Posted on November 29, 2023

7 reasons why getting post-secondary education is your path to a bright future


In today's rapidly evolving job market, the pursuit of post-secondary education has become more crucial than ever. According to the most recent labor market survey in British Columbia, 75 percent of the anticipated one million jobs in the coming decade will require some form of post-secondary education or training. 

The value of receiving post-secondary training not only helps you get a job, but it also gives you invaluable tools that will help you thrive and be successful in your chosen profession.  

Here are just a few reasons why getting post-secondary education is a smart move. 

1. You’ll learn specialized skills

Post-secondary education provides a structured environment for in-depth learning and skill acquisition. Whether you're interested in learning a new skilled trade, a Canadian newcomer looking to improve your language and communications skills, or obtaining a micro-credential to boost your credibility, students can delve into the specifics of their chosen field. Specialized knowledge is often a key differentiator in a competitive job market. 

2. You’ll become adaptable in an evolving job market  

The job market is constantly evolving due to technological advancements and industry changes. At VCC, we encourage adaptability by instilling critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. These attributes empower you to navigate the complexities of various job roles and industries. 

3. You’ll improve your job prospects 

At VCC, we want to help you achieve your educational goals, but we are also here to help you succeed once you graduate. Building connections with instructors, peers, and industry professionals provides a gateway to potential career opportunities, internships, mentorship programs, and more, leading to an increased understanding of your chosen field and the likelihood of success in the job market once you graduate. Additionally, the exchange of knowledge and experiences through networking fosters a collaborative and supportive community, contributing to a well-rounded education that extends beyond classroom learning.  

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4. Your resume will stand out 

Employers often use educational credentials as a measure of a candidate's commitment, discipline, and ability to learn. Getting your diploma, degree, or certificate at VCC not only provides you with knowledge but also acts as a tangible validation of your capabilities. In B.C., 75 percent of the anticipated one million jobs in the coming decade will require some form of post-secondary education or training, making it a fundamental steppingstone in the job application process. 

5. You’ll learn skills beyond what is in your textbooks 

Beyond technical skills, VCC promotes holistic development. This means we encourage students to engage in diverse learning experiences, including teamwork, communication, and time management. These soft skills are highly valued in the workplace and will contribute to your overall professional competence. 

6. You’ll have access to industry-standard resources 

Whether you are learning in Western Canada's largest culinary school or repairing vehicles in the province's largest working garage, or practicing in a realistic healthcare setting, VCC is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment with instruction from industry-leading faculty. Access to these resources ensures that VCC students receive training using industry-standard tools and technologies, preparing you for the demands of your chosen profession. 

7. You’ll open the doors to career advancement  

Higher education can open doors to advanced career opportunities. Many leadership and specialized roles require advanced degrees or certifications. By investing in your education at VCC, you are in a better position for career growth and advancement in your chosen field. 

2023 BC Labour Market Outlook 

This report, provided by the Province of British Columbia offers insights into high demand jobs in the province. With approximately one million job openings expected, the report provides British Columbians with information to identify and access future educational and career opportunities.

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