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City prioritizes jobs for college graduates

FINDING jobs for new college graduates is a priority for the city’s authorities, a senior official said yesterday.

“The employment situation for college leavers is very serious and challenging this year,” said Vice Mayor Shi Guanghui.

“And it’s our priority to ensure they find work.”

His comments were made during a video conference organized by the State Council and attended by education and human resources officials from around the country. The aim of the event was to encourage local governments to do their utmost to help college graduates find jobs or start their own businesses.

As of last Thursday, fewer than 43 percent of college seniors had secured jobs, opted to go abroad or been admitted to graduate programs, the Shanghai Education Commission said.

The figure was down from more than 44 percent at the same point last year, it said.

A total of 178,000 Shanghai college students will graduate in June, or about 2.4 percent of the 7.3 million set to complete their studies nationwide.

Shi said that in Shanghai the number of college graduates outnumbers demand from local firms, as many have a shortage not of graduate-level staff, but of skilled technical workers.

“Colleges and universities should analyze the changing jobs market and adjust their curricula to suit the needs of society,” he said.

“They should also help students to face reality.”

Young people don’t cherish opportunities as much as they did in the past, and they often give up when the going gets tough, Shi said.

“They want stable, well-paid jobs. But if everyone was like that there would never be any innovation,” he said.

Also, where suitable, colleges should encourage graduates to start their own businesses, Shi said.

In March, the Shanghai government introduced new rules making it easier for graduates to establish a small business, including reducing the capital threshold and relaxing administrative procedures.


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