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An expert’s advice on when to stop at a bachelor’s
If you think the letters M.A. will help your resumé get picked out of the pile when applying for your first post-university job, you may be mistaken.
Newly-released data from the National Household Survey (the replacement for the Census) show that Canadians aged 25 to 44 with master’s degrees had higher unemployment in 2011, at 5.7 per cent, than those with only bachelor’s degrees (4.8 per cent). Meanwhile, a recent report by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada showed a gap as high as four points in unemployment rates between those with bachelor’s degrees and those with graduate degrees.
As counter-intuitive as it may seem that those with more schooling have higher unemployment, it’s unsurprising to Lauren Friese. The founder of Talent Egg, a company that helps students and graduates launch their careers, has long suspected that most master’s programs (particularly arts and social sciences) not only fail to improve job prospects, but may indeed hurt them.
Still, the message isn’t getting through. A 2012 survey of 15,000 Canadian students in their final year of bachelor’s degrees showed 49 per cent planned on more schooling.
Where to learn about job prospects and pay
It’s the time of year when students start looking for summer jobs. This inevitably leads to despair about what the heck they’re going to do after graduation too. So where to start? Your Job Makes Me Jealous is one good place to explore. Here are several other websites that can help Canadian students narrow down their options.
This federal government website is a rich source of high-quality information about how much jobs pay is various parts of Canada. For example, if I search “journalist” under the “Wages” tab, I can see that the median hourly pay is $26 nationwide, higher in Edmonton and lower in Saskatchewan.
The “Outlook” tab, which offers research on job prospects, is a little less useful because it’s incomplete. It shows me that the chances of journalists finding employment are “limited” in Nova Scotia, but reports are missing for Ontario. More info is available for some careers, so try it.