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Advisors suggest policies to improve job market for grads

Political advisors and legislators are suggesting preferential policies be enacted to help employers hire more graduates as the job market remains grim for this segment of the population despite a recovering economy.

Hu Chengguo, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a president of Shanghai Delixi Group, said he wants the city to offer more favorable policies for private enterprises to hire graduates.

Shanghai Delixi accepted two university graduates who had difficulty finding jobs for the government-subsidized internship last year and wanted to hire them after six months of training.

But the graduates declined Shanghai Delixi's offer and are now looking for jobs that pay more and have better benefits.

"On the one hand, college students are battling to secure a job," Hu said. "On the other, thousands of local private firms find it difficult to hire professionals."

Hu suggested the government work as a bridge between the two by offering more favorable policies to private firms.

He said private firms could be encouraged to hire more fresh graduates by being given tax rebates. Hu added that favorable residency policies for such hires will encourage private companies to hire more graduates.

Meanwhile, Xia Side, a Putuo District government official, told students that they need to be realistic about job expectations.

"The government will strive to create more job opportunities, apart from internship opportunities for graduates," Xia said yesterday. "But students should take a correct employment attitude. They should first find a job and gain some experience before looking for their dream job. It's bad for graduates to live off their parents."

Only 25 percent of local college students who graduated last year were able to land a job after a one-year internship program, a human resources official said yesterday.

A total of 13,767 students took part in the government-subsidized internship program last year and only 3,586 of those have secured jobs.

Xia said he studied 108 participants in the program and found that 53.7 percent of them said they preferred to be civil servants or join government-affiliated firms.

About 18.5 percent plan to return to school due to the grim market conditions. And 23.6 percent of female respondents said they were considering getting married and having a child to avoid employment pressure.

Wang Qi, director of Shanghai Education Commission and a political advisor, said, "We will study all suggestions with the city's human resources authorities to decide whether a temporary or long-term change in policy is needed."

About 168,000 university students will graduate from local colleges this year, compared with 158,000 last year.

Nationwide, about 6.3 million college students will graduate this year, compared with 6.11 million last year. About 800,000 of them failed to secure their jobs.


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