Future thinking: Time to start making big decisions

January 7, 2020 | Campus Life

You might still be rubbing the glitter of the holiday season from your eyes and trying to remember everything you learned in the last few months. As the Winter term begins, there are some exciting possibilities coming your way that may help you shape your future.

It’s time to start thinking about making some big decisions. If you’re in the second or third year of a degree program, it might be time to declare your major. Or if another Edmonton winter has got you down, you may want to learn about studying somewhere else. And at MacEwan, the winter term is also the start of summer job hunting season.

Don’t worry — we’ve rounded up some information to help you.

Declare your major

If you’re a student in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Communication Studies, it may be time for you to declare your major and/or minor. (Not in one of these programs? Skip ahead to learn about studying abroad and finding summer job opportunities.)

If you’re not ready to declare, now is a good time to think about your future and have a discussion with your advisor.

Declaration periods are typically open for competitive programs from September 1 to January 15 — “competitive” meaning that there is a limited number of spots available in that major. Non-competitive major/minor declarations close on February 15.

Your advisors can help you figure out which courses you must have completed before declaring or competing to declare. They can also ensure that there are enough seats for you in the courses you will need to graduate.



Declare your major/minor

If you’re in a degree program, you have until February 15 to declare your major. Admissions to competitive majors close sooner, so check with your program right away.


Study abroad

If you’re interested in studying abroad, an advisor in MacEwan International can help you find the right opportunities and earn credit toward your program.

Check out an upcoming Education Abroad information session or contact an advisor for more information. They can help you time your study abroad experience, guide you through the paperwork process and determine what funding is available.

Summer jobs and future careers

We know it’s the dead of winter, but it’s also time to start thinking about summer job prospects and career and graduate school possibilities following graduation.

Watch for the Get to Work Career Fair in February. This is your chance to meet with employers and learn about permanent, part-time and summer job opportunities. You can also meet with staff in Career Development and Experiential Learning for advice, resources, experiential learning opportunities and interview preparation.

Get to Work Career Fair

An opportunity for MacEwan University students to interact with employers and learn about job opportunities.



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