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Explore Education and Training

Are you in high school or considering a post-secondary education? Get started with post-secondary planning and begin exploring your options. Then learn how to make it happen, get involved in student life, and plan for future employment in your field.

Where Do I Start?

Understand Your Education Needs

You may know that you want to take more education and training. You may even know what you want to do when you finish. But making sure you get there means thinking about the ways you learn best.

Find Your Best Fit

Think about which program and school will best fit the plans you have for your career. Exploring your learning and training options is a key part of career planning. The most important thing you need to know is why you want to take an education or training program.

CAREERinsite: Online Career Planning Tools

CAREERinsite is your one-stop guide to career planning. You'll find everything you need to plan your work and learning here.

Retraining: How to Launch a New Career

Your career journey will likely include multiple careers over the course of your life. With each new career, you may need different skills and knowledge. If you’re exploring training options for a new career, these resources can help.

Explore Options

Learn About Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.

Part-Time Learning Options

Going to school part-time can give you flexibility to work while you study, take care of your family, or ease your course load.

Distance Learning: Make It Work for You

Distance learning, also known as distributed or online learning, is a way of “going to school” that lets you choose when and where you learn.

Indigenous Peoples Colleges

A number of post-secondary schools across Alberta offer programs for Indigenous Peoples.

Plan a Gap Year That Works for You

Finished school and wondering what’s next? Studying but not sure if you’re on the right path? Find out how a planned gap year can help you explore options.

Study Abroad: Choose the Right Program

If you’re thinking about studying abroad, give yourself plenty of time to research your options and find the opportunity that’s right for you.
Still in High School?

Start Planning What Steps to Take After High School

After high school, you may look for work or continue your education. Check out this quick introduction to resources that can help you figure out your next steps.

Get Started with the Registered Apprenticeship Program

If you’re a high school student interested in the skilled trades, RAP might be for you. RAP lets you earn on-the-job training hours towards an apprenticeship program while you earn credits towards your high school diploma.
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Dual Credit: Get a Head Start on Your Career

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start your post-secondary education. As early as grade 10, you can take dual credit courses to help you learn about a skilled trade or profession and get you ready to enter the workplace sooner.

Time to Choose Your Post-Secondary Education

Graduating from high school? Thinking about continuing your education? Time to Choose has profiles of post-secondary schools, where programs are offered, application deadlines, as well as information on career planning, student funding, and more. 

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 10 Checklist

Your time in high school will go by quicker than you can imagine. Before you know it, you will have to make decisions about work or school. Use this checklist to begin planning for post-secondary school.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 11 Checklist

You're almost there. It won't be long before you have to make some important decisions about work or school. If you're in Grade 11, use this checklist to continue planning for post-secondary school.

Planning for Post-Secondary: Grade 12 Checklist

Ensure you are ready for your transition to post-secondary education and training! Find out about admissions, timelines, money matters, and more. Use this checklist to plan for post-secondary school.

How Do I Make it Happen?

Student Life

There’s More to Education Than Studying

There’s a lot you can learn beyond the classroom—informally with friends and fellow students and in clubs, groups and programs.

How to Study Effectively

Finding enough time to study—and using that time effectively—can be a challenge for many students. The good news is that good study habits can be learned.
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Additional Resources for Specific Audiences

If you’re deciding on an education direction, the information and resources in this section are a good place to begin. Resources are categorized for specific audiences.

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How to Plan Your Education

You can choose to get education or training at any age or life stage. It’s a big decision. This guide will show you how to plan a learning path that keeps you moving toward your career goals.