Quitting her job as receptionist, joining rock bands and chancing her tattoo-sleeved arm at small business ventures would once have branded college graduate Ding Jia as a rebel in China. Now she can claim state endorsement as a "creative". "I haven't had a formal job in years," said Ding, 31, sitting in her tiny coffee and cocktails bar on a trendy Shanghai street. She has no regrets, but no illusions either. "Entrepreneurship can be a really hard experience," she said. "Profits can be so thin." In the week she spoke to Reuters, she and dozens of nearby businesses were forced to close temporarily by city officials on a regular sortie to enforce regulations. While most parents might warn their children off high-risk, low-reward self-employment, preferring jobs in government or state-owned enterprises, Ding says her Shanghai nurse mother and cab driver father were supportive. That attitude finds an echo in high places; recent graduates who start their own businesses are being … [Read more...] about Beijing promotes low-paid college grads to startup CEOs
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According to IBM 50% of their remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts! In the past two decades, the working habits of people have changed dramatically compared to the habits of workers who came before them. Just to mention one of these habits… 3 out of 5 millennials now expect to work remotely. Following this trend, teachers are now changing their teaching style. Besides offline classes, they often stay at home and instruct students online (E-learning) via different platforms. The popularity of E-learning cannot be denied. By 2014, EdX alone had at least 2.7 million users; Udacity 1.6 million; Alison 3 million; and Coursera had amassed 10 million users. Now nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course, and 50% of the worlds population now have online access. Being a home based online teacher, everyone can work from the comfort of their own home withflexible teaching locations and schedules. For … [Read more...] about Home-based teaching – Alternative to school?
Nation's grads lack vocational skills (19-05-2005) HCM CITY — Although the strategies for developing the nation's education over the period 2001-10 demonstrate the Government focus on "enhancing human resource development," experts say that Viet Nam's inadequate educational system has resulted in its insufficient labour market. A labour recruiter who declined to be named said he could procure only 10 to 20 per cent of the university graduates seeking employment opportunities at annual job fairs held in HCM City. Employers said the knowledge, technical know-how and skills offered to students at Vietnamese universities were by no means up-to-date, leaving local graduates far behind the latest scientific and technological achievements of their counterparts around the world. The chairman of the Viet Nam Software Association, Truong Gia Binh, said newly recruited labourers at software companies had to spend 30 per cent of their working time during the first three to four years in … [Read more...] about Nation’s grads lack vocational skills
Many rural areas like Nghe An province have announced multiple programs to attract talented individuals to return. Very few qualified people have been welcomed with good opportunities. They come and go after a brief period. Nguyen Trong Hung, a senior official at Nghe An Department of Interior Affairs, commented that students from Nghe An do not return to find jobs because they have nowhere to return. Hung noted that positions have been reserved for relatives of high- ranking officials. Qualified officers weary easily because they are not respected in their home province, so they leave sooner or later. Provincial authorities offer yearly allowances of 40 million dong to professors, 30 million dong to associate professors with doctoral degrees and 20 million dong to Master's degree-holders and excellent students. Those who work in mountainous areas receive 5-8 million dong more. Professor of literature, Le Thanh Nga, born in 1976 in Nghe An province, is the only doctorate-holder to … [Read more...] about Nghe An snubs its uni grads
For Duan Can, a graduate in electronic engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology, a half year of work on an graduate-school application has brought offers to attend three leading US universities. "The biggest surprise was the offer from Stanford University because it only admits the most talented Chinese students every year," she said. In the end, she decided to go to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. One reason for her choice was that she received a full scholarship to attend the school, which is more commonly known as Virginia Tech. The assistance will let her avoid draining her parents' money while she works for five years on a doctorate degree. Virginia Tech was not the only school to offer a full scholarship; she has also got one from the University of Florida. Some agencies that help Chinese study overseas are seeing leading US universities make a record number of admission offers for doctorate programs this year. "We are so … [Read more...] about More students look to US for grad school