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University of the Philippines Manila

Manila, Metro Manila
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E. M.
◈ Studied Doctor of Dental Medicine
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout UP Manila: As a whole, the school is built to make it's students capable of standing on their own feet. They have complete facilities: waiting room for the patients, laboratory rooms, lecture rooms, sterilizing rooms, auditorium, and dental clinic. The dental assistants are very friendly and are always there willing to help. The professors assigned in the clinic are very accommodating and helpful. For every case that you have in the clinic, you must present it to one of them so they will see if you know what you’re doing.

The other professors in the college maintain the highest level of education they can provide to their students. They teach their students the latest trends in dentistry. They are very knowledgeable on their own field and always keep in their minds what's best for their students. Yes, they are very strict but that strictness is understandable since when you go out to the outside world, you'll be on your own and be responsible on your actions. They ensure that each of their students understand the concept behind the clinical practice.

list bulletMy current job: I am an associate dentist for a private clinic located at Manila.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Since I graduated from the premiere school of the Philippines, it wasn’t difficult to find a job. It just took me less than 2 weeks to find a stable and satisfying career.
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W. C.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout UP Manila: Most of the professors are young (there are definitely some exceptions) . Some even just recently graduated the year before. Sometimes it is awkward for the irregular students when they see one of their batchmates who was regular and graduated on time to be their teacher in some of the subjects. But such is the faculty of the school, as there is a relative shortage of teachers willing to teach in a state university where the pay is low.

The teachers are very intelligent and expect the students to comply to the high standards of excellence and integrity as well. They do not spoon feed information to the students, but encourage you to study independently and extensively. Many do not give simple multiple choice exams (these are very rare!) . Some even give essays, computations, and a lot of analytical questions.

There is a very busy atmosphere inside you'll hear the word "toxic" very often, and this doesn't just refer to the chemicals you are being exposed to in the lab.

You can't expect much from the facilities of our school, specially since your tuition fee is being subsidized by the government; but you can be assured that the methods and procedures done in the lab are very much up to date, as well as some of the equipment. Those instruments and high-tech machines that we do have are only few, thus many would have to share or take turns using them. But this wouldnt pose too much a problem as we only have a small student population. Regardless, our facilities may not be as extensive as other universities, but this isn't a disadvantage; on the contrary, it fosters creativity, resourcefulness (and yes the teachers/students are VERY resourceful) , and practicality. This is a far more valuable lesson than having to rely on sophisticated facilities where everything is done by a push of a button without any effort.

list bulletMy current job: Regulatory associate in a pharmaceutical company

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After the board exam, I got a job 2-3 months after the results.
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K. M.
◈ Studied BS in Nursing
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UP has it's reputation. It is well known for the quality of education if provides to it's students. Being part of this elusive school has always been my dream.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: Every UP campus has the aura of competitiveness among the students. Having a friendly competition is healthy and it encourages you to strive harder and it boosts your confidence as well. Although, I did not like the location of the campus, since it is along Taft avenue. The surroundings is noisy, it is very polluted and it easily get flooded. However, in spite of all that, UP Manila has it's charms. Try enrolling to find out! :)

The professors teach their students the needed theories and at the same time they tell them relevant experiences that they will need to understand those theories and be better at what they are doing. The professors at UP Manila can also be your friends. They are objective when it comes to student-teacher relationship especially in giving grades. But outside the classroom or after you took up his/her subject, you can be friends too. They are very friendly and encouraging. You will be inspired when you talk to them and it will feel like you want to follow their footsteps.

Due to low budget, some of the equipment at school are already worn out. Although we are deprived of new and modern equipment, we still manage. Students and professors are very resourceful and creative to compensate for the shortcomings of the facilities.

list bulletMy current job: I am not yet working because I am currently studying medicine. It is my dream to become a doctor.
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S. G.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The atmosphere proved to be conducive to learning; intangible as it is - the student-professor relationship of friendship creates a well rounded manner of learning. The mere fact that you are with the bests students of the philippines encourages you to perform well and pass every obstacle there is.

Our professors are top notchers; they have proven to be the best students before and have proven themselves during their board exams. In fact they may even be considered among the best minds in their current field. Almost all had their masters and some even took it abroad - scholarship programs. Personally, commend them for being great professors at room while maintaining their friendly approach outside the lecture area.

Facilities are good - mostly are donated but still good in quality. Most of them are from manufacturing firms while others are acquired using self-generated fund of our college.

list bulletMy current job: Registered Pharmacist II

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation I worked immediately as private tutor while waiting for the board exam, after the board exam (Feb. 2008) I continued working as private tutor in chemistry and math while applying only Online. Got my first pharmacy job on May 2008. Few months after the board exam and resting periods.
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C. C.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy major in Industrial Pharmacy
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The environment is really competitive and challenging in UP. There are different kinds of professors. Some are really great and can be considered experts in their fields. Some may also be considered as "terrors". But there are also those whom are very approachable and cool. Due to the diversity and the large scope of the course, many students do not graduate on time. Maybe because the requirements and academic load are a bit over the top and stressful. Time-management and focus are really necessary to be successful.

On a positive note aside from lectures, hands-on experiments, practical trainings and internship are also provided for competency-based learning experiences, which are actually effective methods of teaching. These strategies give the students a chance to apply their knowledge into practice and to learn independently.

Fortunately, facilities have been upgraded within the past few years. The library is now a wifi zone, most of the essential laboratory equipments have been upgraded and updated, classrooms have LCD projectors and current books and other references are very much available and accessible for students use, which makes learning more conducive.

list bulletMy current job: I am an Instructor at a private college of pharmacy in Manila.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had my first job one month after my graduation. But normally, pharmaceutical companies and drug stores require licensed practitioners so they hire pharmacists immediately after they pass the board examination. For example, most who graduate in March/April can take the July board exam, and those who graduate in October can take the January board exam. If they successfully pass the exam, then finding a job would be relatively easier.
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P. U.
◈ Studied AB in Organizational Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: University of the Philippines is the only premier state university in our country. The said school is known to be best in terms of quality education and cost of tuition is lower compared to rest of universities.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: UP Manila is conducive for all sort of learning whether inside the classroom or out. In terms of facility, there is a lot to be desired.

The professors encourage students to think and are even encouraged to question their own teaching if found dubitable. The usual line I hear was "question everything" and this was very useful to me not only in career but life in general. Some professors have become friends and mentor even outside the walls of school.

list bulletMy current job: Sales and Marketing Manager for a global leader in RFID Tag manufacturing and RFID solutions-provider. I am responsible for overall sales and Marketing initiatives in my assigned region which is Asia-Pacific.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months.
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K. R.
◈ Studied AB in Philippine Arts major in Arts Management
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The University of the Philippines. Need I say more? Rallies, broken tables, flip-flops, ikot jeep, isaw. Yes, it's THAT public school. We have our own culture. A culture that gets embedded in every UP student, the culture that will prepare every Iskolar ng Bayan to withstand every blow of the real world.

The professors are under paid, some of them don't get paid at all. But then, they give all their best to teach all their students the best lessons in life.

The facilities? They all suck. But then, we did not need flashy facilities to learn. All we needed was the theory, and we get to practice on our own ways. Professors never spoon feed their students. You have to find your own way out. I did.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Senior Associate for Marketing and Business Development. I mount events, promos and activities to sell malls. I am also tasked by the company to work on a museum for the mall. I got to merge the arts with the corporate world. My dream job.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I got hired 3 days before my graduation.
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C. A.
◈ Studied AB in Philippine Arts major in Arts Management
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: My mom did not want me to study in Diliman because she was afraid that I would join rallies. During that time, there were a lot of news about college students being killed solely because of participation in protests so she has a basis of that fear. So no matter how much I wanted to ride an Ikot jeep going to school, the saying, "Mothers know best" prevailed. And I did not regret following her because, I think, it's also where God wanted me to be. (Yes, not all UP students are atheists.)

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The ambiance is so-so. UPM is located in the busy streets of Manila (i.e., Padre Faura and Pedro Gil) so there's noise and air pollution all around.

The instructors and professors are all knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. Some are even unexpectedly friendly and humorous.

With regard to the facilities, I can say that the ones in UPM, at least in my stay there, were not on par with those of (insert the name of a distinguished school here). Our batch was the last one to pay tuition fee that is equal to the weekly allowance of an Atenista (Pardon my stereotype), before UP imposed a whopping 300% increase. So I think it was understandable why our school couldn't afford to buy new equipment. But despite it all, I was already grateful that our classrooms were air-conditioned.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Turnover Administration Associate for a real estate company.
I speak with clients and help them with their concerns.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Less than a month. I was in dire need of a job after graduation. I uploaded my resume online and was surprised that a lot of companies wanted to hire a non-cum laude alumnus like me.
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A. C.
◈ Studied AB in Organizational Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout UP Manila: I fell in love with UP because of the quality of professors, upperclassmen, and classmates. Everyone is awesome, and I wanted to be a part of that awesomeness. It was truly a melting pot of ideas, people, etc.

Unfortunately, the facilities are not something that you'd be proud of. The computer room uses old desktop without any useful application except logging in during enrollment; the classrooms rarely have functioning projectors and air conditions; students have to go to nearby schools (like La Salle) for PE classes - because we don't have our own PE space, etc. I could make the list longer, but you get the point. Despite the setbacks on facilities, students and professors manage. As one of my professors said, "We are so deprived that we are pushed to become creative."

list bulletMy current job: Business Development Executive (just a very nice title for a sales person :D)

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Around 3 months, but I think that shouldn't be the question. Finding a job and getting an offer was easy enough. It was finding a job and offer that you'd actually want to accept that was challenging.

Honestly, I struggled at the offers that I was getting then. I felt that I was being shortchanged big time, but then I decided that I shouldn't get ahead of myself. I didn't want to be too arrogant in not accepting offers while being a freeloader at home. That said, I accepted my present job, and I'm actually happy with it - but not contented enough. I guess the "not being contented part" is something personal - it's like a game, you'd want to get to the next level once you've perfected the present level.
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R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Pharmacy major in Industrial Pharmacy
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout UP Manila: UP College of Pharmacy is "toxic". With it's location, the pollution from Taft Avenue and the fumes from PGH and it's laboratories make it's environment toxic.

The professors, maintaining the high standards, toxify their students to do their best, as a result, more half of the population are irregular students or they shift or transfer to other schools.

The facilities: with the low budget from the government, the facilities are almost century years old. But there are also some new facilities but these are oftentimes used so they worn out immediately and are not well maintained due to budget reasons. They are also training the students to become the best pharmacist, not the best premed course.

list bulletMy current job: Pharmacist

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A year. I had to take first the licensure examination for pharmacist
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M. T.
◈ Studied AB in Organizational Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I like to study in the UP system.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: I love it there. I learned to be independent and to study my hardest. The professors are tough and they mean serious business. A student cannot pass by mediocre performance. Truly, one must shed tears, sweat and blood to be able to finish a course in UP.
With respect to the facilities, it was okay, I guess. Our rooms are air-conditioned, and clean.

list bulletMy current job: I am a practicing lawyer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I found a job after studying law, and passing the Bar exam.
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G. L.
◈ Studied AB in Organizational Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Top university, I would have killed myself if I didn't get in (or at least thought about it).

list bulletAbout UP Manila: Very casual

list bulletMy current job: I am a Forecasting and Scheduling Manager. My team handles forecasting in order to determine staffing requirements for a call center. We determine how many calls can possibly come in (forecast or make an intelligent guess) on a particular month, week, day, down to time. Based on this forecast, we will determine the number of people needed to answer these calls and provide these people with schedules for them to be able to answer these calls.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months
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T. S.
◈ Studied AB in Theater Arts
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The professors are highly qualified and experienced in the fields they are teaching.

The atmosphere is both highly academic and creative. The program challenges you to be highly open to this intellectual and affective tension.

The facilities are highly conducive for critical thinking and creative exploration.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently teaching Humanities, literature and performing arts courses to university students in the province.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Immediately. I performed and facilitated theater arts workshops to a theater company in Manila. Then, later taught in a pre-school and university, afterwards.
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L. D.
◈ Studied BS in Mathematics
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout UP Manila: UP is the center of excellence in academics. UP is the premier school in the Philippines.Walking around the campus is like walking in the park. Very conducive for further study.

list bulletMy current job: Consultant. Yes

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I didn't go to any companies to send my job application.After graduation I got a job already. One of the biggest I.T. companies in the phil. called me to start the job training.
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C. P.
◈ Studied BS in Mathematics
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout UP Manila: Number one school in the Philippines. Excellent professors and well maintained buildings.

list bulletMy current job: Research Specialist

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 days
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C.
◈ Studied BS in Architecture
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The school is fine. For the facilities, surely it's not that good but it doesn't really matter at all if you're inside the university because all you have to think and do is to pass all the subjects. UP is a school of toughest students all around the country.

list bulletMy current job: Architect

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 9 months
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R.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The school is superb.

list bulletMy current job: Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 7 months
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N. C.
◈ Studied BS in Mechanical Engineering
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout UP Manila: My school is the premier university in the Philippines. For its facilities I'm sure it's not that well but the atmosphere is very favorable for students' study needs.

list bulletMy current job: Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 8 months
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E. A.
◈ Studied BS in Civil Engineering
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: The best, yet inexpensive.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The university need a lot of funding just to keep it in shape. Professors were brilliant but education lacks a practical side.

list bulletMy current job: Civil Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A few months
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M. D.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I chose UP because it's the most prestigious school in the country and I think I can learn so much more there.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: In UP Manila, almost all of our classrooms are air-conditioned because, since we're the "Health Sciences Center, " it is not good for the health of the students to be exposed to air pollution brought by the cars passing along Taft.

We lack some facilities in our campus but the facilities we have right now, I think, are enough for us to have a decent education.

Each college I think has it's own library and aside from that we also have a university library.

The professors in the university are awesome. I really learned a lot from them. Of course, there are terror ones but the majority are nice.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently unemployed but looking for a job. I want a wed developer job because I think it's where I excel.
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N. A.
◈ Studied AB in Organizational Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Because this is the best known school in the Philippines.

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The surrounding is not that big but very accomodating. The professors have high standards and very difficult to deal with. The facilities were old but still useful.

list bulletMy current job: I am a community manager at an advertising company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a job right after graduation.
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M.
◈ Studied AB in Communication
◈ At UP Manila
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout UP Manila: The best school in the Philippines.

list bulletMy current job: News Paper Editor

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months
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