Gap year or grad school? These events will help you decide

Sep 11 2019, 9:30 am

To go back to school, or to travel? It’s a question many young Vancouverites have to ask themselves.

Travel blogs and Instagram are fueling our desire to explore places we’ve never been before, and our bucket lists are longer than ever.

But this is also the perfect time of life to start your own business, upgrade your education, or excel in your career. What’s a young person to do?

Choosing between a gap year or going back to school may feel like the hardest decision you’ll ever have to make. However, it’s one you can potentially avoid by combining travel with study and getting your MBA, master’s, or PhD.


Who says you have to compromise? You can study for your MBA, master’s, or PhD here in Canada and do a work placement in another country, or even relocate to the US, Europe, or Asia to complete your program at one of the world’s top international grad schools.

There are plenty of benefits to taking these routes, salary being one of them. The average pay for MBA grads in Vancouver is $82,000, and those with PhDs have the potential to earn up to $109,630 in Canada. Being a specialist in your field of study also helps you stand out from the competition and shows employers that you’re passionate about your education and development.

Of course, researching schools online can be tiring. So imagine how easy it would be if you could speak with admissions directors from more than 25 top local and international grad schools, all under one roof.

You’re in luck because on Tuesday, September 17, the QS World MBA Tour and the QS World Grad School Tour will be stopping in Vancouver at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel for invaluable sessions that can help you make these important life choices.


At each event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet admissions representatives who can answer your grad school-related questions.

Plus, you’ll be able to get advice on your applications, network with alumni, and make new connections with other attendees.

At the events, you’ll even be able to get a free professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile.

And while we know that applying for scholarships can be daunting, you can gain valuable information about the process at each QS World Tour event. In fact, attendees will be eligible to apply for a pool of scholarships worth $7M USD.

Need one more incentive to attend? There are absolutely no costs involved. Simply register via QS World Grad School Tour or QS World MBA Tour now to secure your place — for free. Attending one of these events could make your career path look a lot different in 2020.

QS World Grad School Tour — Vancouver

When: Tuesday, September 17

Time: 3:30 to 8 pm

Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel — 1128 West Hastings Street

Price: FREE — Register via QS World Grad School Tour

QS World MBA Tour — Vancouver

When: Tuesday, September 17

Time: 4:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel — 1128 West Hastings Street

Price: FREE — Register via QS World MBA Tour

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