Why more and more Calgary students are taking summer courses to get ahead

May 12 2018, 2:37 am

Securing your dream job in 2018 can be a lot harder than it seems. For starters, you’ve got plenty of competition. So, how do you stand out from the crowd?

You can start by jumping on every possible opportunity that could help your career as it comes your way. And if nothing comes your way, you need to start looking. At the end of the day, it’s all about managing your time effectively to maximize your potential.

If you’re a student right now, you’ve got several months off during the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of your free time and invest it in an Open Learning summer course at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Take a TRU course online from Calgary, or anywhere. All while putting yourself one step ahead of your classmates when you’re all unleashed on the job market after graduation. With that being said, we’ve rounded up five reasons why more students are taking summer courses, and why you should consider it as well.

Study options

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As a prospective TRU student, you can choose from over 500 courses with no waitlists. This means you can study anything from accounting, to commercial law, economics, journalism, communications, geography, marketing, or sociology, among many others. You can learn a totally new field (or two) that could benefit your skillset in many ways.

Transfer credit

If you’re currently enrolled in a university program, you can take a course at TRU this summer and transfer the credit back to your own school. This allows you to get a head start on the fall semester (and by, extension, your life).

Learn on your own schedule

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Studying a TRU summer course doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your vacation plans and sit at a desk for months on end. The beauty of these courses is that you can learn online, on your own schedule, wherever you want to. If you’re taking a trip to Europe, you can easily bring your laptop and learn as you kill time on transit and airplanes, or wait until you get home – it’s your call.

Instant access to education

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TRU provides high-quality education with online and part-time course options, blended learning (online and on-campus) and open-access programs. So, if you don’t meet the admission requirements for an open-access program, you can still start your course(s) right away and work on the prerequisites at the same time. If you’re working a summer job, an online course could fit into your schedule when you want it to. This gives you more flexibility and choice, all while helping you work towards your goals.

Grants for free courses

Already a full-time student who’s taking one or two summer courses? Well, you could qualify to have your tuition, fees, and books, up to $1,800 paid by a Canada Student Grant. This gives you even more of an incentive to maximize your educational potential this summer.

For more information and to register for an Open Learning summer course, visit Thompson Rivers University now.

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