Strange disciplines attract young Chinese


A few years ago, Hua Ngon felt confused when she received a call to inform her that she had been accepted into the funeral industry.

Hua Ngon’s parents were angry, and his grandparents also objected strongly when they saw that their granddaughter was planning to study this major. Many consider it a bizarre discipline because to the Chinese, death is a mixture of fear and bad luck. The girl decided to still go to Trường Sa Civil Vocational and Technical College, Hunan Province to complete the admission procedures.

Funeral home workers operate cremation equipment in China. Photo: qq

The funeral specialization consists of four main sections: services, equipment, body preservation, and cemetery.

Hua Yan registered late, so the funeral service and body preservation class were full of students, only equipment and cemetery classes remained. According to the teacher’s suggestion, a petite girl like Hua is not suitable for the equipment industry, because this profession not only presses the cremation button but also has to disassemble and repair machines. Eventually, she enrolled in cemetery classes, studying design and management with things like tombstone design, some planning, and a business.

However, what Hua Ngon learned is not only related to cemeteries. Nghiem Phi, a classmate of Xu’s, once posted a timetable on her personal page, including subjects such as Funeral Laws and Regulations, Service Introduction and Management, Etiquette or Service Advertising.. .

The dense classes right from the second year show that this industry is not simple. In class, Nghiem Phi listened very attentively. She understood, it was only here that she learned about modern funeral etiquette. For example, how to treat relatives and friends of the deceased or modern mummification technology, cleaning the body of the deceased.

Funeral students feel like forensic doctors. They are taught to disinfect surfaces, disinfect the deceased’s body. If the deceased died of old age, the easiest way to dispose of the remains. The biggest fear is meeting a dead body by an accident. “No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night to deal with a victim in a car accident,” Nghiem Phi said.

“Serve sentient beings and be compassionate”, Nghiem Phi always remembers this motto, from her teacher.

Students listen to their teacher explain how to sew a wound at Changsha Civil Engineering and Vocational College, Hunan Province.  Photo: qq

Students learn how to suture wounds at Changsha Civil Engineering and Vocational College, Hunan Province. Photo: qq

Born in 1995, the funeral major in China is often considered a “unlucky but high-paying” profession. Students who are attracted to the term “high salary” will be disillusioned soon after graduation.

Most funeral companies take 4 days off a month, in some places 6 days. However, employees may have to be ready to work at any time, night or day. For many in the industry, their salaries are externally exaggerated.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs of this country has revealed that the average salary of funeral home workers is 6,000 yuan / month (more than 21 million VND), the higher level is only 7,000-8,000 yuan (24-28 million VND). The level of tens of thousands of yuan is relatively rare, while the workload is much. However, this job often comes with benefits such as being enrolled in a national insurance program, and subsidized housing and meals. And most importantly, have a job for life.

Many young Chinese people are tired of facing the fierce competition of the job market, being pushed out at the age of 35 because they are “too old”, a stable job will become more attractive, even if the job makes them depressed. The reality is that jobs in the morgue are much less competitive than in other professions.

If only looking at the employment rate, students of this industry are considered “expensive” by the ubiquitous funeral homes. But just like fresh graduates, finding a job is easy, but finding the right job is difficult. The places that are willing to accept them are funeral homes in small cities, but in big cities it is very difficult to squeeze in.

Another difficulty of the profession is psychological pressure.

Upon arrival at work, employees are confronted with real corpses, completely different from the model corpses in the school.

“Facing the dead, the first feeling is fear,” said Giai Yin, a senior, recalling her first day of internship. She said, regardless of day and night, many days suddenly received a call asking to handle a certain corpse. “You won’t know who this person is. If it’s an accident corpse that leaves medical gloves covered with blood, you unconsciously ask if the dead person has AIDS or some other infectious disease.”

For people in the industry, work in the morgue is like a besieged city. The person inside wants to get out and the person outside wants to jump in.

However, with Giai Yin, when she decided to choose this job, she understood that she would stick with it. “When I see people crying and grieving, I want them to leave the funeral home feeling most satisfied,” she said.

Vy Trang (Follow qq)

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