Abstract—This study aimed to compare the employability
and the career advancement of cooperative students and
non-cooperative students, including to identify the correlation
among cooperative education program attendance and initial
job, started income and period to get the job. The population
was 1,807 new graduates who graduated in academics year 2015
from the faculty and the college that has the cooperative
education in the curriculum at Burapha University, Thailand.
The questionnaire was employed to gather the data and the
questionnaires were sent to the population by e-mail. For data
analysis, the Independence Sample t-Test and Chi-square test
were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed the
employability and career advancement of cooperative students
and non-cooperative students were not different. Except, the
employability in term of problem-solving skill and leadership
had the difference between cooperative students and
non-cooperative students. Regarding the correlation analysis,
the cooperative education program attendance statistical
significant related to the initial job, started income and period
to get the job at 0.05. The cooperative students have been
worked in the field or related filed more than the
non-cooperative students. Moreover, the cooperative students
received the started income more than 15,000 Bath and had the
period to get the new job below 3 months.
Index Terms—Cooperative education, career advancement, employability, new graduated.
Wannapa Luekitinan is with the Human Resource Management Program, Faculty of Management and Tourism, Burapha University, Thailand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Wannapa Luekitinan, "The Impact of Cooperative Education: Considering Employability and Career Advancement of New Graduates," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 725-729, 2018.