It's generally assumed that China's job marketfavors overseas returnees, high academic achieversand single candidates, but the trends are changing.Investigations at job fairs found that sometraditional advantages are no longer prized byemployers, the Beijing Morning News reported.
Candidates with higher education are not necessarilyfavored over undergraduates. For example, PhDsdon't always beat young undergraduates in terms of quick thinking and physical endurance,according to the newspaper.
An HR representative from an Internet company said they prefer undergraduates for operationand product positions. Only for technical positions that have high requirements would theyconsider highly certified candidates.
Another reason is that PhDs generally ask for higher salaries. But for some industries andpositions, they basically create similar value as undergraduates, so for employers the PhD'shalo does not seem so competitive, added the report.
Overseas returnees face a similar dilemma: some companies feel that overseas experience doesnot necessarily pose a great advantage these days. They cite reasons for being turned downsuch as lack of local experience and high payment requirements.
Wei Bin, director of the career guidance center at the University of International Relations,said nowadays the number of overseas students is huge, but the student quality is mixed.
Some experts also attribute the decreasing job competitiveness of overseas returnees andPhDs to a growing oversupply of their number. Instead, blue-collar positions which require lesseducation and more technical training are becoming more sought-after.
The new trends reflect that, with employers becoming more rational and practical, shiny labelsno longer hold the same attraction. So students need to exercise good sense when choosingmajors and careers. Instead of following hot trends, they should choose the most suitablecareer path based on accurate self-assessment, the report suggested.