Please watch video first then read my thoughts and then voice your opinions.
Again I will not sugar-coat anything I'm about to say regarding to our graduate economic crisis.
I graduated with a BA in the Arts last April, and have been working full time since last June to the present day, while doing a lot of freelance gigs on the side, but there are a lot of things that plague my fellow graduate friends, and this could apply to people who graduated with higher education regardless of territory. The following are my opinions:
1: Our government and economy constantly acts like the corporations' lap bitch, and we all jump in on the globalization neo-liberalism business strategy to leak jobs and money out of our country.
2: A lot young people are not taught to develop a passion/hobby at a young age. Ontario has some of the highest high school dropout rates in North America, how is that even possible? You'd have to try extra hard to fail at the easiest subjects. So by the time they reach their mid 20's they still have no idea what they want to do, so they take up a degree they know very little about in hopes to let that degree get them a job without actual experience in that field. Thus inflating the pool of higher education graduates without work experience.
3: We need more half academic and half practical training in post secondary educations, instead of letting those institutions solely sell papers and let students fend for themselves afterwards. Education institutions should work FOR aspiring future generations rather than sell them education in a package without proper guides and prospects for the future.
4: Companies who offer 0 compensations for their interns. Your intern shouldn't be doing things that paid employees are paid to do. The training that the internee undergoes must be critical and beneficial to their career experience development. Also you must treat that unpaid internee with the same respect as your paid employees.
5: Be a jack of all trades. Don't just be satisfied that you only know how to just do one set of skills. Specialists positions in any field are becoming more and more rare. FOLLOW where the technology goes and engulf yourself in its limitless possibilities, because in this rapid developing age of cyberspace, skills in computer programming and electronics is the just one of the many new languages that you'll need to know for a job.You want to do something with science and outer space later on? Get interested in building rovers or remote control stuff in your family's garage, make functional robots or simple calculators out of scrap metal. Want to be doing something in the medical field? Bury yourself in medical books and volunteer at hospitals. Start small and you'll be surprised with what time and persistence can do for you.
6: The government and the people both need to take full responsibility in order to take back control of the economy. As soon as governments allows themselves to be deregulated from the consumer market, the companies can do just about ANYTHING in order to maximize profits at any cost for their shareholders by gutting out the hard working lower and middle classes. And people themselves need to realize that it is you that have to start investing your careers at a young age, and not be mindlessly droning to stupid bullshit you see on TV only to wake up in your mid 20's realizing that you're not good at anything and you're still undecided on what education to take for your future. Inertia breeds mediocrity.
7: If you're STRUGGLING or failing a lot at what you're doing in university/ college. Be real honest to yourself, is this really what you want to be doing? Or are you doing it only for the possibility of making more money (if you even graduate from this program). Because I SURE as fuck don't want you to become MY financial adviser if you only graduated accounting with a median of 75% Or living in any buildings you designed if you graduated from civil engineering with an < 80%. Again this has to do with having that solid passion as a child of doing what you love to do, and then turning that passion into a future, don't just randomly apply to a place because it may please your parents.
You have a powerful mind and creative potential, don't allow stupid mainstream television put garbage in your brain, because as soon as that happens, no one else has anything to fear about what's inside your head.
Pick up a book, draw some pictures, get interested in science and the economy, buy what you can afford and save for a rainy day. Stop going out to club and bars so much when you're still young and full of energy(that saves you a lot of money as well) and invest that youth where it counts. Do not act like You only live once, but act as You live only once, so how will you impact those around you?