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Students want a career they like: survey

A MAJORITY of Shanghai students responding to a survey said they will choose a career which interests them rather than pick a profession based on how much money they can earn.

Less than 30 percent of students listed money as the most important factor when determining a career while about 70 percent said they would choose a job they enjoy, according to a survey issued by the Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences.

Many students, especially those in high school, still have no specific career plan and don't know their strengths, according to the survey.

Nearly 7,000 students from middle, high and vocational schools were included in the survey.

Half of the students have vague career plans, the survey said. About 35 percent said they want to have a reputable and respectable job while nearly 16 percent of respondents said they want a job that will make others envious.

Students are calling on schools to add career guidance classes into the curriculum. Less than 5 percent of respondents said their school had such classes, the survey found.


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