Future Students

Five Reasons to Consider a Career in the Trades

Submitted by Annette Lucas on January 29, 2020 - 10:53am

Are you wondering if a career in the trades is right for you? Working with your hands, tools and big machines can pay off in a big way and starting your career in the trades can sometimes take less than a year of post-secondary training.

Nearly half of all the almost 71,000 job openings predicted for British Columbia over the next decade will be in the trades and technology fields. As technology advances, most of those careers in trades will require training by a certified institution such as Vancouver Island University.

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Life after dark at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 16, 2020 - 5:35pm

For the majority of students, involvement in extracurricular activities plays an integral role in the university experience. How? Students enhance their personal development through these activities and just blow off steam, which is also important.

By participating in life after dark at VIU, you can reap benefits such as:

How to manage stress as a university student

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 29, 2019 - 10:40am

Being a university student can be stressful.

You may have competing deadlines. Maybe you’re holding down a part-time job, experiencing social pressures or have family responsibilities. Sometimes it can feel like you’re being pulled in too many directions.

How do you cope? The first step is to find out what positive coping strategies work for you. Here are some tips you can try to manage stress as a university student.

4 things no one told you about life after graduation

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on September 30, 2019 - 5:58pm

You’re going to spend the next few years with your nose buried in textbooks, cramming for exams and befriending your local barista. But what is life like on the other side? Will you just fall into a job? How will you find your dream career? Four VIU grads share their path from university student to working adult.

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How to find your tribe

Submitted by Rae-Anne Guenther on July 7, 2019 - 4:08pm

Have you ever worked a job you dreaded going to, but your co-workers made the eight-hour shift bearable, even enjoyable? It’s amazing how our connections with people can drastically change our perspective about our surroundings and ourselves.

For Silas LaPlante*, when he finished his undergrad and started veterinary school in Australia, he couldn’t connect with his classmates and was struggling to motivate himself in the classroom. After scraping by in first year, he took a break from school before trying again and that’s when he found my tribe.

How do you find time to do it all, school work, a job and social life?

Submitted by Annette Lucas on May 29, 2019 - 12:06pm

There is so much going on at college or university that finding time to study, participate in extracurricular activities, work and socialize can seem like an impossible schedule to keep up with.? Four Vancouver Island University students shared their tips for balancing school, work and fun.

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How to make the most of your university education

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on April 30, 2019 - 12:50pm

It’s that time of year again. Another group of Vancouver Island University graduates are getting ready to cross the stage and head off into the real world – or into graduate programs.

What’s the secret to success in your university studies and beyond? How do you avoid burnout? Why should you try a different type of class? How do you figure out what’s next? Here’s some advice from recent graduates and alumni.

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Tassel time

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on April 30, 2019 - 12:02pm

We’re at the end of another semester. For some, this means escaping into the summer months before returning in the fall, for others it means sun-filled days spent indoors … still on campus. But for close to 500 students, that the day is soon approaching when they will file down the aisle, with tassels bouncing, towards the convocation stage. Brimming with smiles, tears and memories of long days and longer nights.

Walking in two worlds

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 25, 2019 - 5:14pm

Sheldon Scow has a love/hate relationship with school.

“High school wasn’t a great experience for me – I didn’t believe in myself and I was pushed along so the teachers didn’t have to deal with me the following year,” says the 26-year-old, of Dene and Kwakwaka’wakw descent. “As a young man, that hurts your pride.”

After high school, Sheldon spent eight years working as a chef and battling depression and alcoholism, until one day he experienced a rude awakening.

“My best friend cut me out of his life,” he remembers. “He was tired of watching me struggle.”

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