EMPLOYABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE: A TRACER STUDY OF LCUP-CBEA GRADUATES AY 2015 TO 2018

The paper is a tracer study of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA) graduates of La Consolacion University Philippines in Malolos City, Bulacan inclusive of academic years 2015-2016 to 2017-2018.  It aimed to assess the CBEA programs’ relevance to prevailing industry needs and alignment with the requirements of a dynamic labor market.  A descriptive research design was utilized using purposive sampling.  A survey patterned after the Commission on Higher Education’s questionnaire was made available online through Google forms. Results revealed that majority of the CBEA alumni were employed in private firms as full-time and permanent employees, with average monthly remuneration ranging from P 10,000-20,000, and with the majority employed as office staff, working within their locality.   On the average, most had served their present employers for less than six months, this being attributed to more respondents who were recent graduates. Most respondents claimed that their current job was their first after graduation, and to be competitive, have pursued further studies.  The CBEA programs had very highly contributed to the enhancement of the graduates’ personal and professional growth, particularly on communication skills, and Augustinian values formation.

Keywords: Tracer Study, Business, Entrepreneurship, Accountancy, CBEA, Personal and Professional Growth, Labor Mismatch, Skills Gaps.