Survey: 40% Graduates Prefer Working in New 1st-tier Cities

July 5, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen

Chinese students who graduated this year are more likely to have received job offers compared to their peers 12 months previously, according to the Market Research Report on the Employment of Graduates in 2018 recently released by officials.

The survey was conducted among 90,168 college students to learn more about their job offers and career objectives. As of March, 74.39 percent of graduates had received job offers, up 2.19 percent compared to 2017.

Some 43.88 percent of new graduates believe that relevant internship experience is the main factor for getting a job offer. This was followed by clear career objectives and practical social experience, accounting for 37.68 percent and 34.9 percent respectively.

Some 39.2 percent of graduates in employment said the job they have now is unrelated to the subject they majored in at university.

This, on the one hand, reflects the obvious contradictions between the major settings in colleges and universities in China and the needs of the market.

On the other hand, due to the thriving of emerging industries and new business models such as mobile internet, the sharing economy, smart manufacturing and new retail, the demand for cross-field employment and diversified talents has continuously increased, thus college graduates can find more opportunities.

In addition, realizing personal value is regarded as an important factor among new graduates while they are looking for a job, accounting 41.7 percent. Some 26.97 percent of graduates believe that work content must match their interests and 23.19 percent attach great importance to salary.

As for expected work location, new first-tier cities such as Chengdu, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan are greatly favored by graduates, accounting for 40.18 percent, an increase of 2.68 percent year-on-year.

According to statistics, the proportion of fresh graduates expected to work in traditional first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen has been declining since 2014. Students are more attracted to new first-tier cities for the talent attraction policies and emerging industries.

(Source: Women Voice/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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