Xinhua carried an article that was originally published by Beijing News. The article covered the group discussion among the conference delegates during the 2nd session of the 12th CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee) on the gap between job requirements and the skill level of China’s college graduates. A scholar from the Chinese Academy of Science even stated that there is not much difference between the current college graduates with master’s degrees versus those technical school graduates from a number of years ago. Some delegates observed that the quality of the graduate students continues to decline. They are weak in overall skills, inter-personal relationships, hands-on experience, and the ability to deal with stress, as well as in job related fundamental theory. The statistics from a recent job fair in Jiangying City suggested that society has a tendency in general to pursue higher education. Therefore, there is a serious shortage of workers with technical skills, while the college graduates face a tough job market. Many college graduates have had to take low paying positions. Meanwhile they tend to have high expectations for a job and are unable to handle the workload they are assigned. Some delegates blamed the companies for not holding job training classes while some said that universities don’t offer courses that prepare students for the job market and are not well connected with the companies that need employees.
Source: Xinhua, March 9, 2014