Grad­u­ates strug­gle to gain foothold in cap­i­tal

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The des­per­ate episode in De­cem­ber ended with a sud­den call from an agent who said a land­lord had just posted a room on­line. Chang didn’t hes­i­tate for a sec­ond be­fore ac­cept­ing the of­fer.

“I am proud to say I never com­plained to my par­ents, even in the dark­est mo­ments,” she said. “I take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for my de­ci­sion to stay in Bei­jing, and hon­estly, my fam­ily is un­able to lend a help­ing hand as they’re miles away.”

Her fi­nan­cial prospects have now im­proved, with a year’s hard work at her for­eign-funded em­ployer lead­ing to a pay rise.

“De­spite all the hard­ship, I am feel­ing up­beat now,” Chang said. “Pes­simism doesn’t lead to a so­lu­tion. I will be work­ing hard to tackle any is­sues stand­ing in my way.”

Zhang Yue­dong, 24, new me­dia ed­i­tor for Cai­jing.com

· Rents one room (11 sq m) in a three-bed­room apart­ment in Chaoyang dis­trict with 3,100 yuan a month

· Earns 7,000 yuan a month

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