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Students feel job prospects are bleak

By Allison Buchan-Terrell
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
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 said.

“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.”



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