does your school matters for fresh graduate?

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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) When hiring employees, particularly fresh graduates, the school one comes from is still an important factor considered by employers, reports in the new Fresh Graduates Salary report released Tuesday, March 15.

551 companies were surveyed in February 2016 over a period of two weeks.

According to the report, 62.27% of employers surveyed “gave importance to a fresh graduate’s alma mater.” (READ: I’m not from a top school – so what?)

Jobstreet presented the rankings of the schools, according to the percentage of employers who reported preferring that particular school:

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines, preferred by 45% of employeers, up 4 spots to #1 from 2015 ranking of #5
  • University of Santo Tomas, preferred by 31% of employers, retaining last year’s ranking
  • Ateneo de Manila University / University of the Philippines (UP experienced a drop from #1 in 2015 to #3 in 2016; Ateneo’s ranking is flat), preferred by 29% of employers
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (preferred by 27%, up 4 spots to #4 from #8 in 2015), preferred by 27% of employeers
  • Far Eastern University, preferred by 26% of employers, up to spots to #5 from #7
  • De La Salle University (down 3 spots in 2016 to #6), preferred by 25% of employers
  • Technological Institute of the Philippines (up 3 spots to #7 from #10 in 2015), preferred by 24% of employers
  • Mapua Institute of Technology (down 2 spots to #8 from #6 in 2015), preferred by 22% of employers
  • University of the East (up 1 spot to #9 in 2016), preferred by 20% of employers
  • Adamson University, preferred by 17% of employers

The survey by the jobs site lists Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) as topping the list this year, climbing up to the #1 spot from #5 last year.

Schools like UP, DLSU, and Mapua Institute of Technology experienced drops in their rankings, while others like UST and AdMU retained their spots.

Meanwhile, schools such as PML, FEU, UE, and TIP all enjoyed an improvement in their rankings.

Despite the figures, Jobstreet insists that 9 out of 10 employers still hire outside of their preferred university pools.

A follow-up survey by Jobstreet probed why employers are noticing PUP grads.

Companies observed that their fresh grad hires from the school have a drive to succeed and are hardworking, have reasonable demands and don’t have an attitude of self-entitlement, and tend to stay longer at the company.

These traits are the opposite of what companies say they don’t like in fresh grad hires: poor communication skills, being overly conscious of salary, a lack of initiative, not being adaptable, and overconfidence.

That 62% of employers consider an alma mater important in 2016 is a drop from 71% in the survey conducted in 2015, which in turn was a drop from 77% in 2014. (READ: The highest-paying jobs for fresh grads in the Philippines 2015)




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