- Self examination: Before you even look at schools or fees, start with self examination:
- What are your interests and passions?
- What are your strengths and abilities?
- What jobs or careers interest you?
- Labour market trends: Use research from Statistics Canada or industry associations to better understand where the opportunities are in the labour market so that you have a better chance of finding a job when you graduate. Evaluate the market size and the salary expectations, location and mobility requirements for any field you are considering.
- Education options: Consider all your options, including college, university and trade/vocational school. Be sure to evaluate all aspects, including length of study, specific learning outcomes, expected salary upon completion and future growth and development.
- Cost: Investigate the cost of your planned education and begin to think about how you will pay for it. Be sure to understand and evaluate all of the options available to you, including RESPs, scholarships and bursaries, and loans from the government as well as financial institutions.
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