Graduate can't find job, burns diploma

15:51, April 08, 2010      

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Recently, footage of a graduate burning his diploma out of desperation has become hot on China's Internet, no pun intended. According to him, he encountered a number of setbacks in the five years since he graduated and burned his diploma out of rage.

The subject of the video explained that he was born into a poor family without any connections and he did not graduate from some famous university.

"The diploma is totally useless and most employers don't give me a chance to even interview," he said.

It is well known that unemployment among recent graduates is a major social problem now, so such a piece of footage has naturally drawn a lot of attention. Many university students said they could sympathize, but they don't agree with what he did.

Mr. Zhang, another recent graduate who has also been out of school for five years, said: "It is too impulsive to burn a diploma, which symbolizes what you paid for and learned in the university. Moreover, burning it changes nothing. Even if you think it is totally useless, it still carries your memories."

Mr. Chen, who graduated this year, said it is a pity to burn your diploma, and graduates must be well-prepared for the opportunities that are yet to come.

Xiao Lin, who is called the "madman of certificates," is nearly crazy about taking examinations for certificates. According to him, he is in neither a graduate of a good university nor does he have a good major, so he tries his best to acquire more job skills to be competitive.

During his university years, he had gained many certificates, including Accounting Certificate, English Band 4, Nutritionist, Business Japanese, Computer, Driving License and so on. Although he has not found a good job, he believes it won't be useless to be well-prepared.

However, Mr. Fei, who also has lots of certificates in his hands, doesn't think this helps much. According to his experience, all the certificates he has are just gate tickets for him to enter recruitment fairs but nothing else.

Regarding this, a person in charge of a state enterprise said although diplomas and other certificates are necessary in the process of recruitment, employers care more about a person's abilities.

Teacher Li, from South China Normal University, warned students not to follow the trend of taking examinations for certificates due to the pressure of hunting jobs. College students need to make plans reasonably according to their own strengths and weaknesses. In addition, they also should have reasonable expectations and not try to reach for what is beyond their grasp.

By People's Daily Online/CNS

(Editor:王寒露)

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