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Entry Level does not always mean minimum wage

Entry Level does not always mean minimum wage

According to “Getting your foot in the door: A look at entry level job vacancies in Canada,” not surprising employers offer lower wages ($12.70)to fill entry level positions that require no education however, employers looking to fill entry level positions requiring a post-secondary degree offer the highest paying entry-level jobs ($29.30).  The challenge for degree graduates is that typically the number of new graduates exceeds the number of available entry level positions requiring skilled employees.  So what is a new graduate to do?

Canadian employers are looking for new employees who can adapt to a changing workplace and industry conditions, those who demonstrate strong people skills; collaboration, functional knowledge and problem solving skills, all of which a robust university education strives to instil in graduates.

Vancouver Island University has recently adopted Graduate Attributes, based upon the three pillars of Literacies, Intellectual and Practical Skills and Civic Engagement with the belief that as students learn at VIU they acquire these attributes with the intention of becoming valued contributors in their chose communities, no matter the field of study.  These graduate attributes provide a common skill based language of learning that employers can understand and value.  An additional manner to acquire these skills and provide evidence of learning is through work integrated learning opportunities.

So new grads should consider marketing themselves in the manner that best addresses the needs of the employer and simply assuming that an employer will hire based solely upon a 3.85 GPA and university degree might prove short sighted.  Possibly addressing employer needs and requirements through evidence based statements of learning framed in the graduate attributes uses terminology and skill sets that employers are looking for university graduate entry level hires.

10 Economic Regions with the Highest Job Vacancy Rates in Canada

This table shows which regions in Canada had the greatest number of job vacancies (level of unoccupied positions) for the last quarter of 2016.  (Note 5 of the ten are in BC).  According to StatsCan there were 402,000 jobs vacant in Canada at the end of 2016 with a portion of those in BC.

Now past rates don’t indicate future trends but if these regions have had a difficult time finding employees a few months ago, that trend may continue for a while. So, if you are looking for work and are open to travel to a different region, these 10 are good options. Employers are looking for smart, educated employees, self directed and willing employees.  Take time to research each region through a local Labour Market site.

 

 

Cadillacs and Co-ops

The new CEO of General Motors secured her first position with GM as a co-op student.

Now I can’t say that everyone who does a co-op work term will become CEO of a multinational corporation, but it is encouraging to see the value of experiential education on a person’s career path.

Experiential education, “puts an education to work” and practically informs the learner about a career that a classroom environment can’t accurately or faithfully simulate.

Experiential education can affirm career goals, or alter career paths through revealing unexamined expectations, perceptions and labour market realities.

Experiential education provides the learner the pragmatic experience that employers desire from new hires, while providing tangible examples of acquired skills and providing a forum to demonstrate learning, critical thinking, team work, communication, numeracy, innovation, creativity, emotional intelligence, and character.

Experiential education affords an organization an opportunity to recruit potential candidates, and allows potential candidates to critically evaluate the merits of an organization/career through a mutually beneficial and agreed upon work term format.

Experiential education connects and engages the academic and non-academic communities; creating a bridge of learning, shared goals, best practices and collaboration.

Experiential education connects people, builds networks and facilitates synergies that influence change.
Rev up your future through experiential education!!!