Graduates fill out an online questionnaire (http://tracerstudy.unesa.ac.id/) the data is analysed by Tracer Study Team for
the UPBE and reported to the Head of the Study Programme and Deputy Dean
for Student and Alumni Affairs. Based on the tracer study report, the Head
of the Study Programme compiles a plan for improvement, both related to
curriculum and follow-up actions that need to be submitted to the department
and faculty level, for example related to facilities and infrastructure.
The results of the evaluation of graduates show that the average waiting period for graduates to obtain their first job is 2.5 months. Most of the graduates of UPBE can get a job in the first 6 months after graduating, even 34.21% of graduates get their first job right after finishing their studies (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Distribution of graduates based on their first
job waiting period
In addition, based on the evaluation results it is also known that 56% of the UPBE graduates work as Biology Educators; 19% of the UPBE graduates work as bio-entrepreneurs, who develop local biological-based (Figure 2). This shows that graduates of the UPBE can be accepted in the labour market in accordance with the objectives of the study Programme. There are also UPBE graduates who work outside the field of Biology Education, for example as banking staff, medical representatives of pharmaceutical industry, marketing staff as much as 12%. This reveals that graduates of the UPBE have good adaptability and have good analytical skills, hence they can be accepted in work fields that are different from the fields studied during lectures. In addition, the results of the graduate tracer study also show that 13% of graduates continue their education to a higher level of education, namely the master Programme.
Distribution of the first job of UPBE graduates
Graduates' evaluations are also carried out based on the responses of graduate users. This instrument was developed to measure graduate users’ satisfaction. Aspects measured include graduate competence and graduate soft skills, including integrity (ethics and morals), expertise based on science (professionalism), English, and the use of information technology. The measurement mechanism that involves the graduate users begins with the graduate tracer study activity, as previously described. The Tracer Study Team for the UPBE provides access to online questionnaires to graduate users. Then the employer (the direct supervisor) filled out the questionnaire and then sent the results to the Tracer Study Team. Based on the responses of graduates user, the competence of graduates of the UPBE have integrity (ethics and morals), expertise based on the field of science (professionalism), the ability to speak English and the use of information technology are in the good and very good categories (Figure 3) The results of this evaluation are one of the important inputs for the UPBE that are followed up for improving the curriculum, learning process, as well as improving facilities and infrastructure.
Figure 3. Graduates' competencies and soft
skills based on graduate user responses (in percentage)