‘Talent supermarket’ gives graduates chance to select their careers

An e-commerce training seminar was held for young people hoping to set up their own businesses in Huji, Binzhou city, East China’s Shandong province, in January. [PHOTO/XINHUA]

JINAN — Before this year’s Spring Festival, Hu Tao, as a representative of successful entrepreneurs, held an e-commerce training seminar in his hometown of Huji, Binzhou city, East China’s Shandong province. , shares his experience in business and e-commerce development.

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

He officially started his own business with the help of a service platform called “talent supermarket” started in the city.

“At first, I operated the online shop from my attic. The office environment there was not very good and it made it difficult to manage my team,” Hu said.

“Later, thanks to the ‘talent supermarket’, I settled in the e-commerce workspace in the city, where I can develop the business more smoothly,” added Hu.

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

Through the “talent supermarket” platform, which integrates the local human resources and social security department, economic commission and other authorities, Huji has established a database.

It is able to link job seekers and entrepreneurs with businesses, providing a two-way service for both.

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

The “talent supermarket” not only attracts many young people to return home to start businesses and find jobs, but also boosts local economic development and injects new vitality into rural empowerment.

Li Jingxin, a student at the Beijing Institute of Technology, plans to return to his hometown after graduation. During this winter break, he worked as an intern in the local government of Chishang town, Boshan district, Zibo city.

Li often goes to the “talent supermarket for mountain inspiration” in the city after work. Xiang Qilong, a service provider there, will recommend suitable jobs and explain supporting policies to Li.

Xiang said undergraduates will enjoy a living allowance of 1,000 yuan a month, a 25 percent discount to the market price for apartments, and a one-time family subsidy of 10,000 yuan.

Through “talent supermarkets for rural vitalization”, Boshan coordinates the work needs and supports the policies of more than 180 enterprises in the district.

By 2022, eight specialized markets have helped 930 college graduates return to their hometown to find jobs or start businesses and employ locals.

Zhao Shengjian, general manager of a tourism company in Boshan, said, “Through the ‘talent supermarket for rural vitalization’, we introduced a team of 63 people, with an average age of 26, responsible in the management and operation of the company.


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