Published Oct 29, 2022

Yinyin Xu

Tengteng Zhuang  


Against the backdrop of high-quality development of the national economy, the development of each city is also facing transformation and upgrading. Cities need high-quality development, and high-quality talents are the key. The problem of attracting high-quality talents in domestic small and medium-sized cities in high-quality development needs to be solved urgently. This paper takes Huai’an, a third-tier city in China, as an example, to understand the intentions and confusions of college students when they seek employment. The qualitative approach of semi-structured interviews is employed. The study finds that in small and medium-sized cities, factors hindering college students from staying in local cities for employment include that the intensity of the government in publicizing high-quality development has not reached to most college students, the guide courses in colleges and universities meet difficulties in the process of delivery, and college students' own career planning are not guided well. In response to the above problems, this paper puts forward suggestions such as strengthening the positive interaction between schools and college students, enhancing the publicity of high-quality urban development among college students, and closely integrating college students’ career guidance courses with local development. Quality development attracts more high-quality talents.


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High-Quality Development, University Students, Employment Intention

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How to Cite
Xu, Y., & Zhuang, T. (2022). Exploring Employment Intentions of College Students in Small and Medium-sized Cities against the Backdrop of High-Quality Economic Development: Taking Huai’an City as an Example . Science Insights Education Frontiers, 13(1), 1819–1836. https://doi.org/10.15354/sief.22.or067
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