[photopress:students_line_up_at_a_job_fair.jpg,full,alignright]According to report by the UN Development Program and the International Labor Organization, ‘Asian Experience on Growth, Employment and Poverty’, university students who have a degree but lack practical business-relevant experience, can find problems getting the right job.
China’s government has warned of a potential crisis with 24 million new people — more than the population of Australia — expected to enter urban job markets nationwide this year alone and a substantial percentage will not immediately find work.
Government remedies so far have consisted of a three-year-old program to encourage graduates to work in impoverished rural areas. It hopes to send 20,000 graduates this year. But much more needs to be done, said Lu Haifeng, a recruiter for an electronics company who expresses disappointment with applicants he met at a recent Peking University job fair.
He said, ‘Students come out of college with a degree but not much else. The only real solution is to reform our education system to get graduates more ready for the workforce or China’s competitiveness won’t last.’
The government’s bleak message to students has been to lower their career expectations.
A recent commentary in the China Daily said, ‘University graduates need to change their mentality in seeking jobs. Instead of only pursuing jobs that fit their personal requirements, they need to adapt themselves to the available jobs.’
Source: Yahoo News
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