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China – Graduates face difficult job market

18 February 2013

A recent survey shows that graduates in China may have more difficulties finding suitable jobs this year. This is according to research by my China Occupational Skills (MyCOS), a higher education consulting and outcome evaluation facility in China.

The survey, carried out between the last two months, found that 29% of students with a Master's degree have recently been able to secure jobs, down -7% from a year ago.

The survey looked at nearly 11,000 questionnaires filled out by graduates, postgraduates and those in vocational training.  According to the research, 47% of fourth-year undergraduates with internship experience have recently signed a job contract. The overall rate for all students was lower at 38%.

“I've spent three years and tens of thousands of yuan getting a master's degree, but ended up with so much difficulty in finding a job... It feels like my graduate school years were a total waste,” one graduate is quoted as saying.  

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