By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Despite the earlier pronouncement of the Department of Education (DepEd) on their readiness for employment, recent graduates of the K to 12 Program – who are looking forward to enter the workforce – might have a harder time finding jobs this year.
The country’s largest online job portal, JobStreet.com Philippines, has released findings of its 2018 Fresh Graduate Report wherein only “24 percent of employers in the country” expressed willingness to hire K to 12 graduates.
Based on JobStreet.com’s 2018 Fresh Graduate Report released early this week, only those in the industries of manufacturing, professional services, retail, machinery and equipment, and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries have expressed openness to hire K to 12 graduates.
Meanwhile, 35 percent of employers who participated in the aid survey expressed that they are not yet ready to hire K to 12 completers while 41 percent are still in the process of evaluating it with no definite timeline.
The findings from the said report are based on JobStreet.com data collected from October to December 2017 as well as a survey conducted in February 2018 which involves 503 employers nationwide.
In the same survey, it was revealed that the top three schools – from which employers hired fresh graduates in 2017 – were the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).
The report also revealed that the highest paid jobs for fresh graduates are in the fields of Law, Public Relations or Communication, and Journalism. For new graduates and other applicants to get higher chances of being hired, the same report pointed out that the top three considerations of most employers during job screening include: “attitude or work ethic, communication skills, and analytical thinking.”
Earlier, the Department of Education (DepEd) maintained that it has “strong partnerships” with industries in an effort to ensure that K to 12 graduates are “job-ready and life-ready.”