The two pie charts given above reflect the changes of employment of university graduates. From 1992 to 2002, the proportion of graduates going to graduate school and joint-venture remained unchanged at 25%. The proportion of graduates who intended to join state-owned firms increased markedly from 50% to 20%. However, the percentage of graduates with intention of entering private firm increased dramatically from 20% to 50%.

We learn from the pie charts that more graduates tend to choose private firms while less of them would like to work for state-owned firms after graduation. What might account for this phenomenon? Possible reasons can be listed as follows: for one thing, quite a few graduates come to know that, compared with state-owned firms, private firms can provide them with higher salaries. Moreover, private firms are famous for scientific management and fair competition, they seem to enjoy more experience and opportunities. Last but not least, some graduates hold that private firms surpass state-owned firms in working conditions, career promotion and personal relationships.

Graduates do have rights to choose their ideal firms. However, they should also bear in mind that what kind of firms will not determine how successful they will be. It is their abilities, attitudes and diligence that determine how long they can go. (211 words)