Five things I learned from CBC’s Generation Jobless

What the experts are saying about the new jobs reality

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CBC’s new Doc Zone documentary Generation Jobless covers some familiar terrain: well-educated young Canadians can’t find jobs and are instead stuck in serving jobs or cycling through unpaid internships. It’s much the same story Maclean’s covered here in The New Underclass. The show did, however, add some interesting ideas to the conversation. Here are five things I learned from watching it.

1. Master’s degrees make some people less employable because employers know the graduate’s pay expectations will be higher, says Lauren Friese, owner of the job site TalentEgg.

2. Technology giants aren’t our saviours. They’re not creating as many new jobs as we think. Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon and Twitter combined employ just 20,000 people.

3. Even in economically choppy Europe, there are places with virtually no youth unemployment. Switzerland is one. There only 20 per cent of students are admitted to university, half as many as in Canada. Most start three-year apprenticeships at age 18 anywhere from factories to banks.

4. Futurist Thomas Frey says that jobs won’t be common in the future. Instead, the average person will have worked on hundreds of small projects by the time they’re 30. It’s also predicted that technology just over the horizon, like self-driving cars, will put even more people out of work.

5. Canada is rare among western nations in having no national strategy matching education and training to jobs. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, says a national strategy isn’t needed because education and training is the purview of the provinces.




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Five things I learned from CBC’s Generation Jobless

  1. “Most start three-year apprenticeships at age 18 anywhere from factories to banks.”

    Actually the apprenticeships start at age 15.

  2. To All whom it may Concern,

    Thank you for addressing a complaint I’ve had for almost 6 years.i have pleaded with my local MP, MPP’s regarding this situation and how we have created a bankrupt future, with false promise of success. I have been trying to get a job now for almost 3 years after my degree and now finished a post grad in hopes of something but without experience there will be nothing for any of us. Local universities have a role in creating a coop from every program and build on the college model we have in Canada. We also need to recognize the debt that grads 2000-present will place delays on first time home ownership, cars sales and the rest of the economy because of lack of economic input. We have no or almost no RRSP’s because of OSAP/other student loans amoratorized over 10-13 years, with little hope of not defaulting if we choose to live independantly. We need new politicians from my generation to take over before its too late in hope we can save ourselves.

    I love my university for the education it gave me but hope that my potential doesn’t get wasted flipping burgers or working seasonal work. I do odd jobs now on skills that barely make ends meet, and am afraid my generation will be the first to not replace themselves with children escalating our govt policy of immigration to sustain our growth, and to makeour generation poorer than our parents.

    Respectfully,

    Rob Wilkinson

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