‘Talent supermarket’ gives graduates chance to select their careers

An e-commerce training workshop is being held for young people who want to start their own business in January in Huji City, Binzhou City, East China’s Shandong Province. [PHOTO/XINHUA]

JINAN – Before this year’s Spring Festival, Hu Tao, as a representative of successful entrepreneurs, conducted an e-commerce training workshop in his hometown of Huiji, Binzhou City, East China’s Shandong Province, sharing his experiences on entrepreneurship and e-commerce development.

Hu started a small online business while still in college. After graduating, the 27-year-old returned to Huji.

He officially launched his business with the help of the “talent supermarket” service platform initiated by the city.

“In the beginning, I ran the online store from my loft. The office environment there was not very good and made it difficult to manage my team,” says Hu.

“Later, thanks to the ‘talent supermarket’, I settled in the campus’s e-commerce workspace, from where I was able to develop the business in a more orderly manner,” adds Hu.

Hu’s business now mainly includes computer screen protectors, laptop sleeves and keyboard covers, with daily sales of about 10,000 yuan ($1,481).

Using a “talent supermarket” platform that brings together local human resources and social security departments, economic commissions and other institutions, Huji has built a database.

It is able to connect job seekers and entrepreneurs with companies, providing two-way services for both.

In China, more and more college graduates are pursuing careers in their hometowns.

The “Talent Supermarket” has not only attracted more young people to return home to start businesses and find jobs, but also promoted local economic development and injected new vitality into rural revitalization.

Beijing Institute of Technology student Li Jinxing plans to return to his hometown after graduation. During this winter break, he worked as an intern at Chishang Township Municipality, Boshan District, Zibo City.

Li often went to the city’s “talent supermarket for rural revitalization” after work. The service provider there, Xiang Qilong, would recommend suitable jobs and explain the support policy to Lim.

Xiang says students can enjoy a living allowance of 1,000 yuan a month, a 25 percent discount off the market price for apartments and a one-time family subsidy of 10,000 yuan.

Using “talent supermarkets for rural revitalization”, Boshan has coordinated job requests and support policies for more than 180 enterprises in the district.

In 2022, eight such niche markets helped 930 college graduates return to their hometowns to find jobs or start businesses and employ local residents.

Zhao Shengjian, the general manager of a tourism company in Boshan, says: “With the ‘talent supermarket for rural revitalization’, we have introduced a team of 63 people with an average age of 26 years to manage and operate the company.”


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