When Asma Arshad graduated from high school in 2016, she wasn’t sure what to do next.
Enrolling in a post-secondary program is a big commitment and like many of today’s students, Arshad didn’t want to gamble on an education that might lead to a profession with a limited shelf life.
With so many layoffs in various sectors due to changes in the economy, it’s no surprise that both students and their parents might struggle to predict which jobs will be the most secure five or 10 years down the road.
After taking some time off to think, Arshad consulted her uncle and he encouraged her to pursue an education in technology. She’s now enrolled in Bow Valley College’s software development program and feeling much better about her future.
“I took my uncle’s advice and on the first day of classes I realized it was perfect for me,” Arshad says. “I do think I chose a good path because technology just keeps going and going. In the future there’s going to be so many cool new things and obviously there will have to be people behind those things.”
Students aren’t the only ones concerned about predicting which jobs will have the best employment prospects as time marches on — Calgary’s various post-secondary institutions are all keeping an eye on what routes students need to take to ensure future success.
Tom Bornhorst, the associate vice-president of Learner and Academic Services at SAIT, says that his school works closely with industry partners not just to identify what industries will be hiring students, but what specific skills those industries will look for as they evolve.
“It’s so important for SAIT to have a connectivity with industry,” Bornhorst says. “We’re ensuring that as industries change, that we’re changing our curriculum and our programing so that it’s reflecting those changes. We’re always speaking with our industry partners to make sure we’re providing what they need.”
When it comes to identifying the so-called jobs of the future, Bornhorst says choosing tech professions is a given — relatively new fields such as cyber security have been of particular interest — but he adds students should expand their ideas of what “tech” means.
With the computer systems in new cars, for example, newly trained automotive service technicians are in high demand. He’s also seeing an increase in job postings calling for new media specialists, tourism and hospitality professionals, supply chain management experts and, with our aging population, the …read more