Today’s employers are seeking employees with global awareness, critical-thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. A university education equips students not only with job skills and training, but with the adaptability and resilience required to succeed
in today’s rapidly changing global economy.
Value of a Degree
On average, Bachelor’s degree graduates have a 75 per cent lifetime income advantage (approximately $1.4 million) over those with other types of trades certificates and diplomas.
Work in your Field
University graduates are typically employed in an area connected to their studies soon after graduation. At the University of Alberta, on average, 97 per cent of students find work within two years of graduating.
Strong Job Growth
Between July 2008 and July 2012, 700,000 net new jobs were created for university graduates in Canada, compared to 320,000 net new jobs for college and trades grads, while a total of 640,000 jobs were lost for high school grads.
Sources: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC.ca) and Statistics Canada (statcan.gc.ca)