“Slow employment” catches on in China
Jin Wan Bao  2016/12/30 15:03:47

With the year 2016 soon in the rear view mirror, the campus recruitment campaign is to get underway. Statistics show that 10 million graduates must compete with each other for limited jobs next year. Some graduates, however, are not really enthusiastic about entering the labor market immediately; instead, they are opting for "slow employment" in the forms of travelling, spending time with their parents, becoming a freelancer or examining the possibility of starting their own businesses.

In response to the phenomenon, some post-90s university students show understanding and tolerance. Getting employment as early as possible and steady income are no longer so imperative for the post-90s, who, instead, tend to consider more their interests and ideals, and attempt to find a perfect job with a one-time effort. But opinion is divided on “slow employment” going by the commentaries online. Many believe that national policies and supports can no longer be enjoyed by those who choose “slow employment” in a go-as-you-please manner. Besides, the phenomenon may lead more graduates to “kenlao”, literally, “to chew your parents’ food”, and it is time for them to take over their own share of family and social responsibilities, without any excuses.

“Slow employment” should be understood and encouraged

Gao Huiwen, who chooses “slow employment”, says, “I did not try to get a job immediately after graduation, but spent a year traveling and improving myself to be prepared and to find opportunities for starting a business. In my opinion, the situation of each graduate varies, and therefore it is of no benefit for the unprepared ones to take up a post that is not suitable for them”.

Wang Longzheng, a recent graduate, says, “It doesn’t matter whether it’s quick or slow. The point is, we should know our advantages and disadvantages to find the fittest job, but cannot act like a hungry man who is not choosy about his food. If there’s an opportunity, quick employment is well and good; if not, slow is also acceptable, which I believe is a sign of rationality”.

“Slow employment” is shirking responsibility

Wang Jianhong, a parent of a graduate, says, “I’m rather skeptical about the idea of slow employment, which is a complete waste of time and escape of pressure, and in the long run, they may lose the competitiveness. Good jobs wait for no man, and if the golden opportunities are missed, they won’t come along again. And it’s a vicious circle”.

Jiao Ying, an HR director of an enterprise, says, “What the enterprises need is talents who are young, dynamic and also with work experience. If the graduates rather choose to be unemployed, they will lose the competitiveness in the labor market, since they will not be young forever, and the favorable policies will be gone”.

“Slow employment” is one of the multiple choices

Fang Zhen, a university teacher, says, “Nowadays, young people don’t necessarily want to be bound by traditional work style. Many college graduates are mavericks and willing to start their own businesses in the emerging industries. As a matter of fact, as long as they can afford their lives, we don’t have to criticize them too much or force them to get a job immediately after graduation”.

By Guo Yi, Jin Wan Bao