Kieran Thomas graduated in July 2009 into one of the weakest job markets since the great depression.
The Montreal native completed an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Waterloo and quickly learned that getting a job close to home was an unlikely possibility.
"There were little to no jobs in Ontario or Quebec for new grad engineers, and the ones that were available were not very interesting and had very low starting salaries," Thomas, 27, said. "Most of my friends ended up going back to school for a master's degree to wait out the poor job market."
Looking back on it now, Thomas considers himself lucky. He didn't get a job in Ontario or Quebec, but did get a job. During his co-op program he did six work terms, three of which were in Alberta, so when it came time to apply for jobs he suddenly had some experience in the oil and gas industry.
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