Volume 96, Issue 15
Tuesday, September 24, 2002

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Get a haircut, real job

By Jillian Van Acker
Gazette Staff

With the amount of starving students looking for ways to increase their pocket money, most would assume it's hard to find a part-time job.

Apparently, this is not the case this year, as Statistics Canada recently released the latest edition of their Labour Force Survey, in which current employment rate figures are featured.

"This year, opportunities for young people are the best we've seen in a long, long time," said Geoff Bowlby, an economist for Statistics Canada. "Last year wasn't so good, and students and youths were the first to suffer in such cases."

Bowlby said there have been more jobs added to the workforce in the first eight months of this year than in 2001, with the increase nearly record-breaking.

"This year, we've seen an increase of 82,000 jobs, mostly directed at the ages from 18 to 24," Bowlby said.

Desi Dimova, administrative assistant for the Student Development Centre at Western, said it is too early in the year to say if there has been an increase of job postings for students.

"There are plenty of part-time jobs and quite a bit of variety," Dimova said, adding on-campus positions are the most popular. She said more employers are starting to post their positions with the SDC.

Glen Tigert, director of student financial services and student records, does not encourage students to take jobs that involve more than 15 hours per week, as it can compromise school work.

"We offer work study to students with financial needs," Tigert said. "Students apply for different positions on campus and we help support the wages and allocate for a maximum of 200 jobs per year."

"I don't think it's too difficult to find a job," said Teresa Daniele, a recent graduate of French and philosophy, currently employed at The Used Book Store. "There are several different avenues to explore and it's important to keep options open."

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