More college graduates in China
are opting for work experience instead of advanced degrees, a survey
The pragmatic approach, coupled
with a record number of students graduating from college, is expected to
intensify competition in the job market, analysts said.
More than 76 percent of
university students said they want to work after earning their degrees
this summer, up from 68.5 percent in 2012 and 73.6 percent last year,
according to poll results from Zhaopin.com, a major online recruitment
"Work experience really matters
in the publishing industry, and a master's degree is enough for an
entrant to land a job," he said.
Wei Guihong, a program
administrator at the School of Foreign Studies at Nanjing University,
said about 60 percent of the school's graduates enter the labor market
She said that some differences
in students' choices after graduation are due to their majors. "More and
more students majoring in a foreign language choose to go abroad to
continue their studies to improve their
language skills," she said.
Liu Junsheng, a researcher at
the Labor and Wage Institute of the Ministry of Human Resources and
Social Security, believes that economic conditions play a vital role in
shaping college graduates' choices.
"The global economic crisis in
2008 created a hard time for many employers. There were fewer job
opportunities in the market, which forced many students to postpone
entering it," he said.
The economic upturn in the past
three years in China has given more confidence both to employers and
employees, he said.
"Although academic degrees still
matter, more and more employers value job seekers' work experience, or
in other words, they prefer to hire someone with a bachelor's degree and
some relevant work experience rather than someone with a master's degree
but fresh out of college," he said.
College students' pragmatic
attitude toward qualifications, plus the huge number of college
graduates this year, will intensify competition in the job market, he
The Zhaopin.com survey showed
that each of the respondents sent resumes on average to about 28
potential employers and received five interview opportunities.
The number of college graduates
will reach a record 7.27 million this year, up from 6.99 million in
2013, according to the Ministry of Education. By the end of February, 60
percent of the job seekers had clinched at least one offer while the
rest were still hunting for work, according to Zhaopin.com.