China's College Graduates Begin Job-hunting
This year's job-hunting season is getting underway and it is being dubbed "the toughest ever in history" for recent university graduates. Around seven million students have graduated from higher education institutions this year.
Ease Employment Discrimination on College Graduates

About 7 million students are graduating from China's colleges this year, marking the hardest job-hunting season in the country's history. However, widespread employment discrimination in the job market has made the situation even tougher for China's youth.
College Grad's Dream to Become Schoolmaster Comes True

Ji Zaibing chose to work at a consultancy firm after graduating with a degree in Information Management and Information Systems at Renmin University.

But as a result of his love for dancing, he quit his job and set up his own dance training school two years ago. Ji spoke about why he chose to set up his "Qianye Dance School".

Find A Good Job Amid Bleak Market

It is not difficult to find a job, but a steady, relatively laid-back and high-paid job offering a Beijing hukou and household registration, is most desired by the majority of the city's graduates.

After four years or even longer spent studying, most students believe that they deserve and have the ability to land a decent job. However, realizing this dream is no easy task.

Working for Gov't Makes Grads Feel Most Satisfied

Many graduates want to find a job that is low pressure yet relatively well-paid. Thus, working for government authorities and public institutions is an ideal choice for them.

Though its salary is lower than that of many private companies, the workload is not that heavy or challenging.

Grads Try to Survive Hardest Job Hunting Season

In China, seven million college graduates are now trying to find a job, hitting a record high of the last few decades. The number of job seekers stands at almost 200-thousand more than last year.

And recent figures show there are fewer job vacancies particularly in big cities.

Fresh Plans to Improve the Grads' Job Hunts

Amid one of the toughest jobs market here in China for college graduates, the Chinese government has made fresh plans to expand the country's service industry to create employment opportunities.

However, as CRI's Shen Chengcheng reports, experts are calling for changes to be made in the human resources and education system to assist graduates in finding jobs.

Vocational Schools Beat Universities in Job Market

Vocational schools here in China have been set up to focus specifically on skills for the workplace.

At the schools students undergo intensive job training under some sort of militarized management for three or four years in order to sharpen their skills.


Gaokao: the Day of Reckoning
For around nine million students and their families across China, the 7th of June represents the culmination of a year's solid revision and a lifetime of preparation. This is the day of the Gaokao, China's college entrance exam.

Preparing for the Gaokao
In the run up to the exams, many students will dedicate almost every moment to study in the hope of getting a high score. In some parts of China, the pressure to do well in exams has even lead to students taking extreme measures to increase performance.

Young Chinese Dreams
When people begin talking about the youth in China, it is usually not long before the following sentiment surfaces...
 
Background

While nearly seven million new college graduates attempt to find jobs this year, China faces what is being called its hardest ever job-hunting season.

A new authoritative report indicates that in the period up to April 10th, the contract signing rate for new graduates and post-graduates was 35 and 26 percent respectively, 11 and 12 percentage points lower than that of last year.

Based on the figures from the State Administration of Civil Service, among the seven million new graduates, 1.12 million have taken part in the National Public Servant Exam. One out of 53 exam sitters will be successful in gaining a government post.

According to MyCOS' report, government authorities and public institutions enjoy the highest degree of satisfaction. After surveying students who graduated in 2009, 53 percent of those working in government authorities and public institutions are satisfied with their job, while figures for self-employed graduates and those working for private companies is the lowest, reaching only 32 percent.

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