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Find the Right Employees Through Storytelling

The British Columbia Construction Association states that ‘Even though the youth unemployment rate in BC is 14.5%, only 1 in 85 graduates enter the trades directly out of high school. We need that statistic to be 1 in 5 to fill the workforce gap.’ An amazing static, considering how lucrative and innovative careers in trades can be. So yes, there is a skills gap, and figures like this make it nearly impossible to deny. Also evident is the drop of the price of oil and the fall of the Canadian dollar. Both of these drivers push more people to diversify their career choices and explore options that may not include punching the clock at 9:00am, and again at 5:00pm. Or so we thought.

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Breaking Down Generational Barriers

It isn’t possible to generalize a generation, and we need to stop trying to do so.

The Berlin Wall, constructed in 1961, separated East Berlin from West. On the East side of the wall was, of course, the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. The West side of the wall, comprised of American, French, and British sectors, was a free city that operated with much less restriction than its neighbour over the 3.6m (11.8ft) divisor. Throughout the nearly three decades it was standing, it was believed that all people thought, desired, and acted much different than those over the wall. But did they? In Germany in the middle of the 20th century, there was no talk about generations, no discussion about age; just that of a wall and a political idealism that separated two groups of people into silos, much like generational titles do now. There was no talk about the individual, just the silo the individual was unfairly placed in. The destruction of the wall began on November 9th, 1989. Here, some 26 years later, I’m calling for the destruction of generational barriers in the workforce.


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