Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

If you have a dream job, pur­sue it What would you ex­pect a pro­vin­cial zhuangyuan (the high­est-rank­ing stu­dents dur­ing the na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions) do after his or her grad­u­a­tion? Shi Yue, the 2006 sci­ence zhuangyuan from North China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion and who stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture at one of China’s top uni­ver­si­ties, chose to be an on­line game host­ess. She cur­rently has 900,000 fol­low­ers on Sina Weibo, China’s Twit­ter-like so­cial net­work. How­ever, when her story was put un­der the spot­light, many ne­ti­zens ques­tioned her job choice and won­dered why she did not choose a more re­spected oc­cu­pa­tion such as an en­gi­neer. Her story sounds sim­i­lar to that of Lu Bux­uan, a Chi­nese lan­guage ma­jor from Pek­ing Univer­sity who made head­lines a few years ago for selling pork to earn a living. A top univer­sity de­gree can give con­fi­dence to grad­u­ates who have more op­tions when choos­ing a job, but prefer­ably, it is a job that you are en­thu­si­as­tic about. So when you still have a dream of do­ing some­thing you like, dream on.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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