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Five years ago on this day, more than 500 protesters were arrested in Montreal – most were students protesting tuition fee increases. After plans to hike tuition were halted, it was considered a victory for Quebec students. But, how is the rest of the Canadian student population handling rising tuition rates? And how will graduating students pay off their student loans?

A report released in July 2015 by the Canadian University Survey Consortium surveyed 18,144 graduating students from 36 universities.

The report stated that the average student debt is $26,819. It also reported that 55% of new graduates have no work experience in their chosen field of employment. While 31% of graduates have arranged employment after graduation, 36% of them are jobs slightly or not at all related to their acquired skills and knowledge. Of the 18,144 graduating students surveyed, more students completed an unpaid internship than students who completed a paid internship.

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Career Edge Talent Manager Ibiyemi Balogun says, “Paid internships give you the opportunity to get your foot in the door into an organization you ordinarily wouldn’t get into, which will give you the experiences you need to launch a career with future financial assistance.”

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