For those born beyond the 1990s, China's explosive growth and fast track to prosperity is all that they've known. And the older generation continues to carry certain perceptions about them one being that the youth of today don't work hard. Is this true? Our reporter Zou Yun finds out.
Coming to this English school for IELTS training has become a weekend routine for Ren Yishu over the past few months. For her, it's great help in bringing her one step closer to realizing a dream she's had since she was a teenager.
REN YISHU, STUDENT UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BEIJING 任奕树，中国科技大学学生
"I set the goal of studying abroad as early as in Junior High School and have started to pave the way since then. For instance, I applied and was admitted into a university in Beijing, where China's best resource of education is clustered. I also tried to enrich my resume by doing voluntary work in Indonesia and taking various English tests."
She is not alone among her peers in taking training sessions and courses outside of school. For many senior college students like herself who will soon enter the workforce, they are taking this crucial period to hone their skills and enrich their experiences.
"Many students are taking various training courses, with different focuses. Some courses are on public servant tests or graduate school preparation. There are also people who paint, dance and take yoga classes. I have a friend who's going to the University of Hong Kong for graduate school, and she's now taking a Cantonese class to get ready."
And such high demand for training courses among youth has propelled the sector to become one of the fastest growing industries in China. This has pushed Ran Wei, a famed veteran reporter, to join the English language training sector.
RAN WEI, VICE PRESIDENT NEW CHANNEL INT'L EDUCATION GROUP 冉维，新航道国际教育集团副总裁
Ran told us the market continues to grow about 30 percent annually. And not only that he's witnessed some new trends coming along with the tide.
"People are not only focused on higher scores in tests, but focused on how to be more competitive in this globalized world. How to survive and thrive in a Western-style academic environment, American colleges. They also want to be competitive in the future working environment. It's not only about linguistic skills, but also other abilities, for instance, critical thinking, the ability to a give a good speech. Another: The capability to cooperate well with their peers."
Most of Ran's students are like Ren Yishu, who were born after the 1990s, also known in China as the "post-90s generation". This generation is born and raised in a time where the country's material life has become more affluent. Globalization is also on the fast track and the Internet a given. they have no memories of the country's hardships and tend to be labelled as "spoiled, lazy, and selfish". But Ran disagrees with the stereotype.
"I know a lot of people think the younger generation doesn't work as hard. But I disagree, a lot of them work even harder than I did. I think they work on something that they are really passionate about, that's the difference. If they don't like it, it's very hard to force them to work hard on that, but if they feel passionate about what they are doing, I think they could work harder. I have seen plenty of examples of such students."
And Ren Yishu agrees with this train of thought. In her eyes growing up in the reform era has endowed her generation great openness and confidence to try out different possibilities, and choose a path in which they truly belong to.
"We, the post-90s, have lots of choices brought about by the change of the overall environment. But everyone of us still needs to choose the right path for ourselves. What I feel really proud about is the post-90s around me know what they want to pursue, and then they make feasible plans to make it happen."
Recently, Ren received an offer from one of her dream schools in the UK. Her efforts and hard work have made her long-awaited seed of hope grow to fruition. And this is a story echoed by many of the post-90s generation in China, whose perseverance have made dreams a reality.