‘I can’t even get a job waitressing’: Gen Y on its work woes (Globe and Mail)

Several days ago (on May 4th, 2017), The Globe and Mail published the results of their employment survey of millennials (adults born between 1981 and 2000). What a sobering read! Here is the link to the article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/genymoney/geny-millennial-employment-jobs-canada/article34867183/?ord=1

It seems that only 2/3 of millennials hold “permanent” jobs. Roughly 1/4 hold contract work. But if these statistics are sobering, some of the quotations from the survey respondents are downright depressing:

“I am definitely an underemployed millennial as I work in a restaurant to earn money until I can find a full time job in finance and make use of my MBA.”
-A CALGARY WOMAN BORN IN 1985

“My degree was in chemistry, and I’ve done retail, construction, elections, and computer installations. Since I graduated, I’ve been to more funerals than interviews.”
-A VANCOUVER MAN BORN IN 1988

“Contract to contract to contract to contract to burnout to back to school to new degree to still unemployed.”
-A VICTORIA MAN BORN IN 1987

“I have a Masters of Engineering plus five years’ work experience. Been looking since February 2016, managed to pick up a short-term contract job. Been doing odd jobs and handyman work.”
-A VANCOUVER MAN BORN IN 1984

“Growing up, you do everything by the book – study hard and go to university – and you’re met with unrealistic wages for the amount of time and money spent in school. Sometimes forced to take two or three jobs just to make ends meet. It’s a recipe for failure.”
-A TORONTO WOMAN BORN IN 1989

Is anyone paying attention?