What Grinds Our Gears: The job market

Why isn’t anyone hiring?

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By: Cam Darting, Peak Associate

Why is the job market so terrible right now? From no jobs being available to them having too many requirements, it seems like this weird epidemic has no end.

Most of us at SFU are just broke students in need of money. Most of us can’t work more than part-time, and many turn to jobs like serving. But the qualifications needed to become a server? Ridiculous. Why do I need 2–3 years minimum of serving experience to become a server? That’s one year away from a 4-year degree! I’m sorry but it makes no sense. How am I supposed to get experience when experience is a requirement!?

Speaking of chances, the chances of getting a job after graduation seem to be at an all time low right now. What are we supposed to use our degrees for now? At this point, the issue is beyond qualifications and more so about the scarcity of jobs. So many graduates are fighting for the same position, it’s like a depressingly realistic Hunger Games.

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