Caylie is currently a second year student at Dalhousie university. She's unemployed and lives with her godmother in Spryfield. While she does pay rent, it's not as high as living in her own apartment or in residence would be.
Originally from Clare, NS, she worked for three years in a restaurant and two summers at a take-out window. These positions required her to have a food handler's certificate, and to be able to speak, read and write in both French and English. These were great positions but ultimately led to her dealing with depression.
Of course, being a student and having to deal with the highest tuition rates in the country have taken their toll. Caylie will be facing student loan debt like most graduates, and despite applying through the government Job bank and a government summer employment plan, has been unable to secure employment locally to help her get through school. Thankfully, Her parents have been supportive and as she put it:
Like a lot of young people, Caylie would rather stay in Nova Scotia, close to her family, than move for a job. Dealing with depression, anxiety and all of the stresses that come with these ailments restrict her travelling too far from home. She's currently three hours away from them and that's far enough.
Caylie describes the job application process as being "...[full of] anxiety, stress, worry that I won’t be good enough or that I will fail the interview. Sometimes I feel embarrassed because I feel like I don’t have enough work experience to be applying for certain jobs."
While most of her peers are still in school, those that have finished their degrees or diplomas are either working in a local fish plant, restaurant, or other places that have little to do with their education. One friend working in a nursing home, another pair of friends working as flight attendants, but most of her job-seeking friends have gone out west to the oil fields.
Her goal is to become a lawyer and stay in the province. Facing the kind of job market we are currently dealing with is a harsh reality for every student in Caylie's position, and while our education system is good, and the skill sets are rich and diverse, we cannot keep them here.