Today’s university experience leads to rewarding careers and bright futures. Each student’s journey is unique and here at UniversityWorks, graduates from across Canada tell us their stories.

Hands-on experience builds better workforce

For Gabriel Bran Lopez, founding executive director of Youth Fusion and co-founder of FIRST Robotics Quebec, university provided the tools, resources and finances he needed to make a difference.

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Quick Facts


900,000 new jobs

Between May 2008 and May 2014, more than twice as many net new jobs were created for university graduates than for college and trades graduates combined. (878,000 and 437,000 respectively)

50% higher incomes

Over their careers, university graduates typically earning 50% more than other full-time workers without a university degree.

56% of net new jobs

Since 2008 in Alberta, 56% of net new jobs have been for university graduates. That’s almost double the number of net new jobs for college grads (31%) and more than triple those for trades.

25% growth in co-op students

The number of students in co-op programs jumped 25 percent in just seven years, from 53,000 students in 2006-07 to more than 65,000 in 2013.

30-40% higher salaries

Salaries for newly hired university graduates with work-integrated learning experiences are 30% to 40% higher than for graduates without those kinds of experiences.

Universities by the numbers

More statistics on Canadian universities and university graduates

“The study-abroad program... was
a gateway to Europe. I’d never travelled
before; I’d never had a global perspective.”
Kayla Carroll, Bachelor of Arts in English and Newfoundland Studies

The Value of a Degree