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Jobless college graduates trigger concern in China


08:14, November 07, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- A report indicating that one in eleven college graduates have been jobless for a year has raised public concern and caused heated discussion among the country's Internet community.

In a blog, Xiong Bingqi, vice president of the 21st Century Education Research Center, quoted a "2012 Graduate Employment Report", which showed that 570,000 of 6.8 million college graduates in 2011 remained jobless one year after graduation.

Among them, more than 100,000 neither go to school or work nor receive vocational skills and rely on support from their parents. This is known as the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) group .

Xiong blamed university education for not preparing students for China's fast-developing society and high demanding employers.

The lack of career planning and aimless job searching are two reasons why so many college graduates cannot get work, with many more developing a job-hopping habit, he said.

The educationist's blog sparked debate about university education.

On China's major Twitter-like microblogging website, about 151,000 posts commenting on the topic could be found as of Tuesday afternoon.

Some back Xiong's opinion, saying there's a growing gap between what a university teaches and what employers need.

"Companies want to hire a person who can get the job done on the first day of work, but few graduates can," wrote a netizen identified by the screen name "Silver Fox".

Head of an advertising agency himself, the microblogger said he was tired of listening to job applicants and how they obtained their first-class scholarships and successfully led the student union for four years, only to find out they do not know how to send a fax.

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