Global competence is often, and rightly, labeled a “21st-century skill” needed for employment in today’s global economy. To respond to this, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) nationwide have been constantly assessing their academic programs. An approach to achieve this end is through a tracer study. The study aimed to develop a better understanding of the effects of the education system on employment by evaluating the graduates of one of the universities in the Philippines. A total of 2, 429 graduates responded to this study. A quantitative research employing a structured survey questionnaire was utilized to gather data analyzed through frequencies and percentages. Results showed that most of the graduates were female, young, belonged to the working-age group, and were single. Furthermore, most graduates possessed critical thinking and communication, creativity, and career and learning self-reliance competencies, and were employed and occupying professional, technical, and supervisory positions, with an employability rate of 66.99 %. Graduates believe that the core values and goals of the university were relevant to their respective job performance. However, the study found that universities need to revisit their existing curriculum to enhance graduates’ employability, especially in the global arena.
Lijueraj Cuadra, Visayas State University, Philippines
Rachel Kim Aure, Visayas State University, Philippines
Catherine Arradaza, Visayas State University, Philippines
Charis Rivera, Visayas State University, Philippines
Angelica Barcos, Visayas State University, Philippines