Choosing the Right Program
8 tips for the right program fit
Getting the most out of your education is all about finding the right fit. Here are a few tips on how to select a program that matches your unique needs.
1. Get to know yourself.
Knowing what you want and what you love will help make sure you’re going to love your chosen career.
A few tools that can help
- The Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) offers online assessments that result in personalized career suggestions.
- Put pen to paper and brainstorm all the things that you’re keen on. Find out where your passions overlap with career possibilities.
2. Do your homework.
The assignment begins now.
Do you know the difference between Geological Sciences and Geomatics? Review our program pages carefully. Even though some program names may sound the same, they can be quite different! Make sure you understand those differences before you apply.
3. Research the industry.
Use the following questions to help decide if you should apply to a program.
- How many grads get jobs after graduation?
- What jobs are available and what are they like?
- What are the entry level and future salaries?
- What skills are required to be successful in the industry and the job?
- What is it like to work in the industry?
- What is the future like for the industry?
- Will I have to relocate?
You may also want to write a Career Investigation Report, which is required for some programs.
4. Focus on the right stuff.
Don't get distracted by potential salary. Although it's great to aspire to a high-paying career, make sure you'll also be happy with your work environment, job benefits and room for growth.
5. Listen to your family and friends AND listen to your heart.
Your parents and friends can offer good advice, but you also need to feel confident about the path you’re pursuing in order to stay motivated through the tough times.
6. Learn from experience.
How was high school for you? If art was your strength, consider translating your creative know-how into Graphic Design. Do you love the outdoors? Look into our Environment and Natural Resources programs.
7. Plan Ahead.
Get the ball rolling early. Think about your future career now so you can choose the right courses in high school, or consider upgrading with your chosen career in mind.