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Low expectations: China's recent graduates face tough competition for low-paying jobs


19:48, December 08, 2011

HEFEI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Yang Qiongming, one of millions of recent graduates who have just joined the job-hunting herd, has not been impressed by the offers she's fielded.

"The starting salary for my first job will hardly be higher than what migrant workers get," the 21-year-old woman said after a hectic day dashing around job fairs.

Yang's father, a construction worker in Shanghai, made about 200 yuan (31.30 U.S. dollars) daily.

A graduate of a four-year course at Hefei College in Anhui province, Yang originally expected a job with a monthly salary over 3,000 yuan -- but that was before she started looking, and reality set in.

Since late September, Yang, along with another 6.8 million college graduates, has gone from hitting the books to hitting the streets in search of a job, at a time of dismal global economics.

Once known as the "world's factory," it's uncertain whether China's job market can absorb so many graduates.

A survey conducted in 2010 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said 89.6 percent of graduates had found employment within six months of graduation, a 3-percent increase compared with that of 2009.

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helen at 2011-12-09203.82.92.*
Graduates all over the world face the same problem. More serious problem with Western nations especially in the United States where the lack or absence of jobs and especially so for those with degrees in the Arts, Social Sciences and other unmarketable qualifications have driven Americans to despair. Many Americans are getting out of the United States to seek shelter and food in Asia. In China, some graduates shun low starting salaries jobs and think they are worth their weight in gold and expect to be paid highly in their first jobs.Those with engineering and science degrees fair much better and they are still in demand. Reality is what upsetting the Chinese graduates. It"s time for them to come down to earth! Comparing oneself with a migrant" wages is hardly the criteria. The migrant leaves his rural home and does menial, strenuous and hazardous jobs in cities. These blue collar jobs are shunned by urban Chinese whereas most graduates end up as pen pushers in air-conditioned/heated offices. They wouldn"t want to exchange places with the migrants but then urban Chinese are, well ......And time too will pass them by. Maybe they should emigrate to the lands where they think the grass is greener ...

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