Graduating SAIT students facing tough job market

 The job market in Calgary is a tough place these days, especially for students just graduating from SAIT and other post-secondary schools.

Many students are worried about finding jobs in their related fields when they graduate in spring 2017.

Many job markets have crashed over the past year, especially those related to oil and gas.

Dennis Wilson is a second-year petroleum engineering technology student who is worried about the job market.

“I don’t think I’m going to find something right away,” said Wilson.

“I might have to wait a few years for the economy to pick up again,” said Wilson.

Marina Martinez is set to graduate from engineering design and drafting technology in the spring, and is fairly confident at her chances of finding a job.

“I have good marks, I think I’ll do okay,” said Martinez.

Martinez knows that the just 78 per cent of grads in her program are finding jobs.

“It’s a fairly low number, but I have worked hard to where I am now,” said Martinez.

Wilson says careers in petroleum are the hardest to find work in right now.

“I wish I had chosen a different field two years ago,” said Wilson.

Gregory Nelson is a welder in oil and gas, and says that some of his friends have been unable to find jobs after they graduated last year.

“I’m graduating this year, and I don’t think if I find a job I’m going to have it for long,” said Nelson.

“I’m feeling really nervous about going out there.”

With the current rate of layoffs, the demand for new and inexperienced workers has gone down in recent years.

Most of the jobs needed by recent graduates are going to those with more experience, says Wilson.

“I can only hope, I guess,” said Wilson.

Clara Fitzgerald is in the dental assisting program and thinks she has a good shot at getting hired when she graduates.

“I haven’t heard of anyone having trouble finding a career after they graduated from the program,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald does understand that the job market is fairly competitive right now, and aims to work hard.

“I’ll just try my best,” said Fitzgerald.

Most students agree that getting higher grades, or going to university, can help get a graduate a job in the current market.

“I might go to university after this [to] make my chances even better,” said Martinez.

Students head to class in the Stan Grad Centre on SAIT Campus in Calgary on November 16, 2016. Since the economy has had recent layoffs, spring 2017 graduates are nervous about their chances of finding a relevant job. (Photo by Brianna Brost/The Press)
Stressed for Success: Students head to class in the Stan Grad Centre on SAIT Campus in Calgary on November 16, 2016. Since the economy has had recent layoffs, spring 2017 graduates are nervous about their chances of finding a relevant job. (Photo by Brianna Brost/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Brianna Brost is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.

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