The researchers primarily aimed to identify the aspects that influence the employment preferences of the selected third year and fourth year CBA students of OLFU-Antipolo (SY 2012-2013). This study also seeks to identify whether the aspects or variables identified have significant relationship with how students make their employment decisions. Specifically aforementioned variables are presented in three groups. The first variable is about the demographic profile of the respondents which consists of their age, gender and year level. The second variable is represented by the self-assessment of the students particularly their interests and skills, while the third variable is the employment assessment of the actual job characteristics which includes the salaries and benefits, distance of work place, respect from others and other factors that describes the attributes present in a job. Consequently, these three variables are compared against the employment preferences of the students to determine whether or not relationship exists and which among these variables greatly influence the employment choice of soon to graduate students.
To determine the relationship exists between the variables mentioned and the employment preference of the students, a descriptive method was used and this was administered by the researchers using survey questionnaires as the primary source of data. It was distributed to 140 respondents, who are composed of 82 third year and 58 fourth year students.
In accordance with the result of the study, it showed that the demographic profile of the students (age, gender, year level) has no influence against their employment preferences. It was also found out that their interests and skills and other self-centered questions influence the students with the post employment decisions they used to make and that there is actually a relationship existing between the self-assessment of the students and their employment preference. Lastly, the study revealed that the most dominant variable concerning how students choose their preferred employment is the perceived job characteristics (i.e. salary, distance of work, challenges, etc.). Through the endeavor taken to conduct the study, the students can better understand the importance of career planning and how it can lead them to successful employment ventures after graduation. This can also help the school and administrations itself to help students have a better mindset. In a fast changing world, growing population and competencies presently occur in the labor market, it is important to gain advantage, and it will only be possible if one knows how they can measure their potential and fit it to a specific job where they know they can learn and develop.