Part-time jobs push students to the limit

With tuition, housing costs, and food to consider, many Canadian college and university students must complete their undergrad alongside a part-time job. According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, the percentage of students working a part-time job during their post-secondary education has increased over the last 35 years from one in four, to one in two. This is due in part to the increasing inflation of tuition fees since the 1990s. Alongside this increase of student employment, René Morissette, the assistant director and research director of Statistics Canada, said job quality for youth has deteriorated over the last four decades. However, youth tend to find employment faster than their adult counterparts because of their willingness to take a variety […]

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Opinion: We aren’t the “screwed” generation

We’ve all heard it—“generation owe,” “generation screwed,” or “generation me me me.” Endless debt, no jobs, no future; at our age, you hear this every time you turn on the radio or open a magazine. Usually these criticisms are coming from baby boomers. That I can understand. If they were suddenly looking at our economic future a lot of them would be screwed too. What does make me sad is when my fellow 20-somethings start mourning our bleak fates as well. A year ago, I was mourning too. I was convinced I was screwed, even though I really didn’t know what that meant. I had a few ideas though—being homeless, moving back in with my mom, and selling my kidneys were the main theories. […]

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