I articled at a municipality, took a brief position at a mid-sized firm in SW ON, and then was recruited into (another) mid-sized firm in Toronto doing the same thing. Before articling I worked part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer at not-for-profits and in-house. I entered law school fresh out of my undergraduate degree. My average was a B+ with A's and A+'s in municipal and planning law. Originally I tried to be a Crown but no one would hire me, so I randomly decided to article at a municipality and here I am.
Seems a bit alarmist.
I've only been articled for a couple months but the firm I'm at isn't really concerned, it's not the first time they have changed practice areas because the current area was no longer feasible.