In a recent survey conducted by JobStreet, a leading online job portal, products of two state universities have emerged as the top choices for companies seeking to hire new employees. The survey, released on July 3, 2023, revealed that graduates from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) continue to hold the number one spot in the preferences of employers, with an impressive 23.39 percent.
The survey highlighted that PUP graduates are known for their effectiveness as team players in companies, making them highly sought-after by employers. Following closely behind in second place is the University of the Philippines (UP), with 9.17 percent of the companies preferring their graduates. The third spot goes to De La Salle University (DLSU), garnering 6.88 percent.
Employers select graduates from UP and DLSU based on the reputation and alignment of these educational institutions with their respective industries. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) secured the fourth position with 5.28 percent, while Mapúa University rounded up the top five with 3.44 percent.
Other notable universities on the list include Batangas State University (3.21 percent), University of Mindanao (2.29 percent), University of Cebu (2.06 percent), Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) (2.06 percent), and STI College (2.06 percent).
The survey, conducted in May 2023, was based on JobStreet’s hirer base, which comprises 42 industries and over 700 companies, ranging from large corporations to small businesses. Its objective was to help companies become more focused on the job seekers they approach.
Furthermore, the survey findings can be utilized to formulate policy recommendations and bring about changes in both the academic and workplace environments, fostering a deeper understanding of the unique characteristics possessed by each academic institution.
The survey also highlighted the current demand for graduates in the fields of information technology (IT) and human resources. Graduates from PUP, UP, and UST are highly sought-after by the call center or business process outsourcing (BPO) industries. DLSU graduates are in demand in the healthcare, information technology, and property/real estate sectors, while Mapúa Institute of Technology graduates find opportunities in construction and IT-related fields.
Factors considered by employers when assessing potential candidates for a position include self-esteem, residence (due to transportation considerations), and alumni status.
Philip Gioca, the country manager of JobStreet, stated, “We hope that the insights shared through this survey can help in improving connections between jobseekers and employers. Most importantly, more than these preferences, it is crucial for candidates to recognize and hone their own unique qualities and strengths that are primary factors for determining hireability and career growth.”
This survey serves as valuable information for both job seekers and employers, facilitating a better understanding of the dynamics and preferences within the job market. It emphasizes the importance of universities aligning their programs with industry needs and encourages students to develop their skills and strengths to enhance their employability.