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Our loss, Canada's gain

By tovarichpeter   2013 Jan 9, 4:54am   685 views   6 comments   watch (0)   quote

Kazeem Olanrewaju obtained a doctorate in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Iowa, but he may have to return home to Nigeria because of the United States' broken immigration system.

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1   Rin   171/172 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 9, 5:10am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Well, there's one side to Canada which doesn't get much discussion.

Granted, they give points for advanced degrees, so that one can get a green card without an official job offer from let's say a Rogers or RIMM, however, what you'll notice is that all over Toronto, numerous cabbies and restaurant workers have doctorates and even MDs, without being able to apply their knowledge to their work.

Thus, Canada's highly educated crowd didn't result in a Silicon Valley or Research Triangle Park and Toronto Metro is 1/4 (if not half) of the Canadian white collar economy, whereas Calgary is more like a shrunkened Denver/Houston [ Mountain view but w/o the heat & humidity ] energy town.

As a result of the above, a lot of predatory prop trading firms are all over Ontario, luring in unemployed recent college graduates, with a hope of them making it as a daytrader. Sure, we have the trading arcades here, but they're not all over the place, as students can actually find work at a Fidelity or Scudder, working a sales desk or a computer.

2   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 9, 6:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Yeah but who wants to be on the sell side?

3   Rin   171/172 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 9, 7:28am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Peter, it's still a job and for a lot of young adults, it's a place to start.

In Canada, those kids would most likely be a receptionist or retail employee. And I'm including those in the non-healthcare sciences, as lab assistant positions are also more plentiful in the US.

4   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 9, 9:21am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

They do have tar sands and potash. :-)

5   Rin   171/172 = 99% civil   2013 Jan 9, 10:26am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Peter P says

They do have tar sands and potash. :-)

A lot of Canadians from my major/dept, applied chemistry/chemical engineering, are opting to go to Alberta for those opportunities. It's pretty similar to what we have going on in the Dakotas today (Shale extraction vs Sands mining), but perhaps a bit more mature, in terms of hiring, and folks aren't having to sleep in an RV in the tundra whereas it seems like the Dakotas have a severe housing shortage.

6   Peter P   78/78 = 100% civil   2013 Jan 9, 12:01pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Albert has kind-of ski destinations. I am sure they have finer things.

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