimonials of BS in Forestry Graduates from the Philippines

F. P.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Forestry is an environmental course. Honestly, I didn't like it at first but through time, I was able to learn and love my course. It is the best course that everyone should know!

It really requires hard work because you need to study and memorize scientific names of trees and their family names. You need to have a good photographic memory since you need to have at least a good distinguishing feature that a plant have from another plant from their leaves, seeds, anatomical feature of their stem, their smell, flowers, etc. The subject matter also covers the study of rocks, wildlife, insects, tree diseases, forest mensuration and others. It is the course wherein you will be able to study everything, from interpersonal skills to people through Social Forestry up to the very cell of a plant, the reason why I really love it!
You're character will also be develop because you will learn how to communicate with the people in the forest and how our forest is important for us.
You will also learn how to be independent since you will learn how to manage your time while in school. The best of course, if you are not a nature lover, you will really develop it. Likewise, we were also encourage to have our field trip every semester since exposing ourselves to the outside world is different from the things we learn in school.

list bulletMy current job: After taking the board exam, I worked in an environmental law office which is a good move for me because I was encourage to take up law at present. But as a part time work, I was also hired to teach "gardening" to pre-schoolers in Quezon City.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. The university taught us what will be our work after graduation. It really equipped us with the knowledge that we should have and could be use in our work which I was able to apply in my work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Two weeks after taking the board exam, I was hired. My batchmates were hired also immediately after graduation as faculties, government employees, and others.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: I highly recommend this course to those who are still confused on what course to take. It is an in demand course most especially today that our country and even foreign countries are looking for ways how to save the environment from the effects of global warming. It is the course wherein you will save not only yourself, family but the whole world.
As to the salary level, most companies offer a very good starting salary especially when it is a project-based work. You can be employed also as faculty, a researcher, project manager, environmental consultant, planner, area developer, and many more.
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R. L.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Forestry: First, I didn't know that it exist. Then I began to asked questions on my teachers and searched it on the internet. And that curiosity was the best thing ever happened to me. I studied Forestry not only because I care with the environment but because I want to help our country. Forestry is far beyond planting trees or climbing a mountain. Studying forestry is very challenging, it encompasses all fields of studies from biology to engineering.
With the state of our natural resources, I believed studying forestry is the foundation to overcome problems with our environment especially on deforestation, social inequality in the uplands and pollution.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned in this cours, not just to conserve our natural resources but how to sustainable use it and understand the technologies of upland communities and how we can help people not just in upland but also in urban regarding their issues on the environment (climate change, deforestation, poverty, food security and others). I also learned how to conduct inventories and mapping using advance technology like GIS (Geographic Information System), how to communicate with people and how to conduct community organizing. I also learned to understand many things about floral (plants) and faunal (animals) biodiversity. Ways to conserve natural resources, analyzing the forest and many more.

My specialization is on forest genetics so I am exposed on doing researches on tree improvement and conservation of genetic resources in trees.

Every subject and assignment is difficult but it becomes easy when you learned how to love it and to appreciate it. In my college days the most remarkable assignment that I have been to is to conduct a rapid assessment in a karst forest in Caramoan, Camarines Norte during our field visits where the results will be formally submitted in the municipality and for me it's very challeging because I'm just sophomore on that time.

Every subject that I took is very useful. All of it are useful. But I'll pick tissue culturing, it's one of the skills I learned in the university. It will be very useful in conducting researches on conservation. Another one is GIS where it's now useful in my work.

Passing an exam is difficult so students are trained to do self- studies because not all will be fed by the teacher and to be passed you need to study. Honestly, many people fail exams once their not responsible enough in that subject. Somehow, many people shift to another course either they don'really love the course or because they're failing.

I believed to succeed in every course requires not just mere intelligence but hard work, patience and a sense of responsibility because many intelligent student fails but those hard working and responsible students are graduating.

list bulletMy current job: I am an Extension Officer II at the National Greening Program Coordinating Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in charge of coordinating to different regions in the country regarding monitoring and evaluation of NGP in their regions. Conducting field visits and monitoring on different regions.

* NGP is a national program of President Aquino aiming to plant 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 M hectares in the country.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated on April 2014, then I took a review class for the board exam in May. Then in the start of June I started applying and after a week and I'm working.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Those people who are considering studying forestry, I advice to love what you do first, and success will follow. Always be concerned on our environment. Learned the skills you need and you love. Always accept the challenge because studying Forestry is learning "LIFE".
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C. Q.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout my college education: Forestry is the one for you if you are nature smart, body smart and number smart.

Nature Smart:
The number one prerequisite is that you should have a genuine concern for Mother Earth. As the course name implies, everything evolves on maximum utilization of our forests without compromising the future generation. Prepare for a close encounter with hundreds of plant species, and get ready to memorize their scientific names.

Body Smart:
You do not necessarily have to be an athlete but it is a must to be physically healthy. We have lots of field trips which involves climbing mountains, tree planting, and the like. There are a handful of subjects that require long walks during laboratory time. It is inevitable that you'll get soaked up under the rain while you're in the middle of measuring the diameter of trees.

Number Smart:
Be ready with analytical skills too, because we have Statistics, Math and Economics. Of course, the science classes are a handful such as Botany, Ecology, Chemistry, Zoology and so much more. We make maps, innovate forest products, tend the soil, survey the trees and so much more that is why knowledge of those various fields are important.

list bulletMy current job: I am a teacher.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My current job is not exactly related to my course because I fell in love with imparting knowledge to young children after I graduated. However, I am using the subjects I took in teaching Science and Math to my students.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I found a job about a month after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: Employment opportunities for Forestry graduates is moderately low, because unlike graduates of other courses who can apply to different private companies, most of us go to either government or Non-Governmental Organizations. Timing and patience is the key, though because I have classmates who now work in Dept of Environment and Natrural Resources, Department of Agriculture, NAMRIA, Bantay Kalikasan, Haribon Foundation and even international environmental institutions.

The salary level has a very wide range because it really depends on the employer.

It is indeed very fulfilling career, because Foresters are one of the leaders in terms of safe-guarding our planet. Although I am not practicing the profession per se, my stay in our university has greatly influenced me to become an environmental advocate. Most of my college friends also get the perks of traveling for free.
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J. T.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Forestry: I wanted to take Chemical Engineering but it is a quota course and I did not make it, so I enrolled on the available course in UPLB.

list bulletAbout my college education: At first, I was really planning to shift to another course after a sem or two, but I actually enjoyed studying Forestry so I stayed.

I found it difficult to memorize the common name and scientific name of trees and then identify them among so many trees around. I enjoyed having field trips!

Exams on the major subjects are much difficult compared to GE subjects. For GE subjects, you can pass it even without studying. But for major subjects, you need to study hard. In UP, it is very common for students to repeat some subjects. It can be because the subject is really hard, or the professor has a knack for failing students, it depends.

To succeed in this course you need perseverance, time management, self discipline, resourcefulness.

list bulletMy current job: Call center agent - customer service support

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my current job, I am not able to use the theories I learned. But the values of patience, time management, fortitude and respect that I have developed through my years of stay in the university has helped my a lot in my current work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: Honestly, I do not recommend this course. It is very hard to find a job relevant to the things you will be studying at school. So, although I enjoyed it, it has little bearing on my current employment.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: The only advice I can give is that, no matter how easy or how hard your course may be, as long as you are enjoying and you are passionate about it, then nothing can stop you from succeeding.
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A. C.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Forestry: Besides the fact that the world needs "environmental superheroes", I wanted to land to a job where I can travel (a lot) and apply my field of expertise at the same time.

list bulletAbout my college education: I wouldn't say it's the most difficult degree program in the university but hey, nothing GOOD ever comes easy.

To be honest, in the 100+ years of existence of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources in UPLB, nobody has ever been a summa cum laude.


list bulletMy current job: Field/Action Officer - I travel, process papers relating to forestland tenure instruments, travel, perform ground validations, travel, submit reports and basically see the world, one step at a time.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Less than a month

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you're up for an adventurous life, go. Forestry is not for the weaklings.
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K. G.
◈ Studied BSc in Forestry (slightly different course)
◈ At UPLB
◈ Graduated 1994

list bulletWhy did I choose : I was inspired by my dad who was an entomologist.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned about the importance of stewardship and forestry as a course was challenging as it involves different fields of studies, from biology, business, mathematics, and social science.

Personally, regardless of the course, hard work, passion, patience, willingness to learn, and motivation are keys to success.

list bulletMy current job: Research Scientist/Instructor

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Ability to ask questions and find solutions to problems. Ability to network and effective time management and balance work and play.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying : Yes, Forestry is a relevant field as we deal with climate change, food security, and energy. These are the top challenges that the Philippines and the world are facing and something that needs to be acted upon soon.

Our drinking water depends on our forests. Wood provides us with a renewable source of building materials and trees are great potential source of energy; and they provide food and shelter for humans and wildlife. Being in this profession is a noble challenge.
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M. V.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: Aside from having technical and logical skills, we must have a heart to appreciate the importance of our environment. Once you have it, it will serve as a foundation for us to further understand the complexities of the course.

list bulletMy current job: Forester / Administrative Officer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, principles regarding technical management of a watershed.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 4 months after graduation ( 1 month after board exam )

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: Yes, of course!
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V. P.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1993

list bulletWhy did I choose Forestry: It was what's needed in my home city.

list bulletAbout my college education: To study Forestry, you have to have an adventurous spirit who loves nature and enjoy the outdoors. It will expose you to a lot of natural science.

list bulletMy current job: I'm the department head for a telecoms for it's Customer Care department

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I haven't used it in my current job. It was used only for a year a fter graduating.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 year

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: I would recommend it for fulfilling / interest career

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Go for it, it's what our mother nature need urgently.
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R. E.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: Fun and challenging at the same time. You need to have a good background in Biology and a mind that is for the environment.

list bulletMy current job: Teaching

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I am not exactly using what I've learned, because professionally, I am a licensed forester. Now, I am in the academe teaching Biology to high school students in an exclusive school.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a job right after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: Yes, I am recommending this especially that we are now in the era of "Going Green".
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