Twenty years ago, discussing what Western countries could learn from Eastern countries would be unimaginable. Today, the discussion topic is becoming a norm. Over the past thirty years, the Chinese economy has grown rapidly, in ways the world has never seen before. China has experienced double digit growth for the past twenty years. And they show no signs of slowing down. While the West is experiencing some of the worst unemployment rates in the world, the East is enjoying some of the best. This leads me to question: “Why has not the West attempted to learn from the East.” According to Louisa Peacock, Jobs Editor for The Daily Telegraph, “We are in a Time of Real Change.” I could not agree more!!
According to Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, the Executive Director of the ILO Employment Sector, there are many key lessons to be learned from China. Salazer believes that we need to focus on youth entrepreneurship and on creating “public-private partnerships.” In addition, Xi Liu, a Chinese journalist (picture in the middle above) who is a correspondent for CCTV, believes that youth need to “know what [they] are looking for…perhaps it is better to acquire practical skills as opposed to getting a diploma that does not lead to a job, or to major in more technical fields…” In agreement I, Tiffany Taylor, an ILO youth journalist believe that we need to focus on encouraging students to study the fields of business, economics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics more. However, it is clear that in order to solve the global youth employment problem, it will take public and private partnerships, youth taking more responsiblity for creating jobs and not relying too much on the government, as well as the government helping to “create a framework for all of this to exist in.”