Cai Enze was previously a party secretary in a department with the People's Liberation Army. He was among the first batch of university students who took the national exam (gaokao) after the Cultural Revolution, and joined politics after graduation, taking on posts including party secretary and mayor. After his retirement, he took on various positions, including being a commentator of online policy for the Chinese government. He now writes for youth.cn, financial media, and new media. He is currently the chief analyst for Jingsu Media (晶苏传媒).