My name is Bonnie Bain, and I am a 23-year-old recent graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, having majored in history.

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Recent UPEI history graduate Bonnie Bain would like to find a job in the province. (Bonnie Bain)

My goal is to become an author, but a secondary goal would be to find a job that I enjoy and am good at. Given the current job climate on P.E.I., especially for arts students like myself, achieving either of these goals while staying on the Island may prove to be difficult.

I was fortunate enough to not have to work while going to school, so my work experience up until now is very limited. I fear this will hurt my chances of finding a job, but P.E.I. is my home and I don’t want to leave it unless I absolutely have to.

I, like so many recent university and college graduates, am facing an uncertain future in the job market all across Canada, but especially here on P.E.I. Hopefully this opportunity to share my story will give others a glimpse into what kind of life so many young people in this province are facing today.

Exploring local job market

Personal issues kept me from updating for the past few months, but not a whole lot has changed — I'm still unemployed and seeking work.

Trouble getting response

Reaching publishers outside of the province is going to require some follow up.

Expanding the search

None of the local publishers are hiring right now, so I'm expanding my search outwards to neighbouring provinces.

The search continues

I started emailing local publishers to see if anyone was in the market to hire a copy editor. Only one has gotten back to me so far, and they said they weren’t hiring.

No school, no work

School, university and college all start up in just a few weeks and for the first time in a very long time, I will not be sitting in a classroom that first day.

Not in fashion

It seems the skills of an arts graduate are not particularly valued in P.E.I.'s job market right now.

No, I am not going to be a teacher

Reflecting on what I learned at university, and how it fits into the P.E.I. job market.