IN PHOTOS: Not Their Field of Dreams

In 2012, the year I graduated Ryerson University, a total of 33,878 degrees were awarded from Toronto universities. If you include those from the city’s four colleges, I graduated alongside 53,000 students – that’s almost enough bodies to fill the Air Canada Centre three times over.

Many of these graduates will face chronic under-employment and unemployment.

I did what I thought should do to become a self-sufficient adult. But instead of gaining the independence and peace-of-mind a post-secondary education promised, I have a long future of unstable employment and inconsistent pay ahead of me. Forget visiting a dentist or saving for the future.

The individuals in this photo essay have all received post-secondary education, but after lengthy searches for paid work in their respective fields, were forced to find work elsewhere.

Click photos below to view.

Solana Cain is a visual storyteller currently residing in Toronto. 


  1. RyanTylerThomas
    November 18, 2014

    shedoesthecity this is stunning.

  2. November 19, 2014

    You might want to read this interesting point of view on employment and university educations from Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs.

  3. Andrew Shortt
    November 23, 2014

    Yeah and I did roofing when I got out of University until I could find a job. it has always been difficult getting your first job out of University. And let’s not forget generations before us who got out of school and went to storm beaches overseas. The world doesn’t owe you a living and life isn’t always fair. The only thing you are entitled to is what you go get for yourself. Stop whining and go get it.

  4. She Does The City
    November 23, 2014

    I don’t think anyone is whining here.

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