China will see its 2.8 million soon-to-be graduates going job-hunting either at job fairs or online this year, an increase of 680,000 over the same time last year, according to the Ministry of Personnel. The number of college graduates will hit 3.2 million in 2005.
Latest statistics show that there are still 700,000 college graduates in 2003 who have not yet landed a job. The country will have to offer more than 3 million new jobs to college graduates alone in 2004. College graduates have to face a tight job market.
Confronted with the tough pressure of job-seek-ing, college graduates rack their brains for a better future.
Expect a right employer
Nov. 20 is the first day granted by the Ministry of Education for employers to enter college cam-pus for recruiting graduates. More than 40 companies and institutions attached to China Aerospace & Technology Corp. (CASC) held the first job fair in Tsinghua University. Graduates from Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and Beihang University (BUAA) as well as other colleges and universities of aerospace industry attended the fair.
Fan Yang, an electronic engineering major graduate from Tsinghua University said, “I prefer to work firstly as I believe my competitiveness, and after the four-year study in campus I’m willing to apply what I learned to practice. The only thing I expect is a suitable employer, who can offer a favorable atmosphere for work.”
Fan Yang, a 22-year-old young man, showed his confidence for seeking job. Students like Fan accepted that they have to step into society sooner or later, the earlier they touch society, the earlier they gain professional experience.
Most Chinese college students graduate in summer, but fearing the increasingly competitive labor market, many start their job-hunting half a year or even one year before their graduation.
Continue study at graduate schools
Zhu Xiaofeng, majoring in economics in North-west University in Xi’an, is a member of those who want to continue their studies at graduate schools. Zhu gets up at 6 a.m. every day and does not come back until 11:30 p.m. for preparing for the National Entrance Examination for MA/MS Candidates.
Zhu said, “I’m fond of economics very much, and I want to deepen my knowledge of this field and do research work in future, so receiving further education is the priority for me.”
In 2003 there were 799,000 applicants participated in the examination in China, 27.7% up compared with the previous year, yet only 217,000 students were admitted to graduate schools eventually. Latest statistics show that the applicants this year increased 18.4% with a total number of 945,000.
Compared with the busy graduates for job-hunting and examination preparation, still there are some students who enjoy a relatively leisure life. Wang Xinlei is one of them. As a senior journalism student in Shanghai International Studies University, Wang has had received the admission from Chicago University. Wang considered the media in the US fully developed, and over there she could catch up with the latest development of modern media. A master degree plus experience in Western media circle will redound to her career development later when she returns.
Starting from the last decade in 20th century, a large proportion of graduates from prestigious Chinese universities went to study abroad. The advanced education system and favorable career development environment in Western countries attracted thousands of talented Chinese students year after year. Statistics reveal that students studying abroad from Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, the top three in Chinese mainland, accounts for 20% to 30% of the total graduates annually.
The high pressure of unemployment and low rate of admission to graduate schools make some college students consider that receiving Western education is nothing else but a good solution for their graduation.
One once said that young people nowadays are luckier than their father generation because they have the right to determine their own future, while another said that these youngsters are more unfortunate since they don’t know how to choose their future when facing more temptations.