Young Chinese Desperate to Be Civil Servants

A desperate civil service applicant in Nanjing, Mr. Wang, forged many CVs to make his own application stand out, stirring up yet another round of retrospection over China’s coveted civil service recruitment. From...

Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs

China now produces eight million new college graduates each year, four times as many as ten years ago. The job market, however, has not adjusted accordingly. While the graduate glut sharpens competition for white collar jobs...

China’s Army of Graduates Is Struggling

The New York Times reports on China’s so-called Ant Tribes, or recent graduates who are struggling to get by: Often the first from their families to finish even high school, ambitious graduates like Ms. Liu are part of an...

The Ant Tribe

On her blog, the Hindustan Times correspondent in China writes about a recent visit to Tangjialing, a crowded residential area outside Beijing that has become home to legions of young, educated migrants: We reached Tangjialing...

Educated and Fearing the Future in China

Over the weekend, The New York Times website held an online forum over the topic of employment in China. Participants included: * C. Cindy Fan, associate dean of social sciences, U.C.L.A.; Yasheng Huang, professor of political...

Cold Winter For Law Graduates

From China Daily: On the last day of 2009, Snow Li, a 24-year-old law school postgraduate student, arose at 7 am and went online to search for company information. Li wasn’t preparing a court case but instead getting ready...

Files Vanished, Young Chinese Lose the Future

The New York Times tells the story of a young college graduate from a poor rural area whose academic career and hopes for a promising future were erased when his personal file disappeared from the record: Everyone in China who...

Wave of Suicide Sweeps China’s Graduate Class

The Telegraph reports on the tragic impact of the economic slowdown and high unemployment rates on China’s graduates: For Miss Liu, the daughter of poor farmers, a degree was to be her passport out of a life of poverty, a...

Some China Universities “Fudge” Student Jobs Data

From Reuters: Some Chinese universities have inflated graduate employment figures by issuing bogus work contracts as millions struggle to find work amid the downturn, an official newspaper said on Tuesday. The financial crisis...

Funeral jobs Hot among Shanghai Graduates

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...



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