Benguet State University-Buguias Campus in 17 Years (1998-2015): Graduate Employability and Student Satisfaction

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Jayne B. Miranda Martha C. Lagadan Rio Ann B. Arceo Samuel P. Reyes Julius B. Dominguez


This paper presents the employment status, factors associated with the unemployment of graduates, employment performance of graduates from the employer, and satisfaction level of graduates. Out of 498 graduates from 1998 to 2015, 236 were traced using a qualitative survey-based design. Results showed that 38.14% were employed in public and private schools, 50.84% were underemployed, and 11.02% were unemployed. The underemployment and unemployment were associated with family concern, lack of job opportunity, lack of work experience, and lack of professional eligibility. The majority of unemployed graduates were females who married early and took care of the family, thus, prioritizing familial obligation over employment. Employers were very satisfied with the job knowledge, attendance, punctuality, diligence, and work ethics of the BSU-Buguias campus graduates. For the student satisfaction based on the educational training criteria, the overall mean is 3.49, described as very highly satisfied. The perceived extent to which competencies contributed to the development of graduates had an overall mean of 3.31, also described as very high. The study recommends aligning offered programs to changing job demands, conducting in-house reviews for the licensure examination, and evaluating program offerings to strengthen their quality and improve outcomes for students.

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