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Job winner decides it's not for her

A NEIGHBORHOOD committee official selected by Biyun International Community in Pudong New Area from more than 80 applicants is not taking the job.

The apartment complex appointed the woman, surnamed Zhu, to the 100,000-yuan (US$14,633) position in December. But Zhu, a former sales manager for an international company in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, said she was not suitable for neighborhood work, Jinqiao Town officials said yesterday.

Zhu, in her 30s, had taken leave from her former job to try out the new role, but gave up after she got a better understanding of the role, according to Shi Yi, a media coordinator of Jinqiao Town.

"It is hard for white-collar workers without special training to take up complicated community work," said Gu Jun, a sociologist from Shanghai University. "Community work involves taking care of the disabled, the mentally challenged and settling disputes among residents."

The community said it plans to continue public enrollment due to a shortage of professional community workers with language skills and management experience. Social work qualifications may be added for future enrollment schemes.

The community had planned to enroll four new members. Of those who applied, eight had master's degrees and an overseas education background, but most lacked experience.

Another international neighborhood, Yanlord Garden in Pudong, put together a team of 30 resident volunteers, including three expats, to look after community matters.


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