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Preparing Your Kid for the "Side Hustle"

March 17, 2017


Times have definitely changed for university grads

It used to be so straightforward, so predictable: high school, university, job. But it’s been a very long time since that progression applied to most people. Indeed, it’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

 

Call it the “gig economy” or the “side hustle,” but the sad truth is that fewer and fewer full-time jobs await university graduates -- even graduates of professional programs such as engineering, law, even medicine. CBC News took a look at the issue, using the story of one student named Christian McCrave, who obtained a degree in mechanical engineering:

 

"I actually thought that coming out of school that I would be a commodity and someone would want me," McCrave said. "But instead, I got hit with a wall of being not wanted whatsoever in the industry."

 

There are ways, however, young people can prepare for this reality. First in foremost they need to develop as many skills in as broad a range as they can. They also need to accept that the idea of a job for life is pretty much a thing of the past. It truly is going to be a hustle, but life can still be good with the proper preparation.

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