Higher Education and Career Prospects in China

by Felicia F. Tian
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This book explores how students in China vary in their understanding of careers upon arrival at college and how these initial differences develop into distinctive career preparation pathways. Drawing on survey data, students’ self-reflections, and semi-structured interviews over the four years, the book examines students’ engagement in curricular and extracurricular activities, as well as their interactions with peers, faculty, and staff, and how this affects their ability to navigate, develop, and cultivate career prospects and relevant skills. It also considers how colleges may aggravate social inequality rather than equalize among students with divergent family backgrounds through cumulative advantage framework, impacting on their conceptualization and construction of careers. Addressing a key generation in a key market, this text will interest students, scholars and practitioners in sociology, social work, education, and public policy, career counselling, student affairs, human resources, and education policy.


Felicia F. Tian
Lin Chen

Further information

Illustrations Note:
XVII, 169 p. 1 illus.
Biography Artist:
Felicia F. Tian is an Associate Professor of Sociology in Fudan University, China. Her research interests include transition to adulthood, social networks, and social stratification and mobility. She published From Youth to Adulthood: Social Transformation, Class Differentiation, and Transition to Adulthood in Urban China [In Chinese] (2016).

Lin Chen is an Associate Professor of Social Work in Fudan University, China. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, social identities, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, and long-term care. She published Evolving Eldercare in Contemporary China: Two Generations, One Decision (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 

Table of Contents:

Introduction.- Rural-Urban Inequality in Chinese Higher Education.- WU, the Prestigious Path, and Initial Difference.- Advantage Begets Advantage.- Keep Searching, Keep Trying: Always Have the Hope.- Building My Résumé: Every Experience Counts.- Forging My Own path: Becoming the Person I Plan for Myself.- Conclusion.

1st ed. 2020
Number of Pages:
Considers the school-to-work transition experience by young adults in China

Follows a cohort of social science majors in an elite university in China for four years

Examines student conceptualization and construction of careers

Media Type:
Springer Singapore

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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
2 January 2021
Package Dimensions:
0.21 x 0.148 x 0.012 m; 0.26 kg
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