Students feel job
prospects are bleak
By Allison Buchan-Terrell
EVEN IF I HAVE TO MAKE SWEET LOVE TO THE PROF, I WILL FIND
THE FORMULA FOR THE LOVE POTION 69. Andrew Rusinas, a
second-year chemical engineering student, analyses bacteria
cultures in the biochemistry lab.
University and college students across Canada forecast a bleak
post-graduation to career transition, according to a recent
survey prepared for The Globe and Mail.
The findings are part of the “university report card” released
today, which is produced by The Globe and Mail with Uthink
and the Strategic Counsel.
The study found half of all university students polled and
four in 10 college students say they predict trouble finding
work after completing their education.
The survey was conducted among 8,500 college and university
students. “[It was a] nationally representative survey,” said
Tessa Mintz, director of client services for Uthink.
Twenty per cent of undergraduate students felt that in five
years they would still be in school preparing for a career. “This
suggests that for this group of students, continuing their
education beyond an undergraduate degree may be necessary for
a career,” Mintz said.
“My guess is that this [study] is accurate to students
on this campus,” said Pamela Bere, a career and psychological
counsellor at the Student Development Centre. Bere said the more
students hear the job market offers no opportunities after graduation,
the more they believe it.
“With debts accumulated, the need to find work is greater,” Bere
“Students who do themselves the best favour try to get
the most experience they can,” Bere said. “Students
who make contacts through volunteering and leadership are well
regarded by employers.”
“I just think that if I had a general three-year degree
I would be worried,” said Aaron Driscoll, a fourth-year
social science student. “If you have a three-year degree
at university, [you have] the same footing as everyone else.”
“[Ivey is] pretty good about providing classes for career
management,” said Steve Kenning, a first-year honors business
administration student. “[They have] a whole department
aimed at finding [students] a job after school.”