Graduates with a masters degree from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) have become the favorites of Taiwanese bosses, beating National Taiwan University (NTU), on the back of its alumni’s reliable work performance, according to a survey released yesterday.
The survey also indicated that more companies in Taiwan consider having done an internship as a requirement for job applicants.
The survey conducted by the Chinese-language Global Views Monthly and 1111 Job Bank (1111人力銀行), which polled 1,006 companies, showed that among all masters degree holders, those graduated from NCKU earned the highest recommendation from their employers, followed by NTU graduates.
“Internships have become more important for receiving a job offer, even for jobseekers with a masters degree,” Daniel Lee (李大華), a public relations director at 1111 Job Bank, told a press conference.
Last year, 60,000 students graduated with a masters degree in Taiwan, more than doubling from 25,000 in 2002, the report said.
An increasing number of masters degree holders enter in the job market yearly, with companies focusing more on their professional skills and research capabilities, Lee said.
Electronics companies and research institutes showed the strongest demand for jobseekers with a masters degree, with companies in the financial sector and various traditional industries also seeing demand rise along with the pace of industry transformation, Lee added.
Overall, about 60 percent of respondents said they offer higher pay to employees with a masters degree, by an average of NT$3,100 per month, the report’s data showed.