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China – Graduates eye government jobs

Cao Bin’s dream job in China’s officialdom befits anything but the popular image of a tea-drinking bureaucrat reading newspapers in an air-conditioned office, or dozing off at long meetings.

Instead, the postgraduate at China Foreign Affairs University has applied for a position with the China Earthquake Administration. If successful, the job will catapult him into quake-hit regions across the world, interpreting for China’s rescue teams.

“The job’ll be exciting — it can take me to places other people will never have a chance to visit in their lives, and my knowledge and skills can be fully used,” he said.

Cao’s choice, however, is considered “weird, harsh and dangerous” by his peers. Only 24 people have applied for the same position, making it one of the least sought-after jobs in the upcoming civil service recruitment tests scheduled to open early next year.

The most desired position, in contrast, is with the statistical bureau in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, where more than 9,000 candidates vying for the opening…

Choosen excerpts by JMM from

via China Focus: Ambitious but confused graduates eye government jobs – Xinhua | English.news.cn.

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