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Are you wondering how to get the career you want? Do you know how to build the skills and knowledge you need? There may be more than one way. Find the training path that’s right for you.
Whether you are a student in school or a student of life, you can always keep learning how to learn. Follow these tips to become a more effective learner.
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 or online learning lets you choose when and where you learn. There is no formal classroom setting. Instead, you use online, print, or video resources to study at your own pace—often in your own home.
Going to school part-time can give you flexibility to work while you study, take care of your family, or ease your course load.
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.
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.
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.
Develop a detailed plan to help you prepare for life as a post-secondary student.
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Education & Training

Make an Action Plan for Attending Post-Secondary

Once you have chosen a program, it’s time to make sure you do everything you need to do before you start school.

Most of the tasks will fall into 4 main categories, and not all of these categories will apply to all students.

1. Apply to the school

Apply to the program or school well before the deadline. Then you will know as soon as possible whether you have been accepted. Courses and programs fill up quickly, so the sooner you apply, the better. You may also find out about any problems with your application in time to correct them. Make sure you have a backup plan in case you’re not accepted.

2. Apply for student funding

Many students need money to go to school. If you are applying for a student loan or other kinds of financial help, apply well before the deadline. You can apply for financial assistance at any time of year. However, the sooner you apply, the better. Apply in May or June for programs that start in September. For more information, visit Alberta Student Aid

3. Find a place to live

Some people need to move to other communities to go to school or take training. Make your housing arrangements before you go to school. Some schools have student residences on or near campus. Others provide information on housing to prospective students.

4. Find child care

If you have young children, you will need to arrange for child care for the times when you are in school and perhaps when you are studying. Have your child-care plans in place before you begin classes. 

Create your action plan

What things do you have left to do? Draw up your action plan. Check off each step as you finish it. Click "Add Activity" to create a new action for your plan. 

Go for it!

You are about to start on a new adventure in learning. You’ve looked at your options and made a decision about your education and training. You’ve made an action plan, so you know what you have to do.

You’ve done nearly everything that you need to do to help you reach your career goal. Well done! Now, there’s only one thing left to do—go for it!

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