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#21150

OMG: Just graduated with no prospects. I was above average in my classes at Waterloo, so I foolishly thought I would be ok. Now struggling so hard to find a job. I never appreciated how good I had it with coop, sigh.
 

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  1. You clearly didn't use your last coop term to find a permanent job.

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  2. I feel that the majority of students end up this way OP.

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  3. It's the new way of life - companies will rather hire 3 cheap co-op students around the year rather than hire 1 full-time person. Speaking from experience, I've also graduated from 5 work terms and wasn't able to acquire a position at a single one.

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    1. Wow that freaking sucks. Hope things get better for you!

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    2. There is less and less full-time work available. More and more people are having to work part-time unfortunately, or working in jobs they are overeducated for.

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    3. Hey, 3b, this thread's been dead for weeks. Once it's off the front page, why comment on something nobody will see/cares about anymore?

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  4. Won't any of your former employers hire you? :/

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  5. This is the future of every student these days. There are thousands of you and too few jobs to accommodate them. I've told people who gloat about how cushy their lives will be because they went to university, that they should think again. They laughed at me. Some, like you, aren't laughing anymore. Welcome to working the rest of your life in retail to survive.

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    1. How was life as a pariah? I did the same a while back and was ignored or laughed at. Now people are all amazed at something I think is simply common sense, or perhaps what now should be called 'the concept formally known as common sense.'

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  6. Sad isn't it?, Co-op is good, internships are good because it gives you real work experience and companies don't provide training anymore but the whole thing is a scam!. Employers get these workers are very reduced rates, why would they hire anyone on full time? just get in the next crop of co-ops and you have cheap labour.

    @5 There aren't even enough retail jobs, large chains to small stores are closing in droves these days.

    What we need to seriously figure out is what is the solution or is there one? I don't have the answer.

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    1. I don't think employers are getting cheap labour, at least not in the field I know about (CS). I honestly get paid almost as much as an entry level employee.

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    2. Tax breaks, bro.

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  7. I agree with 5 & 6 that there is a big problem now. My belief is that there is very little leadership and it's all about greed of management. These issues do not just involve the recently graduated but also the experienced worker including trades. But the government just looks the other way and lets various parasites including temp agencies, university admin, and various businesses get away with abusing the system. (TFWs anyone?) I could rant about this in a huge fucking essay, but I think I'll refrain for now. (Plus the government has known about this problem for quite some time. The sad thing is that they simply ignored it.)

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  8. well now I'm terrified

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  9. It's me, old alumni again. Good thing I have this head cold and have time to sit here and bestow my wisdom upon you. Rather than reply to everyone one by one, I'll post my own observations on the job market today. I apologize in advance for the fact I am confirming most of the negative stuff.

    The job market is a centimeter wide by a centimeter deep. The only thing I can think of that is short supply are top notch iOS programmers. That's it. There aren't enough good IT managers but, no offense to recent grads, it's something you can really only gain from experience.

    And finally companies are abusing the hell out of anyone (interns, co-op students, TFWs, contract workers) that they can get productivity out of without having to commit to hiring them full time.

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  10. And, I might add, just as two general tips...get people to proof the hell out of your resume and cover letter. Preferably someone who has been around a while. I was asked to do that by someone and they'd left off all the part-time and full-time work she'd done in high school because she felt it wasn't relevant to the type of job she was applying for. She couldn't have been more wrong.

    The other thing is try like hell to get someone to shunt your resume over to someone, rather than applying cold. The hiring process is supposed to be transparent and defensible but the truth is having someone hand your resume off makes a huge difference...too much difference, IMHO.

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  11. I feel you, brother. Graduated in May 2014 in chem eng. Working in fucking construction. I had 5 co-ops and even interviewed with a previous employer but I fucked up the interview. They said I "didn't have enough experience," even though it was a new grad position.

    @10 how do you include all your part-time gigs from high school and still keep your resume under 2 pgs? This is valuable space!

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  12. To the OP - what was your major?

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