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Chinese grads prefer to work in smaller cities: survey


08:13, May 24, 2012

TIANJIN, May 23 (Xinhua) -- About 55 percent of Chinese college students choose to work in second-tier cities after graduation, while 14.4 percent have shown a preference for larger cities like Beijing and Shanghai, according to the results of a survey.

The Beijing Youth Stress Management Service Center and, the country's largest Internet portal, jointly conducted an online survey and distributed paper questionnaires one month ago, receiving more than 4,300 responses.

"Although large cities are still drawing young people, their high housing prices, traffic problems and high living costs have also created great pressure," said An Pintao, an employment advisor from, a leading Chinese job-hunting website.

Working hours in larger cities tend to be longer than those of smaller cities, An said, adding that this may also be a factor in how young people choose where to work.


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helen at 2012-05-24203.82.90.*
When fresh graduates come down from their high horses and realise how little they know and how their degrees are so self over-rated, then reality sets in. Circumstances will draw them to the central and western regions of China in no time. This is good for the development of China and the fresh graduates.Graduates in China have to overcome unreasonable expectations from themselves, their parents, relatives, friends .... and face the brave new world of growing massive literacy in China. In the Western world - United States and United Kingdom, thousands upon thousands of graduates are not able to gain employment every year. And to make matters worse, many of them have only 'liberal Arts' degrees instead of the traditional science, engineering, medical and other valuable courses.Compounded by their students' debts, many American graduates are looking for employment opportunities in China and other Asian countries. The table has obviously turned.

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