Don’t forget to add post-secondary education when thinking about the future

The new year is upon us and British Columbians are reflecting on what the year past has brought them and look to new opportunities that lie ahead.

Many will decide the time is right to get post-secondary education and training, and that decision has never been more important, according to the provincial government, which is reminding people of their online education planning database.

EducationPlannerBC, the government says, is the best resource for prospective students, parents and school counsellors wanting to understand what post-secondary education and training is offered in B.C., how they can access it and where it can lead them.

The EducationPlannerBC searchable database (educationplannerbc.ca) has:

  • Planning tools such as links to WorkBC career profiles, labour market information including the Blueprint Builder, and WorkBC’s Career Compass and Career Trek.
  • Information on 2,100 post-secondary programs at 25 post-secondary institutions, and information on interdisciplinary programs and student financial aid.
  • Application function that allows users to create a single user account that they can then use to apply to 25 public post-secondary institutions.

The hard work students will put into researching, applying for and completing post-secondary education is investment that pays off. The 2025 B.C. Labour Market Outlook forecasts almost one million job openings in the province over the next 10 years.