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Jobs crunch hits traffic engineering graduates

(China Daily)

08:39, November 10, 2011

BEIJING - Shi Xin, a fourth-year student of traffic engineering at Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, said he never expected looking for a job could turn out to be so arduous.

The graduate-to-be has attended two job fairs on the campus and sent his resume to more than 10 possible employers since September, but has not received a single response worth getting excited about.

"The demand for traffic engineering graduates was always robust," he said. "But this year the situation is reversed."

According to Shi, only about 50 of some 240 students in his major have found jobs. Most of them would have had better luck had they been in the job market this past year.

Dong Cang, Shi's classmate, said many major railway companies have slashed their number of new recruits.

"Jobs were cut to almost one fifth of the numbers last year as the industry was facing many troubles," he said.

Jin Mengmeng, who studies railway engineering, finds the current sluggish job market depressing, especially since she believes female candidates are up against tougher competition.

"Some of my seniors, who found employment this past year, were sent back home in September, waiting for job assignments," she said.

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