The 2011 Canadian census showed that the Coast of Bays lost 555 residents from 2006 to 2011. Assuming that a fair portion of this number were graduating high school students who chose to leave the area to work and live in other parts of the province or country, the Coaster decided to talk to a number of 2012 graduates to see if they wanted to remain in the Coast of Bays.
Over the past few weeks we’ve talked to students At John Watkins, King, St. Anne’s and at Bay d’Espoir Academy. On June 8 two Level 111 students from Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West talked about their future career plans.
I’ve been accepted for a two-year office administrative course at the College of the North Atlantic at Grand Falls-Windsor for this coming September.
I’m hoping to land a job in the medical field after I complete this program.
I can’t see myself working in the Coast of Bays, as there are not many job opportunities here in this line of work. I seriously doubt that I’ll be a resident of the Coast of Bays four or five years from now. I realize that there are some good jobs in the aquaculture industry, but this type of work does not appeal to me.
I’ve been accepted to MUN where I want to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree aimed at work in the field of criminology. I’m very interested in this type of work, which will, in all likelihood, take me away from the Coast of Bays. So, the chances of my returning to live and work in this area seem very remote right now.
While the aquaculture industry is helping to revive our area economically, I have no interest in this type of activity.