From College News - Since competition in the US is harsh, many students are heading abroad to for job opportunities, according to the New York Times.
So the economy is bad, huh? American graduates are finding it very troublesome to jump start their careers, because of the lack of job opportunities, which creates a competitive atmosphere from grads and previously laid off employees aiming for the same position.
The news may be improving--slightly. In the U.S, the unemployment rate has decreased by .1 percent, from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But even in the midst of a somewhat “improving economy” American students, who have less obligations that their grown-up job-seeking counterparts, are still leaving the U.S for better luck—namely, the Middle Kingdom.
The New York Times recently wrote about various students who took the opportunity to go to China and take careers that would be challenging for the American graduate to obtain in these dire economical times. One student, Joshua Arjuna Stephens, who graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007, decided to take a temporary position with China Prep, an educational travel company, in Shanghai.
Stephens mentions to New York Times that while he “didn’t know anything about China,” he nonetheless described himself as being willing to learn something new by traveling over their for employment.
In other words, Stephens didn’t hesitate when it came to his career. He knew it would be hard to achieve that position in America. So he went where the opportunity was greater.
And how did Stephens’ story turn out? We’ll let the New York Times fill you in on that one: “Two years later, after stints in the nonprofit sector and at a large public relations firm in Beijing, he is highly proficient in Mandarin and works as a manager for XPD Media, a social media company based in Beijing that makes online games.”
Of course, a few students do not make a burgeoning trend. But. Because Chinese and American educational structures are different, it will be only rewarding to allow Americans to come and allow them to share their perspective with respective employers.
That special perspective seems to be of value for some employers. Willy Tsao, the artistic director BeijingDance/LDTX, told New York Times he hired Sarabeth Berman, a 2006 graduate of Barnard College with a major in urban studies, because he “needed someone who was capable of communicating with the Western world.”
So, who’s ready to hop ship? After all, the world is now flat. A trip to China sounds pretty appealing…
By Chanel-Cheri Mercier