"I hope I can learn something from the job and then go back to start my own career. For me, it is the priority to learn more. We shouldn't be short-sighted."
--Peng Jiulin, 22, was not eager to find a job in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province.
"We want to earn substantial money, learn new skills and accumulate social skills and knowledge. A heavy job isn't ideal."
--Many young adults born in the 1980s and 1990s told China Daily
"They are generally more educated and thus more aware of their legal rights."
--Feng Jin, a professor of labor economics at Fudan University.
"Migrant workers now pay more attention to working conditions, social welfare and leisure time and expect wages of more than 3,000 yuan a month."
--Li Huaying, owner of a Shanghai job agency who has recruited migrant workers for several years.
"Unlike the older generation who only work in the cities, more than 70 percent of the new generation of workers are willing to also live in the cities."
--Liang Guiquan, director of the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences.
"Compared with the first generation of migrant workers, the younger migrants had wider career choices because they were better educated. They depended less on the land and the trend was toward permanent migration to the cities."
--A survey among 5,000 young migrant workers in Shanxi province by the Shanxi committee of the Communist Youth League of China.