TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - As the nation prepares to celebrate Labour Day -
a holiday instituted to remind us of work/life balance - a recent Everest
College Labour Day Poll conducted by Harris/Decima reveals that many Canadians
lack balance in their lives. While an astounding 78 per cent of Canadians say
it's more important to work less and have more time for yourself, friends and
family, that doesn't seem to be the reality. The fact is, more than one-third
of Canadians, 34 per cent, say that work dominates their life. The economic
climate seems to be taking its toll, with nearly a third of respondents, 31
per cent, saying they are expected to work longer hours for the same or less
The survey, conducted in July on behalf of Everest College - Ontario's
leading career college - also found that almost a quarter of Canadians
anticipate working during the Labour Day weekend, and almost 25 per cent of
Canadians are working more than one job to make ends meet. Whether working
long hours at one job, holding down multiple jobs, or still searching for an
ideal career, the premise of Labour Day - celebrating eight hours of work;
eight hours of play; and eight hours of rest - appears to be out of the
question for many Canadians.
Despite the desire for balance, Canadians generally remain true to their
employers. Only 11 per cent of respondents say they fake illness when they
feel like some "me time" away from work. The most popular "excuse" is "not
feeling well" at 31 per cent, followed by "have a cold/the flu" at 12 per
cent, and "headache" at 10 per cent.
"We believe our survey results show the incredible pressure people are
feeling in this challenging economy," says Don Thibert, Director of Academic
Affairs, Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care. "Last year,
we asked respondents to choose from a number of statements to best describe
their work/life balance, and only 12 per cent indicated that work dominates
their life. In 2009, we asked respondents point blank if work dominates their
life and 34 per cent agreed. That translates into a lot of Canadians who are
consumed by work."
"But there is hope for those wanting to improve their work/life balance,
and it begins with education," continues Mr. Thibert. "Our poll shows that
those who have only a high school education or less are more likely to have
worked more than one job in the past year than those with post-secondary
education. They have to work long hours to achieve even Canada's median annual
income, which is less than $26,000. At Everest, we train people for careers
that are in high-demand, offer upward mobility and better work/life balance."
A Focus on Work/Life Balance
The survey revealed that over half of those surveyed (54 per cent) are
spending at least nine hours a day working and commuting, while 15 per cent of
respondents spend 11 hours a day, or more, at work and commuting.
Understandably, many people are looking for a little balance, and for them,
Everest College suggests these in-demand positions:
- Massage Therapy - many massage therapists work from home or near
home, and the position offers flexible hours;
- Personal Support Worker - this career is in high demand due to the
aging population. Since most care is 24/7, workers have the
flexibility to work when it best suits them;
- Business Administration - prepares you for a career in a corporate
environment which offers regular hours. It's an excellent option for
those who want to get out of a job or multiple jobs with irregular,
long hours; and
- Information Technology - this is definitely a growing field with the
possibility of working remotely from any location and opportunities
for self employment.
Everest College offers these programs and more than 30 others, which
address skill shortages, are personally rewarding and offer the opportunity
for advancement. Plus, it's easier than most people think to go back to
school. Everest College specializes in accelerated training designed to get
people into new careers quickly. The College has had many successful graduates
who have gone through major career changes with minimal disruption to their
Educate and Excel in Four Steps
In the Everest Labour Day Poll, 36 per cent of respondents indicated that
they have contemplated going back to school to upgrade or acquire new skills
in the past year. If you're one of those people looking for a change, Mr.
Thibert suggests following this four-step plan:
- Step No. 1: Decide that it's time to make a change. Whether you're
motivated by money (31 per cent of Canadians indicated that they have
contemplated a career change to make more money); work/life balance;
or the need for change; there are many options out there. "We
understand taking the step to try something new is very tough for
most people," says Mr. Thibert. "At Everest, we see graduates every
session who will tell you that changing or upgrading their education
was the best decision they ever made."
- Step No. 2: Explore your options. Once you've decided what's
important to you, it's time to determine your best career options.
Everest College has Admissions Representatives who can offer insight
into your chosen path. Everest representatives can also help you
identify funding options which can help offset the cost of schooling.
- Step No. 3: Educate yourself. "Education is key, whether you want to
completely change your career or simply want to excel in your current
position," explains Mr. Thibert. "Everest offers accelerated career
training that fits your life and prepares you to thrive in the real
- Step No. 4: Love your life and your job. "It's amazing the
transformation that people experience when they start a job they
love. They always wish they had done it sooner," adds Mr. Thibert.
"It's never too late to make a change and achieve your personal and
"I was unhappy and didn't have a work/life balance, spending at least 12
hours a day at work. Plus, I had to work more than one of these jobs to make
enough money to survive," says Lyndina Crump, Everest College graduate. "I
made the decision to try Everest's Business Administration program and got a
great job as a Supervisor right out of school. Now I love my job and have time
for me too!"
Everest College: Changing Lives through Career Training
Everest College, formerly CDI College, embodies the core values and
commitment to excellence established over the last 40 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
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 1,096 employed Canadian adults from July 16th through July
26th, 2009. Results are accurate to +/- 3.0 per cent 19 times out of 20.
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