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MBA: Is this my only route to success?


Not necessarily, according to two recently published careers lists.

The 10 top-earning degrees according to PayScale’s survey of annual salaries comparing undergraduate degrees  www.payscale.com are:

  • Engineering
  • Applied Math
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Building Construction
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics

Canada’s 10 hottest jobs are:

  • Finance Manager
  • Skilled Trades
  • College or Vocational School Teacher
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Computer/Information System Manager
  • University Professor
  • HR Specialist/Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Retail Manager

But how do you know if one of these programs will be at least a good fit, if not the best fit, for you?

  • Research them!  Two excellent resources are Macleans on Campus magazine  http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education and The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report www.tgam.ca/education 
  • Consider a career assessment which benchmarks you to careers where you’re most likely to be successful not just those which interest you.  The Pathfinder Career System is highly recommended   www.cashlehman.com
  •  Consider a co-op (usually paid) or intern (often unpaid) program which gives employers an opportunity to test drive prospective employees and students an opportunity to try out careers and corporate cultures.  Many universities as well as Career Edge www.careeredge.ca (Career Edge is for recent grads, Career Bridge is for internationally qualified professionals and Ability Edge is for grads with disabilities) offer such programs.

The better you understand who you are and what you do best every day and the more strategic your career search plan, the more successful and happy you’ll be!