University job fairs helping graduates
FUDAN University launched a job fair on Friday, which was also the biggest of the about 300 job fairs it has held this semester.
Shanghai Television Station said the expected salaries of fresh graduates is also increasing — to about 7,000 yuan (US$1,010) a month and 10,000 yuan for postgraduates.
"The general salary normally increases each year, while some jobs like information technology witnessed higher increase as the whole industry is raising salaries," said Zheng Yanxu, an officer with Shanghai Engineering Cell Therapy Research Center, who attended the job fair. "If you don't lift the pay, you cannot attract the talent."
Students learning traditional Chinese medicine are also in a short supply in the job market.
In the job fair of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca were joined by personal care products giants like Kao.
"Chinese herbal medicine is one of a popular features in personal care products," an unidentified officer with Kao told the television station. "Many companies are investing in development in that field. So are we."
The company has set up a Chinese medicine research center.
In addition to local students, those who are studying aboard also came to scout for jobs to secure a position at home.
Sheng Xue, 25, is to graduate from University of Leicester in the UK in January. The advertising major came to the job fair at Shanghai before her graduation ceremony.
"It's not easy to get working visa after graduation in the UK," she said, "while the advertising industry in China is developing really fast — so it is also a big attraction."
The job fair at Fudan featured nearly 7,000 positions from about 300 companies, and the one at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine featured nearly 4000 positions from about 140 companies.