MMFBT 003 – Rob Carrick: 1984 vs 2012

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Sorry it’s been so long since the More Money for Beer and Textbooks Podcast has released an episode.  We have some great interviews in the hopper, and we will start releasing them every two weeks.  Don’t worry, we’ll keep making sure both your glass and wallet always stay full.

This week we chat with Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail.  Rob is one of Canada’s preeminent personal finance voices and in addition to his columns, he is extremely active on social media, and has written the following books:

“How Not to Move Back in With Your Parents: The Young Person’s Complete Guide to Financial Empowerment”

“Rob Carrick’s Guide to What’s Good, Bad and Downright Awful in Canadian Investments Today”

“How to Pay Less and Save More For Yourself: The Essential Consumer Guide to Canadian Banking and Investing”

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Rob also seems to have found a place as a voice in the Baby Boomer wilderness for the Millennial Generation and he was kind enough to help Justin and I with our book.

Before I forget, you would be doing us a major favor if you would stop by iTunes and rate our podcast and leave us a comment telling us what you think and/or what you would like to see on the next edition.  If you want to tell us that our voices suck and that our vocabulary is one step above that of your pet turtle that’s ok, any feedback would be great that this point.

On this episode we discuss:

  • The weird rationale behind the “Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps” line of thought and why it’s “idiotic”.
  • Do you have it tougher than your parents and grandparents did?
  • What do the Millennials look like through the eyes of a Baby Boomer?
  • “2012 vs 1984 Why Young Adults Really Do Have It Harder Today” Carrick’s ultra-popular article that he penned this year and the huge response that followed.
  • Youth unemployment rate is double the overall unemployment rate of the general population.
  • Underemployment issues that are paramount for young Canadians.
  • Today’s struggles and the consequent lack of sympathy/empathy for Generation Y.
  • Rob’s experiences as a post-secondary student in 1984 (*spoiler alert* things were a lot better).
  • Public schools and the failure to teach financial literacy.
  • Choosing a career path and a corresponding educational plan.
  • Communicating the realities of today’s labour market to today’s youth.
  • How universities and colleges should look to 2013 graduates.
  • Your options when it comes to repaying your student loans.
  • Repaying student debt before buying a house or looking at retirement, “Life begins when student loans get paid off.”
  • Rob’s post-secondary advice to his own sons.
  • Having a post-secondary funding talk with your parents/children.
  • Rob’s discount beer recommendations from “back in the day”.

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