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The “Other Schools” Résumé Bank: Is there such a thing as school discrimination?

  • U.P., Ateneo, La Salle, UST graduates, please drop your CVs inside box number one.
  • For applicants whose schools were not mentioned above but graduated from exclusive schools, place your CVs inside box number two.
  • For applicants who graduated from other schools not mentioned above, place your CVs inside box number three and just wait for our call.

This kind of scenario usually takes place whenever one applies for a job almost a hundred percent of the time. I myself have seen this unreasonable screening of job applicants. I admit that I once cried foul when I experienced this type of prejudice from a recruitment specialist, too. I don’t know what kind of sickness these so-called “other schools” graduates supposedly have to be rejected every time they apply for a job.

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Yes, it is unfair to blame the Big Four and graduates from exclusive schools. It isn’t their fault that they were able to pass the admissions tests to these schools. It isn’t their fault that they have the funds to enrol at these elite schools. Maybe they saw the rampant discrimination in school choice when it comes to job applications in the country. And surely a parent wouldn’t mind working a few extra hours just to raise the money so that their children will have a better chance at a good job after graduation.

So what’s in store for “Other Schools” graduates? If they’re lucky, they find an employer who can see past an alma mater and judge them on their own merits. And if they’re unlucky, they could be job hunting for months or even years.

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I have been wondering how an “Other Schools” graduate can break free of this biased thinking. No matter how unfair it may seem, there is still a glimmer of hope. I have known a number of professionals and employees coming from “Other Schools” who are doing well in their respective fields of expertise today. They believe that this regrettable discrimination will fade in time as employees showcase their skills, positive attitude, and exemplary performance, thereby proving their worth as individuals. At the end of the day, you will still be the one responsible for your future and not your school. Just work on your strengths and your weaknesses to show your worth as an individual.

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21 Comments

  1. Ayusin niyo kasi English niyo, kaya mas lalo kayong kinakawawa. English ng English, hindi naman marunong mag-apply ng subject-verb agreement sa mga pangungusap. Alam mo bang mas nayayabangan pa ako sa mga taga-other schools, lalo na kung puro lang sila salita, wala naman sa gawa; sa madaling salita, hindi nila mapanindigan ang mga ipinagyayabang nila.

    • Mikhail, one’s competence in the use of the English language does not necessarily translate to intelligence. Does an Engineering Board Exam top-notcher, say, from Mapua, need to be a grammar expert to exemplify their intelligence or competence in their field of expertise (math/numbers/logic)?

      For example, Tagalog ka nang Tagalog, eh mali naman balarila mo; paano pa kaya sa Ingles? Let me quote you. Sabi mo: “English ng English, hindi naman marunong…” Mali ang gamit mo ng pang-ukol na “ng”; dapat ay pang-abay na “nang” ang ginamit mo. Case in point, sabi mo nga, “puro lang sila salita, wala naman sa gawa; sa madaling salita, hindi nila mapanindigan ang mga ipinagyayabang nila.” You are a perfect example of your own statement. Feeling mo perfect ka, mali-mali ka rin naman.

      So tingin mo matalino ka? Na napaninindigan mo ang ipinagyayabang mo?

  2. As if naman mikhail!!! You maybe from the school listed above but i bet you are one of the students who are in the bottom… intelligent people would not utter the words youve just said =/

  3. I’m not going to point on too much things, which are mostly grammatical errors and poor organization and construction of your line of thought, but I do, however, like to express my pity on how you tried to convey your thoughts on the subject matter but greatly missed the point. Bottom line, this “article” is a waste of time.

    p.s. You might want to check your “bio” or description of yourself in this article. It’s very much bombarded with grammatical errors and SVA issues as well.
    p.p.s. Taking basic English course over your free time won’t hurt you. Take a refresher course if you would.

  4. this article is a waste of time. You think it’s easy to stay in those four schools? You think it’s all about the money? Pity.

    Sa 2nd na nag comment. Better to be last among the best thank be best of the worst 🙂 since nauna kayo ng personal 🙂

  5. Hello, Mikhail. Wow. I really can see how YOUR SCHOOL successfully honed your Intelligence and Morality. Galing mo magsalita ah. You talk about subject and predicate agreement as if you have mastered its rules. But look at the way you code switch – very awful. Don,t be so proud of yourself. You’re not too good nor too kind after all.

  6. Wow, mikhail and thegrandpianist. English skills na pala ang basehan ngayon ng talino. Tsk tsk. I pity you. Kung call center agent ang inapplyan nila pwede pa.

  7. Pansin ko lang sa pag nakaka-witness ako ng Filipino conversations/thread, para bang palaging may hostility ang mga Pilipino sa isa’t-isa. May mali na nga yung kababayan mo, lalo mo pang ibababa.

    Laki ako sa U.S. pero mahal na mahal ko yung lahing pinagmulan ko. Nalulungkot lang ako tuwing nakikita ko na palaging naglalaitan ang mag Pilipino at kapwa Pilipino. Kahit dito sa U.S., the last person that will help a Filipino is a Filipino. Napaka-snob at arogante.

  8. Pag foreynjer ang nagsalita, hindi mapuna-puna ang grammar; pag kapwa pinoy ay talagang tatalunin pa ang grammar check ng microsoft word. Pwede bang attitude check muna.

    Tigilan nga ko.

  9. Think before you speak. Grabe naman mikhail. Para kang hindi pilipino. Kaya nga tayo pilipino dahil tagalog talaga ang lengwahe naten. Hindi english. Anak ka ba ng kano? Sana hindi na nila gawing basehan ang mga schools. Dahil dapat mas binabase yan sa grades at sa gawa.

  10. Gusto ko lang suportahan yung sinabi ni Nikko. Sa totoo lang hindi naman kasi talaga madali mag-stay sa “Big Four”. Pero mas mahalaga dun, mas mahirap lumabas nang may diploma. Kaya kung may bias man yung mga companies sa graduates ng top universities, more often than not, those applicants deserve it. Feeling kasi ng mga taga-labas, dinadala lang namin yung pangalan ng school kaya kami natatanggap. Hindi lang po pangalan, pati po mga natutunan. And let me tell you na iba naman talaga yung level of difficulty ng mga pinag-aaralan sa top universities compared sa ibang schools. Kung gusto niyo din ng ganung bias eh di sana nag-aral kayong mabuti para nakapasok sana kayo dun sa “Big Four” at exclusive schools.

  11. I beg to disagree. we have so many decent institutions here in the Philippines. The one i graduated from even has a higher grading system than UST. I’m not from the big four but my board rating is higher than most of those who took the NLE. it’s not all about the school. Your alma mater might hone you for a couple of years but the rest and best days of your life is up to you. Life really is unfair, but then again who said it should be?

  12. Mikhail, one’s competence in the use of the English language does not necessarily translate to intelligence. Does an Engineering Board Exam top-notcher, say, from Mapua, need to be a grammar expert to exemplify their intelligence or competence in their field of expertise (math/numbers/logic)?

    For example, Tagalog ka nang Tagalog, eh mali naman balarila mo; paano pa kaya sa Ingles? Let me quote you. Sabi mo: “English ng English, hindi naman marunong…” Mali ang gamit mo ng pang-ukol na “ng”; dapat ay pang-abay na “nang” ang ginamit mo. Case in point, sabi mo nga, “puro lang sila salita, wala naman sa gawa; sa madaling salita, hindi nila mapanindigan ang mga ipinagyayabang nila.” You are a perfect example of your own statement. Feeling mo perfect ka, mali-mali ka rin naman.

    So tingin mo matalino ka? Na napaninindigan mo ang ipinagyayabang mo?

  13. Juice colored..! Let’s not fight about this topic. It was never about saan school ka nag tapos ng kolehiyo. It is about how you will use the skills you acquired and the lessons you learn from school para makatulong sa pag-unlad ng bansa. And I think this post is not intended na ikumpara ang mga “elite” and “other” universities, instead, para ito sa mga companies na bias in terms of hiring. Whatever their reasons, I think it’s unacceptable on my point of view.

  14. Hello! Wag na po tayo matalo sa mga ganitong bagay kung saan mas maganda magaral, kung saan mas madami kang matututunan, o ano pa man. Kakaapply ko lang sa work, mga kasabayan ko galing sa mga mabibigat na schools. Yung iba may mga latin honor pa, yung iba may mga lisensya na. Tapos sa 80 plus na nakikipagunahan sa trabahong yun, isa ako sa nakakuha ng pwesto. Alam mo bakit? Hindi dahil sa school na pinanggalingan ko, wala din akong latin honor, may dalawa akong singko sa TOR. Hindi basehan ang mga yan, ang tinitignan e yung ugali mo talaga, kung paano ka makisama, yung mga values na tinuro sayo ng eskwelahan na pinanggalingan mo at namalagi ka ng 4-5 na taon.

    Yun yun eh. Tigilan na natin ‘to. 🙂

  15. Hello! Wag na po tayo matalo sa mga ganitong bagay kung saan mas maganda magaral, kung saan mas madami kang matututunan, o ano pa man. Kakaapply ko lang sa work, mga kasabayan ko galing sa mga mabibigat na schools. Yung iba may mga latin honor pa, yung iba may mga lisensya na. Tapos sa 80 plus na nakikipagunahan sa trabahong yun, isa ako sa nakakuha ng pwesto. Alam mo bakit? Hindi dahil sa school na pinanggalingan ko, wala din akong latin honor, may dalawa akong singko sa TOR. Hindi basehan ang mga yan, ang tinitignan e yung ugali mo talaga, kung paano ka makisama, yung mga values na tinuro sayo ng eskwelahan na pinanggalingan mo at namalagi ka ng 4-5 na taon.

    Yun yun eh. Tigilan na natin ‘to. 🙂

  16. On some degree, I do agree with the article. Galing ako Ateneo. Pagkatapos ko doon, pumasok ako UP Law sa Diliman. “Average” lang ako sa parehong paarala, hindi mataas, hindi bumabagsak. Hanggang ngayon, wala pa ring tumatanggap sa aking kumpanya. Aanhin nila ang diploma at ang fact na sa elite school ka nagtapos, kung ikaw mismo, hindi mo na napaghusayan ang pag-aaral mo sa mga institusyong iyon? Nasa sa estudyante pa rin naman, at the end of the day, kung mapapansin siya ng employer or not.

    Sidenote: More often than not, it’s the company’s choice to become “school-ist”. They reinforce the whole phenomenon by, even though they think otherwise, let themselves be blinded by the prestige that comes along with the top schools, eventually making them overlook the merits of each person. (Sad to say this holds true for the Filipino culture in general – reputation/popularity over credentials)

  17. It’s not about the name of the school you’ve graduated, but it is indeed your skills and intelligence. Oo, totoong may discrimination pag dating sa pangalan ng school lalo na pag maghahanap ka ng trabaho. Meron nga akong kaklase, failed sa entrance exam nagpupumilit makapasok sa UST kasi daw para matanggap agad sa trabaho tsaka para rin makakuha ng malaking sahod.

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