As 2009's Most Depressing Day Approaches 66 Per cent of Employed Canadians Have the Blues Over Work or Economy



    Career expert provides recession-proofing tips to overcome the blues

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Blue Monday(*), said to be the most depressing day
of the year due to such factors as broken new year's resolutions; inclement
weather and a flurry of holiday bills to pay, will land on January 19 this
year. The second annual Workplace Blues Survey recently conducted by
Harris/Decima on behalf of Ontario's Everest College reveals that between work
and the economy, Canadians(xx) have even more to be depressed about this year
as we approach the dreaded Blue Monday.

    
    Canadians go from Ho Ho Ho to Boo Hoo Hoo; nearly a quarter fear losing
    their job
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    Holiday hangover is the usual culprit on the Most Depressing Day.
However, with a recession looming, Everest College's new Workplace Blues
Survey reveals that 23 per cent of Canadians are fearful about losing their
job. Forty two per cent blame the economy for giving them the biggest case of
the blues, followed by their jobs (24 per cent). Unfortunately, the survey
results show that Canadians are more unhappy on the job compared to last year.
Nearly three quarters of Canadians (71 per cent) say they suffer at least
occasional bouts of work induced blues, up from last year's number of 63 per
cent. More than half of Canadians (57 per cent) say they are not at all
optimistic they would get a promotion in the next year. Thirty three per cent
of Canadians are fearful they would not be able to find a new job if they were
to look, with Ontarians being most concerned (39 per cent).
    Career expert Don Thibert, director of academic affairs for Everest
College and president of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges, has
helped more than 35,000 Ontarians a year move into progressive new careers and
says it's not all doom and gloom. He has identified the top in demand
occupational areas during a recession, as well as what Canadians can do to
recession proof their current jobs.

    
    Top Five Recession Proof Careers
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    "No one has a crystal ball and conditions are changing every day but the
latest industry and government studies have shown a number of occupational
areas that are expected to experience growth over the next ten years," says
Thibert. "Fields such as healthcare, information technology, and certain
occupations in business tend to fare well in a tough economy. Everest enjoys
excellent career placement rates and we have seen continued demand for skilled
workers in these areas."
    The survey also revealed that if there were no barriers, 42 per cent of
Canadians would likely change careers. Thibert believes Canadians are fearful
of the idea of changing careers but shouldn't be if a change will bring more
happiness and employment opportunities.
    "My advice to people who are worried that their occupation may be
eliminated due to changes in the economy, is to consider re training for an in
demand career," says Thibert. "It's easier than you think. Everest College
specializes in accelerated training designed to get people into new careers
quickly and we have many successful graduates who have gone through big career
changes with minimal disruption to their daily lives."

    
    Based on industry and government trend information(xxx); and Everest
College graduate placement data, Thibert expects continued demand in the
following occupations:

    1.  Personal Support Worker

    2.  Medical Lab Assistant

    3.  Legal and Accounting Administration Assistant

    4.  IT Help Desk Support Analyst

    5.  Network and Internet Security Specialist

    Recession-proof Your Current Job
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    The Everest College survey shows that 23 per cent of Canadians fear
losing their job, with Ontarians being most fearful at 31 per cent. This is a
legitimate concern, given that a recession can drive companies to cut costs,
lay off workers, and increase efficiency.
    "The career services experts at Everest College prepare people to be
successful in their new careers," says Thibert. "We show students how to make
themselves valuable to employers, which can make the difference between
keeping and losing their jobs when times get tough."

    
    Top Three Job Recession-proofing Tips: How to "W.I.N." at Work
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    Thibert says becoming indispensible is key to recession proofing your job
and suggests using his "W.I.N." formula to do so:

    W:  Work smart - be efficient, versatile, accurate, proactive, solutions
        oriented and effective; look for ways to bring value to your company
        and your position

    I:  Inform - Let your management know about your successes and
        achievements and embrace the art of self promotion; create an action
        plan with your managers to achieve advancement

    N:  Never stop learning - get training to improve your skills, either on
        the job or with courses that will make you more competitive

    Blues by Numbers: Everest College's Workplace Blues Survey Fast Facts
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    -   Canadians aged 18 - 24 have the biggest case of the workplace blues
        (49 per cent); those over 50 had least (17 per cent)

    -   Gender equality for workplace blues: 24 per cent of women and 23 per
        cent of men said work gives them the blues

    -   23 per cent say not being able to get ahead is the most depressing
        thing about their job; men are more depressed about it (27 per cent)
        than women (19 per cent)

    -   23 per cent say pay is most depressing, but more so with women (26
        per cent) than men (19 per cent)

    -   Ontario was least optimistic about the possibility of finding a new
        job; 39 per cent were doubtful they could find a new job in the next
        year; Alberta was most optimistic, only 17 per cent had doubts

    -   When it came to fear of losing one's job, single Canadians were more
        concerned (30 per cent) than those who are married (19 per cent)

    -   52 per cent of Canadians age 35 - 44 would be most likely to change
        careers if nothing stood in their way

    Everest College: Changing Lives through Career Training
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    Everest College delivers quality programs taught by qualified
professionals with industry specific expertise and real world experience.
Everest College, with 17 campuses across Ontario, prepares students to compete
for career opportunities with specialized career training in high growth
fields and has a proven track record of excellent student completion rates,
job placement and program satisfaction.

    About Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
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    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 in demand careers 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
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    Everest College's Workplace Blues Survey was conducted by Harris/Decima
teleVox amongst 619 employed Canadian adults from November 27 through December
1, 2008. Results are accurate to +/- 3.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
    For more information on Everest, please visit www.everest.ca.

    (*)    Dr. Cliff Arnall, a Cardiff University researcher, identified the
           Most Depressing Day
    (xx)   All references to Canadians refer to employed Canadians
    (xxx)  Trend data referenced include: Everest College proprietary
           enrollment and job placement data; Looking Ahead: A 10-year
           Outlook for the Canadian Labour Market (2006 - 2015), January 29,
           2007 by Human Resources & Social Development Canada; Recession
           Proof Jobs, July 19, 2008, Forbes.com; Most Recession Proof Jobs,
           November 20, 2008, Forbes.com

    NOTE:  Although it is impossible for anyone to be absolutely certain as
           to what industries and careers will be 100 per cent recession
           proof in an economic downturn; increasing education and skills,
           particularly in industries indicating growth, can greatly increase
           the chances of obtaining and retaining a job in a recession.
    





For further information:

For further information: Career expert Don Thibert is available for
interviews to discuss the survey and provide tips on recession proofing your
career. To schedule an interview with Thibert or for more information on
Everest College's Workplace Blues Poll, please contact Strategic Objectives:
Fiona Keeshan or Tim Chan Tel: (416) 366-7735; Email:
tchan@strategicobjectives.com.

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