Do companies care where you graduated?

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez,

Posted at Apr 07 2014 05:09 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2014 10:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Fresh graduates from the top four universities in the Philippines may have a better chance of landing a job over graduates from other schools, a survey by Philippines showed.

The survey revealed that most of the companies in the Philippines still place high importance on which university the graduates come from.

In the 400 companies surveyed, said 77% favor hiring graduates from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP), University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU).

“Education is seen as one indicator. High grades are seen as indicators on how students perform. These four schools represent a quality of education that produces a certain quality of competence that these companies are looking for,” Philippines country manager Grace Colet said on Monday.

Colet noted, however, that the figure only reflected preferences of the companies, adding that the majority of fresh graduates are not produced from these four schools.

In 2013, these four schools made it to the Top 300 Asian universities list of the London-based education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds.

State-run UP ranked 67th in the list, followed by private schools Ateneo (109th), UST (150th) and La Salle, which fell under the 151-160 bracket.

The survey also showed that 94% of companies are still open to hiring graduates from other schools.

“As much as this is a cause for pride for any graduates of these schools, the employees also said that they do hire applicants from other schools,” marketing services manager Eileen Go said.

Most companies are also favoring graduates from government schools Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

The survey said firms are open to hiring fresh graduates not coming from choice universities as long as they are good in English, trainable and dedicated to work hard.

Last year, more than 80% of companies surveyed by Philippines hired fresh graduates. advises applicants to highlight internship, grades and extra-curricular activities in their resumes to make up for their lack of experience in the workplace.