Agree or Disagree: Raising Minimum Wage will hurt businesses.


First of all, this is not a write up to claim the NDP is immediately raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. I understand that every intent is raise minimum wage  in increments. 

However, the discussion is still an important topic. Because, the plan is to raise minimum wage.

So, for this, I would like to give two different perspectives.

First, one that has some concerns of raising minimum wage for businesses. You can read that here.

Second, one that is supportive of raising minima wages. This is from Seattle, where they raised minimum wage to $15 an hour. You can read that link here.

Do you Agree or Disagree that raising minimum wage will hurt businesses?

A Morning Rant-For those offended by Steve Poloz


For those that are offended that Steve Poloz suggested that jobless University Grads work for free, consider this.

There are many people who have started a business that work 24/7 365 days a year to ensure it’s success. Many times there is little to nothing on their plate. In other words, they work for free.

There are single moms and single dads that are working 2, even 3 jobs to either save money to go to school. Or, go to school and need to make ends meet for their family. In other words, they work for free.

There are many qualified people who come to Canada and cannot get employment because they do not have “Canadian experience”.

As much as people are talking about current job trends for university grads are low, I might suggest something different. Many companies have voiced that a good chunk of grads are some of the most unprofessional, uninspired, and entitled group they have ever seen. Many come to work dressed unprofessionally. Some have even brought Mom and Dad to the interview and even the job.

Sorry to break the myth, but your University Degree does not entitle you to the rock star job, fancy house, fancy car and fancy family. You have to do some hard work, even some s$$$ you don’t like. Even the super rich have had to do it. So, you will have to as well

If you read his words closely Poloz is actually suggesting that you be innovative, creative and seek out opportunities to put yourself ahead of everyone else in the job market.

Heaven forbid we encourage innovation, creativity and ideas to young people. That’s so offensive. (sarcasm)

Agree or Disagree: Jobless University grads should work for free


This idea comes from Bank of Governor Stephen Poloz.  He suggested this to a House of Commons committee. He suggests that Young Canadians should acquire more experience through unpaid internship or volunteering until the job market in Canada picks up.

You can read the story from Beacon News here.

Poloz argues that and, this is a quote from the article, “Volunteer to do something which is at least somewhere related to your expertise so that it’s clear that you are gaining some learning experience during that period.

Now, if you are like me, you may have went to work today. One of the reasons that you are at work is, well, to collect a paycheque every couple of weeks. So, it may feel a little unfair to expect University grads to do work for free.  And that reaction certainly was evident. Particularly, around the controversy about unpaid internships. In 2011, Andrew Ferguson was an intern at a Calgary radio station. After a 16 hour day, he drove home and died in a car accident. That incident opened up an ongoing discussion around unpaid internships.

So, one the one hand, it doesn’t seem fair to expect people to work for free.  On the other hand, however, is the big question. How does one get experience for a position without getting experience in a position? And although, I see why many are frustrated with Poloz’s comments, I think his point was missed. His point seemed to be that people looking for work should find ways to be innovative and creative to gain experience to be qualified.

What are your thoughts?

Agree or Disagree: Post-secondary graduates leave school prepared for full time employment


Agree or Disagree: Post-secondary graduates leave school prepared for full time employment

We continue our conversations this week about education this week. So far, we discussed standardized testing and teachers. Today, we are going to look at post-secondary students.

Many of you have recently graduated from a Post Secondary institute. Some of you just out of high school. Some of you have returned back to school deciding to change careers.  Some of you may have been able to get a job in your field you studied. Some of you have really struggled to find work. So you know first hand how prepared you are

I have done some employment workshops at SAIT so I have had some discussions with employers about graduates. Some of the feedback  I heard was there was a lack of professionalism from some. If you are an employer, do you feel that graduates are employed?

This is some feedback from Jonathan Nitsch to IT students at SAIT. Would you concur or add anything to this?