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Researching College Programs: Career Planning sub-module 4 of 4

Chances are, before you make a big purchase like a new phone, you do a little research first. College not only costs money, but takes time and effort, so treat this investment the same way: make an informed program choice by gathering as much information as possible to ensure a program meets your goals. This module will help you navigate program information as you decide if that program is right for you.

Tips

  • Read up.Check out an online program description for detailed information about that program.
  • Go see.Attend an open house to tour the campus and get a better sense of a program.
  • Ask an expert.Chat with a program coordinator or representative about your career goals and any questions you may have about the program.
  • Meet your support system.Learn about the Student Support Services offered at your college.
  • Reach out.If you’re still struggling to pick a program, set up an appointment to chat with a counsellor at your college.

Get Informed!

Watch this video to learn about where to find information on college programs. You can also download the Get Informed! video transcript.

Resources for Making an Informed Program Choice

Take advantage of these resources when selecting a program.

  • Detailed program descriptions can be found on most college websites.
  • Use a program description to get a clearer idea of specific courses offered, program length, career opportunities, and academic requirements.
  • A Program Coordinator can answer your questions and help with program-specific concerns. This terminology may change from college to college, so look for titles like "Program Representative" or "Program Contact," too.
  • Contact information can usually be found in the online program description.
  • Most colleges host open houses a few times a year.
  • These events give you a chance to explore the campus, visit with staff from academic programs and college services, and learn more about the programs you’re interested in.
  • Check out any student services offered by the colleges you’re considering. These services, such as counselling, tutoring, and academic accommodation, can support your learning.

Tools

Use the tools below to gather information on the college programs you are interested in.

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