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China encourages fresh graduates to go grassroots (2)

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14:52, October 12, 2011

"New graduates may not by fully capable of performing their duties if they begin their careers in central or provincial governments," said Wang, adding that a recent graduate's lack of experience may result in flawed policy-making.

As part of the civil service exam reform, the country began reserving more vacancies for college graduates having worked as village officials, workers and farmers.

The central government admitted 131 from this category last year, or 13.4 percent of its total recruits, and 81 of them were college graduates-turned-village officials.

As China's employment situation in recent years has become increasingly grim, civil servant posts, which the public considers decent and stable jobs, have become the most sought-after positions.

The highly competitive annual National Public Servant Exam, which includes an aptitude test and a written policy essay, attracted 1.03 million applicants last year for some 16,000 vacancies around the country.

Only one out of 59 exam takers made it to civil service posts, according to official figures.

Meanwhile, a single post available in the National Energy Administration attracted 4,961 applicants.

While the new requirement may narrow recent graduates' options in the job hunt, an enthusiastic civil service hopeful surnamed Pan from Ocean University of China said that "grassroots working experience will make people more mature in tackling problems and I won't change my plan."

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