BEIJING: China’s economic transformation has changed the mindsets of its people, especially among the young. More are resigning from their jobs, before securing a new one.
27-year-old Wang Zi recently quit his job, without another job in hand.
Over the past five years, he worked for three different companies in the media industry.
But faced with limited promotion prospects, marginal increase in salary and long working hours, Wang Zi has decided to call it quits.
“I often had to work till past 9 pm or later. The company promised overtime pay but at the end of the month, I never saw the money,” he said.
The graduate from the Beijing Film Academy now wants to take his time to find an ideal job.
Wang Zi is looking for a sales job in the media industry and dreams of working in a foreign firm, like Google.
“I heard that apart from fixed working hours, the company allows employees to spend 10 to 15 per cent of their time on anything they like that is unrelated to work. That’s really innovative management,” he said.
Wang Zi is not alone. Quitting one’s job before finding another has become a trend in China.
Job analysts call it “naked resignation”.
Jessica Bai, senior career consultant at Zhaopin.com, said: “Naked resignations are mainly undertaken by those born after 1985. They are driven and ambitious. The young these days are also increasingly confident.
“They are different from the earlier generation, like their parents, or even those a decade older who will put family and responsibilities first. The young will leave if they are unhappy. They think that if company A is bad I will turn to company B.”
More liberal and independent, young urban Chinese are not afraid to steer away from traditional career paths they find unrewarding.
“Many think that once they quit they can immediately find new jobs. But in reality things aren’t as easy as they think. So some of them rely on their families for help,” Ms Bai said.
Wang Zi, who is now relying on freelance jobs to generate income, says he has enough to live on for at least six months.
“It’s hard to make Chinese parents understand, as they are too traditional. They don’t want their children to be freelancers,” he said.
“They want us to have jobs with stable incomes preferably in government where there’s medical insurance and pension.”
For many young Chinese, salaries, though important, is not the most important consideration. Many also increasingly care about career development, opportunities to grow, and a better work-life balance.
Channel News Asia