No hurry to be employed as chances rise

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Almost half of China's young people of working age are not in a hurry to get conventional long-term jobs, a report by software giant Tencent found. Instead, studying overseas, starting businesses or working in new emerging fields such as Internet startups, topped their wish list.

About 15 million young people, including 7.65 million graduates from universities and colleges, and some from vocational schools, are entering working age, which makes this year one of the hardest for employment. Most of these young people were born after 1995.

Some 48 percent of those surveyed by Tencent said they are not likely to be employed in traditional jobs, especially in the country's first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

Among those who don't foresee an immediate job, only 1.2 percent said they would stay at home. About 25 percent said they will continue studying and more than 15 percent said they are looking forward to doing so overseas.

Universities in the United States and Japan are most welcomed by young Chinese students, accounting for 45 percent and 28 percent, followed by those in Australia and Canada.

More than 15 percent of those surveyed, especially women, said they would start their own businesses after graduation. Projects involving the Internet, agricultural cultivation and education with initial costs between 10,000 ($1,500) to 50,000 yuan, were their first choices.

Younger people who skip formal jobs for a year after graduation tend to work as volunteers in educational programs (76 percent), the service industry (8 percent), medical sector (5 percent), and environmental protection (3 percent) .

As for the top five most attractive new jobs, young people would like to work as Internet stars (54 percent) and in dubbing (17 percent), followed by cosmeticians (11 percent), cosplayers (8 percent) and game testers (7 percent).

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