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Barriers to Youth Employment

BARRIERS TO YOUTH ΕMPLOΥΜΕΝΤ yconic surveyed 1,425 students and youth (aged 15-29) about perceived barriers to employment, gaining experience and what they're doing to find work. FEELING THE CRUNCH Young people are realistic about their prospects when it comes to finding a job. Attitudes Toward Youth Employment "Finding a job is easy" 20% 25% 54% neutral or undecided disagree agree 50% 71% Do not expect that it will be easy to find a job that meets their employment needs right away Expect to send a lot of resumes before they find their next job JOB-SEEKING ADVANTAGES AND BARRIERS Youth experience a variety of advantages and barriers when job-seeking. Even those that know they have the skills and experience to get the job they want, feel limited by a highly competitive environment and a lack of available work. ADVANTAGES BARRIERS Right attitude Lack of experience 84% 59% Sense of confidence Too much competition 60% 43% Have skills companies want Lack of jobs 52% 37% Right education/training Lack of network 50% 22% Good interview skills Don't know where to look 46% 22% THE STUDENT JOBS NETWORK When it comes to finding work, students acknowledge that everyone in their network has a role to play. Q. Who do you consider to be a key contact in your network? Teachers, instructors, and educators 59% Leaders in my field of study 54% Current or previous employers 53% Friends 50% Parents 49% GETTING THE JOB Paid internships, mentorship, and short-term engagements are of interest to students and young adults when it comes to learning opportunities that will prepare them for the workforce. Q. What is your level of interest in the following career learning opportunities? Internship / Co-op Mentorship 77% National or Global 1-2 Day Immersion Networking 66% 47% 41% An infographic brought to you by The survey was conducted online with 1,425 English-speaking Canadians aged 15 to 29 randomly selected from Uthink, yconic's proprietary online research panel of over 549,000 Canadian youth. yconic. The survey was completed from October 24 - October 31, 2014. Our credibility interval based on a non-probability sample is +/-2.6%, 19 times out of 20. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding. As a member of the Market Research Intelligence Association (MRIA), yconic operates in accordance with the Standards and Code of Conduct set by the MRIA. yconic has helped more than three million students in Canada and the U.S. through, the leading student platform that provides access to more than $170 million in financial opportunities and Canada's largest youth focused market research panel with more than 549,000 panelists. yconic works with partners to help them authentically engage with youth through Market Research and Insights, Digital Marketing Solutions and Talent Services. yconic only partners with brands committed to authentically helping and investing in the student community. For more information, please visit

Barriers to Youth Employment

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1,425 students and youth aged 15-29 were surveyed about their perceived barriers to employment, gaining experience and what they're doing to find work.




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