Why students struggle to get jobs out of school

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

More than 12 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed and more than a quarter are underemployed which means they have degrees but end up in jobs that don’t require them. 

The latest numbers from Stats Canada show that the unemployment rate for 15-to-24-year-olds is almost twice that of the general population.  Why is that that students coming right out of university or college can’t find jobs?img_0485

With technology growing and changing almost everyday, some jobs that exist today may not exist tomorrow. Darren Chapman an Economics professor at Fanshawe College shares  how jobs are being taken over by robotics. 

” Jobs that exist today, may not even exist tomorrow. The work place is always a changing place and seeing new things everyday. Robotics are changing the way we work.”

Cooperative education is becoming more and more popular every school year.Cooperative education is taking on new importance in helping young people to make the school to work transition. Cooperative learning falls under the umbrella of work-integrated learning (alongside internships, service learning and clinical placements) but is distinct as it alternates a school term with a work term.

Darlene O’Neill Manager of student entrepreneurial services at Fanshawe College says Co Op helps students in the long run.  “It gives them the work experience they can not get any other way. Employers want someone who knows what to do already and Co Op puts students in a great situation.

Finding a job takes time, finding a great job can take an even longer time. While this may be disheartening (not to mention frightening), there are some valid reasons behind this such as, corporate timing, changing requirements, selectivity and lastly effort. All in all students must show the employer that they can work in a certain environment and must be able to connect to other people in the workplace.

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