China and her new college graduates/students

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Credit: Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times

Two articles on college graduates/students in China recently came out in the NY Times.

There was this one from today, which says that college grads in China are turning down factory jobs, and that only 78% are employed, mostly because they want office jobs, and China doesn’t have many office jobs. According to the article, lots of grads turn down the jobs because these jobs lack prestige, or they’re seen as dead-end. The kids are able to turn them down because they’re only children with two parents to support them, thanks to the one child policy.

The other article, which came out a few days ago, is about how China is pushing to produce more college grads. This article sounded more hopeful, as it sounded like they were pushing to get college graduates in fields that the government was supporting. This could mean that there will be jobs when these kids graduate.

China’s current five-year plan, through 2015, focuses on seven national development priorities, many of them new industries that are in fashion among young college graduates in the West. They are alternative energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, biotechnology, advanced information technologies, high-end equipment manufacturing and so-called new energy vehicles, like hybrid and all-electric cars.

Check out the pictures. One of the nice things about this second article is the hope that these kids have. In terms of financial success, that could be more than half the battle in the upcoming years.

12 thoughts on “China and her new college graduates/students

  1. Only time will tell if Asians in an evolutionary process, Chinese in this case, will be able their create own niches that can rival those of the West. At the moment, Asians are still perceived negatively as unremarkable and uncreative by Westerners because they need to borrow their ideas, or want to live in their societies because everything back home is not as good. I just hope the United States doesn’t get flooded by these people in the NYT article because China isn’t this 1st world nation that many of us are hoping for.

  2. Only time will tell if Chr can talk about something new, or go on a date with a woman. I’m guessing it was a “Save As” to 2013 from your 2012 resolutions?

  3. ^ I had the same thought about the article. Then again the guy won a Ig Nobel prize, and with psychology and business school credentials, he is probably more qualified to figure out if product A goes in top shelf or the middle one in a grocery store. Sorry Mr. Miller, White is not always Right.

  4. John Doe,

    He actually seems to praise China’s eugenic program, as you can see closer to the end of the article. I don’t think he is saying White (or likely Jewish in his case) is right/superior/whatever, but he is framing China’s eugenic policy in light of international competition, and its implications for the West.

  5. Just read a Tom Friedman NYTimes op piece about the rise of massive open online courses by by Stanford, MIT, etc. Connect that dot with this one and what do you get?

  6. I connected the dot and did not like what I got.

    Maybe this is the new trick to avoid pesky questions from internal ethics committees.

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