Online post-secondary “guides”

The Internet has changed how you make decisions about which post-secondary program you will take. It used to be that you had to go a university library, sit at a table and go through each and every calendar to see what was what.

Now, all you have to do is follow the links, beginning with an online guide such as this one to Canadian universities across Canada.  Once there, you only have to click on the province of your choice and follow the options available. This particular guide has everything at your fingertips. For example, scroll down the main page and you will find MBA and Law programs, as well as entire sections on career planning, graduate resources and a job and employment directory.

The Toronto Star also has an entire “post-secondary” section about colleges and universities in the greater Toronto area. As with the Canadian guide, there are articles on career planning, financial issues, scholarships and opportunties to volunteer. See also the “Tool Kit” in a sidebar on the right. It contains tips on such subjects as how to budget, how to find an apartment and/or how to find a part-time job.

Applying to Graduate School? If yes, a reminder that the process is more than about marks. Make an appointment to speak to a departmental representative. But, even before that, examine, online, who does what type of research. The bottom line is that there MUST be a faculty member who is involved in the area of research you identify on your application before you can be accepted — because no one can be accepted without a faculty advisor. So, find out what research is being done in your department of choice and then gear your application and departmental meeting to a “problem” that is within those areas.

Here are other post-secondary links as well. As the old Bell slogan said — let your fingers do the walking.