Employability of the Graduates of the University of Baguio

Benilda Z. Narcelles, Ph.D.
Josefina S. Esguerra, Ed.D.
Maria Lourdes E. Cantor, Ed.D.
Ellen M. Halover, MCS
Teodulo S. Natividad, Ph.D.
Erlinda P. Sanchez, MPA
Hermenigilda L. Orille, MMRI
Maria Veneranda Z. Campos, MBA/MBE
Ruben S. Yapyap, Ed.D.

This study determined the employability status of the graduates of the University of Baguio within a four-year period (2001-2004). The study used descriptive-survey research design. A sample of 500 graduates from 2001-2004 was drawn at random from the graduates of the 10 colleges, covering 21 degree programs. The graduates of the University of Baguio come from varied degree programs. Records reflect a high percentage rate of passing in the various licensure examinations. As such, the UB graduates are both locally and globally competitive. Companies that employ the UB graduates are as varied as the programs the graduates have pursued. This reflects a positive matching of degree programs pursued vis-à-vis nature of employment. Of the varied programs, teacher education and dentistry, which registered a 100% matching of courses and employment, are the top courses as far as graduates’ employability is concerned. The average waiting time of one to six months to land a job denotes that UB graduates are generally employable. The fact that communication skills, human relations skills and entrepreneurial skills were identified by the graduates as most useful competencies they learned in college denote that the curricular programs of study include a balance of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. The employability factors which are most influential in the job placement of the graduates include trainings and advance studies taken after college, honors and awards received in college and passing the licensure examinations. Overall, the employability rate of UB graduates is 68.06% which denotes a high employability rate.

* A research made thru the Grants-in-Aid Project funded by the Commission on Higher Education Zonal Research Center.

Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, July – December 2009