With the coming of the new academic year, it is time, once again, to contemplate the bitter fruits of universal college.
Experts say that many of the graduates lack skills such as critical thinking, foreign languages and basic office communications that businesses are looking for. Even small private enterprises that offer humble salaries find many graduates unsatisfactory. "Those small sales companies that desperately need people also reject us graduates," said Ms. Wu. "They say we don't have social resources or work experience that they need."
Those experts are not Arum and Roksa of Academically Adrift, or the commentariat at Phi Beta Cons. Ms Wu is the graduate of a Chinese university.
China has made only limited gains in remaking its economy so it relies more on services and innovation and less on construction and assembly-line manufacturing. That limits the markets for the lawyers, engineers and accountants that Chinese universities are producing.

As a result, many graduates find they can get only low-skill jobs that pay far less than they imagined they would make and see a future of limited prospects. A survey of more than 6,000 new graduates conducted last year by Tsinghua University in Beijing said that entry-level salaries of 69% of college graduates are lower than those of the migrant workers who come from the countryside to man Chinese factories, a figure that government statistics currently put at about 2,200 yuan ($345) a month.
China's economic seers anticipate better times for their graduates.  There's enough troubling news out of China that those hopes might be unrealized.

Via Angus of Kids Prefer Cheese.

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