[QODLink]
Faces of China
The Graduates
An insight into the aspirations and frustrations of China's university graduates.
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2011 11:53 GMT

Filmmaker: Gao Song

Every year millions of Chinese students graduate from universities across the country, with numbers increasing. Despite the country's booming economy, many of them have difficulties finding work. Fewer vacancies and more competition means that not everyone can be certain of finding a job, especially not a well-paid one.

Prior to final exams many universities organise job fairs for their soon-to-be graduates. Local companies are invited to speak about their employment opportunities.

Some of the students, especially the ones with families in financial difficulties are under great pressure - they must find a job. They are forced to accept low salaries in the hope that a better opportunity will come up at some point.

After graduating, some of the students take temporary jobs, while some hope internships will turn into permanent positions.

Sichuan University is the largest university in western China. We follow two graduates as they start looking for a job in one of China's big cities, Chengdu, and by doing this try to find their place in society.

Li Yuchun, one of the graduates, says: "I have not been sleeping well for some time now. Thinking about the present and the future - I'm a little worried because I have not found a job yet. I don't know what will happen to me after university."

The Graduates aired from Monday, February 7, 2011.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.