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Students seek study before jobs

MORE than 100,000 people applied for postgraduate studies in Shanghai, at least 10 percent more than last year, officials said yesterday.

The number of applicants of postgraduate studies nationwide also hit an all-time high - a reflection of the sluggish recovery of the job market.

Approximately 1.4 million people applied for the 2010 national college entrance exam for postgraduate studies, which starts this weekend. The figure is up 13 percent compared to last year.

Applicants will compete for 465,000 posts - roughly the same number as last year, according to the Ministry of Education.

"Postgraduate studies are feasible alternative in the bleak job market," said Brady Gong, a senior about to take the exam.

He hunted in the job market as he was preparing for the test. But he found many companies had increased their entry requirements and only admitted postgraduates.


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