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Happy 5th birthday, TalentEgg!

Today, TalentEgg turns 5.

On April 2, 2008, the article “Hatching grad careers” was featured in Metro and, with that, TalentEgg.ca was officially launched.

Two weeks later, we were featured on Breakfast Television, followed by The Financial Post and several other major media outlets.

By September 2008, we were onto the second version of our website and already working with some of Canada’s top employers, including BDO, Enterprise, Kraft, Molson Coors and Procter & Gamble, all of whom are still among our hundreds of clients today.

Over the years, we’ve launched numerous innovations:

We have definitively led the industry and established ourselves as the #1 job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates in Canada, and grown from 15,000 unique student and recent graduate visitors per month in our first year to over 250,000 per month today.

But if I had to sum it up, I’d say that our overall achievements have been twofold:

  1. Facilitating unprecedented access to meaningful, career launching opportunities for students and recent graduates, and conversely connecting employers across the country with top Gen Y talent.
  2. Passionately, tirelessly and relentlessly raising the profile of the campus recruitment industry and youth employment in Canada.

And with that, today I am proud to announce the launch of Bright Ideas, a new crowd-sourcing initiative by TalentEgg that aims to find solutions to Canada’s youth unemployment problem.

Since TalentEgg launched, the youth unemployment situation in our country has gone from bad to worse for many students: the youth unemployment rate currently sits at 14.7% – about double the national average – and some estimate that youth under-employment may be as high as 50%. That means more college and university educated young people working in jobs that don’t require their level of education than ever before.

TalentEgg has worked with Canada’s top employers, colleges and universities from across the country, as well as millions of students and recent graduates for over five years now. Over that time, we have come to realize that all stakeholders – government, post-secondary institutions, community service providers, employers, businesses like TalentEgg and individuals like you – need to put their heads together to inspire real change and come up with positive ideas for solutions to youth un- and under-employment.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Visit Bright Ideas and submit your own youth unemployment solution – big or small. It’s easy!
  2. Ask your friends, family, colleagues and classmates to up-vote your bright idea, and up-vote others that you agree with. The more votes, the better the idea!

Ultimately, your ideas can help bring about change in youth unemployment – the best and brightest ideas will be voted to the top, and will be shared with key stakeholders.

Let’s get cracking! Together, we can inspire positive change in youth unemployment in Canada.

Written by

Lauren Friese is the founder of TalentEgg. After graduating from Queen's University and receiving her Masters from the London School of Economics, Lauren entered the workforce. She landed her first ‘real’ job shortly after, but thought there had to be a better way to transition from school to work. The idea was born and TalentEgg hatched in April 2008! Contact her at lauren@talentegg.ca.
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