FIRST PLACE Inc. (FPI) started as an executive search and management consulting company in 1997. It provided the service industry with highly trained and competent young professionals. It also assisted startup businesses in developing business plans and helped assess cost control strategies of some of the major food chains in the country. For over ten years now, FPI serves as a Career and Education Counselor to thousands of Filipino and other Asian students, new graduates and young professionals who want to train, undergo internship, experience work and travel or study abroad. The mission of FPI is to provide students and young professionals, opportunities to learn the lessons of independence, develop discipline, manage their earnings well, enhance commitment to their contractual obligations with their host companies and governments, strengthen their character, and prepare them for a successful career both locally and abroad.