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Fewer students work while at school: Study

Gone are the days of being a carefree student.

Gone are the days of being a carefree student.

Fewer students are working while going to school, says the latest release from Statistics Canada. The drop spans between the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 academic years, coinciding with the recent economic downfall.

These stats ring true for fourth-year St. Mary’s University student Colleen Merlin, who spent an entire semester last year looking for part-time work.

“I think it’s pretty much impossible to find something for students other than service-related jobs, or jobs in the customer-service industry in general,” says Merlin.

The service industry employed 96 per cent of those students lucky enough to land jobs during the 2009-2010 academic year. This includes retail gigs as well as the food-and-beverage sector. Fourth-year Dalhousie student Alex Sisley said that after finding his current job he left retail and never looked back.

“I have a lot of friends that cant find jobs that they like, but they do it because they have to pay the bills,” he says.

 
 
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