Graduates face fierce competition to find work

By DU JUAN | China Daily | Updated: 2022-06-21 08:03
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Students attend a job fair on the campus of Anhui University in Hefei last month. [XIE CHEN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

"There is no doubt that COVID-19 outbreaks have made it difficult for those seeking work. I lined up for several hours to attend job fairs, but couldn't even get my resume accepted because of the fierce competition," she said.

This summer, students are bracing themselves for even tougher competition in the race to find employment. As a result, many graduates have lowered their salary expectations.

According to a recently released report of the 2022 College Students Employability Survey by the jobs website Zhaopin, the average expected monthly salary among new graduates this year has fallen to 6,295 yuan ($934), the first such decline in recent years. Last year, the comparable figure was 6,711 yuan.

Lin Fan, a newly graduated college student in Beijing, said no matter how difficult it was, he would try his best to remain in the capital to fulfill his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

"I might start on a low salary at a small company, but I believe things will get better as long as I keep working hard," he said.

Instead of looking for work this year, some young people have turned to postgraduate education, but they also face intense competition.

According to official data, the number of students applying for postgraduate exams this year reached a record high of 4.57 million, meaning that about 3 million students will fail to be enrolled in colleges for postgraduate education.

Those that do not land college places will either have to find work or prepare to take such exams next year.

Many vloggers on the Bilibili short-video platform have told of their disappointment at failing to take postgraduate examinations, with some of the vlogs going viral.

After returning to their hometowns, these students rediscovered cherished family ties that were lost when they became immersed in their studies.

One vlogger said: "New joys and troubles will come with the new phase of life, which may not be as wonderful as expected. When you accept your failure, you start a new journey."

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