‘Generation Jobless’ gloomy about career prospects: online survey

‘Generation Jobless’ gloomy about career prospects: online survey

Why are so many young Canadians overeducated and underemployed? It's the question that struck a chord with our online audience, making "Generation Jobless" our most-viewed episode of the season.

As a companion to the doc, we posted an interactive survey that, as of today, has received an incredible 21,645 responses.

Nearly 66 per cent of the survey-takers identified as being between the ages of 18-29, and if we cross-tabulate their answers, the results, while unscientific, reflect a generally pessimistic attitude towards career prospects.

Some highlights from the 18-to-29-year-olds, a.k.a. "Generation Jobless":

• 88 per cent of respondents graduated from university, yet just 33 per cent found a suitable full-time job in their field after graduation

• 37 per cent say their current job pays them enough to live in their own place comfortably (a sharp contrast to respondents aged 45-59 who were at 64 per cent)

• 50 per cent have a full time job and 32 per cent work part-time or are unemployed. 59 per cent consider themselves underemployed

• 19 per cent are in the financial position to purchase a house/condo (compared to 65 per cent of respondents aged 45-59)

• Surprisingly, 30 per cent of 18-to-29-year-olds see themselves retiring at 65 (compared to only 29 per cent of 45-to-59-year-old respondents)

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