May 242012
 

A recent study about youths was released by the government, and it states that last year 13% of all Canadians between the ages of 15 and 29 weren’t attending school or working. That represents more than 900,000 people. Seems like a big number, but it’s still the lowest percentage of all G7 nations.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not going to school or work, and just spending some time enjoying life and learning about oneself. When I was 19 years old I spent several months not working or studying. I had all the time to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. The choices I made thereafter have been some of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s nice to relax and live with family for awhile before deciding which direction to go in life, as long as you don’t get accustomed to being lazy indefinitely.

 

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The study also says men aged 15 to 24 had the hardest time finding work compared to women in the same age group. Also single young adults like myself are more likely to be unemployed than married young adults. Given these statistics I would say I am very lucky to have been consistently employed since 2008. If you are between 15 and 29 and are looking for work, don’t give up. I had 5 different interviews before I landed my first job so it’s somewhat of a numbers game. Going into an industry in demand like nursing, engineering, IT, or maybe even a trade, will also help you out.

Our unemployment rate for youths aged 15 to 29 not in school is 11.8%. The study says that among young adults who are not working, 1 out of 5 said they wanted a job, despite the fact that they weren’t looking for one, (~o~). C’mon guys, we can’t expect a job to just fall into our laps in today’s labor market. I’m pretty comfortable overall with the results of this study. It means to me that if someone really wants to work, they will find a job eventually. At least we don’t have it as bad as the Europeans where the youth unemployment rate in Italy is around 30%, and in Spain it’s over 50% (゜o゜)

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G7 – An international finance group consisting of 7 industrialzed nations: France, US, UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada.