Putting Generation Y to Work (acknowledging the actual accrued value of Millennials)

Image of a one way street pointing towards the horizon.
(The Guardian, 2009)

Knowledge is not a one-way street.

Recent statistics indicate that Millenials will dominate nearly 75% of the workforce in Canada by 2028 (The Globe and Mail, 2014). If we are being fair this statistic is not surprising considering the fact that by then many Baby Boomers will have most definitely reached the age of retirement. But how does this deal with the crisis of youth un(der)employment I have been discussing for the past five weeks – what do these young workers do in the meantime so that they can be integrated  into the workforce now! Continue reading “Putting Generation Y to Work (acknowledging the actual accrued value of Millennials)”


An Internship or Internment?

Image of unpaid interns with signs around their necks.
(youth and work, 2012).

Two weeks ago, I discussed the documentary Generation Jobless, where among many of its critical critiques it fit in that Millennial interns are rarely placed in paid or even legal internship positions, with many of them just being cycled through the “system” under the guise of acquiring experience. As Marcus (2014) alluded to in an earlier comment, many unpaid internships do not meet the requirements of the Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) and they also place youth in a precarious situation where they are “working” for a company with no promise of a career afterwards. Continue reading “An Internship or Internment?”

Generation Jobless

You experience something very humbling when you read that title; or perhaps it’s terrifying. Even from its name you can already tell that this documentary by CBC’s DocZone is not going to be a happy tale about the job situation for the Millennials. Using the article From Noise to Nucleus by Elly A. Konijn and Jelte M. ten Holt I have chosen to examine how this video takes advantage of our emotions. The nature of a documentary is to evoke opinions by effecting our emotions. Therefore, this article was selected because it provides detailed information about how media affects our emotions and how we in turn regulate these emotions.

An image of the title for Generation Jobless.
(dreamfilm.ca, 2013).

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What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)

An image of a woman looking at a board with job postings (Wynne, 2013). Photo taken by BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS.

The crisis that I will address over the course of the semester is youth unemployment in Canada. Although it is never the top news story or considered breaking news in our fast paced society it is an ever evolving, politically charged social issue that recedes into the background despite having potentially devastating effects not only on this generation but also the next and the previous. Many students who graduate high school or from a post-secondary institution and cannot find employment tend to be either unemployed or underemployed in low paying jobs that do not utilize the skills that they learned from their education, earning them nicknames like “College Grad Barista.” However, despite being underemployed they are still burdened with their student debt accrued during post-secondary education. Continue reading “What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)”