National survey shows why Canadians will labour this Labour Day Holiday;
Career expert offers work/life balance solutions
TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Many Canadians will not rest, relax or celebrate
the fruits of their labour this Labour Day holiday weekend. According to the
recent Everest College Labour Day Poll, over half (55 percent) of employed
Canadians routinely spend nine or more hours a day working and commuting and
35 percent say they'll work over the Labour Day weekend. Additionally, nearly
half (46 percent) of employed Canadians agree that they have to log more hours
on the job to cover the rising costs of fuel, food and other living expenses.
However, a leading Canadian career expert says there are solutions and it is
possible to live the lifestyle that Labour Day was intended to celebrate:
eight hours for work, eight hours for play and eight hours for sleep.
The national Harris/Decima survey, conducted in July on behalf of Everest
College - Ontario's leading career college - suggests that education is a
factor in determining the number of work hours. The poll revealed that 21
percent of Canadians who work 11 or more hours a day had no education above
the high school level versus 14 percent with post-secondary education, while
the highest percentage of Canadians who work less than eight hours a day are
self-employed (29 percent).
"In today's economic environment, people with less education may have to
work longer hours in order to make ends meet, which severely impacts work/life
balance," says career expert Julia Kennedy, Assistant Vice President of Career
Services, Everest College. "At Everest College, we frequently see cases like
this. Hard working people who are looking to move out of a job - or multiple
jobs - into a career that offers opportunities for advancement, personal
fulfillment and greater balance."
Canadians crave flexibility
The Everest College Labour Day Poll results underscore the importance
Canadians place on flexibility with 91 percent of the respondents saying
work/life balance should be a bigger priority for employers. While Canadians
are working longer hours, the poll shows Canadians still try to maintain a
separation between their jobs and other aspects of their life. Three out of
five (58 percent) agree they would be happier in their job if they had greater
flexibility, but 79 percent say that despite the rising costs of fuel, food
and other daily expenses, they haven't been given the option to work from
"The option to work from home, have flex hours, and appropriate vacation
scheduling can all contribute to the work/life balance Canadians are looking
for," says Kennedy. "But with Canada's median annual income at less than
$25,000, the reality is that many Canadians need to work more - in jobs with
little opportunity for advancement - just to keep up. If that's the situation
you're in, it's time to position yourself for a career that's in demand; has
growth potential or even the possibility of self employment."
Upgrade into a career; improve work / life balance
Given the rising cost of living, it's clear that Canadians want change.
The Everest College Labour Day Poll reveals 35 percent of Canadians have
contemplated a new career to make more money. Everest College programs train
for high-growth occupational areas that help address skill shortages; offer
work/life balance; plus personal and financial rewards.
"As employers approach us for skilled workers, Everest College's career
services department has seen first-hand the great demand for employees in
healthcare, information technology and business," says Kennedy.
"Canada's population is aging, which is creating tremendous demand for
Everest's healthcare training programs. Personal Support Worker is a great
example. It's flexible because you can work in your own community and it's
also rewarding because you play a key role in improving the quality of life
for the elderly and their families," she adds.
Kennedy also points to a recent report by the Conference Board of Canada,
which predicts that Canada will need to fill 90,000 jobs in information
technology in the next three to five years.
"IT is a big growth area that has ample opportunity for self employment.
Our poll indicates that the self employed have the best work/life balance and
careers such as web design and programming are ideal for people who want to
work for themselves," explains Kennedy.
For Canadians who want a career in an office environment with a regular
work schedule, Everest College offers business programs for those interested
in working in sales, business administration, management, operations,
marketing, human resources, or office administration. The Everest College
business program provides students with hands-on computer training, accounting
skills, and a solid background in business administration.
"For the many Canadians currently working shift work; part-time positions
or multiple jobs, moving into a career can really improve work/life balance,"
Fast facts from the Everest College Labour Day Poll
- 12 percent of Canadians say work dominates their life
- 28 percent say they don't have a lot of flexibility with their current
- Many Baby Boomers and Generation Y share a common view - 62 percent of
both age groups agree they would be happier in their jobs if they had
- Among Canadians who work 11 hours a day or more, males outnumber
females almost two to one
- 25 percent have considered finding a new job closer to home given the
rising cost of fuel and other daily expenses
Everest College: Changing Lives through Career Training
Everest College, formerly CDI College, embodies the core values and
commitment to excellence established by CDI College over the last 38 years,
and delivers high-quality programs taught by qualified professionals with
industry-specific expertise and real-world experience. Everest College
continues CDI College's track record of excellent student completion rates,
job placement and program satisfaction. Each year approximately 85,000
diplomas are issued across Ontario. Of those, an amazing 7% percent are issued
by Everest College.
Everest College, with 17 campuses across Ontario, prepares students to
compete for career opportunities with specialized career training in
About Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., parent company of Everest College, is one of
the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Its mission
is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their
chosen field. It offers diploma programs and associates, bachelor's and
master's degrees in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including
healthcare, transportation technology and maintenance, criminal justice,
business, information technology and construction trades.
About the Survey
The Everest College Labour Day Poll was conducted by Harris/Decima
teleVox amongst 1,185 Canadian adults from July 3 through July 13, 2008.
Results are accurate to +/- 2.8 percent 19 times out of 20.
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