Aug 19, 2014 05:40 PM

Graphic: Escape from Beishangguang

(Beijing) – Some 7.27 million graduates left college campuses this year after four years of undergraduate studies, the most in the country's history. Most of them will naturally seek to start their careers, and they often look to Beishangguang – a term for the big cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou– for their big chance.

Research by Shanghai Jiaotong University shows that 29.5 percent of this year's graduates year are eyeing Beishangguang, but life in these crowded, competitive cities can be tough.

Different research, conducted by MyCOS Data, an education management and consulting firm in Beijing, found that nearly one-fifth of the graduates decide to leave Beishangguang within three years after finishing college.

MyCOS tracked 54,000 graduates from 2010, and found about two-thirds of them decided to depart the country's three biggest cities to work in their hometowns. The research also found that graduates who left Beishangguang were more likely to start their own businesses than those who stayed.

The graduates who stuck in the big cities made more money, however, both within six months of graduating and three years later.

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