The Philippines have been exporting college graduates to work as domestic helpers / maids in other countries for many years now, but now, their Chinese counterparts are looking to do the same domestically:
Desperate Chinese graduates, facing grim job prospects amid slowing economic growth, are clamouring to find posts as nannies and domestic helpers for the rich in one southern province, state media reported on Wednesday.
Thousands of university students had applied for nanny work through an agency in China’s export heartland of Guangdong, the Guangzhou Daily newspaper said.
‘There have been five or six hundred people applying every month, with more than 90 per cent of them university students, including 28 Masters students,’ the paper quoted a housekeeping recruitment agent as saying.
Only 300 out of 2,000 students had landed jobs over the past few months, however, as slowing growth had seen companies go bankrupt and foreign businessmen desert the province in droves, the agency said.
It’s often been said how this willingness to chiku (吃苦, lit. “eat bitterness”) seems to be ingrained into the Chinese psyche, and this cannot be more apparent than in the story above. Can you imagine college graduates in your home country doing the same?