It’s almost 2008; another year is over. As you begin to look ahead and consider your goals for the future, does increasing your education top your to-do list? If you are a current or former college or university student, furthering your studies might be easier and less time consuming than you think.
Most post-secondary institutions have agreements with other colleges and universities. This means, you may receive credit recognition for the education you have already completed. For example, there might be a formal agreement between a college diploma program and a university degree program, which means after completing your college diploma you may be able to gain university acceptance at a second or third-year level. Every school, program and agreement is different, so do your research. Check with your institution’s career centre to see what transfer options you have. Transfer agreements between colleges and universities in Ontario can be viewed online at www.ocutg.on.ca.
If you want to further your education without consideration of transfer credits then deciding which institution to apply to is easy when you have the right tools. You can achieve your academic aspirations and enhance your employment prospects through a college diploma, university degree or post-diploma certificate. Start by looking at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (www.aucc.ca) and Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ (www.accc.ca) websites. Diverse education options allow you to study part-time, online or even abroad, making it easier to commit to a once intimidating endeavour.
When considering post-secondary programs be sure to consider admission criteria, required Grade Point Averages, tuition fees, application procedures and important deadlines.
If you find yourself dreaming of a future that includes further education let me remind you of the wise words of Peter F. Drucker, an American writer who said, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”