Testimonials of BS in Business Administration Graduates from the Philippines

G. R.
Studied BSBA in Management Accounting
at University Of The East - Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2010

Why did I choose this course:
Choosing my degree in college was an easy decision. Throughout my life, I always wanted to be like my mother, an auditor. I loved accounting subjects and anything that has something to do with my analytical skills.

About my college education:
Most of the students compare BS Accountancy and Management Accounting courses since both courses major in Accounting. But the two courses really has different curriculum and approach.

Management accounting helped me not just to analyse the problem using accounting analysis but also helped us how to make a decision using different approach being in upper or middle management. Management accounting give me new ideas on how to improve my decision making skills from knowing the problem until creating alternative solutions in a particularly problem using accounting or management skills.

One of my difficult subject was our Cost accounting wherein we need to chose an existing company and create case and financial analysis. The said assignment was required us to visit the chosen company and create documentation. It was difficult since we really need to contact owners and upper management of a particular company and ask permission to access their data and visit their place. But the project gave us more knowledge and ideas of how a company really work in a particular industry.

Passing the exams especially in our major subjects was really a hard thing to do. You really need to study well and analyse well everything. Every school year more of my classmates are shifting other courses because they cannot maintain their grades anymore.

Taking this course will require you patience and motivation to hold on and take it seriously. It was never really an easy course wherein you need to work on your entrepreneurial and accounting skills. Why do you think I succeed? Because I work on it and at the same time I enjoyed working on it.

My current job:
I am currently a Operation Supervisor in an Accounting BPO at Makati. I have been working for 4 years now.

As a Supervisor in Accounting BPO I monitor and review accounting and related system report for accuracy and completeness. I obtain knowledge of the client's business and accounting systems to understand the transaction flow of the business and to develop expectations on the possible movements of the balances that were subsequently validated in the conduct of audit procedure.

Am I using what I learned in college:
There are actually a lot of things you need to learn during work that you never learned from school. But there are skills from schools that I have apply during work. Like using familiarizing an accounting system which our school taught us. So it was already easy for me to understand how accounting system work.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A week after my graduation I was already hired in an accounting firm in Makati. It was really a hard decision for me to accept the Job since I was planning to continue studying and take my MBA program that time. But I realized that as a graduate student, I still have so many things to consider and to learn in this kind of industry.

Do I recommend studying BSBA major in Management Accounting:
Business graduates always has a space in any kind of industry. They can function in marketing, sales, accounting, admin, and solution services.

A fresh graduate student of BSBA major in management accounting can expect a minimum of 13,000 salary but if you had a chance to took and pass the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) board exam you can expect a minimum of 25,000 salary. But you really need to spend more time and money taking CMA board exam.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Like other professionals said, you need to love your job. Its also like taking your course. You need to love your course for your to become successful. You have to decide it is really what you want and if it's really what makes you happy. Because when you realized that it was not really what makes you happy you already loss a lot of time and money. And you can always be successful in the field where your heart belongs.
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D. B.
Studied BS in Business Administration
at University Of San Carlos , Cebu City
Graduated: 1985

Why did I choose this course:
My mother is in the retail business and we have a big agricultural land in Biliran, Leyte. I thought that I need to take care of our lands someday and go into business. That is the reason why I chose this course.

About my college education:
I learned during my practicum, when I was assigned to the administrator of a big manufacturing company in Cebu, that it is not an easy job. The administrator has to look into like the daily expenses, payroll of personnel and sometimes labor problems, schedule of deliveries, schedule of payments of suppliers, etc.

As usual, I do not like Math subjects but I study them just the same. I passed all my subjects without repeating the exam.

My current job:
I am now a tour and travel consultant in California, U.S.A., making proposals of travels abroad, packaging the trips for group tours, etc.

Am I using what I learned in college:
The practical thing I learned in school which I still applied in my current job is being “hands on”. I do the work myself and I do not let others do the work for me. I want to show my clients that I am giving them my personal concern. More clients is generated by this.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Immediately after graduation I helped my mother in managing the store and the farm that was the source of the money used to finance our studies.

Do I recommend studying B.S. Business Administration:
I would advise any student to take this course because it provides a preview of what business management is all about.

In terms of salary, this course can give anybody a good chance to earn good money. It helps develop the right way to administer a business on a day-to-day basis.
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J. V.
Studied BSBA in Financial Management
at University Of Mindanao , Davao City
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
When I was young I wanted to work in a bank just like my father. He asked me after high-school on what course would I choose and I said that I wanted to be like him. He recommended taking a course about financing. That made it more justifiable for me to take this particular course.


About my college education:
What I learned while studying at UM is that being observant is important. As a professional he/she must be aware of the surroundings. With that he can easily adapt to what is happening and knows what solution to imply. Anything in the school can be learned from books, lectures, and research but the right attitude can only be attained through self-discipline.

My current job:
I’m working as Marketing assistant for globe communications today. I organize market research, arrange promotional events, assist the manager in writing reports and analyzing data. I also help the manager on online traffic with web-related campaigns and I Communicate with clients.

Am I using what I learned in college:
All is attainable if we just persist. The student must always be determined, diligent, obedient, and disciplined this traits will take you to success. For me they must not also forget to slow down sometimes and appreciate things close to them because by doing it that is the time that they really learn.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I thought that it was going to take long but thank god after graduating I easily got to work as sales representative. I was referred by a friend who also worked at that company.

Do I recommend studying B.S.B.A major in Finance Management:
To graduate Finance management, opportunities of working on banks, private companies, and even abroad opens up.

Salary level of P10,000 – P15,000/month as minimum. If you were to work abroad it would be way much higher.


Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
The student must always be determined, diligent, obedient, and disciplined this traits will take you to success. For me they must not also forget to slow down sometimes and appreciate things close to them because by doing it that is the time that they really learn.
I advice them to always listen to the professors. Even they are strict and terror, try to earn their interest. Absorb what they lecture, comply with the projects and requirements on time. Also give time to read your books and do some research.
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D. C.
Studied BSBA in Financial Management
at University Of The East - Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2013

About my college education:
I've learned how to make strategies in a company, how to save money also. How to analyze business problems and how to make decision making.

I believed that one of the most difficult exams and assignments to pass is Law & Finance. This subjects have failed many students.

In taking this course you have to be a hardworking person, you have to be focus and take it seriously. Not this course only but in every course that you will take. After the hardworking seasons and they're so called "sunog kilay sa pagaaral" you will feel your fruit of success ! :)

My current job:
Accounting Staff in a Accounting Firm. Accounting Staff do Bank Reconciliation, Tax Returns & Financial Statements.

Am I using what I learned in college:
How to make Financial Statement. How to make decision making in a company.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
5 months ! :)

Do I recommend studying BSBA major in Financial Management:
In a first job of a fresh graduate expect minimum salary. Actually you don't have to expect big amount salary but expect from a big learning and situations that you'll surely encounter. :)

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Take it seriously guys, be patient and focus on your studies.

Try to apply in a Financial Institutions or Accounting Firm. Obviously you can use your knowledge about Finance, in Accounting Firm you can also learned other knowledge ofcourse.
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K. G.
Studied BSBA in Management
at Rizal Technological University , Mandaluyong
Graduated: 2011

Why did I choose this course:
This was not my first choice actually. But due to some circumstances I chose this because I want to have a business someday. Career-wise, I thought it's the easiest way to have a job after you graduate.

About my college education:
I have learned many things in this course especially when we're in 3rd year & 4th year because that's where the hardest part is. We where on our thesis year and I gained a lot of knowledge and experience here, in terms of putting up a business and knowing the market and having financial analysis.

I think the most difficult/assignment for me is Accountancy. Haha.. But I realized it was useful to my profession. Luckily, we passed all our exams and subjects. Few didn't make it but for the minor reasons.

I think the traits and attitude you should have would be Responsible, Patient, Resourceful, Wise, & Smart.

My current job:
I am an Accounts Specialist II of a Government-Owned-Controlled-Corporation.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I think being responsible and resourceful. And also, having great relationship to people I work to.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I got absorbed before I graduated.

Do I recommend studying BSBA Major in Management:
I definitely do. In terms of employment opportunities I think it is case to case basis. I am lucky because I got a job before I graduated but based on my other colleagues experiences some of them were having a hard time finding a job.

In Salary level, I would say in 1-2 years you can earn just the basic salary but if you got promoted then eventually you can have a high-paying job.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Just think of the Long-term outcome.
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Quennie Abad
Studied BSBA in Human Resource Development Management
at De La Salle-college Of Saint Benilde , Manila
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
I chose this course because it is somehow related to the course that I really want which is Psychology. And as a Benildean Scholar I grab this opportunity even though I really don't want this course.

About my college education:
Studying Human Resource Management requires hard work and patience. It involves a lot of reading, researching, and paper works which I find boring and difficult at first but since I need it, I made these things enjoying. I will be handling people with different personalities and attitudes so I better develop good interpersonal skills.

My current job:
I'm currently working as an HR practitioner. I'm just handling different types of people; it can be an individual or a group.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes. I am now applying the lessons I earned when I am still studying especially on how to handle people with different personalities and family background. I exactly used the hospitality, skills, ability and experiences I got when I am still studying. OJT was a big help for me.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Not that long. It's just a matter of patience and handwork, of course.

Do I recommend studying BS in Business Administration - Human Resource Management:
Yes. Almost all of the company has HR Department so finding where you want to work is easy. It’s just that you need to have the required competencies and experience to fit for the job. And also HR majors have the edge when you apply for HR jobs rather than to Psychology majors or other related courses so I assure you there are a lot of employment opportunities when you finished this course.

The salary level is fair enough to support your living but it would depend on where you will work.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Do your research about the said course and then decide if you have what it takes to be a HR practitioner. It is important that you know and you love what you are doing in order for you to succeed.
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D. A.
Studied BSBA in Management Accounting
at University Of The East-Manila , Manila
Graduated: 2011

Why did I choose this course:
I decided to take up this course because I believe that this is one of the practical courses nowadays since every company and institution needs an Accounting and Management professionals. I also love doing small business of my own like selling different stuffs so through this course I can be able to acquire better knowledge about the different aspects of business. I am also dreaming of being a business tycoon.

About my college education:
In my four years stay in the university as a Management Accounting Major, I learned the importance of management and accounting in business and how can you apply the management principles into your daily life. Some of the difficult subjects are the Advanced Accounting and Government Accounting. Mostly the exams were comprehensive and many of us were able to pass it except for some instances wherein it was really tough to understand some of the topics. For a student to survive the course, one must have the analytical mind especially when dealing with different Accounting Transactions, one must also have the determination, perseverance and eagerness to learn. Positivity is also important.

My current job:
Presently, I am doing a small business and I am studying to further enhanced my skills in other aspects.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I have applied the principles of monitoring your finances, how can you generate income in doing your own business and how will you succeed in the business world.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me only a month to find a job. The demand for Management and Accounting graduates is very high.

Do I recommend studying BS in Business Administration Major in Management Accounting:
If you believe that you have the analytical mind and can study under pressure then you can succeed the course. This is also a very good start when you are dreaming to put up your own business someday as you will be equipped with all the necessary information on management and accounting principles.

The demand for Management Accounting graduates is continuously emerging. Different institutions need Accounting Staffs, Accounting Specialists and Management Staffs and Officers.

Fresh graduate can earn the minimum of Php12,000 a month and at least Php 20,000 for more experienced employee.
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K. S.
Studied B.S. Business Administration – Major in Marketing
at Miriam College , Quezon City
Graduated: 1986

Why did I choose this course:
This was the best course for me because this teaches about administering and managing a business and it is not a difficult course. For my purpose, since my mother is in the food, this course will just be right for me.

About my college education:
In my college years I learned the basics of business administration. This covers, finance, marketing, and organization. So many books have to be read, so many lectures to be attended, and much money spent on school projects. But all of these were not wasted, I learned to be patient, to be considerate, and to be fair to all people. These are the practical lessons that I have learned.

I really hated Math but I overcame this phobia and passed it.
I tried my best to study well. It became my study habit to give more time to the harder subjects. It’s a pleasure to overcome the difficult ones.

Anybody who fails in any subject is always given a chance to repeat the exam. Most of the time, the student passes the second exam.

For me, the most important traits needed to be successful in this course is to have the genuine interest and passion for business which I discovered in my mother and which I tried to emulate.

My current job:
I and my brother own our restaurant specializing in Filipino cuisine in California, U.S.A.. I handle the finance and the F&B. My brother is the one in-charge of public relations, marketing, business permits and taxes, and other areas. We are happy to make fellow Pinoys meet and enjoy in our place.

Am I using what I learned in college:
In my college days, I learned that “honesty is the best policy” and I have never failed on this regard. The school also imbued in us the good “business sense”. It makes the client the center and focus of our work, and we are obliged to give him the best products and services, known as “delights”.A good businessman must be able to get the confidence and respect of it's clients.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Immediately after graduation, my mother hired me to become the administrator of our canteens in the Philippines. I monitored the purchases of items needed for the canteens. I also did other administrative work.

Do I recommend studying B.S. Business Administration – Major in Marketing:
I will advise anybody who wants to be a businessman in the future to take this course because it gives the basic knowledge of how to handle any business, big or small. This course is also good for those who merely like to be employed in big companies.

In terms of salaries or income, this course always gets a good pay especially in big companies. I recommend this to everybody.
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Why did I choose this course:
My first course was BS Computer Science because my sister suggested and said that that it was the most in-demand course at that time. Then on the first semester on my second year I stopped. I wasn't able to manage schooling and working at the same time. In 2009, I decided to go back school and pursued the course that I really want. When I was in elementary I dreamed of working in an office when I grow up. In one of our activity in school our teacher asked us to draw ourselves of what we wanted to be when we grow up. Then I draw myself sitting in a big office chair. Also, my sister who took the same course was an influence.

About my college education:
I learned so much about management and marketing as this was of big help to my work back then until now. I was able to understand it's importance to make my job effective and efficient. One of the hardest assignment is our feasibility. It takes lots of time, effort and patience to do this. Accounting was one of the hardest subject I had then. Accuracy was very critical in this subject.

Passing the exam was difficult if you did not study or review before the exam or listened to all the lesson. I used to take a lot of notes especially those that was not found on the book. There are some who failed maybe because they did not study well. In our course shifters were very few. Most of the shifters from other course like those in accountancy because they did not meet the quota on grades.

In succeeding this course you need to really love, enjoy and work hard for it. Time management is very important also especially to me as a working student from 1st to 4th year.

My current job:
I'm currently working as a Restaurant Manager in a fast food chain.
I'm responsible to do floor control and manage our food, service, cleanliness and condition making sure we give our best for our customers. Making the daily operation in an effective and efficient manner.

Am I using what I learned in college:
There's a lot from college that I was able to use in my job right now. One of the most useful aspect of studying management is staffing. Right now I'm was handling the store's hiring and training system. It was very important to invest on your people for they will be the one to serve our customers.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I've been with this company for almost 11 years. I started in 2002 as a contractual service crew. In 2003 I was promoted as a regular employee. On Jan 2009, I was promoted as Section Manager service. After graduating from college on the same year and completed my school credentials, I was referred by my employer to the head office to apply and train for the position of shift manager as we call it before and now restaurant manager.

Do I recommend studying BS Business Administration:
Graduating from this course will open a lot opportunities even if your a fresh graduate. Most business hire applicants who graduated with background on business administration.

On my part a starting basic of P13k plus transportation, meal and training allowance was not bad. If you're a more experienced, you can apply for a higher position and maybe negotiate with a higher salary too.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If you will take this course or whatever course you decide to get you have to really ask yourself if this what you really want or matches your interest. Cause if you did not, you will end up just graduating from college and get whatever job instead of applying for a job that suits your course.
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Why did I choose this course:
Since High School, I dream to interview applicants or to be part of conducting training to the employees. And studying Human Resources have different channels of opportunity (Like being part of recruitment, admin, training, compensation and benefits and any other related field related to HR) that can help me to land a job.

About my college education:
I learned a lot of things with the course I take but there is one thing that struck me the most is learning the principles of the business organization, conducting training, labor laws and Organizational development that really helps me to do my current role in one of a social enterprise company here in the Philippines as a trainer.

I admit that not all subjects are easy as counting 1,2,3. I really had a hard time in studying Income Taxation, Business Finance and Logic (I know, you are surprised), not because of the subject matter but I think, the professors have their different approach in teaching the subject that sometimes makes the subject harder. But from there, there is one thing that the professors teach me, and it's all about being prepared and confident about yourself.

The most useful thing I learned, when we study the Training and Development Subject that helps me today in organizing and conducting training, making training modules and guidelines, and pre-training needs like doing training analysis.

Passing the exam? Yes, it is not difficult to pass the exams, but it depends upon your subject interest, but if you are not doing well and you don't like the subject, do not use it as an excuse! That is already your opportunity to prove that you are smart and hardworking student. Students fail the exam because they do not study well their lessons (Period), don't forget to apply the cause and effect principle when it comes to exam results.

Traits and Attitude to finish the course, here's the ingredients for your success!
8 Packs of Hardwork and Smartwork/ 1 pack per semester
8 Pieces of confidence/ don't be shy! It will help you to land a job easy
8 liters of Patience, I know it will be a long journey but never give up on what you will going to start, you will cultivate all of the good things after you graduate ;).
8 teaspoon of Bravery, too much is bad that will turn you mad and wild, A teaspoon of bravery is enough. It will help you to build confidence to face the challenges in your studies.
8 gallons of Integrity, Rule of thumb - cheating is good for you today but it will not help you to learn and to prepare yourself in the future. I admit, I cheat before I think once or twice but I learned from it. Don't let yourself harvest spoiled fruit at the end.
8 cups of stewardship, use your brain! it is a gift from God, so don't use it for useless things like playing games during class, or have a chit-chat with your seatmate. There is always a time and place for everything.
8 spoons of humility or humbleness/ there is I in Pride, not all people will like that! Letting your pride high will just contain you to learn more. If you don't know, ask someone that is good to the subject matter you HATE. Not all your classmate will help you but someone in the class or in the school will help you with the subject. Always remember that successful people always drink a dosage of humbleness and a swallow bars of pride.
Millions of Pieces of Faith, Have faith to our Creator, you know He have a plan for you why you choose that course or why you had a hard time in some of the subjects. Don't give up, don't jump to one course to another, He can't help you to establish yourself and prepare you in the future. Finish what you started and God is always there to help you to finish your training.

My current job:
Retail Training Associate is responsible for:
Create training modules aligned with the current process and operations furnished by Merchandising operations Department and training needs.
Conduct training to new hired merchandisers in preparation to their operational needs
Conduct up-skills training (product, sales training) to the merchandisers for performance and sales improvement
Monitor real time performance monitoring for coaching and evaluation
Create training and evaluation reports of the merchandisers

Am I using what I learned in college:
Not all of the subjects I learned are relevant to my current role. The things I learned in college that is very useful is about organizing training, doing training needs analysis, organizational development, and maybe some of accounting principles because training is also equal to the expense to the company so I also make reports about the expenditures while doing a certain training.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I never had a hard time to land a job after graduation since I follow the advice of one of my professors that on our Final On the job Training, it must our prospected company. After Graduation, that was May of 2013, I continue my internship. After a month, my HR Manager told me to process my requirements and gave me the JO.

Do I recommend studying BSBA major in Human Resources Development Management:
Yes! Since BSBA major in Human Resources has a lot of career opportunities in Business World, you can be a part of admin team, training team, recruitment team, payroll team, or may finance/accounting team.

For fresh graduates, depending on what role you have, you can earn as much as P15,000 - P18,000 a month.

For more experience employee - they can earn P18,000 - P40,000
(positions - HR Officer, Recruitment Officer, Admin Officer, Supervisor, HR Manager, Training Manger, Recruitment Manager, HR Head)

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Ensure you have deep interest in business organization, talking to other people, and ensure you have a strong personality but a mixture of humbleness and more importantly ensure that you really want the course, it is a big factor to consider in taking up the program. If you don't have any choice and BSBA is your last resort, think about it, I know you want to take up IT or Accountancy or Engineering and the slots are full : (but I will tell you, Human Resources in all companies ROCK! I know it myself because I am working in Human Resources Department. There will be a time you will fall in love with the course and embrace it. But if you really don't like it from the heart and mind and considering the course, you are wasting your time.
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