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June 4, 2012
Career courses a popular choice in Chinese high schools
06-04-2012 21:34 BJT
The heat is on for millions of high school seniors in China as the national college entrance exam is set to take place later this week. The exam is considered by many to be the most important test in Chinese students’ lives. It almost single-handedly determines what, if any, university a student can attend. Yet despite the piling pressure, some students are taking the time to attend a different type of class. It may not help with test scores, but is just as important to their future.
Despite how it appears, this isn’t your average prep talk to rev students’ up for the college entrance exam.
In fact, it is attempting the opposite. A chance for students to simmer down and gain a longer term view of their future.
Chinese students tend to go all out on their exam prep efforts.. yet pay little to no attention to what faces them afterwards.
Dr. He Jin, School of Education, Stanford Univ., said, "It’s good to be ambitious. But you also have to think things through first. For example, how can you become a pilot without good eyesight."
This class is one of many initiated by the China Youth Development Foundation. The aim is to educate high school students on their career options, before they make one of the most important decisions in their lives. Volunteers are invited to share experiences about the wrong choices they’ve made, so that the students will be better informed to make the right choices.
Qin Xiaojun, Former Missile Engineer, said, "I’ve been doing a job I don’t like for 16 years. I don’t want younger people to go down the same path. It’s a bad experience and waste of resources."
Currently in China, courses on career planning are only offered at the college level. Most high school students have to choose their major without knowing what it entails in terms of future career.
Tian Lin, China Youth Development Foundation"It’s like if a person wants to be healthy, he or she needs a balanced diet. Only working on grades and not paying attention to anything else create a kind of imbalance for students. They need to have an understanding of their future careers."
A survey conducted by Chinese universities found that 80% of those who saw a significant drop in grades, lacked the motivation to learn because they felt they chose the wrong major.
While people can’t always make the correct choices, schools are at least trying their best to turn their students into informed decision-makers.
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