Parallel Planning - Consider another program or path to your occupational goal

For some occupations, there is more than one appropriate degree path or educational option.  It is important to understand occupational and employment requirements for jobs.  When the job requirement is a specific degree type, it can be helpful to research the different programs and their admissions processes.  Admissions requirements can vary by school with components weighted, calculated or valued differently. 

Across Canada, for example, medical schools weight GPA, MCAT and interview performance differently. 
For some professional health care programs, like those offered at colleges (e.g. Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiological Technology, Nursing), admission is not a competition based on GPA, but rather a waitlist once minimum requirements are met.   

Some programs take into account your work, volunteer and life experiences.  Your place of residence, eligibility to qualify for an Access category, or previous professional background may also be additional factors for program admissions.  Carefully read program requirements in applicant bulletins and speak with Admissions Chairs and officers.

When applying to additional institutions, consider:

a.  Your strengths and weaknesses from an admissions standpoint - In which areas do you perform best?  Is it your AGPA, entrance exam, interview, or experience?  Perhaps you can focus on applying to the programs whose admissions criteria aligns with your strengths.

b.  Geography - What regions would you be willing or interested in moving to for school?  And where do you want to live and work upon graduation?  Keep in mind that your current residency may influence your eligibility...  Some programs have residency quotas that impact likelihood of admissions.

To learn more about educational programs, locally, nationally or internationally, speak with a Career Consultant.   You can also utilize the following resources to gather information:

Þ    Search by occupational title

Þ    Search by subject, city or province 

    Within this listing, two popular Canadian resources are:

· University Study, a website of Universities Canada 

· CanLearn Program Search 

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