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Struggles Only a Vancouver Grad Will Understand

Struggles Only a Vancouver Grad Will Understand

Welcome to the real world – one full of graduates struggling to get themselves in a work environment that not only values their post-secondary education but shows that value in salary wages.

With the unemployment youth rate in BC remaining fixedly at 13.5%, and one in four millennial with a university degree being employed in a full-time job that does not require post-secondary education*,  chances are that if you’re a Vancouver grad, you’re either not working, or you’re making minimum wage. The struggle is real.

Struggles Only a Vancouver Grad Will Understand

Making minimum wage

I saw a classmate working at Blue Chip in the SUB at UBC. Catching up, I found out she had graduated that year. The point of going to university is to get a job that makes your degree pay for itself, and not the other way around. Considering student debt, not to mention just the investment of four years of your life, it’s a pretty bum deal.


Not making minimum wage

But that bum deal starts looking good when you are not even making that. One of my friends applied at a health clinic in Kits, and she was one of five people that were selected for the interview from a pool of sixty applicants. The odds are not in anyone’s favour.


Interviews for minimum wage jobs

Whether it’s a hiring fair, an online questionnaire, or a personal phone call, it comes down to the fact that a university graduate without directly relatable experience is a tough buy – simultaneously overqualified and under-qualified.


Becoming a cliché

Your liberal arts degree makes you an easy target for barista jokes, and although it was a joke, you woke up one day and realized you were a barista.


Looking at the Classifieds on Craigslist

As part of your daily online job search, you scan Craigslist, a humourous resource that also makes you want to cry.


Envying the kids that go to BCIT

While you would never take back the times you spent reading theories of literature or ancient history, you begin to wonder over the kids that go to institutes and colleges like what if I had decided to learn practical skills instead of transferable ones?


Contemplating whether to get your masters

A degree isn’t enough, and everyone else seems to be doing their masters. What’s holding you back is the fact that it’s more money and more years of your life that you’re betting on another round of the job market competition. Here we go.



 Written by: Irene Lo
Image via theatlantic

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