A lucky graduate helps others make it
Chinese students are needed by American and Chinese employers for the global market.
“With globalization as the general backdrop, today’s Chinese students need to better realize their own distinct value,” Liu said. “The Chinese market is really active right now. The government has numerous policies that are encouraging for startups, with a large number of Chinese corporations seeking overseas expansion. Making a living is no longer a big problem for Chinese graduates, and they can definitely expect something beyond.”
“It’s the perfect time to take on such a challenge with the policies and social conditions in China,” Brian said about his startup plan. “Going back means more opportunities and chances to succeed.”
“I will go to fieldwork in a developing country if I didn’t get an H-1B next year,” said Cleo, a Columbia University graduate who majored in international relations.
“If I don’t get an H-1B visa next year, I wouldn’t really force it,” said Cao. “I am a documentary photographer. I can do it wherever I want.”
Qiu, the software engineer at Google, said IT is “rising everywhere now, especially in China”. “Big names such as Google and Facebook have lost their dominance as dream workplaces for young talent. I don’t choose my workplace by city, but by opportunities,” he said.
“Whichever country or city we choose, it’s essential for us to find the balance between work and life, and to find the community and culture that resonates with our own perspectives,” said Ma. “Even a big city like New York has both bright and dark sides. Staying in the US or going back to China doesn’t make that much difference, as our living conditions can only be determined on our own.”
Nancy Kong and Judy Zhu in New York contributed to this story.
Li Kaidi in her traditional Chinese dance performance.