Dispatches from China

New Chinese graduates have higher expectations

I recently hired a Beijing University graduate as a translator. Beijing (Beida) and Qinghua are the Harvard and MIT of China, and when you do the math in terms of the number of students vying to be in these top institutions, you are dealing with the upper .001 percent of the students of their year.

This was surprisingly easy to do, as about half of the graduating class is still looking for jobs. In a previous post, the problem students are having getting jobs due to lack of experience was discussed.

This post is about the perspective of the Chinese students themselves, and a couple of interesting things come to mind.

In talking to my new translator, it was indicated that: the top third of the class was confident that they would be picked up by a large foreign national company where they would rise through the ranks to become an important part of the company’s future in China. This would include a generous compensation package, access to the corporate fast track and probably grueling hours for a number of years.

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