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China tackles unemployment problem as economy slows

07-16-2013 16:29 BJT

By CCTV reporter Xie Sisi

China added 7.25 million jobs in the first half, slightly higher than last year. But as the economy slows down and undergoes restructuring, Chinese leaders are focuing more on unemployment issues. At a press conference held by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security Tuesday, officials promise to tackle the structural problems underlying unemployment.

Finding a job after graduating from university can be hard at the best of times.

But, this year, it seems students in China will have an even tougher battle.

Wan Xinyan, a 21-year-old graduate from Beijing Language University, is among them.

"To me, (when finding a job) the most difficult part is that the kind of people that a company wants the most, are those who can adapt to a real working situation immediately. Or those who have the potential and willingness to learn. I don’t think I’m one of the former," Wan Xinyan said.

And Wan believes that traditional methods of teaching do not equip students with the skills they need to get a foot on the career ladder. "I hope that higher education can be more diverse and less administrative. More diverse means to present those similar courses among universities in a deeper and unique way, for the similarity of those classes is not good to students or their career."

China, the world’s second largest economy, should be able to provide many jobs.

While people complain it’s difficult to find suitable jobs, companies find it hard to recruit.

To that end, the Minister of Human Resources and Social Security says structural reforms of the education system are urgently needed.

"University education should focus on cultivating the all-round qualities and practical abilities of students. To set up a mechanism that better allocates students to their major-related job, which mean students who graduate from university can better meet the reality of production and society needs," said Yin Weimin, Minister of HR & Social Security.

Wan, like many other students in China, is hoping that all of his extra work both inside and outside university will set him on the path to success, at a time when China’s transforming to quality growth.

Facing the current HARSH employment situation, on one hand, the authorities should establish MORE effective policies so as to create enough jobs.... but on the other hand, as many experts suggest, for the JOB HUNTERS, especially those who have NO work experience, a RIGHT ATTITUDE is paramount: seizing EVERY opportunity - even if the position and salary are not up to their expectations.


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