(ECNS) -- A survey among 90,168 graduates by an online recruitment portal showed 40 percent of job-seekers are interested in working in China’s emerging first-tier cities, China Youth Daily reported.
Among students who will graduate this year, 40.18 percent said they hoped to work in cities including Chengdu, Hangzhou, Chongqing, and Wuhan, a rise of 2.68 percent over the report last year. Second-tier cities also gained popularity as favorite among 25.94 percent of graduates, an increase of 4.74 percent.
The report said data in recent years showed first-tier cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen continued to lose their luster. New job-seekers are more ready to ditch them as they become more interested in both new industries and incentives rolled out by emerging cities to attract talent.
By March, more than 74 percent of graduates had received job offers, a 2.19 percent increase over the same period last year. But nearly 40 percent said their jobs don't exactly fit their majors at university.
The report said the booming mobile Internet industry, sharing economy and new retail are some of the new forms of business, with abundant job opportunities requiring people with interdisciplinary and cross-boundary talents.
According to the survey, 43.88 percent said having an internship experience is the key to getting a job upon graduation, followed by a clear job expectation and rich work placement experience at 37.68 percent and 34.9 percent respectively.
In looking for a job, 41.7 percent of students said they value the possibility to fulfill their personal value most, while 26.97 percent prefer a job in line with personal interest and 23.19 percent take a job simply as a means to earn a living.