About That Career Plan… Millennials, Gen Zs and the Future of Work

ASL interpretation will be available at this event. Please see "Accessibility, Technology and Privacy" below for more details.

The professional is personal, especially for young workers. 

From 2005 to 2016, the number of Canadians who were considered economic “gig workers” grew by 700,000, and British Columbia has the most gig workers of any other province or territory. COVID-19 has contributed to some of the highest unemployment rates we’ve seen in recent history. Millennials and Gen Zs are being warned that, more than ever, their generations are overeducated and underemployed. We’ve witnessed the crash and burn of marketplace “innovations” such as WeWork, Car2Go and Foodora Canada alongside a pronounced fall in unionization rates amongst young workers. We’re taught in high school planning to identify a career path and follow it through—but is a “career path” a thing of the past? 

Join CityHive, SFU Public Square and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue with special guest co-facilitators Global Shapers as we host storytelling and dialogue on the future(s) of young workers. We'll be joined by economists, labour scholars, gig workers, salaried employees, union representatives, entrepreneurs and recent graduates who will share the good, the bad and the ugly about their personal work stories, and where they see employment heading in the future.

Guiding questions

  • What kinds of jobs will be available?
  • What trends were emerging in the youth (<30) labour force prior to COVID-19, and how will COVID-19’s impact on labour and employment impact youth moving forward?
  • What does it mean to be “overeducated” or “underemployed,” and how do these phenomena particularly impact youth (15-30)?
  • How are young people relating to unions as gig/precarious work continues to rise? Is there a disconnect and, if so, how do we move forward?
  • How and where will we be working, and are offices over?

Stay tuned for speaker announcements!


Illustrator Kim Nipp brought the themes of this powerful conversation to life in real time with a live-streamed illustration of the speakers and the issues they raised. Read more on our blog: Graphic recording brings online events to life.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

12:00 - 1:15 PM


Online Event
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ASL interpretation

ASL interpretation will be available for this event. Please arrive by 11:55am for instructions and support getting set up to view the interpreters' video. Interpreters will be named "ASL – FirstName" and we recommend "pinning" their video to your screen.

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Registration and Password

A password to access this webinar will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking
  • We will lock the meeting at 12:10pm
  • We will ask that participants use their first and last name as their display name on the webinar, so we can check incoming participants against the event registration list

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.

We also ask that you respect our community guidelines:

  • Be as present as possible (turn video on, put away phone, close/mute tabs).
  • Thoughtful questions are welcome in the chat throughout the session. If your question is for a particular speaker, type “@name” at the beginning.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or video image. We can refer to people using the usernames they provide!
  • Step up, step back: if you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again.
  • Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility or privacy, feel free to connect with us at