Higher Education and Career Prospects in China

  • Felicia F. Tian
  • Lin Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 1-19
  3. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 21-39
  4. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 41-63
  5. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 65-83
  6. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 85-105
  7. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 107-126
  8. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 127-145
  9. Felicia F. Tian, Lin Chen
    Pages 147-162
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 163-169

About this book


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. 


School-to-work Transition in China University Experience in China Understanding of Careers Distinctive Career Preparation Pathways Engagement in Curricular and Extracurricular Activities Cultivate Career Prospects and Relevant Skills Social Interaction at University Social Inequality at Chinese Universities Conceptualization and Construction of Careers

Authors and affiliations

  • Felicia F. Tian
    • 1
  • Lin Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-1509-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-1510-1
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