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Keep the learning going!

February 6, 2012

If you are graduating from a post-secondary program this year, you may be thinking of continuing your studies in a graduate program, a certification, or even a new discipline. Application deadlines for many programs are approaching fast, so if you’re thinking of going back to school, you should get the ball rolling with some of these useful tools: Working in Canada’s Career Exploration and CanLearn’s Program Search.

Working in Canada’s Career Exploration tool (in the centre of the home page) will give you a good glimpse into what life after graduating from specific programs is like. You can enter a keyword related to the program you are considering and then select the most appropriate match from the list that appears. Once the report loads, the first thing you’ll see is a brief description of the program and what you can expect. The "What Grads Think" section will give you an idea of whether recent grads in that program are satisfied with their experience. Finally, you’ll also see a list of typical occupations where most of these grads from this program end up. You’ll also be able to link through and easily find information on wages, job postings, etc. for each occupation.

If you already know what you’re looking for, CanLearn’s Program Search tool will help you find institutions across Canada that are offering programs you may be interested in. You can easily customize your search by selecting the program level you’re interested in and where you’re willing to travel within Canada. Once you get your search results, you can click on programs that may interest you for a detailed profile that gives you general information as well as program specifics and admission requirements. There is also a link to the institution’s web site if you want more information.

Once you’ve narrowed down some of the schools you’re considering, why not contact program faculty and ask them some specific questions? If you’re lucky, they might give you some hints on how to make your application stand out.

Share some of your own experiences in the comments below to help others that might be considering more school. Best of luck with your applications!