A lucky grad­u­ate helps oth­ers make it

China Daily (Canada) - - DEPTH -

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.

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