Computer Interactive Language Studies (CILS): An Aid Job-Hunting for Computer and Civil Engineering Graduates
Rosita T. Rizaldo
Sultan Kudarat State University, Philippines
Research shows that engineers are weak in communications skills; thus, engineering graduates often have lesser opportunity of being hired by the industry right after graduation. The school prepares engineering students to be adept in English because of its worldwide use. Enhanced communication skills in English can result to an improved social life and better job opportunities. This study determined the relationship of language performance, academic performance and their effect to job-placement of Fourth- and Fifth-year Computer and Civil Engineering students who were enrolled in Computer-aided Interactive Language Studies (CILS) for two semesters at Sultan Kudarat State University, College of Engineering, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. Specifically, it sought to figure out whether improved language performance in communication skills can improve their chances of being employed easily, especially in their fields of specialization. Quasi-experimental research was used to determine their relationship. Correlation T-test, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Post-Hoc test were the tools used for analysis of data. Pre-test and post-test results showed that with CILS, students’ communication skills improved. Language studies performance was then compared to their major subject grades to determine if it is significant to finding a job easily. Improvement in communication skills is correlated with improved grades in major subjects and it allowed graduates to find a job in their respective fields within one to six months after graduation.
Keywords: Computer-aided Interactive Language Studies, Communication Skills, Quasiexperiment, Engineers, Employment, Philippines