Beijing, China — It took a lot of luck for a man who is currently working at a hot pot restaurant in Beijing to get his first job.
“I was just trying to get by,” he said, referring to his predicament.
“When I started working, it was a bit of a struggle.”
According to Shanghai Daily, the 38-year-old from the northern city of Xi’an, who did not want to give his last name, got his first real job as an “owner” at a Chinese hot pot joint in December 2017.
That was six months after he arrived in Beijing, having spent the previous six months as a foreign student in China.
“I thought that I would get my first job when I returned to China, but it’s been a long wait,” he told the paper.
“It was very difficult to get hired and I thought it would be a nice job.”
But the job search was not all trouble for the Chinese man.
He found out that his wife, who is a Chinese-born Canadian, had gotten married in January 2018, and had just finished her doctoral dissertation in Chinese studies at Université de Montréal.
“She had been looking for a new place to live, and I found a place where I could work,” he added.
“As soon as I started work, I realised that I needed to have a good time.”
The restaurant manager told him that they could provide him with a free hot pot meal for one month, after which he could apply for a position as a “owner,” which would give him a monthly salary of roughly $400.
He said that this offer of a job at the hot pot establishment was a good one, because he could make a good living in the meantime.
While the Chinese restaurant owner said that the first few months of his job were hard, things are going better for him now.
“Now, I’m happy to be working,” he reported.
The news comes just two months after China’s top government official announced that the country’s economy is expected to grow at a record pace of 6.2 percent this year.