Being a recent undergrad at a quality university in Canada, I think the problem isn't enough jobs that require a college education, the problem
is misrepresentation of the jobs available at the end. Like engineering? Sure there's jobs in Canada. Oil patch, "defence", resource mining.
Disillusionment for anyone with a sense of ethics ensues. Like biology? Sure, some people get to study ecosystems in Canada, maybe
engineer bacteria in a lab, or do something cool. Probably - your going to be signing off on environmental assessment reports for resource
extraction. Like Math (I do, it's my degree) - Sure, you might work for the CSA, or you might get a job at Stats Can crunching numbers
for your fellow Canadians. Probably - your going to work in finance, selling your soul a day at a time, where you construct derivatives
that allow big banks to skirt financial regulations.
With some lucky exceptions - anyone with a sense of ethics falls into a sense of despair, or compromises those ethics and becomes a disgusting
Moroever, there is a general misunderstanding by the public about the purpose of academy. It is a modern phenomenon to train people for specific
jobs via academy. The point of academy is the cultivation of the most beautiful parts of humanity - mathematics, art, literature, cultural studies.
It is not to grind out workers to suit the purpose of industry. This is a perversion of the point of academy. If you want a job, pick up a trade
and start an apprenticeship. Start a business. Learn some skills. If you want to learn to think, if you want to appreciate human culture, with
the experience being the reward, then go to university.
I personally think that the letting go of administration by professors to "public service professionals" is a major driver of this problem. These
professionals misunderstand the point of academy, and try to sell the middle class life ticket with college degrees. Whether they believe their
own hot air or not is debatable, but it is wrong. Many universities spend more on advertising, administration, and fluff then they do on recruitment
of the brightest minds in humanity. It is a travesty.