What Now? A Guide to the Right Education and Career for You

A guide for graduating high school students and anyone looking for a career change

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What Now? A Guide to the Right Education and Career for You


Career and education planning has probably not been the first thing to pop to mind over the last few months as we’ve dealt with the impact of COVID-19 and the growing global protest movement, but these events have highlighted some really important things about education, work, and what kinds of occupations we cannot do without; they may evolve, but they are unlikely to become obsolete in our lifetimes.

Think about the people who couldn’t self-isolate because they had to go to work and provide ways for people to get groceries and other essentials, including grocery store workers, truck drivers and delivery people. Don’t forget about the people who coordinate their routes, mail carriers, health care workers, first responders, people who repair things that are important/essential to our daily lives, people who provide emergency services, waste management, and more.

Think about the types of jobs that could be done from a home office at least as effectively as from a corporate location but without the commute, meal-planning, or water cooler interactions. There are upsides and downsides to both situations. Remember that one person’s positive could be another’s drawback.

Think about the jobs that disappeared in the blink of an eye. Think about the occupations that may not encompass the values we expected them to, or whose job descriptions are different than we thought they were. Think about the politicians who have served their constituents well and those who have let voters down.

The footage of the protests and the response to protestors shows a side of policing that may not be the first thing to come to mind when considering a career in law enforcement. Current events are offering insight into the world of work that we don’t normally get. Notice how we are receiving information, how resources are being provided, what changes may be afoot as a result of the global demand for change along with the battle against COVID-19. Existing occupations may undergo big changes and entirely new careers will likely arise out of this time.

If you already have a plan for your education and career, how will it fit into our evolving society?

As you observe what’s happening around us, are you noticing occupations that involve work that resonates with you?

Education is also changing in the face of COVID-19. Schools were abruptly closed from Pre-K to post-secondary and many universities have announced plans for dramatically reduced on-campus offerings for the fall, expecting to provide the majority of instruction online. This changes the availability of education and could be beneficial for students who work and/or have children. Online class discussion is different from in-class interaction and this could be a real drawback to online offerings, particularly for students who don’t have reliable internet access.

On the other hand, for students who don’t thrive in a classroom environment, online learning could be a boon and a real relief. It means not necessarily having to find housing close to campus or dealing with transit or parking, which could also mean not having to give up a job to go to school and some commuting for those with on-campus labs, etc.

Online post-secondary learning has typically not been considered to be on the same level as on-campus learning, but with so many traditional schools making the transition to online courses – even if only temporarily – established online institutions seem poised to level up, particularly since their remote programming and supports are already in place and they are experienced in virtual education. Additionally, it seems likely that traditional schools will embrace a hybrid approach to learning in the post-COVID era (whenever that starts) and offer both online and on-campus options for applicable courses.

Change is afoot all around us. We can all adapt and grow with it. A step by step guide to recognizing your interests and deciding how to incorporate them into your future, What Now?  A Guide to the Right Education and Career for You provides you with the tools you need to choose a career path and plan your education. Where to go, what to take, gap years, questions to ask, how to know if you're doing the right thing, and so much more is covered in this informative and efficient course. A must for anyone seeking post-secondary guidance or looking for a career change!

What You Will Learn!

  • You will be prepared to apply to post-secondary schools, having narrowed your interests to one or two disciplines. You’ll understand that your interests may evolve over the course of your education and your life.
  • You will be able to match the right program of study for you with a school that fits your personality with the understanding that what fits you may change as your life experience grows and your sphere of influence changes.
  • Understand what your interest/aptitude assessment says about you and use that information in your career search, knowing that most often, those interests can fit into a broad spectrum of careers and opportunities.
  • Understand program requirements and know what you need to do to achieve them. It’s pretty important to try to meet those requirements even if your chosen path at 17 doesn’t require them. It’s pretty hard to fit high school upgrading in at 40 around the kids’ basketball practice and paying the mortgage.
  • Objectively assess career options to find best fit for the life you want, knowing that most people don’t work in one job until retirement. This is why it’s important to take the time to understand yourself and what drives you.
  • There will be a series of personal discoveries during this course that will enable students the world over to attend family functions and answer Great Aunt Mildred with confidence when she inevitably asks whether they've gotten their lives together yet.
  • There’s no absolute checklist to career planning. People change and grow over time and so do jobs and careers. Knowing what makes you want to get out of bed rather than pull the covers over your head is pretty huge. There will likely be times when the bills just need to be paid. Knowing what excites you is as essential in terms of self care as it is to finding your dream job.
  • Life is long, if all goes according to plan. You’ll probably be working for a lot of that life. It’s worth it to take the time to find out what drives you.
  • Career planning is a LOT. This course is designed to help you organize your thoughts and create a foundation to build from. What grows from there is different for everyone. It’s okay to be different.

Who Should Attend!

  • People looking for a step-by-step plan to help them decide what type of post-secondary education to pursue (certificate, diploma, degree), which school to go to, and what career path to follow.
  • High school students looking for career guidance
  • People interested in making a career change



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