more hands on and specialized post-graduate experience you might want to look at both university and college based programs. While both have the potential of offering this type of experience, university post-grad programs tend to be more research and academic focused while college post-grad programs offer hands on, industry specific skill sets. However, keep in mind that there are always exceptions to this rule - I'm just putting them into neat boxes in order to give you a general idea of how both of these institutions work.
A great website to consult if you are wondering what your target industry prefers in terms of post-graduate programs is Career Cruising (found through Career Zone). Many programs, such as Museum Studies, can be done as both a post-graduate certificate and a masters degree. However, it's important to do some research to find out which type of post-graduate program a typical employer in your industry is looking for. There are three ways to conduct this research:
- Occupational Research
- Looking at real world examples of qualifications through job posting boards (such as ca.indeed.com and www.simplyhired.com)
- Through the Professional Association websites found on your program's Degree Exploration Guide (DEG)
If you have any specific questions about choosing post-graduate certificate programs over a masters program feel free to stop by the Career Resource Centre!
Ashley Paolozzi, Lead Career Assistant
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Some excellent articles to take a look through:
- Should You Go to College After You Finish University? by Rachel McKee (TalentEgg)
- College Post-Grad Programs (Brock University
- The College Advantage by Josh Dehaas (Maclean's)