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Gender and Educational Influences of Job Mismatch: The Case of Forestry and Environmental Science Graduates of a Philippine State University

Michael Arieh Padang Medina.

Abstract
Aim: In order to come up with viable curricular programs and policies for the BS Forestry (BSF) and BS Environmental Science (BSES) programs of Central Mindanao University- College of Forestry and Environmental Science (CMU-CFES), a study on the extent of the occurrence of job mismatch among its graduates as well as the factors associated with it was conducted.
Methods: An online survey questionnaire was administered to CMU-CFES graduates of school year 2001 to 2011from December 18, 2012 to May 15, 2013. Out of the 470 graduates from the inclusive school years, 106 graduates answered the questionnaire with substantially complete responses needed for the study. Logistic regression analysis was done in order to test the factors that could influence the occurrence of job mismatch among the respondents.
Results: Gender and scholarship were found to significantly influence job mismatch among the respondents. Female graduates have a high probability of job mismatch than male graduates. Likewise, scholars have lesser probability of job mismatch than non scholars.
Conclusion: The substantial case of job mismatch observed among the respondents urges a revisit of the curricular programs as well as the provision of job searching services to graduates.

Key words: Higher education, job mismatch, logistic regression, Philippines



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