[photopress:countryside06.jpg,full,alignright]University graduates are increasing at a rate of knots. Now the concern is where they will be employed. One only has to look at pictures of the mob scenes at employment fairs to realise some balancing is required.
Graduates have a choice: struggle to find a job in big cities’ overcrowded job markets or go to work in small towns and rural areas where there is an immense demand.
Several decades ago, the number of university graduates was relatively small and could not meet the demands of government institutions and State-owned enterprises. At that time, graduates were assigned to a post immediately upon leaving campus.
This past lack of graduates from institutions of higher learning has cultivated a mentality that believes such students would naturally and easily join the ranks of the government hierarchy upon graduation.
There needs, very soon, to be a major change in mind-set. Those jobs are not as easy to find. So at various levels, the government is taking commendable steps by encouraging fresh graduates to go to small towns and rural areas. Such moves offer graduates advantages, as they are given more chance to put into practice what they have learned and, possibly, have a better chance of promotion and responsibility.
Working in such underdeveloped areas will help them extend their understanding and knowledge beyond their homes or campuses especially for those from urban areas. Such experiences would broaden their horizons and help them better plan their future careers.
Source: China View