On Campus

Students worried about the future

Tight labour market reveals pessimism

Toronto Star columnist Gillian Steward details a recent study of 100 Alberta post-secondary students and immigrants that reveals that newcomers to the job market are pessimistic about their future. “[All] students are losers. I have a degree but I’m working in retail; it’s the bottom of the food chain. I’m still waiting to move up,” one University of Calgary student who participated in the focus group said. Those surveyed said that they did not believe the economy was recovering, and some students questioned whether pursuing an education was worth it, while some immigrants wondered if returning home rather than struggling through Canada’s job market would be a better option. “Employers and the government — they have to see the potential of the immigrants. They are very qualified but they are wasting their talent,” one immigrant from China said.

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