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BA = Beginning of it All

FAIL stands for “First Attempt at Learning”

 You now need to learn how to “MASTER IT ALL” – Think MA

The Best and the Brightest

This is the cornerstone of the new (North) American economy: excellent opportunities for those with the best and most relevant credentials, uncertain prospects for the generalists, and significant challenges for those without the basic skills needed in the high- tech area.[1]

Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison, Dream Factories. Toronto. Tap Books- Dundurn Toronto (2016) at P.114.

The sub-title to this informative book, of whom one of the authors is a Canadian university professor, is frank and to the point; “Why Universities Won’t Solve the Youth Jobs Crisis”. It speaks to the dilemma that many Canadian students find themselves in as holders of BA and B.Sc. degrees, with thousands of dollars in debt with no place to go career wise. What the book does an excellent job in documenting is the extent to which families have been conditioned into believing that getting their sons and daughters into university. They believe that the baccalaureate degree program will start them on the road to a successful career; that great career being out there somewhere.

What Now?

For too many BA and B.Sc. graduates that career appears to be nowhere. Parisa Mahboubi of the C.D. Howe Institute understands their frustration. The BA or B.Sc. degree is proof positive that they are literate and have good post- secondary communication capability. However, there is a lack of skills match with specific jobs and careers in the “new economy” labour market. This is because niche specialization linked to a marketable knowledge management application is key to opening a professional career door. She succinctly states the dilemma for young professional career aspirants by posing the following question and answer in a recent Globe and Mail article:

Do your skills match the requirements of your job? For a large portion of Canadians, the answer is no, which raises serious concerns for policy-makers.

Parisa Mahboubi, Why Canada’s skills mismatch is cause for concern. The Globe and Mail, September 12, 2019.

While skills are essential for individual success in the labour market, they need to match properly with job requirements to enhance productivity and achieve desirable outcomes for workers, employers and society at large.[2]

Mastering Your Career Path

Baccalaureate degree holders are coming the realization that they need to explore Masters degree level of  study. They should look to obtaining a Masters of Arts (MA) or M.Sc. degree that is employment market-sector-oriented since. These Master’s programs will allow them to acquire the skills match capability to open professional career doors. These MA/M.Sc. degrees are not to be associated or confused with the traditional academic focused MA that is linked to Ph.D. degrees. A CBC Sunday Edition investigation [3]on Ph.D. career aspirations documented the extent to which the university career market for Ph.D.’s is extremely tight as aging professors refuse to retire and make room for a new wave of academics.

There is now a pool of employment oriented one -year graduate MA/M.Sc. degree programs that combine undergraduate specializations and law (MA Law, M.Sc. Law) . These programs are designed to provide baccalaureate degree holders with the skills to leverage their undergraduate passion and competencies while also matching employment needs in the professional services field. Many  “applied skills match programs”  respond to the growth of regulatory requirements associated with information services, health and social services, public sector and non-governmental (NGO) services.

The UK is the leader in providing non- law baccalaureate degree holders direct access to innovative applied one-year graduate MA Law degree programs. Check them out on the Featured Programs page of the Professional Career Launcher (

[1] Ken S. Coates and Bill Morrison, Dream Factories. Toronto. Tap Books- Dundurn Toronto (2016) at P.114.

[2] Parisa Mahboubi, Why Canada’s skills mismatch is cause for concern. The Globe and Mail, September 12, 2019.

[3] › radio › the-sunday-edition-april-8-2018-1.4604763