Graduates are encouraged to seek grassroots employment

Students wait for a job interview during a fall job fair at the campus of Beijing Institute of Technology in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. [Photo/Xinhua]

Communities Urged to Provide Jobs as Youth Unemployment Rate Spikes

Faced with the difficult employment situation for young people, university graduates and others are encouraged by the government to accept more jobs at the community level.

Young people have felt the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic downturn to a greater extent than many, as they have come at a crucial time in terms of starting careers and realizing opportunities. .

According to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics released on Friday, the unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 was 19.3% in June. By comparison, the same figure for June 2019, before the pandemic hit, was 11.9%.

To encourage more young people to take up community positions, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Education issued a notice requiring all community management committees to open positions to college graduates.

The notice says community committees should plan annual recruitment campaigns to fill all vacancies. It sets the goal that by 2025, for every 10,000 people in a residential community, there should be 18 social workers.

Local authorities are also required to support communities and organizations dealing with nursing, domestic services, property management and healthcare, so that they can provide more job opportunities for university graduates. .

Following the advice, many local authorities have developed new methods to attract more young people. It is hoped that these actions will help address the employment challenges faced by China’s growing population of new graduates, which this year stood at 10.7 million.

In a notice issued earlier this month, Zhejiang Province said it was developing more vacancies in urban communities and the countryside.

According to the notice, the province plans to recruit 19,000 social workers for community management, the highest number in recent years, and all of these vacancies will be open to college graduates. As of July 6, 2,039 university graduates had held such positions.

“These actions are good ways to help find jobs for university graduates, who face greater job pressure during graduation season. It is also beneficial to build a more modern and professional management team. in communities,” said Pang Shi, director of the department. of Employment and Entrepreneurship at the Chinese Academy of Personnel Sciences.

According to her, although the overall labor market landscape is in a stable recovery from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people aged 16 to 24 still face difficult employment challenges due to the ever-growing population of university graduates.

“So encouraging young people such as university graduates to work at the community level, or for them to start their own business, will increase their chances of finding employment. In fact, young job seekers’ view of employment has changed since the outbreak, and they now focus more on stable and stress-free jobs,” Pang said.

“There is a need to create more vacancies that meet the needs of young people and provide them with career security and prospects, so that they not only accept community positions, but also stay there.”

Many young people have even emphasized their preference for community jobs in second- and third-tier cities in recent years, according to a recent survey by MyCOS, an education consultancy headquartered in Beijing.

The survey shows that more college graduates chose basic jobs in counties or districts of some second- and third-tier cities in the past five years. Their willingness to accept such jobs has increased after the COVID-19 outbreak.

The survey finds that the number of university graduates choosing to work in the counties increased by four percentage points in 2021 compared to 2017.

“It’s a social progress, I think, that more young people are willing to accept basic jobs. There are practical reasons, for example, the rising cost of living and housing prices in some big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. The labor market in these major cities is also saturated,” said Chen Lixiang, vice president of the China Society for Technical and Vocational Education.

He said there was a need for the public to change their views or stereotypes about the employment of college graduates when the gross enrollment rate for college students – a target of 60% by 2025 – will transform “the education of traditional ‘elite’ into a ‘public education’. Thus, employment of college graduates is no longer the traditional mode of “elite employment”.

“It is good for university graduates to work at the grassroots level so that they can use their knowledge to advance a more professional management and service system in the communities. We have to deal with the situation, or the trend , with a calm mind. This is the key for young people to find the job that really suits them,” he added.

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