Do schools matter after graduation when finding the right job?

Do schools matter after graduation when finding the right job?

Students are starting their search for a graduate job earlier than ever, a new survey has revealed. It’s graduation season, and after the caps fly and the diplomas are filed, it’s time to plunge into the working world with one’s first job.

Graduation is the start of the real challenges in life, a challenge that will determine everybody’s luck whether to be successful or failed. So much fun and learning along the way. Job hunting is the most common thing to do after graduation.

One of the biggest factors people are now considering when applying to colleges is whether their degree will help them find employment and a good starting salary. Since the job market, especially for young adults, has become increasingly competitive in the last few years, many are worried not only about choosing their major and doing well in their classes but how the college they attend will impact their ability to get a job.

When hiring employees, particularly fresh graduates, the school one comes from is still an important factor considered by employers, reports Jobstreet in the new Jobs and Salary Report launched Tuesday, March 24. The salary, of course, is an important element to consider. Jobstreet released their latest report on the top 10 specializations with highest paying first salaries for those new in the workforce Tuesday, March 24.

However, the names of schools and universities are also important to an extent. It is where most employers check the background, skills and even the knowledge and skills of the graduates. According to the 2015 report, 71% of employers said that the school the prospective employee graduated from was still either “very important” or “quite important” to them. 71% sees a decrease from the 2014 percentage of 77%.

But favoring mostly the same schools in the following order:


 University of the Philippines

University of Santo Tomas

De La Salle University / Ateneo de Manila University

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Mapua Institute of Technology

Far Eastern University

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila/Adamson University

University of the East / Philippine Normal University / Technological Institute of the Philippines

Still, companies remain open to hiring graduates not from these colleges as long as “the candidate is trainable/willing to be trained,” and “the candidate fulfills requirements needed for the job.”

To land that job, focus not only on pushing the school you came from, but the skills and qualifications required by the company you’re looking to join.

Jobstreet says that they highly encourage fresh graduates to pursue their passion because after all, that is what is just as important.

Graduates nowadays are pressured to seek job and compete with others while most companies are looking for those who came from good and reputable schools. One important consideration is the reputation that a school has within someone’s chosen major. There are many state schools that have outstanding programs tailor made for the job from a certain company. Sometimes going to a prestigious school means finding one that carries cachet in their field of study, not selecting the most costly and exclusive private school.

The employers advised fresh graduates to highlight in their resumes and during job interviews their internship experiences, academic grades, and extra-curricular activities for higher chances of being hired.

Setting aside all the bullet points in your resume, employers like to see a person who has something to contribute to the company; someone who is open to learning new things and who is willing to go that extra mile just to help the company reach their goals. This is definitely someone worth hiring.

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