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12-05-2012, 11:54 AM
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What's the best post secondary program?

Speaking strictly in terms of potential of landing a job soon after graduation. Only undergraduate programs.

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Major in manufacturing tiny screws. You can land a job in fields ranging from watch making to watch repair.

Seriously tho, major in something you like. If you're just going to university to get a job, you're going to have a crappy four years.

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Definitely not psych or political science

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Almost anything involving medical field. There are tons of jobs available.

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Almost anything involving medical field. There are tons of jobs available.
OP wants a job that he can get with a bachelors degree.. Is there really much out there for undergrads>

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12-05-2012, 01:24 PM
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OP wants a job that he can get with a bachelors degree.. Is there really much out there for undergrads>
Nursing, accounting, engineering?

Applied fields.

What did the OP mean by secondary program though? Does he mean getting a minor?

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with just a BA? Nursing and Engineering I guess, but those are both real hard programs (especially nursing)

not much in terms of good jobs for anything else. You'll need to do grad school or professional school

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There is none, and this is the completely wrong way to approach choosing a career.

We are not machines but living creatures with different capabilities and intelligences and "soft skills." Statistically, is pursuing a degree in engineering a good decision in terms of post-graduation employment options? Sure, but that doesn't mean you are going to be a attractive candidate for a job even if you have an engineering degree.

You want a job? Find something you're interested in, and be better than anyone else at it.

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12-05-2012, 01:42 PM
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Engineering will always be near the top (probably the best), nursing will be as well. In the near future I can imagine computer science being a great degree to have.

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Engineering and Business are the top in my book


If you can do it, accounting is gravy train

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Nursing, accounting, engineering?

Applied fields.

What did the OP mean by secondary program though? Does he mean getting a minor?
OP said post secondary

High school is secondary. College is Post-Secondary

Then he said only undergraduate, which is a bachelors degree

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accounting, finance, computer science, engineering, economics

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FYI, I'm in law school, but I was having a discussion with my girlfriend who seems to think that there were a lot of other undergraduate programs better than nursing, which she is currently in, in terms of job prospects.

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FYI, I'm in law school, but I was having a discussion with my girlfriend who seems to think that there were a lot of other undergraduate programs better than nursing, which she is currently in, in terms of job prospects.
Ultimately depends on where you are too. If you're in alberta, there are loads of nursing careers available. Everyone I've heard from who is in nursing or knows a nurse says that alberta is starving for them. As much OT as you can handle is available. Nurses are shipped in from the Philippines to help cope.

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Software engineering.

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Software engineering.
would probably be better to learn yourself and save x amount of money. You don't need a degree to get jobs in software engineering

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would probably be better to learn yourself and save x amount of money. You don't need a degree to get jobs in software engineering
Definitely, but without a degree you'll have to prove yourself to be much, much better than those that do have a degree.

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Definitely, but without a degree you'll have to prove yourself to be much, much better than those that do have a degree.
You'd also be more experienced using it so that would be a big plus. Most of the crap in college is spoonfed to you so you learn it over 4 years with minimal usage. If you are doing it at home, you could make whatever the hell you want

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would probably be better to learn yourself and save x amount of money. You don't need a degree to get jobs in software engineering
University is about networking as much as learning anyways. Having a degree and well respected references to bring to a job interview are arguably more necessary to get a desirable job than pure skill. Not to mention the connections/work experience you get in the co-op program.

Yes it's possible to get a job without a degree, but it's clearly the tougher path, and if you do everything right at university it shouldn't take you more than a year or two to pay off your student loans.

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would probably be better to learn yourself and save x amount of money. You don't need a degree to get jobs in software engineering
I'm pretty sure you'd have to have a bachelors in engineering to get your professional license.

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You'd also be more experienced using it so that would be a big plus. Most of the crap in college is spoonfed to you so you learn it over 4 years with minimal usage. If you are doing it at home, you could make whatever the hell you want
The best approach would be doing both at the same time. The great thing about computer science is you can have professional jobs during school.

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The best approach would be doing both at the same time. The great thing about computer science is you can have professional jobs during school.
Of course that's the best way but most people would rather waste their time off

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If you're willing to move to Alberta to get a job (which I did), Power Engineering or CAD Drafting.

My dad was at a conference in Calgary this summer, where he talked to one of the higher ups for Cenovus, and they were looking for around 2500 3rd class power engineers, and they only found about 800. Apparently they were offering $110k+ salary. AFAIK, this can be had with only 2 years of college.

If you prefer to sit in an office, there's CAD Drafting. That's what I got when I moved here despite not exactly being qualified for it (I had more of a GIS background), and I think that's just a 1 year program. Tons of job there too.

I'm sure there are tons of other related to oil and gas, but those are two that I personally know of.

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Oh yea, and like others have been saying, you don't go to university to get a job.

I graduated with a double major in Geomatics and History. Didn't learn much in terms of actual job know-how, but I gained a ton of life experience, networking connections, and critical reasoning withing my field. I then took a 1-year college graduate program and learned a ****-ton more actual hands-on stuff that I use all the time in my day-to-day at work. But my experience in university allows me to come up with creative solutions and things that can make the field move forwards and set me apart from others.

The whole University=Theory, College=Hands-On thing we have going in Canada (I know it's different in the US) is 100% true, and ideally you want some of both, and a ton of hard work networking with potential employers. If you do that, you can pretty much get a job in anything.

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