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Grads should take blue-collar work

By Chen Xin  (China Daily)

08:52, July 24, 2012

Meng Jirui, a student at Liaocheng University, processes a copper pipe at an automobile parts factory in Liaocheng, Shandong province, recently. The university recommended 80 students to work at local factories for two months during the summer vacation.[Photo/China Daily]

Zhu Yuewei was relieved to find a job at a car factory two months after graduating from college last year.

The 24-year-old, who majored in mechanical engineering, was uneasy looking for work because he was one of only a few students in his class not employed after graduation.

"I wanted to work in a big company and do a decent job, like some of my classmates did," said Zhu, who works in the factory's product testing department. "But I was not that lucky."

After graduating from college in Sichuan province, he returned to his hometown, Chongqing, in August.

He decided to lower his expectations and took a job as a technician.

"What I learned in school is not related to my work, but I'm a quick learner and I gradually got used to the work," he said. "Several division chiefs in my company used to be technicians, so maybe through hard work I'll have a chance to get promoted someday," he said.

Zhu is not alone in believing college graduates should consider taking blue-collar work.

In a recent China Youth Daily poll of 2,008 people, 83 percent supported the idea that unemployed college graduates should take blue-collar jobs. More than 73 percent of respondents were born after 1970.

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