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Top Chinese University Scholar Becomes ART Because It’s Hard to Find Work, Netizens Are Excited All

SHANGHAI, KOMPAS.com – A girl who graduated from China’s top university works as a housemaid, and has taken the “Land of Pandas” social media by storm.

This was revealed after a high-end Household Assistant (ART) service provider, Your Trust Home Service, released resume university graduates whose photos are blurred, but their biodata is clearly visible.

The Shanghai-based ART service provider released the girl’s data online online on Wednesday (26/5/2021).

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The 29-year-old girl who is on ART is an alumnus of the famous Tsinghua University in China, and is ranked 15th in the world’s best according to the QS World University Rankings 2020.

He holds a bachelor’s degree, but no major or program of study is mentioned.

In his portfolio he says he is fluent in Mandarin and English, and is good at cooking family favorite meals in Shanghai and the surrounding provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

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He wants a salary of 35,000 yuan (Rp 78.6) million per month according to resume-nya.

A manager from Your Trust Home Service said the girl would be hired by a client.

“Highly educated people like him are rare, but not the only ones. We also have caregivers with master’s degrees, including those who graduated from top universities abroad,” he explained to The Paper.

Launch Korea Times on Saturday (29/5/2021), this is a sign of increasingly fierce job market competition in China.

Many Chinese netizens were surprised to learn that top university graduates are working as maids.

“Please remember that the most prestigious universities, such as Tsinghua and Peking University, teach talented people who are supposed to improve or change our nation, and benefit us all.”

“Isn’t working as a family servant a waste of talent like that?” wrote a netizen who was quoted South China Morning Post.

“The fact that a Tsinghua graduate ends up working as a family servant is the result of intense competition in the job market,” another netizen commented.

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Then the high salary demands for ART measures also sparked debate on Chinese social media.

“He is not an ordinary ART. He is basically a private tutor. Look at the pay. So high that he is on par with a senior manager in a company,” wrote one netizen who was quoted as saying The Paper.

“We can’t judge whether a job is noble or low. It’s just a person’s choice,” said a netizen on the WeChat app.

Meanwhile, the manager of Your Trust Home Service explained that household members with diplomas from well-known universities usually work as child tutors in the family.

They teach children various subjects, with wages ranging from 15,000 yuan (Rp. 33.7 million) to 50,000 yuan (Rp. 112.37 million) per month.

“Some of the client’s children study in international schools. So they need a tutor who can speak English while teaching the children,” said the manager.

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The number of university graduates in China has been increasing year by year for the past 20 years.

This summer more than nine million students will graduate in China.

Then in the last five years there have been more than 40 million university and college graduates, with 77 percent of them finding jobs, according to data from China’s Ministry of Education.

However, the salaries of university graduates are not as high as many would expect.

According to Beijing-based consultancy Mycos, the median monthly salaries for university graduates in 2018 and 2019 were 4,624 yuan (Rp 10.4 million) and 5,440 yuan (Rp 12.2 million), respectively.

As a result some university graduates take jobs that are unusual for someone with a bachelor’s degree.

Apart from being a family tutor, China Youth Daily earlier this month reported that there were several scholars working on pig farms.

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