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Famous college certificate - help or hindrance?


A certificate from a famous university was once considered the automatic ticket to a splendid career. Recently, it seems, it's turning out to be a barrier for graduates searching for jobs.

China Youth Daily reports that many graduates from well-known universities have come across frustrations in their attempts to find a post in domestic medium and small-sized companies, due to a growing concern among employers that such recruits, with their attractive graduation certificates, will leave for better companies soon after snatching their first job.

Yang Hening, a graduate from the reputable Nankai University in Tianjin, has suffered such a plight.

Majoring in business administration and with abundant internship experience behind him, Yang appeared to be a competitive candidate in the job market. However, all his applications for posts in local small firms were refused.

Yang was confused by the situation. He claims that his resumes were probably set aside by recruiting companies when they learnt about his educational background.

Yang attributed his job-hunting failure to worries born by the employers that such rookies, with glittering college certificates, would engage in job hopping and salary-jockeying.

Yang's explanation was echoed by a recruiter later interviewed on the subject. The recruiter, from a small firm, said the high turnover of personnel had hit his company and affected its smooth development. He said he had to carefully review the applicants with famous college certificates and make only prudent selections from among them to avoid such instability in the future.

Statistical data backs up the worries expressed by such small companies. A survey was quoted by the report as showing that most job-hunting graduates with excellent educational backgrounds prefer to work in big name companies. Failing to gain admission there, they will sign short-term contracts with smaller firms, seeking opportunities to squeeze into big enterprises later, it is suggested.

But this question of "faithfulness" is also one that troubles the big enterprises themselves.

Kingsoft, one of the leading software brands in China, with an annual recruitment of around a hundred, has vowed not to enroll graduates from famous colleges for exactly the same reason.

Meanwhile, a manager from the China branch of Toyota said that elite graduates are often the last people they would choose to recruit. They are perceived as lacking loyalty to their job.

Liu Yuebo, a teacher with Nankai University, a career-advisor, analyzes the problem thus: graduates are only aware of themselves, while ignoring the interests of their employers. Liu said the potential faithfulness of an applicant is usually considered equal in importance to their ability in the process of recruitment.

Liu's analysis was largely verified by Mr. Chen, a human resources director with a state-owned enterprise. Chen said that the certificates from famous colleges are not really a decisive factor in recruitment any longer, as most of the attention from employers is paid to the attitude of those applicants towards the job.

From: Xinhuanet  2007-02-16 16:10

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