NEET problem is rampant all over the world as economic development slows down nowadays. How to solve this problem has become a hot issue for public debates. Read the excerpts carefully and write your response in about 200 words, in which you should:
1. summarize briefly the opinions about NEET;
2. give your comment.
Marks will be awarded for content relevance, content sufficiency, organization and language quality. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.
A report indicating that one in eleven college graduates have been jobless for a year has raised public concern and caused heated discussions among the country’s Internet community.
In a blog, Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Center, quoted a “2012 Graduate Employment Report”, which showed that 570,000 of 6.8 million college graduates in 2011 remained jobless one year after graduation. Among them, more than 100,000 neither go to school or work nor receive vocational skills and rely on support from their parents. This is known as the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) group.
Xiong blamed university education for not preparing students for China’s fast-developing society and high demanding employers.
The lack of career planning and aimless job searching are two reasons why so many college graduates cannot get work, with many more developing a job-hopping habit, he said.
Jack, head of an advertising agency：“Companies want to hire a person who can get the job done on the first day of work, but few graduates can. I was tired of listening to job applicants and how they obtained their first-class scholarships and successfully led the student union for four years, only to find out they do not know how to send a fax.”
Jingjin: “College graduates may know theories from books, but they don’t know how to put them into everyday work.”
Zhang Chunxia, who works for the career center of Beijing Foreign Studies University: “the facility has introduced courses on career planning and development. It has also invited alumni with established careers to deliver speeches to prepare students.”
“I find those who work as university counselors and volunteer teachers, or start their own businesses are more confident than their peers as they know where their strengths lie.”
Wu Ying, a graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University, returned school this September to pursue a master’s degree after being NEET for one year. She said: “It’s a vicious circle. You cannot find a job so you go back to school. Then you know less about the job market and still can’t get a job when you graduate for the second time.”
Li Ming: Many college graduates who grew up post-1980s have a narrower definition of a “good job” than the older generation. Many would rather stay at home jobless if they failed to get stable or high-paid job.
Valderfield: “I was shocked when learning that more than 3,000 college graduates applied for a street cleaner’s job in Harbin, just to become an employee at a government-affiliated institution.”
Xiangzuounique: “If young people only consider government jobs as secure and decent, they lose an opportunity to enjoy life.”
Zhong Shan, a graduate from Fudan University: “I’m opting for a gap year after graduation as a buffer to job-hunting. I went to Sichuan Province in western China to teach rural children. It enriches my experience, but the reality is that I still have to face the fierce competition in the labor market in the near future.”
Write your response on ANSWER SHEET FOUR.