A Tracer Study on the Employability and Curriculum Relevance among BatStateU Graduates 2014-2018
Keywords:Graduate Tracer, Curriculum Relevance, Competencies, Employability.
Batangas State University (BatStateU) Tracer study aimed to determine whether the graduates from 2014 to 2018 are employable, the academic curriculum and the competencies are relevant to them, and investigate satisfaction in their present job. The adapted questionnaire from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) tracer study was the main instrument used. The 4,805 graduates participated in the study, comprising 14.18% of the total graduates with a 1 percent margin of error at a 95% confidence level. The results indicated that graduates of BatStateU are employable as the majority of them landed their first job within a year after graduation. Most of the graduates are working as permanent status in local companies with income less than 20,000. Almost all respondents claimed their course/degree and the curriculum they had in college were both relevant to the first job. The acquired skills by the graduates in the university on communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving are found useful-competencies in their first job. Most of them have one to two jobs after graduation, affiliated with local non-government institutions of at least 150 employees. Around half of the graduates do not intend to stay in their present jobs considering their salaries and career growth.
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