These recent years studying in China was a guarantee to find a job and some kind of upward social mobility. Today with the crisis, it becomes more complicated for fresh graduate: small salaries, moving all over China to find a job, jobs that don’t really match expectation and university degree.
Can studies facilitate upward social mobility in China?
- The network, guanxi, is the only guarantie to find a job that matches your expectation
- However university studies in China or abroad can help:
- Guanxi alone is not always enough. A few years ago you work as a translator without knowing any English. You could even buy your job. Now this can be done less and less
- Depending on the studies and the skills you learnt you can find a "decent job"
However too many Chinese people follow the wrong studies. Why is that?
- Chinese parents all make the same mistake: knowing nothing or very little about studies, they send their children always toward the same studies : business, business… Cliches and cliches. There are too many business graduated. Parents want their children to be a businessman or a lawyer, an ingeneer.
- Private companies don't advise Chinese people well: they send them abroad to follow the wrong studies, to learn skills that won't give them a decent job. Most of these companies have little knowledge of studies abroad and the job market
- Young Chinese people have no clue what they want to do and little understanding of the labour work
This is a pity as in China there are still some very usefull skills you can learn abroad and use back in China : cooking dessert and cakes, wine, decoration, advertising, flowers, jewelry, stone, carving wood skills, online marketing, designer for small appartments and small businesses…