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Competency, skills key to getting a job

By Yao Yuxin | China Daily | Updated: 2023-06-09 07:08

Education, job market reform can better meet society's needs

While the skepticism surrounding the value of higher education is understandable, it is important to recognize that the purpose of a university degree extends beyond getting a job. Higher education provides a broader intellectual perspective and cultivates well-rounded individuals. University life is a pivotal stage in students' individual development.

Through university education, students gain exposure to different subjects, acquire diverse knowledge, develop critical thinking, and learn problem-solving skills, and to work independently as well as in a team.

Nevertheless, it is essential to acknowledge the current job market's competitiveness and the challenges some university graduates may face in securing a suitable job. Graduates from prestigious institutions may find it difficult to directly seek a position in their desired industry, prompting them to take up what is considered an ordinary job.

Today, there is apparent discrepancy between the goals and outcomes of education and the demands of society, which is influenced, among other things, by the structure of the job market and supply-demand dynamics. Some industries may not have enough jobs or their demand for certain specialized skills may be limited.

Consequently, choosing a field of study that aligns with a student's personal interests and strengths, and seeking internship and gaining practical experience can increase his/her chances of employment. Considering the multifaceted factors of personal development, acquiring knowledge, and seeking employment, striving for a university education remain crucial.

However, individuals must make informed choices based on the circumstances and their career aspirations. They should select a major that suits their interest, gain practical experience, and improve their overall competency. Moreover, both the education system and job market require further reform and optimization to better meet societal and individual development needs.

Chu Zhaohui, a senior researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences

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