I have to admit I got a bit disappointed when I heard most Chinese youngsters aspire to work in the public sector after university graduation. My ideal 20 something shall be spent in creating something entrepreneurial. The image of some one working in front of an office desk fits people more like my parents.
I was wrong. (not the first time, not the last time and not the only time)
I was told a lot of youngsters would like a 9-to-5 job in order to setup a Taobao e- commerce shop. Taobao is the Chinese equivalent of Amazon. You can find absolutely everything there. One says ‘ There is no limit to what you can find in Taobao, only a limit of what you can think of.’
So a 20 something would spend day time earning a stable income (not working very hard) but creating his/her own e-commerce shop on Taobao, being an entrepreneur in spare time. From 9 am to 5 pm, he/she follows top down instructions, stamping papers. In the night time he/she has to really pay attention to customers: what they want and what they like, to get the business going by listening to bottom up voices.
So the most entrepreneurial minds might be hidden behind the most bureaucratic government offices (according to general perception). This is just awesome!