Best cities for young professionals

Where do I want to live? Will I be able to pursue my profession? These are questions being asked by young professionals. Work is a lot more then a job. Your work has to fulfill social needs, provide an outlet for creativity and offer opportunities for advancement. A satisfactory economic reward needs to be in place from the beginning, with the potential for even greater earnings in the not-too-distant future. Which city will you choose?

A recent study by Next Generation Consulting (NCG) recently announced its "Next Cities" rankings. This lists the the best places in Canada for young professionals to live and work.

The rankings were tabulated by NGC after they collected and analyzed 45 measures for all Canadian cities with populations of more than 100,000.

Here is a list of the top cities with #1 being ranked the best place to live and work in Canada:

1. Victoria, British Columbia
2. Ottawa, Ontario
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
4. Kingston, Ontario
5. Halifax, Nova Scotia
6. Toronto, Ontario
7. Calgary, Alberta
8. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
9. London, Ontario
10 Edmonton, Alberta
11. Winnipeg, Manitoba
12. Regina, Saskatchewan
13. Thunder Bay, Ontario
14. St. Catharines-Niagra, Ontario
15. Saint John, New Brunswick
16. Montreal, Quebec
17. Kitchener, Ontario
18. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
19. Quebec City, Quebec
20. Hamilton, Ontario
21. Sherbrooke, Quebec
22. Sudbury, Ontario
23. Oshawa, Ontario
24. Windsor, Ontario
25. Abbotsford, British Columbia
26. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
27. Saguenay, Quebec

Next to where will I live another question facing young professionals is when will I be promoted? With the economy starting to show some signs of recovery we are seeing a change in attitude amongst the older workers. The ones that you thought would be retiring soon may have to rethink that option. Many of these older workers have taken a financial hit on their retirement savings. So now that promotion that you were expecting may not occur.

A survey done by Angus Reid conducted by RSM Richter shows that Canadians aged 18-to-25 years-old are concerned about losing leadership opportunities due to delayed retirement. In fact 70% of the respondents said this is a concern.

Younger people are looking for leaders who have a strong vision. Experience is not as important as that vision and energy to lead the team. Most stated that leaders under 50 are preferred with 64% saying an ideal leader would be under 40 years-old.

So finding the right place to live and the right company to give you the opportunity to advance is a large part of the job search. Employers need to be aware of what will attract the ideal job candidate.