Giving China’s College Graduates Something To Do.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 16:41

With one of the primary measurements of China’s economic stability/ success being the number of people it employs, and the fact that it must create 20+ million jobs a year just to absorb the new entrants to the work for, it should come as no surprise that Beijing wants to look like it is proactively looking to calm this market.

Through mobile news and spam advertising campaigns is making sure the word is out, and the campaigns have most recently increased in frequency. One of which is below:

For graduating students who are
1) willing to work for jobs in central/ west regions for SME
2) willing to join armed force
3) willing to be volunteer for western development program
4) Willing to join country/ regional R&D project
5) Have a family with “difficult position” – typically refers to financial difficulties

1) Tuition reduction/ payments
2) Loan repayment
3) Extra bonus points for grad school
4) no exam if you continue study as adult (2nd bachelor degree)
5) Will be given priority if want to enter political/ legal school

In many ways they are going to offer chances for some to get some interesting practical experience and some decent reward for their “sacrifice”, it is an Americorps of sorts for Chinese students, and with the proper training and management it is through programs like these that a measure of improvement can be achieved (particularly #3 and 5)

Where I myself am hoping to see further announcements, is particularly in the fields of science and engineering where a green corps can be developed working on developing and implementing sustainability goals. More than just solar panels and hybrid cars, I see this as a huge opportunity to bring up the level of practical experience within a group that many feel is lacking (i.e. China has 200,000 engineers, but only a few are ready for a job).

At the same time, for firms operating in China who are creative, I would say that there is an opportunity here as well to work with the various agencies responsible for this to offer training, project management, and act as an intake when these groups are complete with their commitments. More than likely, their experiences will provide more grounding than had they been fresh grads on the prowl, and with some measure of practical experience under their belt, they are going to be a lot more useful as well.

Update: China Daily is reporting up to 70% of upcoming grads do not have jobs yet. Still have 3 months to go, but this figure is alarming none the less as typically students have their job offers secured well in advance

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4 Responses to “Giving China’s College Graduates Something To Do.”

  1. David says:

    March 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Seems they have found a purpose for all those empty Olympic venues….. job fairs.

  2. Rich says:

    March 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm


    Excellent point. Perhaps then they can move the venues and rebuild the hutongs while they are at it!


  3. webfrost says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    This is really becoming a big issue in China now. After paying the college tuition, it’s hard to find a good job. Then what you will do? Plus there are so many colleges in China are not really teaching good materials to the students, the students just go there and try to get a certificate then to find a good job. So not only they wasted their money but also their time. Hope someone could help with it!

  4. Rich says:

    April 5th, 2009 at 5:21 am


    All good questions, and only time are going to tell what is done to truly help this population of students who are coming out this year (and next).

    My hope – and I know its very unlikely this would happen – would be for the government to announce a series of skill based programs where students are not only learning, but are practicing what they learn. Solar theory + installing solar panels, environmental protection with onsite audits, public administration matched to rural livelihood research, etc