Calgary Board of Education

Career Centre - Education Options

This brochure, "The Next Step"(doc) is a handy reference to help you with the transition from high school into your future.

For very specific technical needs, choosing a school may be easy. There might be only two or three places that teach a particular skill. For more common trades or for a liberal arts education, the choice can be overwhelming. While there are no real rules about how to choose a school and a program, the following are general guidelines that can help make the process easier:

  • Determine what type of school you are looking for: university, college, vocational school or institute
  • Determine what type of program you would like to take or what specific skills you need to acquire
  • Obtain course calendars from the schools that you are interested in and visit their Web sites

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Consider some of the following criteria:

  • Location
  • Size of school and classes
  • Reputation of school and job placement rate of graduates
  • Opportunities for cooperative programs (i.e., programs that combine work and study experience)
  • Fees and financial aid options (e.g., scholarships, grants)
  • Admissions requirements
  • Quality of facilities and resources (e.g., libraries, technical equipment)
  • Faculty, staff
  • Ability to accommodate special needs (e.g., access to adaptive technology for visually impaired students)
  • Recreational and other activities (e.g., sports, clubs, school newspaper)

Like any other product or service, it is important to be a smart consumer when choosing the institution where you take your courses. After reading through this section, if you still have questions, please feel free to contact your Guidance Counsellor

Here are some web sites that you can use to research your education options:

Planning for Post-Secondary

Funding Your Post-Secondary Education

Links to Post-Secondary Institutions

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