Higher degree 'no guarantee of better jobs'


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  • Saturday, 15 Nov 2003

HUMAN resources experts here say that a higher degree does not necessarily lead to better jobs.  

In the northern port city of Tianjin, graduates with Bachelor's degrees or even those with diplomas only sometimes prevail over Master's and Doctorate graduates in the job market, say human resources specialists from the local labour markets.  

Statistics they cited show that less qualified employees make up over 90% of staff in local firms and administrations, whereas those holding Master's degrees or Doctorates account for only 4% to 5%.  

While further education is crucial for those who hope to become researchers in high-tech fields or expert actuaries, economists or linguists, those majoring in more practical fields such as accounting or fashion design may find jobs easily without having to attend graduate schools, experts say.  

As the competition is increasingly high for candidates applying for the very limited slots at graduate schools in China, experts say students should take a long-term perspective and prepare themselves for the job market.  

“In the long run, what matters is not your degree, but your capacity and skills,” said a recruitment officer at a Tianjin labour market. 

Experts suggest that if a liberal arts student seeks further schooling, it would be better if he takes up a different field to broaden his knowledge and skills. – China Daily  

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