Insights into China’s Post-00s Generation: Almost 50% of Graduates Are Aiming for State-run Employers
China’s post-00s – the generation born in the 2000s and growing up with unprecedented material wealth amid the mobile internet boom – have a unique set of values and new ideas, making them the undisputed “generation of the hour”.
Recently, in collaboration with the project The Long Interview, the Just So Soul Institute has conducted a survey on Soul App, an emerging social platform. Surveyed were more than 4,000 post-00s college students, 10% of whom are fresh graduates from the class of 2022, and their individual responses about work, consumption and values revealed their attitudes and opinions about current prevailing trends.
Job security is a major pull, with nearly half of the post-00s graduates preferring public sector jobs
For young people, what does a good job mean?
A public sector job holds a strong appeal for the post-00s generation, as evidenced by the survey data: 46.37% of the 2022 graduates regard positions in government or state-owned enterprises as promising for their future, a figure that eclipses those with a preference for Internet behemoths (19.78%), Fortune 500 companies (9.89%), financial institutions or consulting firms (7.69%). Significantly, flexible and glamorous careers such as starting a business (6.37%) and becoming an Influencer (2.86%) are the least attractive for the younger generation, who has generally been seen as “the champion of individual freedom”.
Apparently, the idea of job security has taken hold. As waves of layoffs at internet firms and age discrimination in the workplace loom large, first-time job-seekers in the post-00s generation are trying to build a sense of certainty out of uncertainty.
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The next step after graduation can be a puzzling time.
According to the joint survey, entering the workforce (37.3%) and enrolling in a postgraduate program in China (16.7%) are still the most common choices of the 2022 college leavers in the face of the most crowded job market. In addition, some of them choose to become civil servants (9.89%) or start their own business (6.81%). Higher salaries (49.89%), relevance to one’s interests (33.63%) and less overtime (30.33%) matter most to the would-be workforce entrants.
Interestingly, a relatively large share of post-00s graduates would take a gap year (9.23%) to recharge and refocus, gearing themselves up for future job searches or further studies at home and abroad.
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The post-00s fight against a toxic work culture – not the whole story
Facing enormous pressure in a taxing workplace, the post-00s generation displays resilience and toughness. The survey shows 51.43% of the post-00s college leavers could accept the “996” work schedule – from 9 AM to 9 PM, 6 days a week – for an enticing compensation package; 29.89% would reluctantly embrace the working hour system until they encounter a better job; a mere 16.26% of the respondents think 996 unacceptable and would rather resign.
Contrary to their stereotype of being naysayers, post-00s graduates are keenly aware of workplace competition and pressure, and demonstrate a mature and proactive attitude.
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Those born in the 2000s have had a different upbringing to their post-80s and post-90s predecessors, and this has shaped their distinctive characteristics.