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The 12 Most Sought-After Talents in China

25 January 2008

Some Chinese analysts recently listed the top 12 most sought-after talents with overseas qualifications in Chinese job market in next five years:

12, Community development
11, Shipping and transportation
10, Business consultation
9, Trade and marketing
8, Social agent
7, International law
6, Environmental Protection
5, Business management
4, Urban management
3, Information technology
2, High technology
1, Financial management

Over the years, Chinese students with overseas qualifications have been dubbed many names from sea turtle (海龟for海归, with the same pronunciation) for those who return and work in China, to seaweeds (海带for海待) for those who return but yet to find a job in China. Now a new term is emerging - seagulls - for those who neither return and work in China nor remain and work overseas, but are hired by multinationals and commute between China and other countries. These are the people with inter-disciplinary talents, who understand the particular situations in China, while are familiar with the international common practice.

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A Model Staff's Letter to His Boss

1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00pm and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.

2. If it's really a "rush job", run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it's going. That helps. Or even better, hover behind me, advising me at every keystroke.

3. Always leave without telling anyone where you're going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.

4. Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of living increase. I'm not here for the money anyway.

5. If you give me more than one job to do, don't tell me which is the priority. I like being a psychic.

6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.

7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.

8. If you don't like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.

9. If you have special instructions for a job, don't write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.

10. Never introduce me to the people you're with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.

11. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it's nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so much taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.


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