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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Study finds half of university graduates overqualified for jobs

A recent study from the Federal Parliamentary Budget found around half of university graduates are overqualified for their jobs. Youth unemployment rate is just over 13 per cent and recent graduates struggling to find jobs in their fields, more and more students are being encouraged to learn a trade and go to college. An analysis done by the Federal Parliamentary Budget Office found a decline in the rate of young graduates with jobs that match their education level. The research found the country’s over-qualification rate among university grads aged 25 to 34 climbed to 40 per cent last year, up from about 32 per cent in 1991. Over the same period, the study says, the proportion of grads employed in […]

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Research Blog: Help not wanted on the Hill

This is part of the Charlatan‘s research blog, which examines new and interesting research conducted at Carleton. A Carleton masters student authored a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) on July 31, which says that federal public service cuts have heavily contributed to the decline in student summer employment. In the report, entitled “Help Not Wanted,” Kayle Hatt said “Canada has a youth unemployment problem.” His report found that summer hiring or students in the federal public service declined by more than a third from the summer of 2009 into the summers of 2013 and 2014. The report also stated “cuts to the federal public service have significantly reduced the number of students that are hired […]

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Study shows students struggle to find work in their field

A new study shows Ontario post-secondary students are struggling to find employment that provides them with valuable career experience. In June 2014, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) published “We Work Hard for Our Money” as a portion of their 2014 “What Students Want” report series. The study analyzes the results of the OUSA’s bienniel survey, which gathered data from six Ontario universities. It revealed that students who elected to work during both the summer and academic year were having a difficult time finding positions that provide them with valuable career experience. But student employment rates during the summer of 2013 were high—74 per cent of post-secondary students were employed. Yet only about one third of employed undergraduates were successful […]

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