Five things undergrads can do now to prepare to enter the job market

Posted on August 17th, 2017

Next month, students will be heading off to university – some for the first time and others for the last time. There are several things they can do now to prepare for entering the job market.

The employment market will continue to be very challenging. Canadian universities will graduate more than 300,000 students into an environment in which companies are not hiring the way they used to. The competition for the best jobs will be intense.

The implication for graduates is significant. In its Labour Market Assessment 2015, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Office report that 56 per cent of university graduates under the age of 24 were underemployed.

Research by the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers indicates that the skills most valued by employers include:

  • Verbal communications
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and problem-solving
  • Strong work ethic

And employers’ most valued pre-screening criteria are:

  • Integrated learning (co-op, internship, service learning) 
  • Extra-curricular activities (clubs, societies, sports)

Given the desirable skills and criteria listed above, there are several things that current students can do now to get ready to enter the job market:

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