Alvin Cadiz on Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology
Name: Alvin Cadiz
Course Taken: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in Industrial Design Technology
Current Job: Graphic Artist
Job Responsibilities: Creating original designs for apparel, websites, educational materials, promotional materials, and other similar products.
Why did you choose to pursue BS Industrial Technology?
Actually, my original choice was Bachelor of Fine Arts, but it wasn’t part of the courses being offered by the school that I was going to enroll at, so I chose BS Industrial Technology instead because it has some similarities with BFA.
For you, what was the most interesting part of studying industrial technology? What about the most challenging?
The most interesting was creating things that serve different purposes. It was fun because you won’t know the different things you can make with a seemingly simple product until you start studying it.
The most challenging part was probably listening to theories that we were rarely, if we ever were, able to apply in real life. Don’t get me wrong, most of our subjects were pretty hands-on, but there were also a couple of ones that were not, so we just had to visualize them in our heads.
What kind of activities did you do when you were still a BS Industrial Technology student?
Drawings. We did a lot of them, especially those that focused on perspectives. We also did color combinations and projects aimed at discovering the possible uses of different products like furniture for example.
Aside from those, we also designed landscapes under the guidance of a landscape architect.
What are the things you learned from taking up BS Industrial Technology that you find very useful in your current work?
Creativity and resourcefulness. We learned to explore possibilities instead of simply following the norms.
What skills or attributes do you think would come in handy for incoming college students who are thinking of taking the same course you did?
Creativity – you’ll need that to come up with products that have multiple uses.
You also have to be willing to learn. People have different ways of doing things, so learning from as many people as you can can help increase your knowledge and improve your techniques.
Do you have any advice for incoming college students who are thinking of taking the course you did?
Take time to think about the course you want to take. Don’t just go with the crowd. Some students pick courses based on popularity alone, so when they finally got a taste of what the course really is like, they have a hard time catching up.
There are also those that did manage to finish their courses but had a hard time finding a job because there aren’t a lot of companies that need graduates of their course in this country.
I’m not saying you should stress yourself over things that you cannot foretell, but setting aside some time to evaluate your options and coming up with potential backups can help a lot.
Do you think you chose the right course? Why or why not?
Yes, I do. I may not have been able to take the course I initially wanted to take, but I still get to work as an artist, so I guess you can say that my dream still came true.