Stereotypes keep millennials from obtaining government jobs, study finds

Lazy, entitled, impatient—raise your hand if you’ve ever heard those words used to refer to millennials. A recent study by Deloitte shows that negative stereotypes about millennials may be the reason young people have trouble finding employment in the federal government. Stereotypes about millennials being narcissistic, impatient, or disloyal, may be preventing them from being hired to fill positions in public service, according to the report. Tonya Johnson, a spokesperson for Deloitte, said that many government officials are calling on millennials to join the public service to help usher in the next “golden age.” The report recommends the removal of barriers to hiring millennials in order to modernize Canada’s public service. Deloitte had first assumed that millennials were not applying […]

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Waterloo students win $35,000 to help build self-driving golf cart

Two students at the University of Waterloo received a $35,000 grant to further develop a prototype self-driving golf cart. Michael Skupien, the golf cart’s mechanical designer, and Alex Rodrigues, its software developer, are the brains behind Waterloo start-up Varden Labs. It was created in May with a goal of completing the world’s first self-driving golf cart. The tech start-up recently won the grant from a competition by Velocity, a start-up incubator at the university that provides space, funding, and expertise for student tech entrepreneurs. Skupien said they built the prototype cart using mostly money out of their own pockets, along with a donated GPS system from Calgary-based tech company NovAtel. The prototype cart runs on two main sensors. To automate […]

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