Desperate graduates apply for funeral jobs in Shanghai, via China Daily:
It is the one business that is never short of clients, and 366 college graduates will this week find out if the city’s funeral industry is the answer to their desperate job search.
The students have all applied for more than 300 vacancies at 18 funeral homes and cemeteries, with pre-interview training to find out if any have what it takes to survive in the trade starting yesterday.
But despite being a business that has had little to fear from the global financial crisis, dealing with the dead is not everyone’s cup of cha. “Working in the industry is considered morbid and I hope you are fully prepared and make a sensible choice,” said Wang Hongjie, of the civil affairs bureau’s funeral and crematory division, as he addressed the hopefuls.