French suburbs: “I come from a tough neighbourhood, so I lie on my resume”

In France, if you live in the wrong postal code, it can be very tough to find a job. For the past three years, community organiser Kamel Sekhari has been listening to the concerns of the young and unemployed in Vénissieux, a poor city in the outskirts of Lyon. He tries to keep them motivated: After sending out hundreds of resumes and getting no replies, it's easy for many to give up. As part of France 24’s “Pas 2 Quartier” project on French suburbs, Sekhari collected the stories of several of these young people. Read more...

The school where Rwanda's ex-soldiers get a second chance

The village school in Nyanza, south of the Rwandan capital of Kigali, has become a place where former Rwandan soldiers can get off to a fresh start. Those who once only knew how to fire a gun are taught carpentry, weaving and masonry skills. Read more and see the photos...

Beijing graduates crammed into slums like "ants"

Don't expect a university degree to guarantee you a decent standard of living in the Chinese capital. So poor and desperate are the city's young graduates, they have been labelled "ants" for their hard-working ethic and limited living space. Read more...

The French woman who sang her CV, and then posted it on YouTube

Unemployed 48-year-old communications worker Isabelle Moreau is so desperate to find a new job that she's posted a video of herself singing her CV on YouTube. If she was trying to get attention, it worked. But is the kind of attention she was looking for? Read more and see her clip...


The letter from the "invisible man"

Last Thursday, various French newsrooms and ministerial cabinets received an email signed by a certain Didier L. The author, physically disabled by a genetic illness, lost his job four years ago and today finds himself destitute. Here is the seemingly banal story of an "invisible man" who refuses to give up. Read more...

Got a degree, now where are the jobs?

Material from Zhang, our regional editor for China.

This video shows surging crowds at an employment fair organised by Nanchang University in southeast China. In 1999, China launched a scheme to increase university enrolments and to develop its tertiary - or service - sector. The endeavour seems to have worked: China has a growth rate of 9% per year and boasts unemployment levels of under 5%. But the vibrant Chinese labour market has nevertheless failed to absorb the huge influx of qualified workers being churned out by the country's universities. See below...

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