January 27, 2020 | Campus Life
Trying to figure out what you want to do after high school? Have a career in mind, but need the right education to get there? Considering a career change, but don’t know where to start?
MacEwan University Info Session Weeks (February 3 to 8 and March 2 to 7) can help. Info sessions give you the opportunity to learn about programs, admission requirements and what you’ll study. We’re not going to lie. These one-hour sessions are jam-packed with information, and it can be hard to figure out in the moment exactly what you want to know.
So we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself before and others after attending an upcoming info session.
Before you go
1. What do I want to learn?
That’s up to you! “It’s important students do some soul-searching in terms of what they might want career-wise — whether that be a specific job or an industry — to lead them toward certain info sessions,” says David Fischer, team lead, Student Recruitment. He recommends “reverse engineering” the career you want by talking to someone in that position to find out what you will need on your resume.
You can also take the approach of looking at your interests and building your potential career from that. There’s no wrong way to go about it, so consider all your options, explore what interests you, and don’t limit yourself.
2. What happens at an info session?
You can find a lot of information about programs, admission requirements, study options and career opportunities on MacEwan.ca, but going to an info session is your chance to hear these things explained by a real, live person.
Bonus: You get to see what a university classroom at MacEwan looks like, and you can explore the campus before and after.
3. I’ve already applied — should I still go?
You don’t have to, but it can’t hurt, and all info sessions are free to attend. “If you’ve already applied, this is a good opportunity to ask about timelines and next steps, which can sometimes be program-specific,” says David. If you haven’t applied, you can ask about early admission to the program and MacEwan’s Office of the University Registrar will be open late to evaluate applications for early admission to eligible programs.
Even if you spoke to a friend who attended the same program or picked up information from a recruiter who came to your school, an info session is an opportunity to delve into the information you need to know.
“This is the perfect time to ask specific, detailed questions about the program from the staff and faculty who know it best,” David adds.
Info Session Weeks
Learn about what you need to get in to your program and what you’ll study while you’re here.
After the session
1. What if I have more questions?
Contact the program for more information or explore your program’s web page.
2. How am I going to afford this?
If you need help finding the funds to pay for university, contact a financial aid advisor. They assist students with everything from finding funding to planning a student budget. Once you’ve applied, be sure to reach out.
If you need information about student loans, or accessing RESPs or scholarships, awards and bursaries, visit Fees and Financial Information.
3. Should I submit my application early?
Wait, what does “early” mean? MacEwan begins accepting applications on October 1 (for the next fall term), February 1 (for the next winter term) and May 1 (for the next spring/summer term). We encourage you to apply as soon as possible after applications open in order to improve your chances for admission.
Applying early is up to you, but there is an advantage — you can ensure a smoother transition into your university life. “The sooner you get an admission decision, the quicker you can coordinate actions on anything that is related to your new student experience, like residence/living arrangements, funding/financial aid, etc.,” says Lauren Melnyk, advisor, Faculty of Health and Community Studies.
4. Should I still apply for the program if my average is not within the competitive admission range?
A program with competitive admission means that there are more applicants than available seats, and you may need to meet additional admission criteria to get in. But don’t let that discourage you from applying.
“Students shouldn’t be discouraged from applying as long as they meet the minimum admission average, because that competitive average may shift in the admission cycle as it all depends on the applicant pool,” says Lauren. “Some years the applicant pool is strong, so the competitive admission average won’t shift much, but in other years it may not be as strong, and may end up closer to the minimum admission average.”
5. How do I apply?
When you’re ready, follow the instructions at MacEwan.ca/Apply. Afterward, check out MacEwan.ca/GettingStarted to find out what’s next. Good luck — we hope to see you soon!