Schools Training

Choosing a School of Business: Career or Community College?

26 DEC 2012
Career Path : Business

General Advice:

The first thing to take into account when picking your school of business is what you want to study. Whether you take marketing courses or other specializations, or want a more general program, you need to make sure your school fits your needs and budget, delivers the results you want in the right time scale and works for you as far as location and facilities.


Regardless of what kind of school you pick, both are helped with a practical work placement. Practicums can help round off your book learning with hands-on training. If it’s not part of your regular program, student services at your institution may be able to help you find an internship.


Community Colleges:

Most regions in Canada will have a community college. Generally study options range from everything from engineering technology to basket weaving, and the college will be designed to fill many functions beyond career preparation. There will be more emphasis on a broad range of study, including the potential for mandatory electives, but education may be offered on a course-by-course basis or diploma programs. Lastly, the atmosphere will be more academic, so if you learn best in classroom environments this can be an excellent fit.


Private Career Colleges:

On the other end of the spectrum, but no less useful, are the career colleges. They often have well established educational pedigrees that can run back a century or more, to a past role as a stenography school or a secretarial college, though new ones are open regularly, and you may be able to rely on provincial accreditation to further boost their quality. Generally their classes are focused on getting you working as fast as possible. Many of these schools offer many job skill based faculties, for example healthcare preparation, marketing courses or web design and programming, but you’re unlikely to find a cooking class unless it’s a culinary school. Again, you’re likely to be able to plan your studies in a way that suits you, both in full and part time programs or by taking individual classes, just like a community college, but there will also usually be more emphasis on short, intensive study.


Another difference is in educational delivery. Career colleges often have a more student led learning style. A good school, regardless of the type, will have well qualified instructors with industry experience, but you are more likely to find curriculums constructed to help you learn at your own pace, up to including course material that requires little outside help. Combined with facilities that replicate an office, not a classroom, this kind of school of business can give you a direct idea of what working will be like before graduation.



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