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Graduates opt out of funeral work

A THIRD of the college graduates who were offered a chance at working in the local funeral industry may have dropped out.

Only 250 of the 366 graduates offered interviews turned up at a training session organized by the city's funeral industry association yesterday, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Most of graduates who did not turn up will probably not proceed with their job applications, though they could go on to the next round of interviews without participating in the training, the association's director, Wang Hongjie, said.

Nine of the 29 applicants for the Yishan funeral parlor dropped out and 11 of the 40 who qualified for the Binghai cemetery did not turn up, the report said.

Shanghai held its first job fair for the funeral sector on March 21. The fair attracted 3,220 graduate applicants looking for 418 jobs at 18 local funeral parlors and cemeteries.

The drop-out rate was not unexpected.

Some graduates dropped out because they had found other jobs and some had been discouraged by their families who had negative impressions of the funeral business, Wang said.

An introduction to the funeral business was a highlight of yesterday's training session, Wang said. The graduates also visited the Longhua funeral parlor.

More than 70 percent of the graduates were Shanghai natives, he said.


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