New graduates feel mixed emotions about the future

By Yan Dongjie | China Daily | Updated: 2023-07-11 08:49
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Hou Jianguo (second from right), president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, shakes hands with students during the graduation ceremony at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing on July 1. ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY

Glut of applicants

Those pressures are likely caused by the large number of graduates and also because young Chinese who graduated from schools overseas returned during the COVID-19 outbreak, resulting in a glut of applicants on the job market. In recent years, students have felt more employment pressures.

"From society's point of view, what we are pursuing is the reduction of occupational disparity: that is, whether it is government units, large or small, State-owned or private enterprises, the differences between them are narrowing. Many developed countries have gone through this phase. We have not been able to achieve development and balance in such a short period of time, so this is the next problem to be solved," Wang said.

Wu, the graduate in Spanish, said: "Each generation has its own mission and topic. We need to acknowledge the fact that this generation is approaching its problems calmly. Looking on from a distance and saying that we are relaxed or we are distressed are both excessive generalizations, and I think they are unnecessary.

"I am a big believer in making the best choice for yourself at any given moment. Keep doing that and you'll get the best life you can achieve."

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