Foreign graduates face a tougher job market

Applicants review job opportunities at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. [Photo by Liu Jianhua/For China Daily]

Number of offers preferring returnees down over past three years: report

Graduates returning from studying abroad face greater competition to find employment on the continent.

According to a recent report by Zhaopin, an online recruitment platform, the number of job postings that prefer to hire foreign graduates saw a negative year-on-year growth of 25.4% in 2019, 23 .5% in 2020 and 0.4% in 2021.

In fact, most of the returnees interviewed said they had experienced difficulties in finding employment. According to the report, 64% of returnees surveyed said the growing number of returnees is the biggest challenge as it intensifies competition, especially in the already hyper-competitive labor market, as the number of domestic university graduates is expected to reach 10. .76 million this year. year.

“The higher salary expectations of returnees are also a big problem,” said Liu, a former study abroad consultant.

She said most foreign students are brought up in wealthy families and have better living conditions while studying abroad.

“It’s quite normal for them to earn monthly salaries of 10,000 to 20,000 yuan ($1,570 to $3,140) working part-time overseas. So it’s quite difficult for them to accept jobs with starting salaries of around 4,000 or 5,000 yuan per month.”

Higher employment requirements imposed by domestic companies and administrative departments on returnees have also posed challenges for the group, which has gradually lost its advantages over domestic graduates.

For example, Minhang District in Shanghai issued a civil servant recruitment notice in October last year, stating that returnees or foreign graduates should have degrees from the top 200 universities included in the QS World University Rankings or US News World Report’s World’s Best Universities Ranking.

Returnees must have at least two years of study at these universities, in accordance with Minhang’s recruitment requirements.

Feng Lijuan, an expert from 51job, an online recruitment platform, said that although foreign students face difficulties in finding jobs in domestic companies, they retain some advantages.

She said returnees generally have a higher education – normally a master’s degree – and take a more active attitude when applying for jobs.

Yuan Jun, founder of Beijing Cainiao Wuyou Education Technology Co, which focuses on education consulting services and technology development, said on his Douyin account that foreign students should have a reasonable plan for their education and employment even before to begin their studies abroad.

He said the number of returnees has been around 500,000 a year for the past few years, while the number could exceed 700,000 due to the epidemic. Under such circumstances, it is of great importance for returnees to choose the right majors and enrich their internship experience to improve their competitiveness.

He said it was also important to plan applications in advance so as not to miss the recruitment period for domestic companies.

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