Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
A study by India-based employment solutions firm Aspiring Minds shows only one out of three Filipino college graduates is “employable.”
The study assessed 60,000 fresh graduates from more than 80 colleges across the country based on four sets of skills: language, cognitive, behavioral and functional. It found out more than half of the employable candidates have attended educational institutions that are not part of the top 50 colleges in the Philippines so employers do not notice these graduates of lower-tier colleges.
“An economy with a large percentage of unemployable candidates is not only inefficient, but socially unstable too. This calls for substantive intervention in curriculums and teaching pedagogy at school and college level to improve basic skills of students,” Aspiring Minds said.
“Overall employability needs improvement. Around 65 percent graduates are not employable in the job they want. They show gaps in various skills as required in succeeding in the job role,” it added.
The report also showed employability figures for various functions within the business process outsourcing sector also reflect lack of sufficient and required skills among the total number of graduates who aspire to work in the industry. These findings did not surprise the Contact Center Association of the Philippines as the industry has been experiencing low hiring rates and calls for an improved education system that can produce high skilled contact center candidates.
The stakeholders in education system of the Philippines need to figure out why only one out of three college graduates in the country are employable. The future would be brighter for more young people and the country in general if we find ways to improve or tweak the system so more than a third of the 600,000 university graduates every year would find employment because of the quality and relevance of their education.*