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This study determined the graduates’ reasons for pursuing secondary education, employment profiles, and job-search strategies and challenges. Data were collected from 602 Bachelor of Secondary Education graduates in the AY 2013-2017 at Benguet State University. The College of Teacher Education Graduate Tracer Questionnaire (CGTQ) was used to gather data. Findings showed that about half of the respondents personally chose the degree, indicating their intrinsic motivation towards secondary school teaching. This trend was consistent across most specializations. Moreover, about 90% of the graduates traced are gainfully employed, mostly as classroom teachers (65%). Very few are unemployed (3%) and self-employed (6%). About 70% of the graduates hold non-permanent status and are employed in the private sector (about 60%). Most of the graduates are employed a year after graduation, and their mode salaries range from Php5,000.00 to Php15,000.00. Only status of employment was influenced by their level of motivation towards teaching. Many of the graduates were able to find a job through their friends or relatives. Finally, the most important hindrances encountered by the graduates in their job search are the absence of or inadequacy of experience and the lack of jobs related to their degree or field of specialization.
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