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IMPORTANT SITES FOR LEARNING

WHERE CAN I GET AN EDUCATION OR JOB TRAINING?

Finding a college or a university

School Finder
http://www.schoolfinder.com
School Finder is a search engine for Canadian colleges and universities. The site describes each institution in detail, including the programs it offers, a link to the school's web site, and in some cases an application form is available. The search engine is user-friendly and investigations can be based on institution size, location, language of instruction, and programs offered.

(CIP) School Finder offers an online interest questionnaire. Once you've filled out the questionnaire, the site will suggest various training options you may wish to consider. It can be used as a tool to help you explore your options. See:
http://www.schoolfinder.com/career/carquiz.htm


Canadian University and College Programs

http://www.planetpostcard.com/uniprog
If you simply want to know which Canadian college or university offers a particular program, you don't need a search engine with the depth of School Finder. Instead, begin your search here. This site organizes all college and university programs in alphabetical order. Click on your program of interest for links to all the relevant institutions. Each link brings you directly to the web page where the program is described! This is very useful, especially when you want to compare the institutions offering the same program.

Tip: This is a comprehensive site, but not as complete as School Finder. You may want to use School Finder to find other institutions that offer your program of interest.

National Association of Career Colleges
http://www.nacc.ca
This site lists most private training institutes across Canada. Simply click on the membership icon to find a fist of all of the institutions, sorted by province. The location of a college and the programs it offers appear beside its name.

Tip: Use your browser's "Find" option to quickly locate the school or program that interests you.

Ideas about Universities
http://quarles.unbc.edu/index.html
Have you ever wondered what kind of a job you can get by studying economics, agriculture, or engineering in university? Well, you don't need to wonder anymore! You will find all the answers here. This site covers over 30 undergraduate programs. Experts explain the different aspects of each area of study and answer many other questions often asked by university applicants.

(CIP) Since experts consistently answered the same questions throughout, you can compare their answers to further understand the differences between two or more programs. Go to:
http://quarles.unbc.edu/ideas/gen/ interviews/question.html

University of Manitoba - Career Resource Centre Schools Page
http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/counseling/calendars.html
Home page: http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/counselling/crc.html

Okay, so you want to expand your horizons, and you need more information on undergraduate and post graduate education? This site not only offers link to all Canadian universities and colleges, but also to American universities, and many North American program directories. Individuals interested in post-graduate studies will find program information not available elsewhere on the web. This site is well worth a visit!

Canadian Post Secondary Education
http://www.duban.com/education
Home page: http://www.duban.ca

Let's say you know the name of community college in Saskatchewan, but need its web site address. This site provides you with a clickable map. Click on the province and the kind of institution you are looking for (community college, technical institute, university college, etc.), and a complete list of links to those institutions' web sites will appear. Very handy and very easy to use!

Association of College and Universities of Canada
http://www.aucc.ca/english/dcu/universities/search.html
Home page: http://www.aucc.ca

Some may prefer this simple and efficient search engine. It allows you to search for any university program in just about any field. You may want to limit your search to one province or expand it to all the universities in Canada. This site is particularly useful if you are looking for graduate programs or when searching for a co-op program at the undergraduate level.

(CIP) The ACUC site lists over 150 bursaries and exchange programs. Check them out at:
http://www.aucc.ca/en/programindex.html

Funding your education

Student Awards.com
http://www.studentawards.com
StudentAwards.com is a search engine that allows you to research your eligibility for bursaries. Bursaries are available for both the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. You will first need to answer a number of questions, in order to create your own personal profile. The search engine will then identify the bursaries that correspond to your profile. You can create a mailbox in which to keep your profile, and if new and suitable bursaries become available, they will automatically be added to your mailbox. A site to visit often!

Tip: It may he a good idea to read the FAQ found at:
http://www.studentawards.com/help.htm
before using this site for the first time.

Canada Student Loans Program
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/student_loans
Home page: http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca
Federal government loans and grants are available to help you pay for your post-secondary education, and here's the site with the details. You can find out which financial institutions offer loans, and, in about 15 minutes, you can use a software package to estimate how much money you can expect! Links are also available to the provincial government offices for student loans. You may be eligible for provincial money too!

Tip: Be sure to check the Glossary of term and definitions. It is important that you understand the conditions for eligibility, acceptance, and repayment, of loans. This section is a must to understand the process.

Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan
http://www.cstplan.com
This site will be of particular interest to parents. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps families save towards their children's post secondary education. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan is a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and a tax shelter under the Income Tax Act of Canada. Presently the federal government contributes up to $400 a year to an RESP. Check the site for more details on how to start saving for your children's future.

Life-long learning

National Adult Literacy Database (NALD)
http://www.nald.ca
The NALD is a non-profit organization providing information for students, teachers, tutors, volunteers, and administrators. The "Literacy Organizations" section can help you find a literacy service in your area. This site is full of resources and information for literacy teachers.

Telecampus
http://courses.telecampus.edu
This Canadian site specializes in online learning. An "online course" is defined as any course that can be taken on the Internet from anywhere in the world. Thousands of online courses from around the world are in the site's database and can be located by title, institution, or subject area. This site is one of the top search engines of its kind in the world.

Tip: Before registering for a course, check the "Before You Begin" section which deals with accreditation and standards.

CAN I WORK OR STUDY OUTSIDE CANADA?

Studying in the United States

Peterson's Education & Career Center
http://www.petersons.com
The Peterson's Guides are among the best sources of information on education and job training in the United States. There are hundreds of undergraduate and graduate programs in the States, and this site search engine will allow you to locate those that might interest you. You will also find information on summer schools, career education, international study programs, admissions procedures, and lots more. Check it out!

Tip: It will be easier to access this information in the "International Students" section, at:
http://www.petersons.com/ac/int.html

Embark.com
http://www.embark.com
Also known as College Edge, this site contains a very powerful search engine that will allow you to learn more about American colleges and programs. You can search by any number of criteria: program, location, size, and even extracurricular activity. Once you identify the schools you might be interested in, you will have access to complete descriptions and, in some cases, online application forms.

Tip: Don't use ALL the search criteria. Use only those that are most important to you. Otherwise, your search may yield no result.

(CIP) You will find useful career information at: http://www.embark.com/college/cm/default.asp

American University and English as a Second Language Information Service
http://www.iac.net/~conversa/S_homepage.html
If you want to study in the United States, you need to know more than the availability of programs. What about lodging, insurance, admissions requirements, visas, and other practical matters? This site will answer some of the questions that you may have on these topics.

U.S. News and World Reports (USNWR)-2000 Graduate School Rankings http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/beyond/bcrank.htm
So, you already have a bachelor's degree, but would like to pursue graduate education in the United States. You are trying to decide between a number of institutions offering graduate programs in your chosen field. Start your research here. Every year, USNWR produces rankings of US graduate schools. The site is very specific. For example, you can find detailed rankings of graduate law schools that specialize in intellectual property. You will also find a great deal of useful information on each institution.

Tip: Don't waste time trying to figure it out yourself! Read the section on methodology for each set of rankings to understand them properly!

College Board Online
http://www.collegeboard.org/index.html
This site is a great place to start if you want to know more about studying in the United States. Its search engine is a little complex, but yields excellent results and allows you to enter multiple criteria (majors, sports, financial assistance, etc.). It provides other valuable information such as educational costs, admissions procedures, and financial aid. In some cases you can even apply online.

Studying and Working in the rest of the world

Christina DeMello's World List of Lists
http://www.mit.edu/people/cdemello/univ.html
It is difficult to fathom the size of this site! If a university anywhere in the world has a web site, you will more than likely find a link to it here. If you want to study in France or England, Indonesia or Morocco, this is where to start looking for information. Talk about a global outlook!

The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas http://www.workingoverseas.com/Links.htm
Home page: http://www.workingoverseas.com

Use this site to find more international opportunities. It lists companies, agencies, and organizations that have interests abroad. This site will also introduce you to a book by the same name, with tons more information.

Monster Board International Gateway
http://international.monster.com/index.asp
Although we have already discussed the Monster Board, this international gateway deserves its own description. It is full of information on visas, citizenship, and other issues for people who wish to work in the United States. The site not only includes job postings in the U.S. but in countries all over the world, such as the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore.

CareerTips
http://www.careertips.com
Career Tips lists top career sites from six different countries: Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is not as complete as some other sites, but the information they do offer has been carefully selected. For each country there are links to immigration resources, and both the "Job Hints" and "Career Hints" sections offer many interesting and original links. Where else can you cover so much ground on a single site?

Public Service Commission (PSC) - International Programs
http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/intpgm/epb1.htm
The PSC lists job offers from various international agencies, such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as many others. It also accepts job applications on behalf of these agencies. On this site you will find information on working with these organizations, including application criteria, various recruitment programs, and a comprehensive directory. This site offers some very interesting opportunities for people seeking a career change.

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/

CIDA's site presents a number of opportunities for individuals who wish to work in the field of inter-national development. People between the ages of 19 and 30 can apply to the International Youth Internship Program. There is also a good deal of useful advice for those wishing to pursue a career internationally.

Work Info Net
http://www.workinfonet.ca

Work Info Net (or WIN) is a Canadian virtual library on careers, training, and employment. All the links are organized under seven headings: jobs; work and recruiting; occupations and careers; learning, education and training; labour market information and outlook, self-employment; workplace issues and financial help and support. You can browse the entire Canadian database or visit only the links relevant to your province. A very good starting point for your job-hunt on the 'Net!

Youth Resource Network of Canada
http://www.youth.gc.ca

If you're under 30 and making the transition from school to the world of work, this site is for you. With links to over 3000 Internet sites, it answers questions like : What's the best way to do my career planning? What sort of work am I suited to? How do I write my resume or act in an interview? What's necessary to start up a business? Find out about different occupations and schools as well as where you can look for related job experience.

HRDC National Web Site
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca

Human Resources Development Canada is one of the largest federal departments in scope and mandate. It provides services and programs for children, families, youth, seniors, the unemployed, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian workplace. This site offers information on programs and services, including direct links to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, HRDC sites across Canada, and web services that help you look for work. These services include the National Job Bank, the Electronic Labour Exchange, the National Labour Market Information System, and Youth Employment Initiatives. The index will also link you to information, programs and services on job search, labour market information, learning opportunities, and entrepreneurship.

Sheridan College - Career Resources: Career Links http://www.sheridanc.on.ca/career/links.htm
Home Page: http://www.sheridanc.on.ca

An excellent guide to web sites in 13 major categories such as companies, occupations, trends, career planning, education, and training! Suggestions for using each section of the list are provided, and each link is described. A well-organized, user-friendly referral list to link you to the information you need.

Career Resource Center
http://www.careers.org

If you are hungry for career information, this American site serves up thousands of links. The Career Resource Center is an extensive index of career-related web sites. You'll find a lot more information on everything we've discussed so far: job postings, career planning, self-employment, etc. Check out the section entitled "Career Gems" for their selection of the best sites.

Mazemaster
http://mazemaster.on.ca

Although this site is mostly aimed at young people, job seekers and career changers of all ages will find it very useful! It is colourful, easy-to-use and filled with practical information and online activities. Mazemaster was developed for the Metropolitan Toronto area, so some information is geographically specific. However, most of the sections are applicable to all Canadian users. You'll find online exercises to help you define your skills and interests more clearly. The labour information section contains a number of hot tips on employment trends and selected workers' profiles. The self-employment section covers eight issues you need to consider when thinking of starting a business, and also includes an online business plan. The site is also rich in information on training and jobsearch techniques, and it lists other sites with job postings.

Youth Link
http://youth.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/ythlink/ythlink.shtml

Youth Link is a directory of services, programs, and resources for young people. This is a good place to find information on bursaries, internships, career tools, and even travel opportunities. Youth Link describes each resource or program, and contact information is always provided.

Contact Point
http://www.contactpoint.ca

This site caters to the professional needs of career counsellors in Canada. It includes a discussion forum, an extensive list of counselling tools, options for further professional training, as well as information on upcoming events such as conferences and workshops.

(CIP) This site contains information on career options for people outside of the career counselling community at. http://www.contactpoint.ca/html/ Othesites1.html

Counsellor Resource Centre (CRC)
http://crc.ipunet.com

This is another great site for career and employment counsellors. The information is organized in four main areas: "Helping Yourself" contains useful tools for counsellors' personal and professional development; "Helping Clients" lists a selection of web tools useful in a career counselling setting; "Helping Each Other" provides a forum for discussion and an online seminar; and "Helping for the Future" presents some of the trends affecting the counselling profession.

(CIP) Information in the "Helping Clients" section is also useful for job seekers and career changers. It contains a number of links to sites that offer employment, training, and career decision-making.

Tip: This site is especially suitable for career counsellors who are new to the profession or don't have much experience using the Internet. There is a moderate amount of information to deal with and it is organized in an easy-to-follow sequence.

Canadian Association of Educators and Employers-CACEE Work Web
http://www.cacee.com

This site is of use to both university placement service professionals and recent graduates looking for employment. Placement service professionals can access information on proper practice or ethics, and can join a discussion forum, while graduates will find employers' profiles, job banks, career fair announcements, and corporate recruitment web sites.

For people with special needs

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - WorkINK
http://www.workink.com/workink/national/default.asp

WorkInk is an interactive site dedicated to work equity. It publishes a number of articles on the difficulties experienced by job seekers with functional handicaps, It also provides a news bulletin, job opportunities, and a lot of practical advice. The most important facet of this site is the counselling chat room, where job seekers can discuss their situation with an online counsellor.

(CIP) This site provides a link to the Wide Area Employment Network (WAEN, a.k.a. Workwire), a job bank especially for job seekers with special needs. See:
http://209.112.26.40.

Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education (Indie)
http.//www.indie.ca

This comprehensive site provides information and resources for people with disabilities. It is a virtual library covering many issues: education, adaptive technology, housing, social regulations, and more. Service agencies and support groups are also listed. The employment section lists job banks, training options, placement services and a number of useful programs.

For newcomers to Canada

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
http://www.cicic.ca/

If you are new to Canada and would like more information on studying or working here, this site is for you. It provides information on the credential assessment process which evaluates your past schooling or work experience in order to determine what you are qualified to do. This is a necessary step when applying to university or to find out if you can continue practicing your profession in Canada. The site lists a number of services across the country which perform these assessments.

 

 
 

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