[ 2007-02-09 10:21 ]
Wang Lina, who graduated from Beijing Union University, returned
to Alma Mater to promote the organic strawberries.
municipal government has set out to recruit thousands of university graduates to
work as junior officials in rural areas to both improve rural administration and
ease the city's employment problems
The government plans to recruit 3,000 university graduates this year, 1,000
more than last year, to work as assistants to village heads or Party secretaries
in suburban areas.
People interested in jobs in Beijing's rural villages and townships can
submit applications to the Beijing Municipal Personnel Bureau or online at
www.bjbys.com from February 1 through March 15.
"We hope university graduates will seize this opportunity to use their
knowledge in rural villages and to start their careers," Sun Zhenyu, deputy
director of Beijing Personnel Bureau, told Xinhua News Agency.
The municipal government has promised successful candidates a monthly salary
of 2,000 yuan ($250) in the first year, 2,500 yuan ($320) the second year and
3,000 yuan ($385) the third year, provided their performance is up to the required standards, Sun said.
Beijing first introduced its "go to the countryside" employment program last
year. Some 2,000 university graduates found grassroots-level jobs in the
countryside last year.
Wang Lina, who graduated from Beijing Union University last year, was part of
the first batch of graduates to find work in the city's countryside.
After majoring in industrial and commercial administration, Wang served as
the assistant to the village head of Ertiaojie Village in suburban Beijing's
For one project, Wang contacted people at the Beijing Academy of Agricultural
Sciences and arranged for the local farmers to receive training in strawberry
Her efforts paid off. The village reaped a plentiful harvest of organic strawberries earlier this year.
Nationwide, about 150,000 university graduates found employment in rural
areas last year, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Education.
The ministry predicts that 4.95 million students will graduate from
institutions of higher learning across the country this year, 820,000 more than
About 1.4 million of them are unlikely to find jobs when they graduate.
In Beijing, a record 200,000 people are expected to graduate from university
this year, 20,000 more than last year. Less than half of them are expected to be
offered jobs, according to the personnel bureau.
The central government issued a circular in July 2005, calling on university
graduates to seek jobs at the grassroots
level so as to reverse the shortage of professionals in rural
areas and to ease unemployment in cities.
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