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What the experts are saying about the new jobs reality
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.
Now I walk uphill both ways
Ever since I finished high school I’ve been slowly transforming into an old person.
I’ve been out of the public school system for just over a year now. Suddenly I’m hearing myself saying things to my brothers that my parents used to say to me.
“Don’t put your shoes on like that. You’ll ruin the heel.”
“Put a hat on. Do you want to have a heat stroke?”
“Stop crossing your eyes or you’ll weaken the muscles.”
I can’t sleep in past 8:00. When I catch Michael or David watching TV, I tell them to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I can no longer pronounce words like ‘Bionicle.’ I notice birds when they chirp outside my bedroom window. I sometimes even watch them for a few seconds.
And I have to resist the urge to tuck my shirt into my pants.
I’ve developed a taste for weird foods. Like cold boiled eggs. And when I eat pancakes, I use chunky garlic syrup.
I swear, even my eyesight has diminished. I can’t make complete eye contact with people. I have a soft, wandering focus.
And I’ve started listening to the CBC.
-photo courtesy of JonDissed
Tory reps promoted setting up “shell” and “front organizations” to get student union funding
I heard about this story on CBC Radio this morning:
Tactics for defeating Public Interest Research Groups. Strategies for keeping the left-leaning Canadian Federation of Students off campus.
These are some of the workshops the Ontario Progressive Conservative Campus Association held at Wilfrid Laurier University last month.
Leaked recordings and documents from those workshops have set campus newspapers and blogs abuzz.
The Canadian Federation of Students alleges the leaked information reveals a Tory plan to interfere with student politics.
A number of audio recordings, photos and other files have been posted on wikileaks.org by an anonymous source. In one of the audio recordings Aaron Wudrick, former campaign manager for Tory MP Peter Braid, and Ryan O’Connor, a former vice-president of the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo, discuss setting up “shell organization[s]” and “front groups” to access more student union funding and make it appear as though conservative causes have more support amongst students than they actually do.