Advice for Students: How to Choose your Post-Secondary Area of Study

1If you’re a 12th grade student, you’ve probably already applied to all of your prospective programs in all of the universities and colleges you would consider attending in September.

If you’re a student in grade 11, you should already be considering how you’ll likely spend the next 2-4 years of your life and the potential career you will be pursuing. The decision-making process can be exciting and confusing, but there are a few things you should consider before you make your final decision. While your family and friends may offer you advice and suggestions about your field of study and your career options, you should be the final decision-maker and do what is fulfilling for you.

  1. Trust your self-assessment. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What types of websites do you tend to browse? It’s true when they say, “find a job you love, and you’ll never ‘work’ again”. And while it’s rare to find someone who loves their job 100% all the time, it certainly won’t hurt if your job includes elements that you take personal interest in.
  2. Take a personality quiz. One of the most helpful quizzes is the Jungian personality test, which groups personalities into 16 types based on four dichotomies of introversion-extroversion, sensation-intuition, thinking-feeling, and perception-judging. Your personality type makes you better-suited to certain types of careers.
  3. Take a career quiz. These can sometimes be arbitrary, but they often take hints that you give based on your personality, work style and preferred lifestyle, to give you a few good ideas about the types of careers you should pursue, and hence an indication of the types of programs you should be investigating.
  4. Research up-and-coming job trends. Yes, you should study what sparks your interest, but you should also take future employability into account. After all, we are all at least partially motivated to pursue post-secondary education to ensure that we will be able to provide for ourselves and our families in the future.
  5. Consider finances. Sure, we would all love to study abroad and gain and experience of a lifetime. In reality, most of us are restrained by our financial situation. While investments such as an RESP and financial assistance from our parents are helpful, we need to maintain a sense of pragmatism when it comes to choosing an appropriate post-secondary program and institution.

In summary, you need to create the post-secondary experience that is suited to both your interests and your current situation. People change career paths an average of 3-7 times, so while you may not end up doing what you had envisioned for yourself, we hope that this list has made the decision-making process a little easier.

About Global RESP Corporation

Global RESP Corporation (GRESP) is one of the recognized Scholarship Plan Dealers and providers of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) in Canada since 1998. GRESP is the primary distributor of the Global Educational Trust Plan (GETP), offered by Full Prospectus through registered Dealing Representatives across Canada. Our Dealing Representatives embody decades of RESP experience and aim to provide clients with quality and trusted services, while helping families save for their child’s future education. As of October 31, 2014, the GETP has over $1 billion* in pledged contributions by family members, over $565 million* securely invested in a professionally managed portfolio and has made over $200 million* available for post-secondary education funding to Canadian students studying in 37 countries*. For further information, contact or visit

*Source: Global Educational Trust Foundation

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