Sometimes ,even if they love what they do,they have to quit their jobs ,because the jobs they love pay sucks,they can barely make livings for it. And then ,they will try to find civil-service jobs, work for the goverment.Survival first. Sonuds like a living tragedy,isn't it?
I am also engineer from china in shenzhen.
Make a living is first.
The CPI here is very high,one month salary can't support one square meter house in shenzhen.
If your one month incoming is very low, you even can't make friends with the girl that you loved.
I once worked in famous plant and factory that come from usa, that the manufature center in china.
My previous job was, until the new manager arrived, probably the best job ever. I did look forward to each day as a new adventure. I was supporting a research scientist as we were developing a new product, and I got to do all kinds of things. It was a job that I loved, and it paid what I thought was fairly well. Then I read one of those salary surveys. Do those folks really make that much? How about if you ask for copies of their tax returns? Or does every other part of the country make more than Southeast Michigan?
Admittedly, it was a long time I have been in China. Every time I was there though regardless if it was the old Beijing airport (the "proper" communist style) or the spanking new one right of the plane I started picking the "smell" of the system. I am pretty much sensitive to it as one born and grown up under The System (somewhat more lightweight version of it, not much though: tanks vs. people exercise was included). Until that changes there is not much which can prevent another bloodbath any given moment, since there is always a chance that some group will find it convenient to proclaim themselves more "communist holy" in order to get the power. Power is everything in this system and if the economic gains are to be lost so it will be ... Have they stopped printing religiously in every paper in every issue on the front page that the Taiwan will be brought to the fold with the following punishment for the traitors?
To an extent, yes. I met several young Chinese with an EE degree left the engineering job, and now doing market analysis/financing. Many I talked to them went that route for money.
Engineering jobs in China seem to come in several different levels; but the entry-level seems to be always boring (true in the U.S.?), the pay sucks, and many end up leaving...
This is a problem throughout much of Asia, not only China. Most people choose a course of study without too much thought.
They end up being disgruntled workers. I've met many smart people who went through 4 years of engineering studies. They're capable and good at the work, but they have no love for it. Most of them would love to jump out at the first opportunity they get.
A new and unusual defination of communism. A free society get to pick their careers (based on money or interest, who cares). A more restrictive sociery uses "senority". But governments in communist countries used to pick your career for you.
It's an article not a social statistical research paper. People knows Chinese social image will agree with the story's representativeness.
Making a living as #1 priority, even so true for us Chinese engineers living in North America. Although a lot of time priority has been over targeted, but don't see much Chinese risk taker.