BEIJING, Jan. 13 -- As more young people elect to stay longer at
colleges and universities because of the shortage of job opportunities, some
education experts and company executives are saying that the current college
education system is too academic to help young people find work.
"We should introduce more vocational programs and
market-oriented approaches to our college education system. This could help more
students find jobs and better adjust to the world outside," Xu
Peili, an official with Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, told Shanghai Daily.
Examinees take exams in University of Science and Techonology of China in Heifei, Anhui Province, Jan.10, 2009. As more young people elect to stay longer at colleges and universities because of the
shortage of job opportunities, some education experts and company executives are
saying that the current college education system is too academic to
help young people find work. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)
Company executives agreed, saying they found a large number of newly
employed graduates were too "theoretical" and had to spend a long time learning
to meet their job requirements.
"We also find many of our college graduates set their job expectations too
high and become easily depressed by setbacks," Xu said.
As a member of the city's top advisory body, Xu said she planned to suggest
that local government expand internship programs and provide better incentives
for students and companies.
"If the period for government-organized internships is extended and better
incentives are offered, students will have more time to learn from practical
work experience," she said.
The education authority said 96,456 people from throughout the country sat
for post-graduate entrance examinations at the weekend, competing for places at
54 Shanghai colleges and institutions. There were 6.6 percent more candidates
than a year earlier.
Of these 27,300 of them have a chance at winning a place at one of the city
Nationally about 1.25 million Chinese students sat the examinations
competing for hundreds of thousands of openings. More than half, won't be able
to continue their education.
The local education authority said not only were more graduate students
trying to continue studies at college, but more company employees in Shanghai
were also seeking to return to study for post-graduate degrees.
A worsening job market caused by the global economic crisis is the main
As the global economic downturn starts to take effect on recruiting
especially within the city's financial-sector, more graduates and "while-collar"
workers are feeling affected, officials with the Shanghai Education Commission
said. A large number of college graduates try to find a career in banking,
financial and multinational businesses and now more are seeking a post-graduate
education to postpone having to find a job and to increase their chances at
finding a better job in the future.
"I wisely decided to apply for the examinations two months ago. I am lucky
because it is now clear how hard it will be to find jobs this year," said one
local college student, surnamed Jin. She will be graduating later this year and
has applied for a post-graduate program.
More than 150,000 students will graduate in Shanghai this year. Local
government departments are planning policies to stimulate recruitment in the
(Source: Shanghai Daily)