Adapt to changes in job mar­ket

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

China should re­form its ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to bet­ter serve its in­dus­try and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. And the pub­lic should elim­i­nate their dis­crim­i­na­tion against blue-col­lar work­ers, says an ar­ti­cle in the China Youth Daily. Ex­cerpts:

A doc­tor­ate grad­u­ate in elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing from Ts­inghua Univer­sity who took a job as a blue-col­lar elec­tri­cian in Shang­hai stirred wide de­bate on the value of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions in mod­ern China.

Many of his class­mates have be­come schol­ars and ex­ec­u­tive man­agers, which are con­sid­ered proper pro­fes­sions for some­one as well ed­u­cated as him. Some peo­ple think that he is wast­ing his tal­ent as a blue-col­lar worker.

This opin­ion has a big mar­ket among the pub­lic, as many peo­ple’s mind­sets are framed by the blind su­per­sti­tion about aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions and an in­grained prej­u­dice against blue-col­lar jobs.

The young man has the free­dom to choose what job he takes. Many doc­tor­ate grad­u­ates work their way up from low-level posts, which ac­tu­ally pro­vide them good op­por­tu­ni­ties to put their knowl­edge into prac­tice.

Even if a doc­tor­ate grad­u­ate chooses to be­come a scholar, he still needs to start work­ing as an or­di­nary teacher at a school. It de­pends on theirown­ef­forts whether they can be­come a fa­mous scholar.

There are­many cases of doc­tor­ate grad­u­ates who can­not adapt to be­ing se­nior man­agers or gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as their first job after they stop study­ing.

Mean­while, there are many vo­ca­tional schoolsinChi­nathat­pro­ducealargenum­bero­fassem­bly­linework­ers. But­thetrans­for­ma­tion of the eco­nomic struc­ture and the up­grad­ing of in­dus­tries now re­quires bet­ter vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

The ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties should ad­just­thee­d­u­ca­tion­struc­ture to­bet­ter fit the changes tak­ing place in the em­ploy­ment mar­ket. China needs more tech­ni­cians, and more poly­tech­nic col­leges to cul­ti­vate bet­ter qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional tal­ents. The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily US edi­tion.

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