I recently graduated from university with my B.Eng in civil engineering. I'm working for a consulting company here in Calgary, AB (Canada), along with a good friend (and fellow graduate) of mine. There's only one problem - I never have any work to do! There's lots of work going on around me, and the more senior people seem to be constantly run off their feet with work. It's almost like they can't justify taking the time to give us work because it a) takes time to come up with suitable tasks, b) would take us a little longer to complete the task, and c) it's just plain easier for them to do it themselves. Here is my question to you: Is it an employer's responsibility to provide an adequate work load for junior employees? I have a lot to offer and I'm ready and willing to help in any way I can, but it seems that every time I ASK for work, I get stuck with a task that is neither interesting nor important. My boss is very easy to talk to and I've explained to him that I want more work - and he assures me that soon I'll have more. But soon never seems to come. It's been over a month now. I'm a very competent worker, and my boss has commented a number of times that he's very pleased with my performance. It's just discouraging when you're not given the opportunity to fulfill your potential. Any comments?