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China encourages fresh graduates to go grassroots

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14:52, October 12, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- This year China makes grassroots work experience a requirement for civil service hopefuls eyeing central- and provincial-level posts, aiming to both refine policy-making and to encourage fresh graduates to work in grassroots communities.

China's central and provincial governments will only recruit new civil servants, except for some special posts, from the pool of applicants with at least two years of grassroots working experience by 2012, a senior official in charge of the National Public Servant Exam told Xinhua ahead of the upcoming 2012 selection round. The official did not elaborate on what "special posts" include.

"The new policy is a change in the cultivation strategy for fresh college graduates. And it will encourage them to seek jobs at the grassroots level and in remote regions," said Wang Yukai, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance.

Generally, Chinese college graduates flock to big cities for jobs, even if that means compromising their quality of life. Stories of "ants tribes," college graduates roughing it in shabby rentals in city outskirts for a chance at a job in big cities, have surfaced in recent years and underlined the problem.

The new civil service policy further encourages fresh graduates to go grassroots by urging government organs at or below the county level to recruit more recent graduates.

According to official statistics, 78.3 percent of civil servants admitted at or below the county level last year were fresh college graduates.

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