When deciding on post-secondary education, many students choose courses for particular careers they want to enter, but what about the skills that are transferable to other careers?
To find out what’s possible Tim Dickert went down to BCIT and chatted with the folks at the Industrial Instrumentation Program.
The two year program allows graduates to work in all kinds of different industries. Most head to oil and gas, but they can just as easily work in a cement factory or a pulp and paper plant.
One student uses a Simpsons analogy to describe what it is he’ll be doing once he graduates.
“There’s a nuclear plant and Homer Simpson is an operator and when Homer messes everything up, we are the guys that got to go and fix up all the problems that he creates.”
One professor Tim spoke with used himself as an example of what the career path can look like.
“I started in mining. My apprenticeship began in 1980 and I went from mining, worked in service industry for about seven years, went to pulp and paper as a supervisor, went from pulp and paper to cement and then started a consulting business, so the skills are very transferable.”
With technology changing year-to-year and the job market constantly in flux, we have no idea if the jobs that are in demand today are going to be the jobs in demand in twenty years.
So when a student is acquiring new skills, it’s important that those skills are going to help in the job market today, as well as the job market of the future.