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There may be more than one way to acquire the skills and knowledge you need to make your next career move. Find out more about the training paths that may be available to you.
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.
People learn in different ways, but most of us usually use a single style or method more often than another. Knowing your preferred method of learning may help you with your studying techniques.
Once you've identified a career direction and the education and training you need to make it a reality, your next step is to explore schools and programs.
Explore possible graduate earnings based on all sources of employment in a given tax year. It is important to note that some graduates may have been employed in jobs outside their field of study and the information is based on median (midpoint) earnings.
Discover which institutions offer programs of interest to you, how long it takes to complete each program if you attend full time, and what type of credential you earn when you graduate from the program.
An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience, on-the-job and technical training.
Distance learning is also known as distance education, distributed learning or online learning.
Going to school part-time can give you flexibility to work while you study, take care of your family, or ease your course load.
Check out these directories of post-secondary schools and programs outside Alberta.
From on-campus daycare to student residences to accommodating disabilities, there are plenty of services you’ll want when attending a post-secondary school. This features chart will help you uncover which services are available at each of the 26 publicly funded post-secondary schools in Alberta.
Consider these suggestions to help you choose the post-secondary school you will attend.
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.
You have options when it comes to paying for school. Most students fund their education with a combination of money earned, saved, and borrowed or awarded.
As a post-secondary student or recent graduate, you may be thinking about your job prospects. Try these 4 steps to help prepare you for the workforce.
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Find Your Best Fit

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.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why am I suited for or interested in this program of study?
  2. Where do I see myself after finishing the program?
  3. Where do I see myself in the next 5 years?

If you know where you want the training to take you, it’s much easier to decide which program will get you there.

Think about which program and school will best fit the plans you have for your career.

Consider:

  • Cost
  • Living arrangements
  • Full-time or part-time training pathsdistance learningapprenticeship, or training on the job
  • The time it will take to finish the program
  • How your learning or training will affect your life and the people in it
  • The time it will take from your daily activities
  • The job market after you graduate and what you will earn

Visit schools and ask questions about your chosen program and how to apply. Ask about the learning environment, services and supports, and extracurricular activity. 

In these video, consider how Ellysa and Sharon chose schools and programs that would be the right fit for them:

Researching and Choosing a Vocational College Program (2:43)

Ellysa is a student at a private college offering licensed vocational training. Watch as she discusses how she researched occupations in demand and managed her finances.

Achieving Dreams at a Private College (2:53)

Sharon is a student at a private college that offers approved degrees. Watch as she discusses her experience choosing a college and taking steps that will enable her to graduate debt free.

For more information on how to find your fit, check out the steps to becoming a post-secondary student.

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