Title

Social networks and the employability of Filipinos in the United States

Authors

Ruby Absuelo

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

University of Philipinnes

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

19385

Comments

Originally published as: Absuelo, R., & Hancock, P. (2015). Social networks and the employability of Filipinos in the United States. Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, 51(2) , pp. 31-71. Original article available here.

Abstract

This paper examines Filipino graduates’ social networks, educational attainment, degree field, English language proficiency, immigration status, age and gender—factors that influence and determine their employability in the U.S. labor market. While each of these factors does have an effect on employability, the paper argues that the use of Weak Ties was the strongest and most beneficial in improving employability, that is, in securing their first job in the United States after migration and in obtaining more advantageous employment opportunities. These include higher pay, a more secure job status, and a higher percentage working in occupations commensurate with their educational qualifications. The strength of Weak Ties in affecting employability was established through statistical analysis of demographical data collected from Filipino graduates