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Survey: UP, PUP grads best performing fresh hires

"Based on the survey and the studies we have, the school does not matter. It becomes a preference in terms of which among your top performers."

MANILA, Philippines — Graduates of the University of the Philippines are among the best performing fresh hires of over 600 companies last year, a survey conducted by employment portal Job Street showed.

But Job Street country manager Philip Gioca maintained on Wednesday that the schools where the job applicants graduated from does not necessarily matter for employers.

“Based on the survey and the studies we have, the school does not matter. It becomes a preference in terms of which among your top performers,” he said at a press conference in Taguig City.

“In an organization, you cannot dictate the need of the company… If I need a very good employee for a particular or specific role, maybe that’s when I go back to the preference,” he added.

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Gioca said employer preference shifted from experienced-based to attitude, field of study and asking salary as the primary factors they look into when considering a fresh graduate.

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In assessing fresh hires, the survey showed that employers were impressed with the new hires’ willingness to learn, personal grooming, and effectiveness as a team player.

However, respondents in the survey said they were not impressed with the fresh hires’ analytical skills, English language proficiency, and problem solving abilities.

UP reclaimed the top spot from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), which topped last year in terms of the performance of their graduates in the companies surveyed by Job Street.

Graduates from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) ranked third, followed by University of Santo Tomas (UST), De La Salle University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Completing the list are the Far Eastern University, Mapua Institute of Technology, and Adamson University.

In terms of specific industries, PUP graduates were ranked as best new hires of companies in the business process outsourcing (BPO), retail, manufacturing, and real estate sectors.

UP graduates got the highest marks among information technology (IT) and education companies, while TIP was the source of best hires for companies in materials and construction industries.

PUP, UP and UST were identified as the top three schools where the fresh hires of the companies covered in the survey came from.

The survey was conducted from the last quarter of 2016 until February, with the information coming from combined data on unique job postings on and the responses of 644 companies.

The survey did not take into account government positions. — Graphics by Jonathan Asuncion /

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