For post-secondary graduates receiving degrees and diplomas in the weeks ahead, excitement over completing their programs may be tempered by the grim job landscape for Canada’s young people.
The latest labour force survey from Statistics Canada revealed a decline of 19,000 jobs for youth aged 15-24 in April. The youth unemployment rate was at 14.5 per cent last month, little changed compared to a year earlier and more than double the national average.
“When you see numbers like that, it can often give you the impression there really aren’t many jobs available in your area,” said Shirin Khamisa, a Toronto-based career counsellor and founder of Careers by Design. “Be very realistic and realize there is a general climate where there are less jobs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to secure a job that’s right for you.”
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