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College grads flock to funeral industry

Updated: 2012-04-06 07:32By Cheng Yingqi (China Daily)

For 29-year-old Jiao Jin, it was her grandfather's funeral seven years ago that led her to enter the funeral service industry after receiving a degree in management from a university in Germany.

"When he passed away, I applied all his makeup," she said. Jiao is now a mortician in Beijing East Suburbs Funeral Home.

The profession might not appeal to everyone, but its practitioners take great pride in their ability to provide efficient and appropriate service, so the industry attracts more and more college graduates, though few with related majors.

According to Huang Qiaoquan, a public relations director of the Beijing Funeral Management Office, since 2006 the minimum requirement for recruitment has been a college degree.

Every year, students from top universities, such as Tsinghua University and Peking University, join the industry. And none of them quit.

"Last year, about 500 students applied for the five openings in the funeral industry management office, so the competition was astonishing," Huang said.

Shanghai Business Daily reported last month that 30 percent of funeral industry professionals have college degrees, compared with 15 percent in 2007. And only 15 percent of the graduates leave the industry.

Most applicants have practical reasons for starting a career in the funeral service industry. Song Jiajia could have become a history teacher after receiving a master's degree from Beijing NormalUniversity, but she chose Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery instead.

"The pay is good, the work is not too busy, and the place is close to my home," Song said, adding that college graduates nowadays are "very practical"."Since the job market is not in its best years, stable working conditions and a high salary are the top concerns for most graduates like me."

According to Huang, from Beijing Funeral Management Office, the average salaries in Beijing cemeteries are "higher than those of civil servants".But he also said that students' growinginterest in the funeral industry could be attributed to the fierce competition in traditional majors."Traditionally, people discriminate against the funeral industry," said Dong Libo, deputy directorof the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery. After retiring from the military in 2004, Dong found ajob at the cemetery."Since then, I have felt isolated from my friends, and some family members of the departed havedisrespectable attitudes about our work, which upset me," Dong said. "The college graduates may still be too young too realize this, but they will notice how they become isolated if the tabooaround the industry lasts."However, the funeral service industry has gone through "tremendous changes" in the last few years, according to Li Qingzhi, director of Beijing East Suburbs Funeral Home."In the past, there was no professional training, but now some universities in Beijing, Changsha,Chongqing and Wuhan offer mortuary science majors," Li said.

Yang Yao contributed to this story.

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Post time 2012-4-9 07:40:50 |Display all floors
Are Chinese workers underpaid?

Most people would say yes but workers all around the world are underpaid , real wages of western workers halved in last three decade.

Purchasing ability of western worker is going downhill and job security became thing of past.

Problem of workers wages is global i would say.

And something have to be done about it sooner or later .........this is not sustainable in long run.

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Post time 2012-4-11 03:26:47 |Display all floors
you can only beat a donky so much then it will ether kick youi in the teeth or drop down dead. eather way you are up the river without a paddle. workers are not appreacrtad by many  employers, and if you built every thing with robots, who the hell is going to buy the stuff, then your profits dissaper in a puff of smoke, chinese workers are used to make goods cheaper than the west. but more and more workers in the west are losing ther job. no job no income no buy things. profit falls decreasing ciircle. then the east will need to think of home markets but will need to increace wages to workers or home market stalls, inflation bubble, for one man to be very rich many must work  keep him there   but what happens if there are to many rich   


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Post time 2012-4-11 19:05:05 |Display all floors
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Post time 2012-4-19 23:38:52 |Display all floors
Quick question here.
Supply and demand side implies that foreign labor will generally cost more than local labor,
especially if this is expert labor.
ESL teachers forex.
What problem do we have with this?
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Post time 2012-4-23 17:32:11 |Display all floors
DanseMacabre Post time: 2012-4-7 14:08

While it's widely known that foreigners in China generally earn more than their Chinese ...

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Post time 2012-4-23 21:13:30 |Display all floors
If you compared Chinese wages to 20 years ago it would reveal a striking difference and represent an advance to be admired.

However, if you compare current Chinese wages to the rest of the world's formerly richest countries you will find that many of the highest paid countries have no jobs and have reached a level of increasing unsustainability.

No job is no job no matter what the pay level and you can check with India and Africa for that score of what real poverty looks like

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