Path After College

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As the university seniors enter the final year of study, they face four choices of future plans, which include finding a job, going abroad, continuing post-graduate study and starting business on their own. Undoubtedly, this is a crucial watershed for all these graduates, a point from which they will say goodbye to the easy and comfortable college life and start building their varying life path.

For the majority of students, finding a job immediately after graduate seems to be a most practical choice. The earlier they step into the professional world and begin to clime the career ladder, the sooner they will be financially independent and assume the responsibility of a mature social member. It is the trend in recent years, however, that some students seem to feel uneasy about the impediment employable pressure and therefore try to hide themselves under the education system for another two or three years by pursuing a postgraduate study. Unfortunately, what they don’t know is that after the temporary coziness, they will eventually come down to the world of completion, and when they do, they will find it even harder to adjust themselves to it. Another seemingly glorious path following the graduation season is to have a learning journey abroad. Exotic cultures, international cuisines, multifarious diversions, and colorful night lives: all of which sound so appealing, and yet one must first weight the loss and gains before making this decision. Obtaining an offer from a foreign university, especially the top ones, is extremely demanding and requires an intense desire to succeed, let alone the huge amount of expenses involved in the process of preparation and enrollment. Either emotionally or economically, pursuing an overseas education is a optimal alternative for most Chinese families. Finally, there is a new way out: creating business of one’s own. The advantage of this election is obvious: one can avoid the stiff competition in the job market and instead become...
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