New Brunswick students are struggling to find work this summer, despite some 36,000 jobs created for students across Canada.
College and university students have been working — or looking for work — since April, and now high school students are joining the search for scarce jobs.
Kerstin Schlote is on summer break from university. Each day, she wakes up, eats breakfast and heads to work — as an unpaid guide in a museum.
She said she has qualifications, but can’t find paid work.
"I'm bilingual, I know German, too. I quickly learn stuff and I also brought a lot of skills that I learned in my years in university, and basic stuff like computers skills and customer service," she said.
She applied for many jobs, but didn’t hear back from a single one. She has student loans and upcoming expenses for the fall term.
Employers need to help
Anne Soucy, director of the University of New Brunswick’s employment services, said some students need a job just to stay in school.
"Because if you don't have enough money to fund yourself for the next year, it becomes very difficult and sometimes that's a reason why people do not complete," she said.
Students can do all the right things and still not get jobs, she said.
"Employers in New Brunswick need to step up a bit and hire students, because this is an opportunity for them to build relationships with students," she said.
Soucy said even though it's now July, her office is still receiving calls from unemployed students looking for work.
The federal government announced the 36,000 jobs in May, but did not say how many would be in New Brunswick.