The right attitude. Strong work ethic. Being adept at 21st-century skills.
These are the top considerations of the 503 JobStreet employers who participated in the JobStreet survey for their annual Fresh Graduates Report.
The biggest job search portal in the Philippines conducted the study in February 2018 and showed the highest-paid fresh grads according to specializations, and the top schools and qualities employers prefer to hire.
As 2018 fresh graduates embark on job hunts in the following months, it’s important to remind them of the one thing that can help them attract and keep the jobs they want: A good attitude toward work.
If you have that, we recommend that you try your luck in the following fields, which, according to Jobstreet, are paying the most for fresh graduates in 2018.
Highest-paid jobs for fresh graduates
|10||Quality Control / Assurance
|8||Marketing / Business Development
|5||Training and Development
|4||Advertising / Media Planning
|3||Journalist / Editor
|2||Public Relations / Communications
|1||Law / Legal Services
*Applies to fresh grads or employees with less than one year experience
Law and Legal Service jobs are still the highest paid, and have been so since 2016.
In the digital age, Public Relations, Communications, and Writing jobs have a constantly growing demand, and usually come with a higher average salary.
Top schools according to employers
JobStreet’s survey also looked at the schools that employers consider the best when it comes to producing the best hires. Aside from skills, right attitude that companies are looking for.
The top three schools of 2017 have maintained their ranking this year, but it’s the first time that two universities outside of Metro Manila made the list. They are the University of Cebu and University of San Carlos, also located in Cebu.
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- University of the Philippines
- Ateneo de Manila University
- University of Santo Tomas
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Far Eastern University
- Technological Institute of the Philippines, and De La Salle University
- University of San Carlos
- University of Cebu
- University of the East
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) remains JobStreet employers’ most preferred school for the same reasons as last year: good work ethic and a positive attitude.
Factors for hiring fresh grads
The following qualities are what employers look for to join their team. Whether a fresh grad or not, most of these preferences are true and constant in whatever type of industry, or workexperience.
Take a look at these employer requirements, and keep working on your skills and other aspects that you think need improvement.
- Attitude/work ethic
- Communication skills
- Analytical thinking
- OJT/Internship Experience
- Part-time work experience
- Extra-curricular activities
Having a pleasing personality is a must, as first impression are important in an interview. Fresh graduates also need to highlight and emphasize how they will be able to work well in a team.
The most in-demand roles JobStreet employers look for in hiring fresh graduates are the ones who can work for Accounting and Finance, Administrative, and Operations.
In the five years that the K-12 educational program has been going, some JobStreet employers are still on the fence when it comes to hiring K-12 graduates. 24% of companies that have agreed to hire them come from the following industries:
- Professional Services
- Machinery and Equipment
This only goes to show that regardless of educational attainment and school, there will always be a spot for those willing to try and work hard enough. The fact remains that the right attitude far surpasses experience when it comes to finding and keeping the right job.